Philippe Saad, Founder and Managing Director of Eden Yachting, commented: “Kiriacoulis is one of our key operators for bareboat, skippered and flotilla sailing holidays across the Mediterranean, so we are delighted to have been named as their UAE agent. Sailing is becoming increasingly popular in the region and many people are attracted by the idea of cruising on their own private chartered yacht as a summer vacation. Through Kiriacoulis we can fulfill that dream.”
Kiriacoulis, established in 1980, operate a fleet of 420 sailing yachts offered exclusively through international charter agencies. Fanis Kiriacoulis, Executive Director said: “We welcome Eden Yachting as the newest addition to our list of agents around the world and are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. The Arabian Gulf is not an area that has been covered up until now, but obviously there is a developing appetite for sailing in the region and we hope to see many new clients from the UAE and neighbouring countries on our yachts.“
There are several options when considering a sailing holiday which include bareboat, flotilla, and for those who do not sail but want to enjoy the relaxed ambience of a yachting vacation, an experienced skipper can be arranged.
Bareboating, which means taking a yacht without professional crew, requires that the skipper must have a licence, and sailing schools in the UAE are full of people eager to take their qualifications for this reason. Starting at a basic level, the candidates build up their sailing and navigational skills until they reach the level of Day Skipper, a licence which enables the holder to charter a yacht up to around 50 ft in length.
According to Saad:
“Newly qualified skipper’s, may decide to sail within a flotilla and Kiracoulis offer this option in the Greek Islands. Flotilla sailing allows for independent cruising, but also provides the unobtrusive support of an experienced flotilla leader who can recommend the best anchorages and help with the mooring.”
Many people also enjoy flotilla sailing for the evening camaraderie and flotillas organized during school vacation time will almost certainly include other families with children.
The Mediterranean is an outstanding place to sail, with destinations as varied as the beautiful Greek islands and Turkey, the wild coast of Corsica and chic Sardinia, the French Riviera and the unspoiled islands of Croatia. It offers challenges for the experienced sailor, as well as easy cruising for the newly qualified, and is somewhere to return to again and again.
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