The Med team have been working hard to make sailing around the Balearics a reality for 2024.

Thanks to CSSA backing, we’ve chartered a four-cabin 45-ft Bavaria yacht, called Dreams, which is based in Ibiza, from 24 August to 12 October: 

https://www.clickandboat.com/uk/boat-hire/ibiza/sailboat/bavaria-45-cruiser-z7dpq9q?fromDate=2024-09-25&toDate=2024-10-31.

The marina is less than 30 minutes from the airport, while return flights from various UK airports appear to range from around £200 to £300 for the charter dates. The boat is currently ashore for a 2024 refit and has some of the following features:  

·       In-mast furling 

·       Electric winch 

·       Double helm 

·       Bow thruster 

·       Rear swim platform 

·       Snorkel equipment 

·       Paddle board  

Useful information about the sailing area is available at various websites, such as yachtico.com and sailchecker.com.  These are just a sample, so please feel free to do your own research.

And here’s a link to the island itself:  Official tourism website of Sant Antoni de Portmany – Ibiza.

 The 5KSC booking page is now available for anyone wishing to sign up for either a club cruise or private charter, with eight weeks to choose from:

5ksc Med Sailing Schedule

As you probably appreciate, cruises need first of all to be booked by CSSA-Approved Skippers (this includes Inshore Skippers), who are invited to drop me, Karl, a line at the 5KSC Crew Bureau: crew_bureau@5ksc.org.uk. Crews are welcome to email the Crew Bureau – berths will be offered on a first come, first served basis. The Skipper will need to ensure enough experienced crew have signed up so will have the final decision of all berths.

Please note that an ICC is compulsory in the EU along with VHF. The owner will be available to suggest routes and help with any other information you might need. The charter contract also states that the boat’s owner reserves the right to carry out a test sail with each skipper so it’s possible that loss of deposit/fees may apply, though we don’t expect this to occur.

We currently estimate that a berth will cost around £450 a week, with a £135 deposit required once booking goes live.

If the 2024 Med charters are popular, this will demonstrate that there is a real appetite for forming a CSSA Mediterranean division, either via long-term charter or purchasing a boat for CSSA members to use, with the usual savings on prices that we currently enjoy.  We’d love to hear if you’d like to be involved in helping make this aspiration a reality, perhaps by joining a committee, offering maintenance support, admin/booking assistance, etc. Do think it over and please drop me a line at the Crew Bureau, with CSSA MED COMMITTEE in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you!

Meanwhile, for those who were interested in the America’s Cup, there’s some information at:  (americascup.com)