Free, unique, adventurous, eco-friendly and fun are only a few of many characteristics of sailing vacation! So why not to include, in such an experience, your whole family? This is the best way to move away from everyday routine or the same old traditional way of having vacations and instead you’ll get your own little paradise aboard a sailing yacht which will take you on another magical destination each day. To do so we provide you a few tips to get the best from family sailing vacation:
 
 
1 Sun cream and water
 
Two most important things to have aboard for you and your children are sun cream and water. You need to protect you and your children from Sun with sun cream, hats, glasses and spend as many time as possible under the shadows. Second thing is water as you need to keep your crew hydrated.  Also you have to keep in mind that food need to be stored properly and that you need to eat as healthy r as possible.
Oh one more thing very important aboard are swimsuits, do not forget to bring your swimsuits.
 
 
 
2 Safety
First safety precaution is to let know your charterer that there will be children aboard and how old are those children. If there are and special treatment required for you or your kids do not hesitate to ask. Also if your kids tend to wander around it is good to ask your charterer for the safety net for the yacht just to prevent any wandering overboard. Also good precaution measurement for elder crew members who get a little bit tipsy after too much relaxing.
 
 
 
 
 3 Crew
 
Even if you are experienced sailor it is always recommended to have a skipper aboard while sailing with your wife and kids. Otherwise it is just to exhausting to entertain your kids, entertain your wife and sail in the same time. Therefore, it is recommended to rent a professional skipper who will help you in navigation, teach you a lot about local area, appoint you to the best places, advise you regarding any needs you have and entertain you and your whole crew, he will be your skipper and a tour guide. As it usually goes you hire a skipper but in the end you get a buddy. 
 
 
 
4 Relaxed Timetable and itinerary
 
Keep in mind that you are here for vacation, to relax and enjoy, and not to run from sight to sight just to see as many as possible and eventually end up exhausted. Pick a few destinations you would like to visit, not too far away from each other and suitable to your needs and desires. Few places that will provide you a great experience to whole crew and which will leave you enough time to take a stop anywhere you want for a swim or relaxation.  And for the first destination always pick some close place so you can acclimatize to a boat without exaggeration.
Good thing that we are always ready to prepare you an itinerary suitable to your needs. But the fact is that you’ll define your route on the way. There’s always some secret bay you will visit or destination where you’ll want to stay longer than predicted. Just keep an open mind and enjoy.
 
 
 
5 Additional Fun
 
Bring some additional accessories for your kids.  Although technology always comes handy with games and cartoons, maybe this time you should think about some watersport equipment as skies, tubes, snorkeling gear, stand up pedals, kayaks etc. Maybe even fishing gear for some quality time on the deck with your kids during the evening.  Leave IPads and smart phones for bed time. The best part of watersport equipment is waking up your inner child. It usually ends up with you using the gear almost as long your kids if not even more.
 
 
 
6 Get kids involved
 
One of the best features of sailing is having a unique experience. Doesn’t matter if you have skipper or you are skipper involve your whole crew in sailing. I do not believe that there is anybody who didn’t react with a big ”wooow” while seeing hoisting and adjusting a sail for the first time in reality.  Some of our best skippers, even after years and year of sailing, still have little silent ”wow” each time they set the sails. Although sailing demands huge amount of expertise, with professional sailor aboard sailing can be a great fun for your kids but also it can be educational.
 
 
 
7 Education
 
Beside learning about sailing, your vacation could be a great opportunity to educate yourself and your kids more about local history, hear great local myths and legends and explore local area.
 
 
 
8 Activities
 
But it should go far more from just sailing, learning and swimming. You should participate with your crew in some activities in local area. Whether it is biking, hiking, kayaking, zip line, rafting or even donkey riding. It is important to keep in mind, while picking a destination, what could we as a family do there   Great thing is, if you are sailing with us, you can just ask us and we will tell you which activities you should try with your family.  
 
 
 
9 But don’t forget yourself
 
It is a family vacation and kids have a huge role in it, but after you give them IPads with cartoons and sent them to bed, do not forget to enjoy with your better half. We always recommend a nice glass of wine on the deck. You’ll maybe feel a little bit chilly from fresh evening air but do not be confused, our evenings are hot and those fillings you’ll experience are just a first symptoms of falling in love all over again.
 
 
 
10 There is never enough photos and videos
 
  There are two main reasons why to take as many photos and videos as you can:  
To show everybody how awesome your vacation was
To remind your self during winter everyday routine what is waiting for you next summer again. Do not worry we have all equipment needed for a nice little photo and video memory.  
 
Now could you tell us that family sailing isn’t the best quality time you can have with your family.
  To find out more about family sailing or to get a tailor made offer contact us or visit www.yakosailing.com
Dream with us...

Ok, we spend first day sailing and exploring the boat and her capabilities but now it's time to have some creative time or some extra fun! So what choices we have during a sailing trip to do and what we can organize to make it really interesting? 
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1 SNORKELING
All our boats are fully equipped with snorkeling gear for adults and kids, so grab a pair of fins and a mask and discover what is hiding under the crystal clear water! There are many special spots ideal for snorkeling and a great variety of rocks, sand and caves to explore nearby. Fishes, sea-plants and shipwrecks are there waiting for you to discover and why not to take some underwater photos from your findings! Just remember: the longer you snorkel, the greater the hunger afterwards!
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2 FISHING

Well if you don't have patience forget it! But if you really want to test your skills or food storage is empty then give it a try! All you need to remember is that it's all up to the right bate and timing and soon you will have a full dinner ready from you! There is fishing gear in every boat so take advantage of it and our skipper will be there to provide you with the rights advises for a successful fishing. It takes time and lots of tries but in the end if the bucket is full it's all right. Just try not to hook yourselves or your friends...

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 3 SCUBA DIVING
Yeap this year it's time to do something you've been planning to do for many years. It's the perfect combination during your trip to have your first tries and why not to take your certificate! Our professional partners can offer you a variety of courses for beginners, advanced or experts divers and on the other hand you can explore the depth of the Aegean Sea. Just ask us about details and we can organize a daily or more of a scuba diving experience with one of our associated Scuba Diving Schools in Halkidiki and Sporades islands.
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 4 WATER SPORTS
Up for a great adventure? The perfect adventure-filled day awaits you with our half-day expeditions. Greek island hop…via stand up paddle board! Standing upright on a SUP board allows you to enjoy the beautiful island scenery as well as a spectacular view down through the clear blue Aegean sea. Gliding over gentle waves, watching the fish swim beneath your feet, can truly provide the sensation of walking on water. Come join us for a summer adventure as we paddle around the island and explore it’s vast beauty of turquoise waters, caves, bays and more. Perfect for groups or families wanting to learn and play on the water together.Those with prior water sports experience can choose from a sunrise, afternoon or sunset tour along the coastline with an instructor. We’ll break for snacks & swimming on the beach so you can enjoy the clear, blue water
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 4 SAILING REGGATA

Have you ever participated in a sailing race? Do you want to experience the thrill and the pace of a sailing rally and discover your abilities and skills in sailing?

If you and your company are enough to charter more than one sailing yacht then is the perfect chance to compete in a small regatta. Our experienced skippers can teach you the basics of a sailing race and open sails to cover a distance where the winner takes it all and the loser pays the drinks!

At certain periods during summer, especially August, you can also watch an official sailing race with our yachts from a close distance and have a glimpse of the endurance and efforts of sports sailors. With our yachts we can accompany a sailing race and, why not, try to learn some moves from the best. And who knows, maybe next time you can be a member of a sport team! 

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YAKO SAILING turns a new page this summer and moves the
 
base of our harbouring at the most luxurious resort of the Balkans!
 
Our new base at the 5* Mirragio Thermal Spa Resort in Paliouri,
 
Halkidiki offers all the comfort and safety could imagine!
 
A perfect marina with great services of anchoring, catering and
 
many more is in the service of all our friends! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The resort has a variety of facilities, all of them at the disposal of
 
YAKO SAILING! Beach bar, pools, restaurant, Spa center
 
mini market and many more in the best resort of Halkidiki!
 
The staff of the Mirragio Thermal Spa Hotel is always ready to
 
provide the services needed and make your stay in the Marina an
 
unforgettable one!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ok you sailed, you swimmed and got your sunbath but now it's time to feed that enormous appetite! So, what choices you have for food on a sailing trip in Greece? Really now??? Greece and food had always a close and unique relation so now it's the perfect time to try all those famous combinations of taste and aroma that will blow your mind! Lets see...

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On board

The criteria we suggest for a sailing picnic during day is easy to eat finger food”. Something you can grab with one hand and eat in 1, 2, or 3 bites works best. Avoid anything that requires a knife and fork. Sandwiches are an obvious choice. Cutting up a submarine or grinder into handy sized pieces is an inexpensive and quick solution. Meatballs, sausage cut up into pieces, cheese, and veggie plates make good snacks. Rice crackers hold up in the humidity; water crackers do not. But nothing can beat a big, deep plate of greek salad dressed with olive oil, tomatoes and feta cheese! Just wet your bread inside and taste Greece in a bite. Yes, in that case you do need a fork... For dinner, sailor's easy and safe choise is always pasta with any kind of sauce, cause after a long day you need something tasty done fast. Unless you have a chef!  

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Off board

You are on a sail boat in Greece and you are hungry? You are lucky! The mediteranian cuisine and the local products of Greece consider to be the best nutrition world wide. Don't hesitate a moment, get in a tavern by the sea and try the great variety of Greek delicatessens. Olive oil, tomatoes, feta cheese are globaly famous but only if you ask the owners or your skipper you'll discover the rich and depth of local flavors. “The best fish is the fresh fish” they say, so get in front of that glass of fishes and choose yours. Other seafood like octapous, seashells and squibs are always a good idea but it also helps a lot if the owners propose their specialties. A cold, dry white wine of Greek vineyards or the traditional ouzo with ice will acccompany your dishes in a perfect way! Careful with the ouzo, it's pretty heavy for soft drinkers... 

 

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Pick a fisherman

You didn't get lucky with fishing (it's always the wrong spot to blame...) and veryone onboard is waiting for their dish to fill up with a delicious fresh fish just like you promised...

Now it's the time to use your beautiful smile and approach a fisherman inside or outside of the sea! During summer many fishing boats go around your area or close to the harbours you dock, so why not take advantage of them and buy a few fresh fish straight from the source! Most fishermen will sell you in great prices part of their catch but if you offered them a cold beer before negotiations, you'll get some extra bonus for your grill! Cook them on board as all yachts are eqquipped with gas oven or bring them to a tavern and they will do the job for you. Best time of the day for catching your fisherman is usually early in the morning but also during day keep your eyes open and your smile wide!

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Drinks

Beers, beers and...more beers! And when you think you bought enough, buy another dozen. And don't worry about having them cold because you can find ice almost everywhere and inside the refrigerators of every boat you can preserve them for a long time. Rum for mojito cocktails (always a must) or wine to join your meals are always in the top of the shopping list. Otherwise how else will you enjoy the sunset if not with a glass of Merlot under the sound of Chopin... Juices and milk or coffee drinks for breakfast and lots of bottled water to keep you hydrated before the sun and salt. Don't worry about storage, many cabinets inside a yacht offer enough space for everything.

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Packing Your Food

Try and pack all your cold food in a insulated bag or collapsible cooler (likewise for hot food). Transport your dry foods; chips, rolls separately from your cold food to avoid condensation. Almost all cold food (unless you are travelling a couple of hours to pick up your charter) will be fine unrefrigerated and will be put out shortly after boarding for munching anyway.

 

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What not to bring

Generally, you can leave the serving dishes and flatware at home. All charter boats and private yachts of YAKO SAILING have a fully equipped galley on board. When is a skipperd charter we help you setup your food and drink and clean up, but others, especially when there is no crew you will have to find your way around the galley yourself.

So, we think till now you are dreweling for a bite of a greek "meze" and if you don't know what this is, all you have to do is to start planning your trip with YAKO SAILING and travel to Greece and find out!