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Old 01-05-2013, 12:14   #1
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New to sailing in the Med. - seeking advice

Very new to the world of sailing but loving it and our vision is to own a catamaran in the near future. Currently doing a skipper course in Cape Town, wanting to charter a bareboat catamaran in the Med. ideally mid 2014. Would like to establish contacts and share experiences of those of you that have sailed in Europe. Where's a good place to start, where is the best place to charter a catamaran? Any South Africans that can share what they've learned and valued the most in the Med.? I have a wife and 6 year old daughter to do the trip. Any experiences with home schooling, how effective? I'd appreciate learning from all of you that have already enjoyed and experienced the Med.
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Re: New to sailing in the Med. - seeking advice

The med is a big place, any idea where you want to start , how long have you got , and what is your experience.

The big charter areas are , Greece, Croatia and Turkey. Then you have Italy, France and Spain. It all depends

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Thanks Dave - heard that Croatia's a good starting point. Definitely want to do Italy, France, Greece and Spain.The first trip would be a 4 to 6 weeks.When i own my own cat i will take 1 to 2 years for sailing.
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SUggest you focus on giving the wife and family a nice time, and concentrate on one or two countries, many charter companys will limit your distance away anyway.

Bear in mind that in the med in peak season , marinas are crowded, unavailable or very expensive, especially so for Cats. I would avoid France. italy and spain for that reason, and consider 4-6 weeks in Greece, Ionian for light winds, Cyclades for more adventurous stuff. Cats are available but not common in the med. ( much more so in the Carribean).

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Very new to the world of sailing but loving it and our vision is to own a catamaran in the near future. Currently doing a skipper course in Cape Town, wanting to charter a bareboat catamaran in the Med. ideally mid 2014. Would like to establish contacts and share experiences of those of you that have sailed in Europe. Where's a good place to start, where is the best place to charter a catamaran? Any South Africans that can share what they've learned and valued the most in the Med.? I have a wife and 6 year old daughter to do the trip. Any experiences with home schooling, how effective? I'd appreciate learning from all of you that have already enjoyed and experienced the Med.
That's a big question.
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