Let’s face it, July and August are not the ideal months to visit the Mediterranean. Overcrowded and overheated, this is not the time to go if you are looking for calm and fun. But in September, the heat subsides, schools resume and, for a real moment of tranquility, it’s time to take the plunge. Sailing, after all, isn’t just for sailors these days.
There’s no need – unless you want to – to pull strings and clean bridges. You can have a whole crew taking you from a small port to a secluded bay and waiting for you in the meantime. If you want to learn to sail yourself, there are plenty of opportunities to try under the expert guidance of an experienced skipper.
There are also containers for all tastes. If you’re historically inclined, there are replicas of the kind of three- and four-masted schooners that Captain Onedin is said to have sailed (with a little more comfort, of course). There are catamarans and motor yachts or, for a more exotic touch, Turkish gulets. If expense is no object, you can charter an entire boat and house your family and friends. Or if you want to – so to speak – just dip your toe in the water, you can book a cabin for a few nights to see if sailing is for you. You will almost certainly be coming back for more.
The total relaxation option
If what you want is total R&R – with a team doing all the hard work and a chef providing delicious specialties throughout the day – there are plenty of choices available. So if your ideal way to get to the high seas involves beautiful seascapes and the wind in your hair (from the comfort of your deckchair), look no further.
Enjoy the Aegean Sea on an elegant catamaran
If you want to make a grand entrance when you arrive in port, Meridian Adventure Sail offers sleek, high-tech 62-foot fully crewed catamarans. They have privacy and comfort thanks to the bucket load, three or four double en-suite cabins and a dedicated crew. You can hire a single catamaran or larger groups can even take a pair.
This is your own private boat for a week, so you can also choose your own itinerary, from the iconic Aegean Sea (Cesme, Chios, Mykonos, Antiparos, Paros, Naxos, Kalimnos, Bodrum) or the unknown Aegean Sea (Kusadasi, Samos, Patmos, Kalminos, Kos, Knidos, Datca, Bozburun, Dalaman, Limani, Gocek). There will be deep blue waters whichever you choose, as well as a mix of Turkish and Greek cultures and food, and plenty of activities available both on the sea and on land.
How to do: Meridian Adventure Sail (00 27 079 178 7867; meridianaadventuresail.com) is offering a full boat charter price from £47,165, from September 11-18 with all meals and drinks included. There are other departures until October 15.