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Sailing

A sailing activity break in Cyprus is an opportunity to experience the challenge and thrill of navigating a luxury yacht first hand. The island is an idyllic location to start mastering the art of seamanship, or to simply notch up a few extra practice hours at sea.

Not only is there plenty of water to sail on, Cyprus is renowned for its long, warm summers complemented by good south westerly sailing Meltemi winds which blow along the coast from April to October. With few hazards for learners, mile upon mile of beautiful coastal scenery and great food and attractions, Cyprus is the perfect place to get out and have some fun on the water. 

Construction of Limassol’s lavish €250 million marina development is already underway, and with additional facilities planned for Paphos, Larnaca and Agia Napa, Cyprus is set to become an eastern Mediterranean sailing paradise, and an alluring alternative to the charms of the Core d’Azur, Greece and Turkey.  

SAILING COURSES

Many of Cyprus’ sailing schools offer Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited courses, from ‘Competent Crew’ skills for novices, to ‘Day Skipper’ for intermediate sailors, both an ideal springboard for further study to gain a fully-fledged ‘Yachtmaster’ qualification. The RYA is the UK’s governing body for water sports and provides a highly respected and structured programme of progressive sailing training, both in the UK and at approved centres around the world. 

RYA qualifications are internationally recognised and its yacht handling courses are considered to be among the best available to sailors today. Safety and quality are assured, as schools which display the RYA logo are regularly inspected to ensure yachts and instructors operate at the highest standards, minimising any risk to students.

Private and group course options are available in Cyprus and are ideal for small groups of friends, corporate activities or even for couples enjoying a romantic holiday break. Mixed courses are a great way to make friends if you are travelling solo, as long as you don’t mind the close confines of days and nights spent on board with your new companions. 

Courses can be delivered in English and combine theoretical training with practical skills. While you don’t have to be physics whiz to sail, it is important that students understand how wind and water speed are manipulated to achieve the best performance from the yacht under sail. Students are taught fundamental sailing theory early on in the course, for example, basic navigation, instrument reading and the five main ‘points of sail’ to enable them to ‘trim’ or adjust the sails according to wind conditions and the boat’s course.

Mornings are usually spent learning skills with the theory put to practice when the island’s moderate south westerly winds pick up speed in the afternoons. After a long day in the fresh air, either taking turns at the helm or feverishly manning the winches to trim the sails, evenings are spent on board with dinner and drinks in the galley, or perhaps enjoying a well earned meze at a traditional beachside taverna re-living the day’s exploits. A cool morning dip before breakfast is the perfect way to revive tired sea legs before raising anchor for another day of exertion on deck. 

Night sailing is an essential element of the RYA syllabus and navigating around marker buoys in pitch darkness can be a hair-raising but exhilarating experience for novice sailors. The concentration required, along with the fear of dashing a hole in a yacht worth in excess of €100,000, can be exhausting and even those predisposed to sea sickness quickly succumb to sleep.                

Of course you can still enjoy luxury on the high seas without the hard work as a number of yachting companies in Cyprus offer fully crewed charter packages, from sunset Champagne cruises to full day excursions and live-aboard breaks.
 
Catching a few rays on deck sipping a perfectly mixed Martini is certainly a decadent way to enjoy the sea. However, if you yearn to rediscover your sense of adventure and want to achieve something that lasts longer than a holiday tan, then an activity holiday in Cyprus could be just the thing to put the wind back into your sails.

CYPRUS SAILING SCHOOLS

Whether you are a complete novice or notching up your sailing hours, Cyprus offers a choice of internationally recognised sailing courses and schools to teach you the ropes.


LIMASSOL

Interyachting Ltd
Limassol
Telephone: (+357) 2581 1900
Email: info@interyachting.com.cy
Website: www.interyachting.com.cy
True North
Limassol
Telephone: (+357) 2582 1018 / 9958 6486
Email: info@truenorth.com.cy
Website: www.truenorth.com.cy

PAPHOS & THE WEST

Crystal Marine
Latchi
Telephone: (+357) 2632 2869
Email: info@crystalmarinecyprus.com
Website: www.crystalmarinecyprus.com
 

LARNACA

 
Koursaros Yachting
Larnaca
Telephone: (+357) 2410 2343
Email: contact@koursarosyachting.com
Website: www.koursarosyachting.com
Ostria Sailing Academy
Larnaca
Telephone: (+357) 2266 9017
Email: info@ostriasailing.com
Website: www.ostriasailing.com




CYPRUS YACHT CHARTER AND CRUISES

Chartering a private yacht in Cyprus is the perfect way to celebrate a special event or spend time with friends enjoying fresh sea air, sunset cocktails or a relaxing afternoon fishing or snorkelling in crystal clear waters. Cyprus’ yacht charter specialists can organise everything you need to create a memorable occasion you’ll always treasure.     

LIMASSOL
Interyachting Ltd
Limassol
Telephone: (+357) 2581 1900
Email: info@interyachting.com.cy
Website: www.interyachting.com.cy
Relax Cruises
Limassol
Telephone: (+357) 9949 2966 / 9956 2074
E-mail: info@relax-cruises.net
Website: www.relax-cruises.net

PAPHOS & THE WEST

Cyprus Yacht Charters
Paphos
Telephone: (+357) 2691 0200 / 2691 0035
Email: info@cyprusyachtcharters.com
Website: www.cyprusyachtcharters.com

Crystal Marine
Latchi
Telephone: (+357) 2632 2869
Email: info@cyprusyachtcharters.com
Website: www.crystalmarinecyprus.com

LARNACA
Linohn Yachting
Telephone: (+357) 9919 0528

PanMed Sailing Ltd
Larnaca
Telephone: (+357) 99448944
Email: panmedsailing@yahoo.com
Website: www.panmedsailing.com



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