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Yacht Charter Portisco

Guide To Sailing In Portisco, Sardinia

On a Portisco yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore the Emerald Coast and La Maddalena Islands within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Sardinia sailing holiday, from the turquoise waters and beautiful beaches to the fashionable restaurants and nightlife, a Portisco sailing vacation is going to be an unforgettable experience.

Centred on the modern Marina di Portisco towards the southern end of the Costa Smeralda, Portisco is a small village with a big reputation for its water sports and sandy beaches. At once sheltered from the legendary winds of the region, yet with easy access to excellent sailing and wind sports, Portisco has all you could want as far as sun, sea and sand is concerned.

The beaches are world class, with gin clear waters making for an unforgettable scene. They are often shallow enough for less confident swimmers, yet the waters warm enough that locals complain when they cool below 20 degrees C!

For those who seek a little more than pure relaxation, Portisco has a lot to do ashore too, with archaelogical remains from civilsations including the Nuralgic, Punic and Roman eras. As well as the sailing opportunities, bring your walking boots as the coastline has plenty to enjoy on a good walk too.

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Explore Portisco By Renting A Yacht

Where else can you and your fellow charter guests go on your yacht charter Portisco?

Towards the southern end of the Costa Smerelda, Portisco's location allows you to access much of this famous holiday destination's resorts and islands within an easy sail. On your boat rental the first town you will run into is Porto Rotondo to the NE and at the mouth of the bay on which Portisco sits. This is well away from the tourist crowd and one of the most authentic Sardinian villages you will likely find on your sailing holiday with the Piazzetta San Marco where locals go to socialise and relax at the centre. As with Portisco it has an excellent marina too.

The Maddalena archipelago of 60 islands and islets is one of the top reasons that people begin a boat rental in Portisco. Just to the north of the town, and a short sail from mainland Sardinia, it is renowned for its excellent beaches and coves where you can find yourself completely alone with a sandy beach all to yourself. Though just off the Costa Smeralda coast, La Maddalena archipelago is one of those places where sailors and their guests often spend a few days to enjoy them to their full.

North again is Porto Cervo, the highly acclaimed capital of the Emerald Coast. A quiet and sleepy fishing village until the Aga Khan chose to develop it in the 1980s, it now has some of the best nightspots, restaurants and boutiques in the region. One of the attractions that makes it so popular with the ultra high net worth who leave their mega yachts in the marina, is that the new development sits well within the architectural vernacular of the older parts of town. As such, though much of it is so new, you could easily imagine yourself in the likes of San Tropez or the better parts of the Balearic Islands for its style and culture.

A final charter destination of note is Santa Teresa, a quiet yet beautiful old fishing village on the north coast of Sardinia. Both with astounding coastline and beaches, it has retained its Sardinian charm even with the arrival of tourism that has enriched it. On your charter yacht you may choose to sail north from here to Corsica to enjoy the nearby French owned island on the Mediterranean Sea with its own distinctive charms.

For your Portisco yacht charter, you need to know a few things about getting there and the marinas - read on to find out more.

**How to Get to** **Portisco**

**Olbia Airport**

Olbia Airport is around 40 minutes by bus from Portisco. The airport is served by airlines flying from regional and major airports across Europe.

Marinas in Portisco

**Marina** **di Portisco**

Marina di Portisco has a number of charter yachts available that include catamaran charter, private yacht charter of superyachts and mega yachts, luxury yacht charter, monohull sailing yacht and motor yacht rental.

Berth Characteristics:

589 berths

Max Length 90m (295 Feet)

Max Draught 10m (32.8 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, restaurant.

Suggested Sailing Routes From Portisco

Whether on a sailing boat or motor yacht on a bareboat charter or private yacht charter with skipper and crew you can explore the the Maddalena archipelago and Costa Smerelda on your charter yacht. A longer trip can take you to right around Sardinia too. Let's take a look at two such itineraries.

**7 Days -** **La Maddalena** **Islands and** **Emerald Coast**: As a shakedown cruise, enjoy an afternoon's sailing before heading to Porto Rotondo for your first evening ashore. La Maddalena village will be your next stop to get acquainted with the archipelago and spend a couple more nights sailing around the archipelago, enjoying the beaches and water sports. Porto Cervo will be your next port of call, to see what the buzz is all about! You may want to spend another night here or head up to Santa Teresa on the north coast, and then return your charter yacht to Marina di Portisco for handover.

**14 days - Round Sardinia an excursion to Corsica:** The first night and day ashore will be at La Maddalena to enjoy the peace and quiet, before the party town of Porto Cervo. Santa Teresa will be your next port before crossing the strait to Corsica and to the west coast port town of Propriano and then Ajaccio for another day ashore. South to the protected Sardinian island of Asinara - take a day ashore to enjoy this beautiful place. Alghero on the west coast of Sardinia will be your next evening ashore, and then take a night at anchor in the Gulf of Oristano and spend time ashore looking at the Stagno de Cabras, one of the largest saltwater lagoons in the region. Your next night will be in Carloforte, a fishing port on San Pietro Island to the S of Sardinia, a then a night in Cagliari, the capital of the island. This is followed by a short hop east to Villasimius for a relaxing night before a long leg - 40 or so NM - to Olbia, the gateway to the Emerald Coast. Return to the charter base at Portisco Marina.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Portisco

The sailing season in Sardinia is from May to October. Outside of the high season in July/August you will find many marinas have enough room to meet demand and will often be cheaper than Greece or Croatia.

In some parts of Italy's sailing meccas the prices rocket in July/August and you may end up paying hundreds of Euros for the last available berth if you're lucky enough to get one!

As such the best times to sail in Italy are during school term in June or September when the sea is still warm but the marinas and towns relaxed and quiet. If you want Sardinia at full throttle in the maximum heat of summer the high season may well be for you!

The Climate

Sardinia is known for its excellent sailing conditions, making many locations meccas for all sorts of wind sports.

During much of the sailing season in this part of the west Mediterranean Sea you will find sea breezes that build during the day and ease off at night, making for a perfect sailing holiday.

The NE Maestrale is an important wind here. Generally blowing from October to April, and originating from the Rhone Valley, it can pipe up for a week at a time and blow at gale force for days on end even in summer.

The hot, humid southerly Scirocco can make things extremely uncomfortable at night toward the southern half of Sardinia from time to time. Expect temperatures to hardly dip at night from the high 30s in the day. Orange hued fog (coloured by Sahara Desert sand) is another issue, adding to the discomfort!


### What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

### **What are the Marinas in Portisco?**

Marina di Portisco has 589 berths that can take luxury yachts of up to 90 metres LOA.

### When are the best times to hire a boat in Portisco?

While the sailing season runs from April to October in the region, it can get very busy and hot at the peak times of July and August with the marinas often very full and expensive. As such if you can get on a sailing vacation outside the school holidays, perhaps in June or September the sailing conditions are better and the crowds are less intense.

### Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Portisco?

You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.

### What happens if my Yacht breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.

### What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Portisco?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Dress for warm weather but do have something for tropical rains - light but waterproof.

### What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?

If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a crewed yacht charter you typically don't require licences.


Frequently asked questions
What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

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