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Can I go on board as soon as I arrive at the marina?

In most cases the answer is Yes. Usail will know your arrival time and arrange your executive air-conditioned transport collection from the airport. Your driver will be holding up a Usail sign just outside of the arrival lounge doors and he will escort you to your Superyacht in the marina. Your skipper will welcome you aboard and show you to your pre-booked cabin.

 

Where are the Ionian Islands and what are they like?

"It’s hard not to fall for the Ionian Islands, an archipelago that sweeps down the west coast of mainland Greece and includes Corfu, Paxi, Lefkada, Ithaka, and Zakynthos. Discovering these islands is a tantalising odyssey. Their natural beauty embraces the visitor – the vast olive groves, intriguing mountainscapes and iridescent waters of the Ionian Sea offer something for adventure seekers, culture vultures and beach bums alike. Each island boasts a distinct tradition, cuisine and architecture – the remaining influences of former invading forces such as the Venetians, French and British. These influences are obvious in Corfu Town, where you can watch a cricket match on the Spianada, drink under Parisian-style arcades and wander through the town’s Venetian-style alleyways.

Elsewhere in the Ionians – in the traditional fishing or mountain villages – you can stroll through central plazas shaded by bougainvilleas and plane trees, or relax under a taverna’s vine-covered canopy with the soporific scent of jasmine. Less-tasteful encounters exist, in the form of invasive, package-tourist beach developments, but these can be avoided. It’s easy to get off the beaten track: find your own isolated swimming coves in a boat, wander through olive groves, or stumble across an authentic kafeneio (coffee house). Cultural adventurers can explore fortresses, Byzantine churches and Homeric sites. Adventure addicts can trek, cycle, windsurf and scuba dive, and anyone can try bird-watching or golf.

The culinary experience rounds off an Ionian journey: indulge in fresh, generous helpings of local dishes, served with a huge dollop of local filoxenia (hospitality)."

 

 

What happens if my flight is delayed?

Usail will be aware of your delay but in your holiday confirmation documents you will find your skippers contact telephone number. It is advisable to keep him informed.

Do we have to sail the same course as outlined in the cruising notes?

No, at the commencement of each weeks sailing, your skipper will outline your route and it is at this point that alternative flexible routes based on your experience and ability can be discussed and agreed.

If a group of us charter the yacht can we take her out without a skipper?

No, for insurance purposes, the skipper must be on board. The Usail sailing programmeme is designed to cater for the experienced yachtsman and novice in equal measure with the assurance of your free, fully qualified skipper.

Is the air-conditioning on at all times and is there an extra charge?

Air conditioning is available in all cabins and main saloon. It is operated by a 240v system which requires a high power shore supply or the on board generator, which is located between the two aft cabins. The operation of the generator will be restriced to 2 hrs evening operation only due to noise levels. This service is included in the original costing scales. If, however, further use of the air conditioning is required, a charge of £3.50 per hour will be made.

Can I use my hair drier and charge my mobile phone or camera on board?

Yes, each cabin has a 220 volt socket operating when we are connected to shore power or when the generator is running.

Can I bring my own iPod or CD's?

Yes, we have a state of the art music system on board.

What type of clothing should I take?

At the beginning and the end of the season, it is advisable to bring a snug or jumper for the evenings and a lightweight waterproof just in case of an occasional shower, otherwise this is a T-shirt and shorts style holiday with sailing shoes or white sole trainers. It is, however, common practice when sailing in Greece to go barefoot around the yacht.

Typical mid day temperatures for the sailing season are:

May 25 degrees C
June 30
July 31
August 32
September 28
October 23

Do I need to bring towels?

Only beach towels. There are large sunbathing mattresses, if required, at the front and back of the yacht which are placed out when the yacht is anchored. A selection of fishing rods and snorkel gear is also available on board.

If we are a large family group, with the low Euro -v- Sterling exchange rate, dining out every night could become expensive. How can we reduce these costs?

The total cost of your holiday includes half board; Mediterranean style breakfast and a lunchtime meal. Your yacht is equipped with a large gas hob and oven and a stern mounted gas barbeque and there are plentiful supplies of meat, fish and vegetables to be had at the local shops.

Are there cash points available and can I pay for evening meals ashore by credit card?

Cash points are available in the main towns only, and most restaurants prefer cash. You can dine out for about £15.00 per head for a two-course meal and local wine. Fish and imported wines will cost you a little more; your skipper is the best guide for price and quality.

If you have any further questions, please text us by using the enquiry panel on the contact page of this site. We will be delighted to help.