ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEYYour 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!
Solo Cabin: $3100 per traveler
Double Cabin: $2695 per traveler
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.
Gabrielle is passionate about the intersection of food, shared-experience and nutrition. The origin, quality and seasonality of the ingredients are essential to her methodology, and she strives to use her cooking to connect people and open diners up to new flavors and sensations. Her style is a mix of home-cooking, experimentation, and ethnic flare. She attended Natural Gourmet Institute, where she learned to cook for people with dietary restrictions and transform culinary techniques into health-supportive recipes and menus. Additionally, she worked at Blue Hill, where she was trained in the highest level of farm-to-table food preparation and presentation. From there, she moved on to Pietro, where she was the Sous-Chef, and delved into the nuances of Sardinian-Italian cuisine. Most recently she made a pilgrimage to Lebanon where she investigated her heritage through the lease of food, by spending time cooking with women from various regions of the country at Tawlet, Beirut.
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.
Embarking: Meeting time is after 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Marina di Portorosa. Upon arrival, look for the boat donning a Sailing Collective flag or ask a Sail Sicily rep to point you towards Beatrix or Cpt. Dayyan Armstrong. If you arrive earlier in the day, you can store your laugage 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 accomodations!
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.
Marina di Portorosa is 2 to 3 hours from Catania and Palermo, the two main cities in Sicily and care must be paid to your travel itienrary to make sure you have a smooth and successful arrival. We highly suggest arriving in Sicily on Saturday and making your way towards the marina and staying nearby on Saturday night. Here are a few useful optoins:
a) Stay at a hotel near Marina di Portorosas, Tonnarella and we suggest using Bookings.com or Kayak.com for hotel availability.
b) Stay in Milazzo at an AirBnB or hotel. Milazzo is a pleasent seaside town 45 minutes from the marina. You can get to Milazzo via train from Catania and Palermo. Milzzo is a 45 minute taxi from the marina and will cost about 50 euros.
c) By request, you can stay aboard the sailbaot at Marina di Portorosa Saturday evening. Boarding is after 8 pm after your captain and chef have the boat set up. Please contact us for details.
a) Taxi - 200 euro from Catania and Palermo and can be made in advanced.
b) Train - Train takes 3 hours from Palermo to Falcone Station. Taxis can be arranged to the marina or the hotel. Trains is about 2 hours from Catania.
c) Rental car - Car rentals in Sicily is affordable and there is free parking at the marina and often renting a car from Catania and Palermo for a week can often be more affordable than the taxi.
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.
Throughout the month of June daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 27°C that's about 80°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 20°C, that's 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, that's 72° Fahrenheit.
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.Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
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.
Starting port: Portorosa
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