Flotilla holiday advice

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Flotilla holiday advice

We have our first flotilla holiday next week. Off for two weeks to the Ionian and Greek islands.

as it’s our first one, any advice, tips, suggestions of what to take?

very excited is an understatement 

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Don't know about what to take , but if you stop off in Sami Kefalonia, you could pop into Pharos, one of the best tavernas on the waterfront and say hello to Stavros, tell him Lord Tim and Lady Margaret say hello,  my favourite place to eat :-)  

 

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Depends who you are going with. Let me know and will advise -have done loads.

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We are going with sailingholidays and landing Preveza and then collecting the boat in Plataria. Both myself and the boss were out in Corfu and the north Ionian on a our RYA course back in May.

got a benateu 331, so should be an easy boat to start with. Small but enough space for myself, wife and two teenagers.

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Would you like more for the reading list?

Jonathan

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I did the Greek islands a few years ago with six of us sharing a 38 footer. I only knew three of them.

Not much storage space, so take as little as possible.

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Jonathon - yes please. I need some book suggestions. Running low. Just got waiting, the art of racing in the rain (been sat waiting for holiday to read for the best part of 6months) and the latest Jason bourne 

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From personal experience don't expect to much from sailing holidays. Everything will be an extra. Their boats are very basic. Worth hiring a dingy with outboard, plenty of books, sunscreen, Also worth taking plenty of batteries and a 12v charger. Torch is essential. Light waterproof jacket. Cash rather than cards for local tavernas. Crew will arrange meals where they get free meals not always the best places. Be aware that sailing holidays have a force 3 maximum sail . Anything over that they stay in harbour.

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Sailing:
Moby Dick
Sailing Alone Around the World
The Last Grain Race

And have you started the Aubrey/ Maturin series? Probably best to start at the beginning, but there are some set in the Med.

Mediterranean:
Mediterranean Seafood
On the Shores of the Mediterranean

The Balkan Trilogy
Graves' The Greek Myths, but it isn't easy going: check first.

Cars:
Setright's Drive On!
Newey's How to Build a Car
John Aston's new book.
Tony Ambrose's new book

Our world:
Enlightment Now is good, but it's not as good as The Better Angels of our Nature.

Other stuff:
An astronomy app. I use Star Walk but I don't know that it's better than anything else.
A knots app. Where better to practise?

Jonathan

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Also worth taking plenty of batteries and a 12v charger. Torch is essential.

Can you consolidate on USB charging? The performance of small USB battery packs is amazing and they've made a big difference to camping and cycletouring. I use one from TeckNet... with a built-in torch. But I wouldn't be without a good head torch. 

Jonathan

PS: The next technology convergence I'd like is being able to recharge big camera batteries from USB.