Wildwind - Where is 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…
The year is 1986 and Simon Morgan is working in a London for a Health food company, he is 29 years old and bored with life!
A day in the life of Wildwind’s kids club
“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
A day in the life of Wildwind’s kids club
Daniel, aged 9.
‘After a yummy breakfast, we arrived at the hut to meet up with our instructors for the day. We had Sarah as the leader who was very nice to us! We started off the day with a few fun games to help us get to know the Kids Club Team and our new friends in the group. They were lots of fun and it was a good opportunity to learn more about the activities lined up for the week.Read more
A few spaces left on our Laser and Cat training weeks.
Want to get your 2018 sailing season off to a flying start
Why not join us for our specialist Wildwind Laser and Catamaran training weeks in May?
The instructors for these courses are very experienced race coaches who have all had extensive racing experience and include ex-Olympic sailors and World Championship competitors.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
May Bank Holiday half term Flight Problems – please read!
As you probably already know the collapse of Monarch Airlines last year has had a knock on effect with the result that there are now less flights into our local airport of Prevesa (PVK)
We have been fortunate to have organised the bulk of our flights for the 2018 season with British Airways, but on certain weeks of the season, including the May Bank holiday half term break starting May 27th, we have already used our entire allocation – and buying in extra London Gatwick flights is incurring serious additional costs. For example a one week return flight on Easy jet from Gatwick to Prevesa is coming out at just under £700 !!!
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.Read more
Limited places left on our Intensive Laser Training Weeks
Wildwind’s annual intensive Laser Sailing Training Weeks provide a wonderful opportunity to bump-start your sailing season. The training runs over three weeks: May 6th, 13th?and 20th. 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.Read more
Flight Allocation- If you are thinking of joining us in Vassiliki this season, read on.....
We have already exhausted our own allocation of British Airways flights for the May Bank holiday week of 27th May, and though we can still find other flights from London and other UK airports, these too are in short supply.Read more
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.
Wildwind at London Boat Show 10-14 JanuaryRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
"I don't think I would be where I am today if it wasn't for working at Wildwind." - Tris Best
Continuing with our ex-staff series we recently caught up with Tris Best who founded and runs the OTC UK centre in Weymouth.Read more
The Wildwind Difference: YachtsandYachting.com speak to Base Manager Joe Bennett
Joe Bennett, Base Manager at Wildwind Vassiliki, has now worked for Wildwind for 20 years. Mark Jardine talked to Joe about why people come back time and again to Vassiliki, his own sailing, the Wildwind Cat Training Weeks and what he likes to do on his days off, including his favourite local restaurants.Read more
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’.Read more
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.Read more
Have you tried foiling yet? Top tips from Marko
In 2016 we invested in foiling kits for some of our Laser fleet, converting the standard everyday Laser in to a flying machine.Read more
Wildwind Sponsor Hobie 2017 Multi Worlds & Europeans
This year the Hobie 2017 Multi Worlds & Europeans will be held in Noordwijk, Holland (a.k.a. ‘the beach of Amsterdam’) on the 20-29 July and we are proud to announce that we are once again sponsoring the event. We will be supporting ZV Noordwijk, in partnership with VR Sport Media, in the production of daily social media and video reports, and we will also be offering 2x one week holidays to our Vassiliki centre and 2x one-week holidays to our Mauritius centre as prizes (all excluding flights).Read more
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.Read more
Best wishes from all of us at the Wildwind team, wherever you might be…
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEARRead more
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!Read more
Ex-staff Series: Stew Edge
It's often said that it’s the Wildwind staff that make our holidays so enjoyable… and we have been lucky enough to have employed some truly wonderful individuals. One of our favourites is Stew Edge who has proven himself in some of the world’s toughest environments by sailing across the Atlantic, climbing Mount Everest and fulfilling a life long dream of crossing Antarctica. We recently asked him about his time at Wildwind…Read more
WOW – WHAT AN EVENT!
174 catamarans have been gracing the Austrian Lake Neusiedl this week with one of Europe’s most important regattas of the year – The Hobie Cat MultiEuropean Championships.Read more
You just don’t get this anywhere else!
What an amazing season so far – check out these pics and vids.Read more
Joe Bennett riding the wind in Vassiliki
Check out these videos that our beach manager Joe Bennett recently posted – a small example of the fun that can be had in Vassiliki on a windy day!Read more
Wildwind Kids' Club with Sarah Tutton
In the world of the Wildwind kids' club there’s no such thing as a ‘typical day’, we pride ourselves on tailoring each week to the abilities and interests of the kids, with so many different characters it would be boring to always do the same thing! However, Sarah Tutton, who runs our kids’ club, has been kind enough to give us a small taster of some of the activities we offer to make a Wildwind holiday one to remember for all the family…Read more
The man on the beach - Joe Bennett. Catamaran Intensive Training Weeks.
Open to anyone with at least a season's racing experience, Wildwind’s manager and resident expert Joe Bennett will guide you through all aspects of setting up your boat, tuning it properly for a regatta and how to sail it as fast as possible on every point of sail.Read more
Wildwind Former Employee Kitesurf/skis to South PoleRead more
MAY TRAINING WEEKS 2016
May 8-15 and May 15-22 Catamaran and Laser Intensive Training Weeks - These 2 weeks are usually sold out quickly as they are a great way to kick start your sailing season. Open to anyone with at least a season's racing experience our resident experts will show you how to get the most out of your boats, and how to sail them on all points of sail in the fastest possible way.Read more
Update on the Greek financial situation – 8th August
So far life in Vassiliki has been almost unaffected by the Greek 'crisis'. All the shops, bars and restaurants in the village are open and trading; most of the shops will still take card payments but the bars and restaurants are reluctant to take card payments.Read more
World Champion at WildwindWe 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. Read more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
PS See Bryony on video at the ISAF Worlds 2013 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdQDLBLYZL8Read more
Laster Training Weeks 2014
Chris Gowers, top British Olympic coach specialising in Laser training (he coached Paul Goodison to a gold medal!) returns yet again to Vassiliki on May 12th.Read more
Intensive Catamaran training
Joe Bennet, Wildwind manager of nearly twenty years, and himself a top catamaran racer (Top 10 in both Hobie Tiger and Tornado World championships) and avid student of Kostas, will be running a catamaran intensive training weeks on May 4th predominantly for Tiger, F18, Tornado sailors while on June 9th he’ll be joined by Wildwind founder and former British Hobie 16 National champion when Simon will also be able to provide additional input on his boat of choice.Read more
Wildwind Seven Weeks of Speed!
This year we’re introducing speed trails to the beach in Vassiliki, running from now until the end of August.Read more
The Vassiliki Watersports Festival – Results and Full Report
The Vassiliki watersports festival was another success, featuring two days of top racing in winds ranging from 15 to 40 knots!Read more
Wildwind Speed Freaks Challenge 2013 – win a free sailing holiday plus club cash!
In association with YachtsandYachting.com we are delighted to announce the Wildwind Speed Freaks Challenge 2013. This contest is open to any sailor in the UK. We are looking for the fastest sailor in 3 categories: dinghy, catamaran and open.Read more
Vassiliki Watersports Festival 2013 will be wetter than ever
The Vassiliki Watersports Festival will this year be taking place from June 25-30.Read more