RYA Joining Instructions

Joining Instructions & FAQ's


Please complete the crew list as soon as possible as this will avoid delays in processing your yacht papers which could in turn delay you setting sail. As you have booked a sailing course please ignore the skipper sections of the form but allocate one of your party as ‘First Mate’ who is over 18.





If you need any help or information when arranging your travel to Lefkas we will be glad to help. We can offer all the flight and travel information you will need and can arrange transfers for you. Upon arrival please make your way to the Island Sailing office at Lefkas marina (see map below).

If we are not arranging transfers for you please let us know the approximate time of your arrival to Lefkas marina. If you are going to be significantly earlier or later than expected please call us (see contact information below). There will always be someone there for your arrival.

Request a transfer from Preveza airport by checking the box on the Crew List/Transfer Form & completing your flight information

When you depart the airport terminal there will be a driver waiting holding a card bearing your name who will drive you directly to the marina where we will be waiting to greet you. Please pay the driver directly in euros (€35 per car or €60 for 2 cars). Cars take up to 4 people and we will advise of prices for larger groups over 8 people requiring a mini coach.

If you have correctly completed your flight information on the Crew List/Transfer form your transfers will automatically be arranged so there is no need to re-check or re-send flight information to us.


On arrival at our Lefkas marina base you will be greeted by us and the yacht will be ready to board by 5pm. You will meet your instructor and be given a basic safety brief and are free to relax for the night. Courses start on Monday morning and run for 6 days until mid-afternoon the following Saturday. All schedules are subject to weather conditions. Transfers and flights usually take place on Sundays and you disembark the yacht at 09:00 am.


Island Sailing Office Base
Lefkas Marina
Lefkas Marina Base Tel: (0030) 69800 75100
Island Sailing UK Tel: 0330 088 4744



Travel light is our advice. Dress is casual around the Ionian Islands and you won’t need different sets of clothes for every evening. Don’t forget your passport(s).

Please bring your luggage in a soft bag that will fold down without wheels or hard edges. Space on a yacht is limited and cases with hard edges and wheels will often damage the woodwork on the boat. Unfortunately we do not have a luggage store.

Bedding and yacht towels are provided on your yacht. If you have a late flight home we recommend bringing another towel if you wish as yacht towels cannot be kept after you disembark on the last day.

All yachts are equipped with sufficient numbers of life jackets, usually of a standard size. If you are not a standard size, or especially for small children please let us know straight away.

If you are taking a Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper practical course a passport sized photo for your certificate.

You will need to bring a VISA or MASTERCARD credit card for your yacht security deposit (we are unable to accept debit cards). Please make sure you have a large enough limit to cover the deposit for the yacht you have booked.



You will need to purchase the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus & Logbook (G158) before you come to Greece either from the RYA website, Amazon or other good book retailers, they cost around £6.99. This book explains the syllabus for all of the RYA sailing courses and includes space for personal log and individual course completion certificates.

The RYA and others publish some great books for all levels and abilities including the RYA Competent Crew handbook, RYA Day Skipper handbook or Day Skipper Practical Course notes and the RYA Yachtmaster handbook. There are also some fun apps worth looking at before your course begins . You can buy these books directly from the RYA website, Amazon or other good book retailers.


All RYA sailing courses have a syllabus that you will follow. We set a route so you stay in different ports and bays during the week on the various Ionian islands so that we cover the RYA course syllabus. Here are the details for the four courses.


It is really important that the boats are kept clean and tidy or life afloat becomes chaotic. All crew are expected to help with the day to day maintenance and cleaning. At the end of the course the boat is handed back in the same condition as it was received at the beginning of the course.