Sighted off the bow, a volcano spews ash and smoke into the atmosphere. A town sits on the slopes below, they are harvesting crops and going about daily life in the shadow of possible destruction. The steep shoreline is teetering on the brink of collapse, black boulders perched like high-divers over the sea, preparing for their plunge. Nothing is sure here, everything hangs in the balance of forces bigger than your small sailboat cutting shoreward through the deep blue sea. Still, you hold a steady helm on your approach. Life is sweeter in perspective.
During a sailing itinerary to the Aeolian Islands, you’ll experience the island edges, home to white pumice mountains and jagged cliff sides that seemingly dives straight into the Mediterranean’s indigo seas lined by black sand beaches. These islands are fueled by wine, food, the sea, and the volcanoes--two that are currently active. Fragrances of olives, capers, sea salt, and vegetables ripen in the sun that fills the air. Less touristic than their neighboring archipelagos, you’ll always be reminded that these islands are far removed from everyday life.
The southernmost island in the archipelago is Isola Vulcano-a popular port to begin the itinerary. Sailing to Vulcano from the mainland coast is a pleasant introduction to the Aeolian Islands--during the passage, you’ll observe the islands’ natural biodiversity and the layered igneous rock and soil, caused by the volcanic activity. It’s also home to a densely wooded forests that lines the hilltops.
Lipari is the largest island and the most inhabited, home to 10,000 residents. Le Bocche di Vulcano, the Mouths of Vulcan, is the channel between Lipari and Vulcano home to pleasant anchorages with dramatic views of nearby islands with a backdrop of the eroding cliffs that plummet into the sea. The western coast of Lipari takes a very different appearance than the more inhabited and developed eastern coast where the town of Lipari is located. If the main port town does not interest you, venture onward to the southwest coves along the island.
Easily identified by its twin mountain peaks, Salina is considered the most lush of the islands. The island has become a hub for sailors cruising through the Aeolia. The islanders welcome sailors by sharing their wines, their cuisine, and always offering stories and anecdotes of this extraordinary place they call home. It’s a perfect port of call to re-provision for local wine and other island products to keep for the remainder of your itinerary. Sailing from the port and rounding the north coast, a steep cliff falls into the sea.
Panarea has many anchorages perfect for discovering the local culture and off-boat activities. Capo Milazzese and Cala Zimmari located west of Punta Torrione along the southern cost offers a safe anchorage with unique geological formation along the cliffs that surround the cove.
Rugged and wild is how many locals like to describe Stromboli. The island grows lemons, oranges, capers, grapes, and olives come from its northern and southern slopes and ashore is a charming town, home to a small welcoming community. Walking the streets you can find a gelateria selling local flavors grown and harvested on the island. There are numerous trattorias serving rustic and traditional menus options and modern ristorantes offering fancier gastronomic dishes paired with local island wine or other Sicilian acclaimed wine.
One of the lesser explored islands is Filicudi. Home to two small fishing village and the archipelago’s second smallest community. There are well preserved ancient ruins scattered throughout its villages dating back to the Bronze Era. It’s the second-farthest western island in group, and sailors come to Filicudi for the true sense of peace and calm that’s found here.
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.
Included in provisioning package:
3 Dinners (or similar)
Coffee & Tea
Dietary Restrictions: We can accommodate as long as we know in advance! It is important to notify us of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and include full details in the Guest Form that you will fill out prior to the start of the trip.
We recommend planning on having at least $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits. You will be responsible for paying for:
All expenses on shore including meals and drinks
Flights and transportation to and from the marina location
Gratuity (a 10% to 20% offering)
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.
Tipping your captain and crew is welcomed. If you are satisfied with your service, the industry standard for yacht charters ranges from 10-20% of the cost of the charter. Gratuity is split evenly between the crew and can be paid via cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal. Please contact your Sailing Collective Journey Coordinator if you have any questions.
We require purchasing a travel insurance policy that protects you in case of general and covid-related trip interruptions. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance, you forfeit the right to a refund or credit in the event you have to cancel your trip with Sailing Collective.
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 raincoat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a warm layer. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring an outfit looks nice and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy on beaches can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
We also encourage that people bring ecologically appropriate products into ocean environments. You can read more about those recommendations on the Sailing Collective Journal here: Packing for a Healthy Ocean
Camera or sketchpad - a dry bag or waterproof case for your phone and camera is highly recommended
A hat - something with a little sun protection
Sunscreen - preferably reef safe
A light raincoat/wind jacket
Boat shoes or non-slip shoes such as sneakers or tennis shoes
Shoes you don’t mind getting wet such as flip-flops
Any special dietary foods
Beach towel, Turkish towel, or Sarong (1 bath towel is provided with linens)
A handful of bathing suits
A USB charing cord - the most universal way to charge a phone
Printouts or notes of important info such as meeting details and travel documents
a really great playlist
A journal or sketchpad (more on that at the Sailing Collective Journal: 7 Tips to Keep a Travel Journal)
Travelers are required to review and agree to our Sailing Collective Pandemic Guest Agreement. All travelers are required to be vaccinated on our group journeys. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you believe you qualify for a health-related exception.
The Sailing Collective Travel Co. takes food to a new level. We believe by sourcing local ingredients from local friends we have made throughout our travels pushes us to experience where we are by being engulfed by the regional flavors. You will feel bewildered at first, and then you will feel ecstasy with each meal.
Each voyage, both group & private, has a private culinary artist aboard preparing some of the most unique, interesting, and thoughtful food you may ever enjoy in your life! From breakfast to dinner each day of the journey, we are blessed by beautiful meals by one of the most talented culinary teams in travel anywhere in the world.
Lagoon 46 Flybridge
The new catamaran LAGOON 46 combines easy sailing with plenty of comfort. Relaxed, effortless sailing paired with comfortable accommodation are the highlights of the LAGOON 46 catamaran. The French yacht designers placed value on an elevated helm station and on the three spacious lounge areas on this catamaran. The LAGOON 46 catamaran comes with 3 or 4 cabins and offers enough space for up to eight guests plus crew.
Bedsize: Just shy of a queen-size mattress
For more information about the Lagoon 46 Catamaran
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