Charter Company Opens Italy Base
In time for the 2009 sailing season, Kiriacoulis Mediterranean has opened a base in the northeast corner of Italy at the historic town of Grado, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea some 70 miles from Venice.
The base, nestled in Marina Primero, offers a wide range of facilities connected to the four-star Tenuta Primero holiday and sports club. The fleet includes four bareboats: a Bavaria 38 Cruiser, a Bavaria 40 Cruiser, a Bavaria 44, and Bavaria 47 Cruiser. Kiriacoulis plans to expand the fleet throughout the year.
The canal and inner harbor of Grado is used by fishing boats and yachts and is lined by picturesque streets and Venetian-style houses. The town is a major arts center and is renowned for its beaches, spas, and seaside resorts.
The sailing season runs from April through the end of November, which gives charter clients plenty of time to sail from Grado to explore the waters of the Gulf of Trieste bordering the coastline of Slovenia. Farther to the south lies the coast of Croatia, with its many islands and ancient port towns. For more details, contact Kiriacoulis Mediterranean (800-714-3411, www.kiriacoulis.com).
Scottish Charter Company Features Cherubini
Four Winds Yachting is a new charter, management, and delivery company situated on the west coast of Scotland. During the charter season, which runs from March to October, the company can arrange custom itineraries for clients who wish to sail among the local coastal islands as well as through the Scottish canals.
Skippered charter packages include all meals on board, and foul-weather gear is provided. Four Winds can organize additional excursions and activities, such as whiskey tours, golf, and walking, to name a few.
Meteor of Lune, a Cherubini 44 Mark I, leads the fleet and is available for skippered charters, shorter trips, and daysails. The company's other boats can be chartered in five-night packages. Prices vary according to the season and the yacht chartered.
Meteor, with a cutter rig and a Solomon Technologies electric-motor propulsion system, has recently undergone a major refit. The boat, built for luxury and comfort rather than for capacity, has a beautiful cherry-wood interior, double quarter berths in the aft cabin, and two single berths in the saloon. A large head compartment with a fully fitted shower lies forward. The Cherubini also carries ample storage space and a comprehensively appointed galley. Meteor and all the company's yachts are coded for charter to the standards of the United Kingdom's Maritime and Coastguard Agency. For details, contact the company (www.4windsyachting.com).
Online Boat Swap Offers Cruising and Culture
SeeMySea, an online network of boat owners interested in discovering new cruising grounds in new places, now has members who are located all over the world, from North America to Europe and the Caribbean.
The system's basic function is to provide links between boat owners wishing to engage in a mutual swap with other owners located in cruising destinations. To join the network, boat owners pay a US$110 annual subscription fee that entitles them to exchange boats for free for any length of time and as often as they wish. For more details, log on to the SeeMySea website (www.seemysea.com).