ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEY
Your journey will be crewed by a captain and chef who are not only trained professionals but explorers at heart. With diverse backgrounds as sailors, travelers, artists, gastronomes and academics Sailing Collective crew members offer a wealth of information and life experience to every journey. Your crew will work with you to build a customized day to day itinerary tailored to your group needs, interests, and desired activities.
This journey will be a laid back journey, new friends and old friends are all welcome to join us and invite your friends. Once we fill the 1st boat, we'll open up a second boat for this journey. If you have 4 or more friends and interested in organizing a private charter, you can sail along side the flotilla!
Our "Collective Package" includes: lodging aboard for 7 nights, captain, chef, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, and all boat fees. You can expect to sail 2-5 hours every day, while reserving the rest of the time for swimming, fishing, relaxing, exploring on land, and definitely eating. Sailing Collective captains are incredibly knowledgeable and they'll help you plan and experience the best vacation possible - it's like having a personal concierge with you on your trip. Your crew will organize outings or point you in the right direction of markets, sites, and restaurants if you'd rather explore on your own.
PRICING Private journeys rates are based on the number of double-occupancy cabins and generally run between $3,500-$6,000 per double cabin depending on the location, boat selected, and optional add ons. So for example, with a group of 6 the range would be $10,500 - $18,000. Groups of 4-8 tend to be the most cost effective, but we can accommodate as few as 2 or as many as 10 guests per boat (pricing per person is typically higher the smaller the group). This is just to give you an idea and we'll put together a more refined quote for your group once we know a bit more about what you are looking for.
Included in the Collective Package:
• Private Collective captain and chef (for some of the best food of your life)
• Travel support to help guide you on your journey
• Onboard family style meals with 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks
• Marina fees and dockage
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And of course 7 days of unabashed adventure and epic memories...
50% due at booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure
Please review cancellation, change, and insurance policy on the booking page before booking!
Dayyan Armstrong founded the Sailing Collective out of a passion for connecting people with the world through adventure and sailing. Having been raised with values based on multi-cultural awareness and the importance of global culture, Dayyan combined his enthusiasm for sailing and exploration to create an integrated sailing vacation organization open to adventures, explorers, and sailors alike. With a background in music performance, social theory, and a graduate degree in economics from the New School for Social Research, Dayyan is always excited to participate in discourse in topics of theory, art, adventure, and exploration. Outside sailing and exploration, Dayyan is passionate about cured meats, design, Maine, social theory, Cook’s Illustrated, a good museum, photography, Harper’s Magazine, and various types of cooking over fire or coals.
George is a longtime sailor and a public school teacher at a maritime high school in New York City. Originally from Paris, his passion for sailing began at the age of 5, when he experienced the joy of cruising up and down the east coast with his grandfather. In the 2000s, George and the sailing collective founders started a tradition of journeys on the sloop Pelican that inspired many more seafaring adventures. An experienced sailing instructor, tour guide, and now a physics teacher, George is passionate about the earth and the diversity of cultures and phenomena. He has skippered sailing collective charters in the British Virgin Islands and Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, and traveled thousands of miles on bicycle, including in Alaska, Iceland, and Pyrenee mountains. He looks forward to spending more time at sea and helping his students get more sea-time to become future captains, engineers, and waterkeepers.
Sail Sicily journey will take place on a number of up to 55' modern design sailboats with up to 5 cabins per boat. Each boat will be skippered and crewed by Sailing Collective member captains who will take care of the itinerary and keep you safe as we sail throughout the Aeolian Islands for the week. Sail Sicily is a multi-boat book-by-the-cabin voyage with up to 5 boats sailing together in our flotilla, sailing side by side with group outings during the evening on shore. A sailing vacation with the Sailing Collective is a unique and exhilarating new way to travel. With a mix of sailing and land adventures, a sailing vacation is an alternative way of seeing secluded locations with a new perspective.
Option 1) Fly into Catania and take a 2-hour taxi to Marina Portorosa.
Option 2) Fly into Palermo and take a 3-hour train to Milazzo, from Milazzo, take a 20- minute taxi to Marina Portorosa.
Once we are all booked, the group will coordinate together with the travelers coming from both Palermo and Catania.
The early Greeks called this place the islands of wind and fire, with active smouldering volcanoes and a dark and dramatic rocky landscape, these seven small islands north of Sicily stir up remarkable vigor with memories that stay with you for a lifetime. The Aeolian archipelago (islands) were designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000, since then, vacationers from all walks of earth have been experiencing what the locals have treasured for thousands of years. A Sailing Collective journey takes us to each of these dramatic jet-set playground on our own itinerary and leisure.
We start our sailing journey at Marina di Portorosa in the town of Tonnarella. Marina di Portorosa is central in town, when arriving, make your way to the main marina office to find out where the Sailing Collective boats are in the marina. You will see a banner on our boats with your fellow passengers, captain and crew waiting your arrival.
Meeting time at the marina is between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Please notify your captain in advance if you are delayed and will not arrive by 6pm.. Upon arrival, the front desk at the marina will direct you to the Sailing Collective boats. Each Sailing Collective sailboats dons our banner andlogo where your captain and crew will be waiting for to arrive. After everyone arrives and settles in aboard, we will dine ashore. Please note: the evening of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2, passengers should purchase alcohol or other beverages for the week as well as any last minute personal provisioning.
Contact: Dayyan Armstrong
+1 (603) 969 3186 [iMessage, SMS, Whatsapp, Viber, Skype]
Catania International Airport is the nearest arrival airport, about 150 km (2-3 hours by road) from Marina di Portorosa.
Alternative airport is the Falcone–Borsellino Airport in Palermo, which is approximately 200 km Marina di Portorosa (2-3 hours by road)
AIRLINES THAT FLY TO CATANIA
RECOMMENDED TRAVEL LINKS
TRANSPORATION FROM AIRPORT TO MARINA
Catania Airport to Tonnarella and Marina di Portorosa takes roughly 2-3 hours and there is a variety of ways to get to Marina di Portorosa. We recommend arriving in Catania, Sicily no later than 11am of Day 1 to allow time to travel to Marina di Portorosa in Tonnarella. Hotels available for early arrivals.
For groups, private vans and taxis can be arranged for approximately 200 EUR.. Other methods are bus, train, or rental car.
We recommend using the travel site ROME2RIO for travel recommendations.
More options in the larger village of Milazzo, 10 minute taxi from Marina di Portorosa.
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. Visa and passport information can be found here.
Throughout the month of June daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 27°C/80°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 20°C/68°F. The average daily wind speed in June has been around 11 km/h, that’s the equivalent to about 7 mph, or 6 knots. In June, for the nearest coastal location, the temperature of the sea averages around 22°C/72° F.
Sailing Collective provisions each boat with local foods and produce from the region. Included in the provisioning package includes:
7 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 3 Dinner, Snacks*, Water, Light beverages
Not included in provisioning package:
Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Wine, Beer, etc.
Cooking Aboard: Passengers and crew cook family style aboard with cooking enthusiasts welcomed. Sailing Collective skippers and crew are all talented cooks as well and will prepare meals as well. 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 the Guest Form
Starting port: Portorosa
Salina is the second largest island in the Aeolian group. In stark contrast to the exposed volcanic terrain of the other Aeolian Islands, Salina boasts a lush, verdant landscape. Woodlands, wildflowers, thick yellow gorse bushes and serried ranks of grape vines carpet its hillsides in vibrant colours and cool greens, while high coastal cliffs plunge into the breaking waters below.
Emerging out of the blue haze like a menacing maritime pyramid, Stromboli's smoking silhouette conforms perfectly to one's childhood idea of a volcano. In fact, the island of Stromboli is just the tip of a vast underwater volcano that rises from the seabed 1476m below. The most captivating of the Aeolian Islands, it's a hugely popular daytrip destination as well as the summer favourite of designers Dolce and Gabbana.
The ancient island of "Euonimo" is 3.5 sq km and is predominantly focussed on luxury tourism. The main village, Contrada San Pietro, consists of a picturesque group of white houses clustered along the eastern side of the island. The built-up area is crowned with olive trees and protected by huge walls.
Vulcano's volcanic nature has long been impressing visitors – the ancient Romans believed it to be the chimney of the fire god Vulcan's workshop and the island is today celebrated for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs. The main drawcard however, remains the Fossa di Vulcano, or Gran Cratere (Large Crater), the steaming volcano that towers over the island's north eastern shores.
The Beneteau 43.3 was designed with sailing performance firmly in mind without sacrificing comfort. A full-batten mainsail and roller-furling genoa easily drive the sleek hull in all conditions. All sail control lines are led aft to the cockpit for safety and convenience, and the mainsail has a self-stacking system and lazy jacks. The yacht also has an electric windlass, and aft is a generous swim platform. The galley is sensibly laid out along the port side and has all features. Forward is a large double cabin with en suite head with shower, and aft there are two double cabins and two heads with showers. All cabins have plenty of storage and hanging lockers, and opening ports and hatches as well as fans.
On board the Oceanis 45, harmony reigns supreme: everything is in its place on this beautiful yacht, a chart table that is also a living room table, a bilge increasing overall comfort, an open bathing platform making access to the sea easier. Comfort is built in.
Innovative, spacious, bright, and sophisticated only begins to describe the exciting Beneteau 50.5. Designed by Berret-Racoupeau and built by Beneateau, she features a sleek coachroof, long side windows, a fully-integrated mainsail arch and all the ergonomic ease of detailed design to make the most of each area. Fitted with 4 main cabins, 1 crew cabin and 4 electric heads, large salon and linear portside galley the 50.5 offers an abundance of interior space and comfort. Located forward is an additional cabin, accessed via a hatch, with berth and head. Plenty of opening ports and hatches provide excellent ventilation throughout the yacht. On deck, her spacious cockpit, foredeck and dual helm makes this yacht comfortable outside as well.