Set Sail For The Mediterranean

Embark on a luxury voyage across the azure waters of the Mediterranean, where adventure meets elegance. Discover hidden gems and iconic coastlines, all while indulging in the unparalleled luxury of a sailing charter.

Something For Every Sailor

With a ratio greater than 4:1, motor yachts far exceed sailing yachts in the global superyacht fleet, yet the appeal of luxury sailing charters endures. Whether sailing under the might of the Scirocco, the Meltemi, the Bora, or the Mistral wind, there’s a special sense of adrenaline reserved only for sailors on a heeling yacht, which simply cannot be replicated on a motor yacht. 

Sailing Through Time

For sailing enthusiasts, following winds blow toward the Med—that brilliant blue body of water that’s lured seafarers since long before the days of Julius Caesar. Where every stretch of coastline conceals a view on history, perfectly preserved in quaint fishing towns, picturesque harbours, and open-hearted locals. Where centuries-old cultures are championed in finely crafted dishes, passion-fueled performances, and artisans’ worn hands—honed through the ages and enjoyed as totally unique experiences.

Authentic Med Sailing

Mediterranean sailing charters connect travellers with Europe’s best coastal destinations, capturing the essence of barefoot luxury and evoking the romance of seafaring. Many of the world’s most renowned ports of call exist in the Med, yet beyond these iconic communities lies something that’s even more rewarding: in the furthest reaches of ‘off-the-beaten-path,’ sailors enjoy the Mediterranean at its most authentic, experiencing the most famous cultures of the water—as seafarers have done for millennia—in the Adriatic, the Ionian, the Aegean, and beyond. For those who prefer life at an angle, set sail for these three hidden gems in the Med this summer.

Laid-back Luxury In Hidden Croatia on Board Panthalassa

A Premier Mediterranean Destination

Among the very best sailing destinations in the Mediterranean is Croatia, which is open for business and welcomes travellers to more than 50 spectacular marinas. With over 1,000 islands and islets awaiting discovery, reliable katabatic winds in the summer months, calm Adriatic waters, and a health-conscious culture that complements green sailing, it’s easy to understand why Croatia sailing charters are surging in popularity.

Early Sailing Bliss

Weather conditions in Croatia are perfect for sailing from April and tourists doesn’t reach the country’s pristine beaches until late July/early August. First-time charterers should discover the more than 3,000 miles of coastline between Pula and Korcula, spending mornings honing their skills under the tutorage of the crew, followed by afternoons given to wandering the enthralling streets of Zadar, Split, and Hvar.

Panthalassa's Seafaring Grace

To witness Croatia at its most authentic, however, drop anchor in Vis, Rovinj, and Korcula aboard Panthalassa, reverently dubbed as “one of the finest [yachts] on the seas” by a former guest and rated by many as being among the most luxurious sailing yachts for charter in the Mediterranean. Accommodating up to 12 guests in six plush staterooms, she epitomises timeless elegance. The 56.0m Perini Navi-built vessel effortlessly blends high performance with exceptional comfort—set apart by her cool, modern Foster + Partners interiors and an expansive, open-plan layout. 

Sea Adventures

Carrying almost every conceivable superyacht amenity, her tenders and toys make her the perfect option for a Mediterranean sailing vacation: two jet skis, four Seabobs, 10 snorkelling sets, and eight sets of diving gear mean that you’ll spend as much time in and on Croatia’s crystalline waters as you will on board.  

Bask On Sardinia’s Secluded Beaches on Board Elena

Sardinia's Secret Shores

While Sardinia is a tapped paradise for European travellers, the island’s charm has largely evaded the attention of those further afield. Yet this Italian outpost in the heart of the Mediterranean is a sailor’s playground, with varied anchorages of unimaginable beauty, emerald waters, and a nuanced take on Italy’s sophisticated culture.

La Maddalena

After calling in Olbia, head north to the La Maddalena Islands. While Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda typically attracts international arrivals, the seven large islands and 55 islets that lie just off the coast—known collectively as the La Maddalena Archipelago—are more in-tune with the laid-back luxury of a sailing experience. Enjoying consistent winds that are ideal for sailing, this archipelago is a designated marine park, recognised for its pristine environment and sandy coves. 

Elena's Sailing Legacy

The ideal vessel for a Sardinia charter, few superyachts capture the majesty of sailing as the 55.0m Elena, built to meticulous detail in 2009 as an homage to the 1910 schooner of the same name. Elena accommodates eight guests in four elegant staterooms, with timeless interior design that is reminiscent of a country home. A sight to behold, the multi-regatta-winning superyacht evokes the golden era of seafaring in a way that few motor yachts are capable of, catering perfectly to those in search of a classic sailing experience without compromising on modern amenities and comfort. Both first-time sailors and passionate regulars can develop their skills aboard this unique vessel, hoisting sails and taking the helm under the direction of her talented Captain and crew, pushing Elena to her limit of 13.0 knots

Discover An Alternative Greece on Board Palmira

Legends of the Greek Seas

The first Mediterranean seafarers likely departed from Crete as early as the 2nd millennium BC, deifying the seas with a mythological reverence. It’s little wonder, then, that the Greek Islands have retained a legendary status among the modern seafaring community, with islands like Santorini, Mykonos, and Corfu each celebrated for their splendour.

Ionian Discoveries

Beyond these iconic spots lie Greece’s more rustic gems, including Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithica, Antipaxos and Lefkada in the Ionian Islands—deserving of an entire week’s exploration during a Mediterranean sailing yacht charter. Accessible only from the water, Navagio beach on Zakynthos is perhaps one of Greece’s most photogenic. Its white-sanded beach, flanked by two towering cliffs, harbours a rusting shipwreck from 1980, which is enshrouded in mystery and rumours of smuggling.

Sailing with Palmira

Step aboard 45.0m Palmira, which offers the very best in modern sailing yacht design with a sleek exterior, uncluttered deck spaces, and contemporary interiors. Built in 2009 and refurbished in 2017, the award-winning yacht from Fitzroy Yachts—built to a Dubois design—accommodates up to eight guests in four stylish staterooms. An accomplished regatta contestant, PALMIRA is well-suited to experienced sailors looking to hone their skills under the might of the Meltemi winds, which blow the strongest in the summer months. Enriching the charter, the superyacht’s crew are committed to unlocking memorable experiences for guests, whether imparting their knowledge of sailing or providing exceptional service to the entire family.

Embark with Y.CO

To find out more about sailing in the Mediterranean or to book your Mediterranean sailing yacht charter, contact the Y.CO Team.