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FLEXIBLE SAILING HOLIDAYS ON PAXOS

CIRCE

Circe is a gaff-rigged ketch that was built in Norway in 1915. She is a graceful, classic little ship, a type of which is rarely seen in the Mediterranean, and is an ideal charter for discerning individuals, whether they choose to be the centre of attention or quietly discreet.

Circe was originally built to transport general cargo between Norway, Denmark and Sweden and is of a very strong, traditional construction. Converted to a private yacht in Denmark during the 1950s by a Canadian entrepreneur, Circe cruised and was available for charter in the Mediterranean for many years before undergoing another restoration in the 1970s. In 2006, the current owner started a complete rebuild that has involved replacing all timbers, installing new mechanical and electrical systems and replacing all the rigging, and has taken seven years.

Circe is now based in the Ionian and operates mainly out of Corfu and Paxos. Charters may, however, also start or finish at Sivota Mourtas on the Greek mainland. On a one-week cruise, she is perfect for exploring the northern Ionian, including the islands of Corfu, Paxos and Anti-Paxos, as well as the Greek Mainland. A two-week cruise could also include the southern Ionian islands of Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia and Zakynthos, as well as the lesser-known islands of Kalamos and Meganissi. Circe has been designed to be independent from the shore for long periods, allowing longer stays anchored in secluded bays.

Circe has a captain and two crew members, whose responsibilities also include cleaning and cooking meals. The crew will meet you on arrival and transfer you to and from Circe. By prior arrangement they can also provision the boat for you in advance of your arrival, or accompany you to do your own shopping prior to setting sail.

On deck, Circe retains much of her original charm. She does not have winches, all sail work being done by hand using block and tackle as in the olden days; the masts and spars are made from solid Douglas fir trees. The aim will be to sail or motor-sail as much as possible and you are very welcome to help, if you so wish.

On deck Circe has an amazing amount of space with ample sunbathing, lounge and dining areas; in addition, hammocks can be slung from the rigging and from the bowsprit. She also has a small RIB, a 16-foot day boat with mast, oars and an outboard, two inflatable kayaks, snorkel equipment, fishing rods and tackle.

Below decks, Circe has been sympathetically refitted to accommodate all modern comforts. The two master en-suite cabins have air-conditioning, a large shower and modern electric toilets. There is an additional shower and toilet off the saloon for the use of the two single cabins and the day use of the crew and other guests.

The saloon is a comfortable, relaxing area with integrated sound and flat screen DVD/memory stick TV, plus an iPod docking station; it can also provide sleeping accommodation for two children. Circe has a washing machine, fridge, freezer, electric hob and oven, microwave, fresh water maker, and a generator.

Circe is an eye-catching and much admired little ship that will attract a lot of attention and admiring glances wherever she goes.

Technical Specification: Circe is 25m long overall, 19.5m on deck. She has a 4.3m beam, a 2.8m draft and weighs 51 tonnes. She has a 380 hp engine and a cruising speed of 8 - 10 knots. Fuel consumption is 45 ltrs/hour and she has a range of 1,000 miles.

The Cost: A one-week charter costs £8,000 in April and October, £10,500 in May and June, £12,500 in July and August, and £10,000 in September.  A cautionary deposit of £1,000 is also payable. Bed linen and towels (including beach towels) are included. Fuel, any port fees, food and drinks (and food for your crew while at sea) are not included and are to be paid locally. Embarkation is from 14.00 onwards and disembarkation by 10.00. Charters of less than a week are also often possible.

Day Trips: Day trips (maximum capacity 10 persons) from 10.00 to 18.00 are also sometimes available at short notice, in which case the charter fee of £1,500 (to be paid locally in euros) includes the services of the captain and crew, lunch, wine, beer and soft drinks. The cost of fuel is to be paid locally. Day trips from Corfu Town could go up to Kassiopi and the pretty bays opposite the coast of Albania before returning via Vidos Island. Trips from Paxos might go round Paxos and Anti Paxos stopping off in secluded bays, or across to Sivota Mourtas or Parga on the coast of Epirus. If you are interested in a day trip while holidaying on Paxos or Corfu, then please contact us.

Other Boats: We can also offer three yachts for charter. Golden Odysseus is an ocean-going Skipper 53 built in 1994 that has recently been refurbished. She is an elegant yacht that comes with her own skipper and hostess, and offers the chance to experience 'bigger boat sailing' at reasonable cost. The guide price for a week's charter is £3,500 - £4,950 and for shorter periods £700 - £850 a day.  True Commitment II is a Sun Odyssey 52.2 built in 2002 and is a spacious yacht offering real luxury and style. The guide price for a week’s charter, including the skipper, is £3,150 - £4,500 and for two days' charter £1,300 - £2,000. The Bavaria 41 is ideal for smaller groups or for anyone wanting to enjoy sailing for a couple of days while still retaining the comfort of their own villa.The guide price is £450 - £700 a day, including the skipper.

For Further Information: Please contact us.

To Book: Please read our Booking Conditions and the Important Information section of this website, and then complete and submit an On-line Enquiry Form to check availability.

Paxos Life Activities Ltd
telephone: 0044 (0)1444 258048

 email: info(at)paxoslife.co.uk