Sailing Collective is a hands-on, bespoke charter company exploring coastlines of the world on crewed sailing adventures. Our customized voyages integrate adventure, heritage, and great sailing through a unique and thoughtful approach to modern travel.
With diverse backgrounds as sailors, gastronomes, and travelers, the Sailing Collective offers a wealth of information and life experience to every journey. Your journey will be crewed by a Sailing Collective captain and private chef. Trained professionals and explorers at heart work, they will work with you to build a customized day to day itinerary tailored to your express needs, interests and desired activities.
Boat: Lucia 40 (2017) catamaran | $17,100 trip total
Included in the Collective Package:
• Private Collective captain and chef
• Travel support to help customize and guide your journey
• Delicious meals (including six breakfasts, five lunches, three dinners and snacks aboard) all prepared by your private chef
• Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And, of course, unabashed adventure and amazing memories!
Included in the Collective Package:
• Alcohol (your captain and chef will discuss in advance and can provisioning wine and spirits for you)
• On shore activities such as scooter rentals and dinning
• Gratuity: It's customary to offer 10% - 20% which is split equally between crew
50 percent due at booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure
Please review cancellation, change, and insurance policy on the booking page before booking
A native to Maine and unabashed thalassophile, Jon has worked on the water for over 12 years and has sailed over 15,000 miles. On land he has walked the width and breadth of two nations and has lived in cities from New York to Honolulu to Bangkok. While solo journeys have incredible value, for him, it is the communal expeditions in outdoor settings that have defined Jon’s time in the wilderness as they provide the rare combination of camaraderie and growth that only can be known through group adventure. He has worked with at-risk youth building boats in Portland, Maine; college students on semester-long tallships sailing voyages in the Caribbean; and as an instructor for Outward Bound. He holds a USCG masters license, and has participated in international competitions on traditional 18th century wooden Bantry Bay Gigs, canoed Alaska's Inside Passage rain forest, and operatied a marine research vessel for Cornell University. When not on the move, he enjoys living in small island communities off the New England coast.
Matt, a New Orleans native, was raised in a restaurant family. His family ran several restaurants throughout the French Quarter, all inspired by their immigration from Hong Kong. He took after his Grandmother and Uncles, spending time in the kitchen tasting anything that could, and some that he shouldn't.
After highschool Matt went on to pursue his own culinary path with ambition of cooking around the world. He took an apprenticeship in a small New Orleans creole cottage, Iris, learning the kitchen dance, one on one with the Chef. Honing his talents, he grew into bigger roles in bigger kitchens, learning from many, including Chef Susan Spicer in New Orleans and David Chang in New York, cooking everything from old world French baguettes to aerated cheese foam in mozzarella balloons. His passion for cooking has manifested itself into travels, journeys and lifetime friendships throughout the world.
Corfu is the northernmost of the seven Ionian Islands and the perfect starting point to explore the sun-drenched Ionian Sea. A mixture of sheltered coastal spots and more adventurous blue water stretches make Corfu an ideal destination for sailors of all abilities.
The famous Heptanese Islands are known for their relaxed culture and attractive scenery, excellent beaches and warm, clear waters. Corfu is home to a number of relaxing beaches and imposing castles, as well as numerous outlying islands and abundant native wildlife. A combination of sheltered coastal and exciting open water sailing lets you take in Paxos and Antipaxos, known for their wine and excellent beaches.
Each Ionian Island offers panoramic views from high mountain peaks, sheltered bays and sandy beaches ideal for diving and snorkeling, delicious traditional food and drink and ancient history spanning the very earliest western civilizations
Marina: Gouvia Marina
Boat name: Servus (Lucia 40)
Embarking: Meeting time is after 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Upon arrival at the marina, look for the boat flying a Sailing Collective flag. You can also ask a Sun Charter rep to point you towards Servus or Cpt. Jon. If you arrive earlier in the day, you can store your luggage at the marina and explore the area. If you plan on arriving after 7 p.m., please let us know as soon as possible and we so we can make accommodations!
Disembarking: You will arrive back to the marina by sunset on Day 7, you will dine in town and spend the last night on the boat at the marina. Disembarking is by 9 a.m. the next morning. Your crew can help arrange a taxi for you if needed.
Nearest Airport: Corfu Airport
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef/crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
Tips are split evenly between the crew and it is common to offer 15% to 20% of the cost of the carter. Gratuity can be offered in Euros or Dollars, PayPal or Venmo.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light rain coat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
We will start our journey from a Marina located nearby the town of Corfu proper, where you’ll find brightly-colored Venetian buildings lining water’s edge. Corfu’s Old Town is a UNESCO site; stroll the Liston, an arcaded street built during the French occupation; and wander the city’s green esplanade on the first day of the Journey. While in Corfu town explore Palaio Frourio, a 15th century Byzantine castle constructed by the Venetians. Climb to the summit of the inner outcrop to see the lighthouse and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views.
First, we'll sail north towards the traditional Greek fishing village of Kalami. The sand-and-shingle beach is gorgeous and the natural cove means it’s sheltered from swells so it’s perfect for swimming. Whenever you’re ready, head south to Mandraki Harbour, situated just under the steep walls of Corfu’s Venetian fort.
Next, we sail south along Corfu’s coast toward the open waters of the Ionian and Lakka on the northern tip of Paxos. Tree-covered hills slope gently to the sea, providing shelter from the prevailing winds and creating a perfect harbor. Lakka’s pebbly beach gives way to golden sand as soon as you step in the water and on Harami Beach you’ll find locals offering water sports rental with banana boats, windsurfing, and water skiing.
Parga is packed with music bars, tavernas and kafenios (coffee shops), and the bustling harbor is alive with boats. Beaches frame the pretty coastal town; enjoy lively Kryoneri or head for the quieter shores of its little sister, Piso Kryoneri.
Sivota Islands. Tucked behind the three islands in the chain—Nisis Ay Nikolaos, Nisis Sivota and Nisis Siv Mavros Notos—Mourtos is a tranquil little village perched on mainland Greece, perfect for a day of relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet.
In the port of Plataria, a long breakwater leads to a bustling harbor, while tavernas and cafés dot the quayside. Walk 100 meters south along the harbor and you’ll find a sandy beach.
This mid-sized catamaran by Fountaine Pajot is both high-performing and elegantly built. It features a sunny and spacious galley and generous communal space: enjoy a meal in the lounge area, nap on the forward trampoline or keep the captain company while sunbathing on the fly deck.
Explore photos from our past journeys