Sardinia essential information

Sailing in Italy

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Sardinia. 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
Sailitalia/Sunsail
Via A.Vespucci, 28
Cannigione (Sassari)
Sardinia Italy

Cannigione, in the gulf of Arzachenais a beautiful area with a picturesque town and excellent marina. It truly retains an unspoilt local charm while providing excellent facilities. It is an excellent base for departures for The Maddalena Archipel, The Emerald Coast and Corsica.

Please note that this base is operated by our Franchise partner Sailitalia.

Base hours
Monday - Thursday: in case of embarkment
Friday - Saturday: 9.00am to 8pm, or until the last arrival
Sunday: 9.00am to noon in case of embarkment

Season: The base is open from late March to early November.

Language
The official language in Italy is Italian.

Time Zone
Italy is GMT + 1 hrs.

What to bring

Passport and visas
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Sunsail cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html for the latest information before you leave. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

Customs + immigration
Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs.

Sailing licences
To charter in Italy, there must be at least one certified skipper 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. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have an official sailing license or a certificate issued by the government of state approved organization as detailed below:

Skippers must have a Sailing license approved in their country of origin:

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”

AND/OR

  • RYA “Day Skipper Course” or above
  • US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
  • ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
  • Or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association

Luggage + packing list
We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

What's on board

Coolers
Coolers 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 they will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Mobile phones
Your mobile phone may work when in Italy, but please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You will need to activate international roaming on your contract.

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.

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-italy/

Electricity
The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Italy 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.

WiFi
WiFi is available, cost is as follows:

  • €60 per week per boat (5GB) - 5 connections
  • €80 per week per boat - 10 connections

WiFi is not included in your charter price. Please contact your Vacation Planning Specialist who can add this service to your contract. WiFi must be paid for locally in Euro upon arrival.

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Sail

About the marina

Marina facilities
Your comfort is assured by extensive facilities including a laundromats, hotel, restaurant, public phones, bank and fuel. 

Dock facilities
Fuel: Cost Guide €1.20

Location: In the marina at the Sunsail base

Sailing licences

Experience level
Sailing experience: Level 2

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 Italy. 

Permit

If you choose to sail to Archipelago-La Maddalena, a permit is required. This Permit is available to purchase upon arrival at the base and at a discounted rate.
Permit Rates by Boat size:

  • 14M or less       €40
  • 14M or larger    €60
  • All Catamarans €60
What if I do not have a license?
If you do not hold a recognized sailing license, we will assist you with pre-qualification based upon your level of experience or will assist you in finding an accredited program.
Please contact one of our Vacation Planners for more information.

Sailing grounds

Skippered charter information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you've reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.

The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you'll provide cash for meals, whether you've included him or her in your provisioning or whether you'll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skippers, it's your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15-20% of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

More information on Skippered Charter Options.

Charter Preparation Tips
All sailing certificates must be sent to the base and received at least 2 weeks before the start of the charter. It is essential that you take your original skippers license or certificate with you in the event that the Port Authorities ask you to present it to them. If you do not have an official sailing license, by law the team at base will not be able to allow you to charter without an officially certified skipper onboard.

Sailing area restrictions
This information is provided in the chart briefing.

Night sailing
Night sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Charts + pilot books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. 

Moorings fees + taxes
Most overnight stops in the area will be at mooring buoys/anchor as opposed to alongside quays. The buoys will cost approximately EUR 50 per night and are to be paid locally at each anchorage.

Marina fees start at approximately EUR 40 per night and can be as much as EUR 1600 per night, depending on the time of the year and the size of boat. 

These are approximate prices only.

Health + safety

Illness or injury 
If you get ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible.

Safety 
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

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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Around the base

Hotels
Hotel Residence Riva Azzurra
Hotel Del Porto
Hotel Baja
Hotel Micalosu
Hotel Club Cala di Falco

Currency
The euro is the currency used throughout Italy.

Credit card information
MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted throughout Italy.

Traveller’s checks are accepted in major Italian cities and tourist areas, however not in some very small establishments and outdoor markets.

Banks
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am-1.30pm and 2.30-4pm.

Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Cash machines are operational 24 hours a day.

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

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