Summer SailingLate summer in Europe is the perfect time to escape for a relaxing Mediterranean yacht cruise. Gone are the influx of seasonal visitors and days of intense high-season heat, whilst daily life returns to its more leisurely, local pace. The freedom of luxury cruising, whether you prefer to ‘bare boat’ (charter yourself), or jump aboard a skippered vessel, has an attraction all of its own and Cyprus offers an idyllic location to master the art of seamanship. The refreshing sea breeze, the call of adventure and harmonious ebb and flow of the water combine to soothe tired minds and invigorate every passenger on board. From charting your own course, or enjoying a romantic getaway in perfect privacy, to sharing a yacht with friends, relaxing on deck with a glass-in-hand is a decadent way to enjoy life afloat and the perfect way to holiday in style.
A Flotilla Of Attractions
Whilst the sun may shine a little softer during September, the crystal-clear turquoise water retains its lustre and timeless attraction. Breathtaking lagoons, rugged cliff-edges and blissful beaches retain their magnetism and enthusiastic sailors can embrace the calmer waters and warm sea temperatures in perfect peace. From exploring the islets and islands, to snorkelling, scuba-diving or playing with thrilling water toys, there is plenty to enjoy about a luxury holiday in September. Many of the luxurious resorts provide a plethora of land sports to enjoy, with water activities forming an important part of a traveller’s leisure menu. From simply joining a scheduled boat excursion, to chartering a boat for the day, or attending a week’s sailing school, there are many ways for guests to enjoy the thrill of the high seas. A luxurious sunset cruise is often just the start of a life-long love affair with the deep blue ocean.
With plenty of water to sail on and warm summers complemented by good south-westerly sailing Meltemi winds that blow along the coast from April to October, Cyprus has a bounty of nautical fun to offer. With few hazards for learner sailors and mile upon mile of beautiful coastal scenery, plus good food and attractions when you wish to disembark, Cyprus is a great place to voyage. Limassol’s marina is an impressive development, with additional facilities planned for Paphos and Larnica, making Cyprus a Mediterranean sailing haven — an eastern alternative to the nautical appeal of the Côte d’Azure, Greece or Turkey. For keen visitors wishing to complete a novice sailing course, or competent sailors who wish to add to their existing sailing experience, Cyprus offers an excellent choice of internationally recognised sailing courses and schools to teach any level the ropes. Companies such as Latchi Charters provide fully licensed diving instructors, fishing equipment, jet skis and a full range of water toys to complement their collection of luxurious cruisers, sailing yachts, classic motor yachts and modern day powerboats for comfortable cruising — not to mention the dedicated Latchi Watersports Centre.
Knots of Fun
For those with a sailing ambition, 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 of these provide an ideal springboard for further study and help towards gaining a fully-fledged ‘Yachtmaster’ qualification. The Royal Yachting Association is the United Kingdom’s governing body for watersports and provides a highly respected and structured programme of progressive sailing training, both in the United Kingdom and at approved centres around the world. Royal Yachting Association qualifications are internationally recognised and their yacht handling courses are considered to be among the best available. Safety and quality are assured, with regular inspections carried out.
Schooling and Shoaling
Private and group courses are available in Cyprus and these are suitable for small groups of friends, or couples who simply want a romantic holiday escape. Courses themselves are delivered in English and combine theoretical training with practical skills. While you don’t have to be skilled to take part, students are soon taught fundamental sailing theory, such as 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.
Shipmates and Shoalmates
A typical day usually involves mornings spent learning new skills, with the theory being 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 diligently manning the winches to trim the sails, evenings are often spent on board with dinner and drinks in the galley. Alternatively, enjoy a well-deserved meze, or some freshly grilled seafood at a traditional beachside taverna and discuss the day’s adventures with your fellow shipmates. After being lulled to a restful sleep, wake to a refreshing dip in the sea, enjoy a little fishing, savour a continental breakfast and raise the anchor for another stunning day on the Cypriot waves.
Set Sail For Anassa
For those preferring to stay on land and simply dip their toes in the beautiful Eastern Basin, Anassa is a luxurious resort offering pine cliffs, sandy bays, blissful spa treatments, fine cuisine and boat excursions. Set amongst secluded coves and unspoilt wilderness, guests can retreat to Thalassa Spa, dine within eight restaurants and bars and indulge in the Mediterranean lifestyle whilst staying in the beach-chic suite, or majestic villas. Along with myriad sports, guests can dive, sail or swim in the crystal waters, or join a cruise from Polis to the famous Blue Lagoon. Sailing from Anassa’s beach along the stunning Cypriot coastline, passengers can admire the hues of turquoise and shallow crystal-clear waters, observe the vibrant aquatic life and embark on an incredible snorkelling experience. Other must-see highlights include Aphrodite's Rock, Manolis Bay and Amphitheatre Bay.
For younger guests wishing to enjoy the water, Anassa also runs a ‘Crew’ programme for children aged 11 years and over. There are also RYA Youth Courses for children aged 6-8 years that involve a minimum of 8 hours tuition. For those over the age of sixteen, there are RYA Sailing Curses from Levels 1-3 in dinghy and multihull boats, plus advanced modules in Seamanship skills, Day Sailing and RYA Sailing With Spinnakers. In addition to sailing, children can also learn new skills such as canoeing, kayaking and water skiing — they can even try a sorkelling safari. The ocean really is the limit at Anassa and, of course, should this particular skill not appeal to your little ones there are a host of various sports academies across Europe to discover.
A Changing Tide
So, if you wish to add a little wind to your sails, drop anchor for a while, or plot a new course, why not venture to Cyprus and catch a wave with a luxury yachting holiday this September? A luxury yachting holiday is a memorable experience, whether it is exclusive honeymoon or special celebration with friends. The freedom, the privacy and the relaxing lifestyle of a private yacht getaway combines to create an alluring cocktail — a glamorous cruise with a splash of adventure guaranteed. For those who wish to enjoy a diving holiday, there are plenty of options around the world and for those who prefer to simply cruise in style, there are also luxury river cruises or worldwide ocean cruises that may hold more allure.
To arrange your own luxury yacht holiday, or to sail in style on a river cruise or ocean cruise, please call our expert Travel Consultants.