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Sailing Vacations In Croatia - 15 Tips For An Amazing Holiday

With a magnificent coastline, clear waters and splendid beaches, Croatia lures increasing numbers of visitors for sailing vacations each year. But where to go and what to know? Here we give you the inside scoop on Croatia's yachting and boating scene. The islands, over 1,000 of them, are the real selling point—they’re unique in the world. The coastline is relatively unspoiled and has the feel of the French Riviera in the 50s or 60s. It’s still possible to find quiet anchorages, even at the height of the season. Here are some recommendations for planning a great trip.

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What To Pack On A Sailing Charter Holiday

If you are heading off on a luxury yacht sailing trip, then it is time to start thinking about what to pack for your getaway. We are all aware of the basics: floaty dresses, flip flops, light shirts, sun hats and sun cream, but there are a few other things worth knowing about that you should pack.

Here is the list of things we pack to give you some idea of what to bring if you have never sailed on a charter before. Some items like snorkel and fishing gear may already be on your charter yacht so check before leaving home.

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The Ionian Islands - Living History

Greece is widely considered as the ‘birthplace of democracy’. It’s a nation steeped in history, mythology and cultural significance. It’s the homeland of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; three of the most famous philosophers and scientists of all time. It’s also the nation of Homer, and the source of the inventions, ideas and innovations that have shaped the modern world as we know it.

Just off the west coast of Greece lie the Ionian Islands, which have been occupied since the Palaeolithic era situated in the Ionian Sea. Settled by Greeks as early as 12,000 BC, they play a significant part in the culture of the country. The name of the islands is thought to be derived from Io, one of Zeus’ mortal lovers who swam across the sea. Read on to find out more about the cultural and historical significance of two of the Ionian Islands.

Although Greece gained her independence in 1830, the Ionian islands was only annexed to the new nation in 1864

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Bareboat, Skippered or Crewed Yacht Charters. What Is The Difference?

As mentioned above, a bareboat yacht is one that you skipper yourself, although you will need sailing experience and a licence. A skippered yacht comes with a professional captain who will take care of all the sailing and the boat for you, but no cooking or hostess duties. For the ultimate luxury holiday, you can hire a crewed yacht, which usually comes with a small crew of skipper, chef and hostess/deckhand.

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I'm Going On A Sailing Holiday - What Bag Should I Bring Aboard?

If you are going on a sailing vacation, where you will live on a charter sailboat, you want a bag that is:

Collapsible There is not much room on a boat. There will be no place to stash a hard sided suitcase.

Carry-on Everything you need should fit in a carry on as you don’t want to be stuck on the dock waiting for your lost luggage.

Dual purpose My favorite duffel can also be a beach bag, keeping towels and books for every one dry in the dingy.

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What Is A Crewed Cabin Yacht Charter?

You hire a double cabin with a private bathroom that sleeps one or two people, onboard a fully crewed yacht where the experienced skipper and chef will help to make your adventure a memorable one. The yacht, usually a catamaran, will sleep up to 12 guests and your itinerary will be planned for you by the crew who all have fantastic local knowledge.

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