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Wildwind Greece is now FULL for 2021 - Wildwind Mauritius opens October 1st.

Thanks to the support of our wonderful clients who have continued to visit us throughout 2020 and 2021.

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Records being broken outside of Tokyo too!

Delighted to announce the fastest ever speed recorded on a Hobie 16 in Vassiliki last week and probably anywhere in the world.

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What if I have to cancel my holiday because of Covid?

What if my holiday is cancelled due to Covid?

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Wildwind opening party on Tuesday!

Wildwind opening party on Tuesday!  We are delighted to inform you that the Wildwind centre in Vassiliki will open on Saturday May 15th the first day that Greece is open to tourists.

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New route into Vassiliki?

Preparing for the season nice and early some of our staff flew into Athens on Tuesday evening - foolishly they forgot to bring their parachutes otherwise they could have skydived into Vassiliki and saved themselves a five hour minibus trip! Looks like there was a decent cross-shore brewing as well!

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Is it safe to book my holiday yet?

Is it safe to book my holiday yet?

The simplest answer is that it has always been safe to book a holiday with us.

Last year all clients booked on holidays we were not able to provide as the borders were closed due to the pandemic, were refunded promptly - an enviable record that puts many others to shame.

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German Hobie Cat Association: Where the wild winds are blowing...

Raumscholz is the Yearbook of the official German Hobie Cat Association, and it is widely read across the multihull community in Europe. In Covid year 2020, Wildwind was one of the few sailing holidays operating and Raumschots published the following article on how we dealt with the sitation and managed to provide everyone with a fantastic holiday whilst keeping all our guests safe from the virus. Where the wild winds are blowing...

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Looking for work in the sunshine this summer

Are you a red-hot sailor keen to share your knowledge with others?

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F18 Tigers and FX1* Intensive Catamaran Training Week May 15th

If you sail these high performance beasts this one’s for you. We will be kicking off the 2021 season with an Intensive Training week led by Cat race expert Joe Bennett so if you want to get your season off to a flying start and blow away those winter cobwebs: why not join us?

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Laser Intensive Training Weeks 8 May, 15 May & 22 May

If you sail Lasers this one’s for you. We will be kicking off the 2021 season with three Laser Training weeks so if you want to get your season off to a flying start and blow away those winter cobwebs: why not join us? 

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I’m so impressed: no wonder you guys won the travel award for best sport/activity holiday! ”

Beach manager Joe and his team of highly experienced and qualified sailing instructors are here at our idyllic Greek island sailing base preparing for another day looking after dozens of guests from the UK, Germany and Poland who are revelling in the optimal wind conditions here at Wildwind.

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Hear our guests speak about their July 2020 experience travelling to Vassiliki (Video!)

On July 1st, we were finally able to open our doors for the summer sailing season. Our first guests are right now having great times on, off and around the water. Listen to these guests describe their experience in these videos. 

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A letter from Wildwind to our guests (updated)

We hope this finds you in continued good healthy and heart during these challenging times. We would like to give you this update with the latest information on your Wildwind 2020 holiday.

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See What’s Streaming! Live with Wildwind this week

No real change from last weeks analysis of the Covid situation. Greece, with its excellent response to the virus is still planning on opening up in July with sensible protections. With our existing overseas team Healthy Options is equipped to open as soon are given the go-ahead - and we are aiming for July 1st even if that is only for visitors already in situ in Greece!

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We are slowly but surely making our plans for the summer

We though it's time to give you an update on where we are, what we understand so far from the various governments, and where we expect we'll go from here. Luckily, there is some good news!

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WE WON GOLD!

Wildwind was proclaimed Winner of the Best Activity/Sports Holiday Company for 2019. At the prestigious British Travel Awards Gala travel professionals were stunned and delighted that such a small nominated company had secured so many votes from the travelling public.

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We are ready for you!! Meet the Team

Meet some of the new team: Nick, Guy, Ollie, Tom Grout, Joe, Mattia, Rick & Eve. 

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Challenge yourself this summer – it’s good for your Health!

“Scientists have discovered that humans have something they call a “blue mind.” This means that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. Watching the ocean, listening to the ocean, or being in the ocean, gives the brain a rest from overstimulation. Our brains do not shut down, they simply adjust how they  are working, giving them a much-needed break… Often followed by the release of the happiness chemicals – dopamine and serotonin.” 

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A Wildwind instructor with race winning ambitions

A Wildwind instructor with race winning ambitions

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Wildwind supports sailing talent.

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Our Amazing Fleet - just keeps growing...

Take a look at the ever-expanding Wildwind Fleet.  There is a boat or boats to suit everyone's taste!

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Meet Wildwind at BOOT 2019 in Düsseldorf

Lilian and Peter from Wildwind can be found in hall 15 G 21, near Prosail

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Merry Christmas from the Wildwind Team

A little bit about how Christmas is celebrated in Mauritius and Greece..

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What is it that sets Mauritius apart from other tropical Islands?

What is it that makes a holiday in Mauritius so special?  A combination of the history, the culture, the people and the food make for a magical holiday experience.

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An amazing cat sailing experience at Vassiliki for disabled sailors.

Wildwind's resident Sailmaker Thanos organised a fantastic 2 day event for the Greek Sailability in September.  The sailors really enjoyed the thrill of sailing on cats.  The event was such a success that they are hoping to organise it again next year and Thanos has been honoured by the National Sailing Club in Greece.  

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Thanks for joining us in Vassiliki this season

We would like to thank you all for visiting us this season and we look forward to seeing you again next year.  Look out for the new prices for 2019 from November 12th.

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Warm weather warning!

Flight and early booking deals for our Mauritus Winter Escapes.  The quicker you book the better the price!

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Pro Sail- Hobie 16

Hear all about the exclusive Pro Sailing event for Hobie 16s in Germany

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The latest news

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Ionian Regatta in September 2018

The annual Ionian regatta takes place on the third Thursday of September and is an event cherished in the Wildwind calendar.

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Hobie European Championships 2018

A summary of all the news from the Hobie Europeans in Denmark.  Read on for more details of the Hobie 16 UK and European Evenst for next year...

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Extreme Sailing in Cardiff – Special Offer for Wildwind guests and friends

If you fancy spectating or even crewing at the Extreme Sailing Series then check out the speical offer for Wildwind Clients. Extreme Sailing Series from 24th-27th August, Cardiff.

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Why we love sailing and we are so keen to support it.

This article talks about how we at Wildwind love sailing and how we are keen to support in lots of areas -  from sponsorship to promotion and training.

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Out and about in Lefkada

A few of our favourite places to see around the beautful Island of Lefkada.

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Joyrider TV

Wildwind Vassiliki’s Centre Manager, Joe Bennett likes to share his passion for all things Vass through his You Tube Channel ‘Joyrider TV.’ Read on to find out about where you can find the latest in You Tube training tutorials.

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Our Passion for Live Music

If you have been on a Wildwind holiday you will know how much we enjoy a bit of live music in the evening after a day of sailing.  We have 2 great fun evenings of food and live music everyweek at the Wildwind Centre.  We also organise special music and sailing weeks every season.

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At Wildwind we are serious about Laser Sailing

At Wildwind we love our Lasers, not only do we buy a brand new fleet every year we also support the UK Laser Class Association through sponsorship and we offer intensive race training weeks every season with special guest coaches.

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What the papers say about Wildwind

Georgie Corlett- Pitt the Editor of Yachts and Yachting Magazine, (the UK’s leading performance sailing magazine) came out to Vassiliki in August of last year to give the Wildwind experience a thorough test!

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The new season is underway...

The new season kicked off with Laser and training weeks - hear all the latest news about the boats and instructors at the start of the 2018 season.

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Wildwind and a love affair with Hobie Cats

Learn all about Wildwind's 30 year relationship with Hobie Cat.

Vassiliki + catamarans = lots of fun!!

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Wildwind - Where it all started.

If you have been on a Wildwind Holiday you will know what a special place it is, we thought we would share with you the story of how it all began…

 

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A day in the life of Wildwind’s kids club

Hear all about kids club from the parents and kids!!

“Kids club was real highlight for us, seeing our kids (8 & 5) gaining confidence at and having fun on the water.” Adriana, Renewable Energy Instructor

 

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24th June week - A Very Special Date for your Diary

By popular demand we have been persuaded to run the eighth edition of the Vassiliki Watersports Festival this year, and we are delighted to tell you that the amazing band that performed in front of a huge audience on the beach in front of Vassiliki Town Hall have invited themselves back as they loved it so much last year!

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Visit Greece in May and you’ll be amazed!

There is no place quite like Greece in May and if you have never experienced it, you must and here’s why…

First of all, you’ll be welcomed more than at any other time. After the long winter break the locals are extremely happy to be seeing clients to be returning to their businesses and enjoying their beautiful island. There are far fewer tourists around at this time of year than there are at the height of summer, so you can take advantage of great service and the feeling of being able to find your own little corner to escape to.

Secondly, there’s s freshness not only in the air but on the beach too.  Wake up to a dozen brand new Lasers and our foliing Aeros, as well as our refurbished fleet lovingly prepared for the start of the season.

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Catamaran Training Weeks - Get your sailing season off to a flying start this summer!

Our Catamaran training weeks this year run over two weeks: 13th and 20th May. Each week there will be 5 days of ‘intensive’ training giving you a chance to learn from the experts, both on and off the water with exercises on the water and video feedback on land at our beachside bar.  These training weeks are available to anyone with at least a year’s club racing experience.

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New RYA Foiling Courses available at Vassiliki

At Wildwind we are proud to be one of only a few locations to be offering the RYA pilot Foiling Courses for 2018.
Read on if you would like to pick up some pre-holiday tips and tricks from the Wildwind Team.

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Wildwind at London Boat Show 10-14 January

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Hobie hits Holland

It’s one of the biggest sailing regattas of the season: the Hobie 2017 Multiworlds & Europeans. Sponsored by Wildwind, almost 300 boats have registered for the event and Wildwind’s own Simon, Thanos and Hans will compete for the grand prize.

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How Does a Catamaran Clinic Help You?

Since 2010 catamaran clinics have been a regular feature in Vassiliki, and once again we are kicking off our season with our intensive training weeks which offer top class race coaching to the club enthusiast.

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Wild is the Wind at the Vassiliki Festival

The Vassiliki Festival celebrations are particularly special to us this year as it’s our official 30th Anniversary week and the line-up for the party is just epic. From the 26th June to 2nd July there will be some fantastic off-the-water entertainment and live music including the splendid David Bowie tribute band ‘The Bowie Legacy’.

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Spectacular new self-catering villas in Vassiliki

We have some exciting news, we have just acquired some beautiful new accommodation at our Vassiliki centre. Now we not only provide top spec equipment, highly experienced RYA qualified instructors and a location with one of the most reliable wind patterns in the sailing world, but can also offer luxury villa accommodation.

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Wildwind Sponsored Y&Y Awards 2017 Winners Announced

After thousands of votes cast by readers of Yachts & Yachting magazine, the Wildwind sponsored 2017 Yachts & Yachting Awards were presented Thursday 12 January at the London Boat Show.

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Best wishes from all of us at the Wildwind team, wherever you might be…

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR

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Wildwind's 30th Birthday and Vass Festival

Yes, Wildwind will be 30 next year!

30 years since Simon Morgan, the company’s founder, took a sabbatical from work in London, took in a few major sailing events including a 727 mile non-stop race in a Hobie 16 from Miami to Fort Walton beach, and eventually drove his VW campervan to a windy place called Vassiliki…and never looked back!

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World Champion at Wildwind

We are extremely lucky to have Bryony Bennett Adams, current 420 World Champion, on the WW teaching staff early in the season (and we are trying to persuade her to stay longer) Bryony is looking to fund a 49er Olympic campaign so don’t be surprised to see a jar of donations on the bar for her. We MAY have Bryony available to teach youths who really want to boost their sailing skills on a more personal basis during the peak season – more news to follow on the next newsletter.
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Youth Training with current world champion this summer

We are extremely fortunate to have the current 420 World champion, Bryony Bennett Lloyd working as a member of staff at Wildwind this season. Bryony has to return home at the end of June to compete in the SB3 Nationals - after that she is keen to return to Vassiliki but she also needs to raise funds for her 2020 Tokyo Olympic campaign in the new 49er FX class – so we are offering 4 lucky WW youths each week from July 6th to get personal instruction from Bryony – at a cost of £100 per youth per week to be paid directly to Bryony to support her campaign.

If you are interested in having your kids take advantage of this very special opportunity then please contact Simon Morgan, Wildwind founder, at simon@wildwind.co.uk in the first instance.

PS See Bryony on video at the ISAF Worlds 2013 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdQDLBLYZL8

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