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Sailing in Zea

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Athens. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.

Plan

Before you go

Address

Sunsail
Zea Marine Freatida
18536
Piraeus
Greece  

Sunsail’s Zea base is conveniently located in the port of Pireaus, around 1 hour from Athens International Airport. Zea marina lies on the Northwest coast of the Saronic Gulf, about 16nm from Aegina.

Phone Number: + 30 210 45 30 911

Fax: + 210 45 30 911 

As you prepare for departure, please reference the Athens Cruising Guide to learn more about chartering in this destination.

Opening hours

Base hours
Mon-Thu: 9am-5pm

Fri and Sat: 9am-8:30pm

Sun: 9am-2:30pm

The base is open from early April to mid-November.

Time zone
GMT +2 hours (GMT +3 hours from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Language
The official language in Greece is Greek.

What to bring

Sailing licences

Why do I need a Day Skipper or ICC with Sunsail when other companies don't ask for it?

By Greek Law, Port Police officials require a ‘Solemn Declaration’ to be signed and presented on request alongside the official boat papers, stating that you hold the relevant qualifications to sail in their waters. With 40 years’ at the forefront of the sailing holidays industry, we pride ourselves on being the best. Our valued reputation is second to none and we conduct all operations with great diligence, and according to the current laws and regulations of each destination. This is why we ensure that you have the necessary qualifications and paperwork to fully enjoy every sailing destination, and that you are made aware of any clauses or terms and conditions that may affect your holiday.

To charter a yacht in Greece, there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced crew member, both over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time.  The Skipper should be accompanied by at least one crew member (First Mate) of “Competent Crew” level (ASA 103 or RYA Competent Crew Course) or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association.*  As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing association AND/OR an ICC or IPC as detailed below:


Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following: 
• US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course” or above 
• ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above 
• RYA “Day Skipper Course” or above 
• Or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association

AND/OR

Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following: 
• ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience. 
• IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”

It is mandatory that skippers take their original copies of certificates with them, in case they are requested to present them in person.  If you do not have a recognized certificate, you should obtain one before your departure. 
*If the First Mate does NOT have a sailing license, they must fill out a Sunsail sailing resume to confirm that they have the necessary skills to sail in Greece aboard a Sunsail vessel.  They must also fill out a Declaration of Honor to provide a legal declaration to the Greek Port Authorities that said crew member is competent to crew aboard a chartered yacht. 

What's on board

Cool Boxes
Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign for these and return them clean and undamaged otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Music + iPods
All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an iTrip or FM radio transmitter.

Electricity
The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Greece is 220 volts and uses the standard European 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Drone
The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-greece/

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Sail

About the marina

Zea Marina facilities

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Supermarket
  • Chandlery
  • Restaurant
  • Cafes
  • Bars
  • Toilets and showers open for 24 hours
  • WiFi internet
  • Free parking in the marina
  • Wifi is not free in Marina
  • The marina has its own swimming pool. You have to pay for a ticket, which is 5.00 euro per person. Children under 14 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool.

Sailing licenses

Sailing experience: Level 3

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions.

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Greece. 

Download Sunsails Athens Cruising Guide here. 

Health + safety

Swim Safe 
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

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Shop

Around the base

Hotels

Savoy Hotel 
Iroon Politechniou 93
Piräus
Tel: +30 2104 284 580
[email protected]

Currency
The currency in Greece is the euro (EUR). Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travellers’ cheques, euro cheques and credit cards are rarely accepted, with most local tavernas accepting only cash.

Please note: base is unable to accept cash or personal cheques, and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards. 

Banking
Banks are open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 - 2:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 - 2:00 pm.

There is often small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank. They are open from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Banks are available in Piraeus close to Zea Marina, Epidavros, Ermioni and also on the larger islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Spetsai.

Supermarket
The supermarket Sklavenitis is situated 5 minutes by foot from the base.

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here.

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