“We are passionate about helping both first time and experienced sailors to find their perfect holiday. That’s why all of our bareboat, flotilla, and skippered holidays, and our sailing schools are in incredible locations. From Croatia and Sicily to St Lucia and Thailand, whatever time of year that you want to get out on the water, we have a sailing destination to suit you. A Sunsail holiday offers you the freedom and flexibility to explore” says Alexis Eyre, UK Marketing Manager for Sunsail.
Now Sunsail have new bases Italy. The new Portorosa base in Sicily, is Sunsail’s fifth location in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The temperate weather and mild winds of north-east Sicily make the base a great starting point for tours of the Sicilian coast, or voyages north around the remarkable, UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands.
The collection of dramatic islands and volcanoes that rise theatrically from the sea take their name from Aeolus, god of the winds, who tends to smile on this slice of Italy. The cruising grounds blend chic ports of call, like Panarea, with the quiet ambience of islands off the tourist track such as Salina.
With an average temperature of 28C from March to November, this is a perfect bareboat holiday for relaxed sailing in consistent winds and clear waters. The imposing volcanoes, abundant castles, and historic waterfront villages offer lots to explore, combined with clear, warm waters ideal for snorkelling and spectacular black sand beaches for relaxing. More adventurous sailors may consider plotting a one way course from Portorosa to Tropea, Palermo or Procida, or taking on the challenge of a two-week coastal and open water voyage to Malta.
Sunsail’s Korčula flotilla in Croatia is now available to book for 2018. Following customer feedback, the popular Mljet flotilla itinerary has been given a makeover ahead of next season, with new stops adding history and intrigue to an already magical week.
The new Meganisi flotilla has updated itineraries to include exploring Paleros, as well as popular dolphin spotting in the Ionian and opportunities to explore Greek and Byzantine ruins.
Sailing Schools App
Sunsail is excited to launch its first ever Sunsail Schools app, a quick, easy and fun tool for sailors around the world to use. The app includes information such as ‘Rules of the Road’, ‘Navigation Lights’, ‘Day Shapes’ and ‘Sounds and Lights’ – the ideal companion for newer sailors that are keen to take to the water. To download the app, search for Sunsail in the App Store.
More about Sunsail’s offerings
Bareboat charters – Explore your way. Experienced sailors can self-skipper a yacht and plan their own itinerary at any Sunsail destination. No other sailing company offers as many ways of getting out on the water as we do; bareboat sailors can pick from a variety of 49 yachts in 25 worldwide bases. Customers have the flexibility to personalise their holiday by choosing the yachts, services and extras they need.
Flotilla holidays – discover together. Cruise with up to 12 other boats and a Sunsail lead boat, with a mechanic, skipper, and hostess on board for support and guidance 24/7. Sailing on a flotilla is an easy way to enjoy a sailing holiday, with a set itinerary and daily briefings. Non-sailors can hire a skipper to get them where they need to be. A Sunsail flotilla offers the perfect balance of independence, and sociability, with support and guidance available whenever you need it.
Skippered bareboat charters – let a skipper be your guide. You don’t need to know your knots to enjoy a sailing holiday. Sailing is open to all with a Sunsail skipper. Skippers take the stress out of sailing and provide a guiding hand aboard. The skipper will take responsibility at the helm and use local knowledge to show off all the best sights.
Sailing schools – learn for a lifetime. Sunsail operates one of the largest network of sailing schools in the world with the UK base being its biggest. In addition, Sunsail also help people learn to love sailing in the British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Greece, Thailand and Australia.
Events – Sunsail has more than 40 years’ experience as market leaders in sailing events, team building and hospitality. Based in Portsmouth, our extensive matched fleet of Sunsail Match First 40s are able to make full use of the Solent – one of the best sailing areas in the world today.
Sunsail Information from Liesl Nel – Liesl.Nel@tuimarine.com