In Greece, those who choose a sailing boat as a way of vacation have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting journey with countless choices. The reasons are many and easy to understand.
First of all, a trip that has as a means of transport a vessel that is mainly driven by the wind, offers an unparalleled sense of freedom and a unique contact with nature. Moreover, the Greek coasts have incredible beauties that are inaccessible by any other means.
Also, a sailing boat can be a floating base for many more enjoyable marine activities such as fishing, windsurfing and diving if you can carry all the necessary equipment.
Another basic thing you need to do while sailing is to check regularly the weather conditions. You can monitor the weather for the next day or the whole week by looking on different webpages online .The other solution is to download an app for your mobile or tablet for real time check.
Organize your meals.
First you have to check your stocks on food and ingredients. If something is missing, you have to create a list and then go for shopping in the first available port. If you have children onboard you have to think twice your meals schedule and not to forget a thing.Remember that the next port maybe far away and you may need abundant food for easy meals for a few days.Take into account possible summer diseases that may need a specific diet,especially for the younger passengers…
Read your favorite books.
Make a list before the sailing trip, You can start reading your most wanted books while sailing ; you would have all the time. Buy or download at your tablet the books and take them on the sailing boat.
Learn how to read the sailing maps and compass.
Ask someone (maybe the skipper if there is one) to show you how to study the sailing maps, how to use the compass and what are the basic guidlines of sailing a chartered boat . If you learn the basics, that would help you understand how is the process of sailing and what can be your duties if the skipper needs help when encountering difficult situations.
Practice on splicing and rope knots.
At the same time can the skipper maybe able to show you the most known boating knots and how to splicing in order to help him.
All in all, time onboard can be an unforgettable experience and one thing to remember throughout hard winter time,if you organise activities far ahead and take with you all the necessary equipment.