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Offshore Cruising Club — Amalfi Coast of Italy Flotilla Cruise

Join Our Italy Coast of Amalfi Sailing Tour – SOLD OUT
September 16-23, 2017

This sailing adventure of a lifetime has been sold out for months, but we are taking waitlist names. Call 888-454-7015 to put your name on the Amalfi Coast cruise list.

In September 2017, the Colgate Offshore Sailing Italy_Capri_Offshore-Sailing-School-Flotilla-Cruise_700x465Club heads to Italy – to sail on a fleet of Sunsail yachts around Procida and the stunning Amalfi Coast of Italy. This exciting “first” takes you to the famous islands of Capri and Ischia, and areas along the coast with amazing historical sites and natural beauty. Combine all this with excellent shopping, delectable dining, swimming, snorkeling, hiking and unsurpassed vistas under sail – and you have another fabulous Offshore Sailing School getaway sailing the Amalfi Coast.

More About Your Sailing Holiday in Italy

The Bay of Naples and Amalfi Coast are ideally suited for bareboat cruising. September is still considered summer here, but many of the European holiday crowds will be gone. Winds are generally 8-12 knots out of the northwest, temperatures are mostly in the 70’s with very little rain and striking blue skies. Specialties of the region are pasta, pizza and seafood dishes, with delightful regional wines. Expect to see sophisticated and stylish travelers in some areas of the Amalfi Coast cruise, where you can sip cocktails and “see and be seen.”

  • $2995 person for two sharing a cabin
  • $3495 for a private cabin if you are traveling alone or with another person and you both want private cabins

The Islands and Ports You Visit Under Sail

Our Amalfi Coast cruise starts at the Sunsail base in Procida, Italy – the smallest and oldest island in the Bay of Naples. Whether you are flying direct or doing some touring before the cruise, plan to arrive by plane or train in Naples. Taxis from Naples International Airport (Capadichino) take you to a ferry or hydrofoil from the main ports of Naples, for the 25 km (15.5 miles) ride to Procida. Here’s a synopsis of the places our Sunsail flotilla fleet will visit while sailing the Amalfi Coast:

Procida, The Smallest Island in the Bay of Naplesprocida_Offshore-Sailing-School-Flotilla-Cruise_700x465

Just 2.5 square miles, Procida’s charm and sites include the 16th Century Castello D’Avalos, a Bourbon hunting lodge); and the Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo, a Benedictine abbey with amazing catacombs. From the Piazza dei Martiti you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Chiaia Beach, a protected overnight anchorage, is a great place to relax and watch yachts come and go; and the staff from the seaside Ristorante La Conchiglia will come out to our boats and take you ashore for a wonderful meal on the beach. In Marina Corricella you get a taste of old world fishing with picturesque fishing boats and nets being worked on in this active community.

Ischia, the Largest Island in the Bay of Naplesischia-ventotene_Offshore-Sailing-School-Flotilla-Cruise_700x465

This volcanic island last erupted in AD 1301 and is known for its many hot springs with modern spas alongside. Lush and semi-tropical, the island has gone through many historical times – from Greek settlements in the 8th century BC, to attacks from the Spanish, French and England, in 1906. Ischia’s restuaurants are famous for rabbit dishes and seafood. The island’s drink specialty is recolino, a green liquorice-flavored liqueur made from rocket leaves. The coastline is breathtaking, with sheer cliffs stunning beaches. Foodies will love unwinding over lunch at beautiful Maronti Beach. Explorers should head to Aragonese Castle, then hire a scooter or mountain bike and visit the island’s quiet inland areas. Porto d’Ischia is the main harbor with 200 stern-to berths along the quay. There are several good anchorages with dinghy dockage – off the beach of Cala di San Montano, and on the north and south sides of Castello d’Ischia.

Ventotene, a National Park

Once called Pandataria, this is one of two inhabited islands the Pontine Islands. Here is where the emperor Augustus banished his daughter Julia the Elder in 2 BC because of her excessive adultery. In 29 AD, Emperor Tiberius banished Augustus’ granddaughter Agrippina the Elder, whose youngest daughter, Julia Livilla, was exiled to Pandateria twice, and that’s not all! Many other notable women including the first wife of the emperor Nero were banished here too. A prison camp was erected under the Bourbons, and during WW II, the island was home to a German 114-manned garrison, liberated by 46 American paratroopers on December 8, 1943. The picturesque Ventotene Lighthouse, built in 1891, is still active. The port has ancient Roman structures, and the island has remains of villas and an extensive rainwater catchment system. In July 2009, a “graveyard” of five ancient Roman ships was discovered off Ventotene with pristine cargoes of olive oil, garum and metal ingots. Some of the recovered objects are on view at Ventotene.

Ponza, the Other Pontine Islandponza_Offhore-Sailing-School-Flotilla-Cruise_700x465

With craggy coastlines, emerald green waters and many excellent seafood restaurants, this island is a popular getaway for modern-day Romans. There are numerous ocean caves and quiet anchorages, with spectacular swimming and snorkeling. The highest point on Ponza is Monte La Guardia, well worth a hike to the top for spectacular views. Porto di Ponza has shops and restaurants. The best beach is Chiaia di Luna Bay where our fleet will probably anchor. Another anchorage is at Frontone Bay. You may be gathering for a delightful beach BBQ party or head to Ristorante Solo Vela or Ristorante Orestorante for superb seafood meal. The fleet might also “dock” at one of the mini-marinas consisting of pontoons.

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Capri may be worth a two-day visit, docking at the 300-berth Marina Grande where all the watersports occur, or anchoring at Marina Piccola on the south side of the island. Capri is picture-postcard beautiful with sheer limestone cliffs, rocky outcrops and steep hills that rise up out of incredibly blue water as you approach the island. Ashore are trendy boutiques, Roman ruins amidst rugged seascapes, a plethora of cafes, lovely piazzas including Piazza Umberto – the place to see and be seen. Capri Town and Anacapri are must see towns, overlooking the Bay of Naples and Sorrento. Not only do they offer fashionable shops and restaurants, here you can find hiking trails that take you to the rural charm of Capri’s western coast. You can’t leave Capri without visiting the Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto); and the ruins of Villa Jovius, retirement home to Tiberius. In Marina Grande fuel, water and provisions are available, as well as an ATM, bars and restaurants.

About the Boats You Sail OnSunsail51-Italy-Offshore-Sailing-School-Flotilla-Cruise_700x465

Our Italy Flotilla Cruise fleet consists of five spacious monohulls – a Sunsail 47, an Oceanis 48, two Cyclades 50.4s, and a Sunsail 51 – with four to five cabins on each boat. These are all fun, fast sailing yachts with plenty of room below, big cockpits and lots of deck space. Boats will be assigned randomly from those who sign up, four to six participants aboard each boat. Crews for sailing the Amalfi Coast are assigned each boat based on experience, with at least two sailors who hold Bareboat Cruising Certification and can act as “skipper” and “navigator.”  It is required that the assigned “Skipper” on each flotilla boat has ICC qualification or RYA Day Skipper certification. For US citizens, it is satisfactory for the Skipper to hold the US Sailing International Proficiency Certificate (IPC), which requires you have a minimum of US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification.  We recommend you apply for the IPC if you do not already have this, or we offer Bareboat Charter Cruising courses that would qualify you for the IPC from US Sailing.

Italy Sailing Flotilla Cruise Package Rates and Terms

A 30% deposit is required when you sign up. Final payment, with a $300 person refundable security deposit, is due June 30, 2017. Please purchase travel insuranceNo refunds after June 30. The Italy Flotilla Cruise package cost is:

  • $2995 person for two sharing a cabin
  • $3495 for a private cabin if you are traveling alone or with another person and you both want private cabins

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Here’s What Your Italy Sailing Holiday Includes

  • Your private or shared cabin on one of the five reserved Sunsail yachts
  • Starter pack of two breakfasts, two lunches and snacks
  • Welcome orientation party on arrival
  • Commemorative Italy Colgate Offshore Sailing Club Cruise shirt and hat
  • Damage waiver
  • Fuel, water and ice placed aboard before departure
  • Comprehensive PDF book provided in advance, giving you information to prepare for this cruise
  • Cruise leaders with you throughout the cruise

Not Included in Your Package

  • Travel to and from Procida, including transfers from airport to base
  • Shore-based accommodations
  • Food and beverages beyond the starter pack provided (crews on each boat set up a kitty and purchase food and beverages along the way)
  • Any meals ashore before, during and after the cruise
  • Docking, anchoring or mooring fees (again, these are paid through your boat kitty)
  • Park fees, tourism taxes, departure taxes and other fees should they occur

Don’t Delay — Sign Up for This Fantastic Cruise Today!
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