Kosher Sailing in the Mediterranean2022-07-21T09:17:36+03:00

Kosher Sailing in the Mediterranean

This is not a cruise where you will be waited on hand and foot…. rather it is an active experience when you will need to help the skipper and be a team-member when we anchor, moor, raise the sails, wash down the decks, fill the water tanks or make the cocktails for happy hour! You will take turns on watch when we are underway and be expected to slice and fry the onions or wash up after meals. You will learn about sails, navigation, the wind, tying knots and can ask as many questions as you want.

Lagoon 450F Kosher Sailing

We believe that sailing should be more accessible to those who keep kosher and we offer a range of kosher sailing trips in the Mediterranean which are personal, fun, educational and relaxing. Sailing for those who keep kosher has until now been limited to some mega-liners which sometimes cater to the needs of the kosher community, but there has never been an option for an affordable more intimate experience which offers amazing sailing with a personal touch.

The kitchen on the catamaran is kosher and we take turns to cook on board. Due to space limitations, we usually cook milky and vegetarian and try and get hold of fresh fish most days. Read more about our kashrut policy here.

The catamarans we choose for kosher sailing usually have between 4 and 6 cabins with en-suite bathrooms for 8 to 12 people. You can come as a family, organize a group of friends or join one of our groups and make new friends from all over the world.

Upcoming Trips

Stunning Amalfi Coast

Positano at Sunset

An amazing trip along the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Ischia and Procida with spectacular views and amazing opportunities for walking, diving, swimming and sailing. Optional longer tour to the volcanos of the Aeolian Islands. Read more…

Five Days in Cyprus

Rock of Aphrodite Full

A perfect length trip from Sunday to Friday to tour the Southern coast of Cyprus from Limassol on a kosher catamaran. Dive shipwrecks, snorkel, swim, walk and enjoy the views and the sailing. Read more…

Spectacular Saronic

7-10 Day trips from Athens visiting Epidavros, Poros and Hydra. Quiet towns, peaceful bays and amazing sunsets. Read More…

Sicily Volcano Tours

7 to 10 day tours from Sicily visiting the spectacular Aeolian Islands for walking, swimming, sailing and volcano watching. Read more…

Looking for Sailing in Israel?

We are pleased to be able to offer short 2-3 hour sailing trips from Herzliya with one of our partners. Choose a spacious catamaran or an exciting monohull yacht and enjoy the views of Israel from the sea and jump in the Mediterranean to cool off. Read More…

Kosher Sailing from Greece, Italy or Croatia, each itinerary is tailored to you. If a particular cove or town looks inviting, lets change the plans and go and check it out!

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Sailing

Kosher Sailing Sails

Our skipper will be happy to teach you about sailing and you will need to help raise the sails, lower the fenders, tie off the mooring lines or drop the anchor. You’ll have fun, learn and be a great help since the skipper can’t do everything himself! We’ll teach you about knots (both how to tie a knot and why speed is measured in knots), reefs, winches, compasses, latitudes, longitudes and more!

Dive, Snorkel and SUP

Jump off the boat in sparkling coves to snorkel and we can organize scuba diving even if you’ve never tried it before. Fins, snorkels and masks are on the boat for you to use and if we dive, we only use authorized and professional diving centers who keep the highest safety standards.

Most boats include a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) so you can try your hand at balancing and paddling in crystal clear waters.

Hiking and touring

We have the freedom to drop anchor or moor anywhere we wish to allow you to climb a hill, tour a town, hire a bicycle or drink a beer in a local tavern. Tour guides can be organized and many of the coves or harbors where we tie up are peaceful and off the beaten track.

Typical Catamaran Layout

Frequently Asked Questions About Kosher Sailing

On The Boat

How fast can a catamaran sail?2022-03-16T09:47:47+02:00

When there is no wind, or the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, we will be using the engines and usually travel at around 5 to 7 knots. When we are under sail, we are typically at anything between 4 and 10 knots depending on the conditions.

1 knot = 1.85 km/hour or 1.15 miles/hour

Will there be internet on board?2022-03-16T09:48:31+02:00

We have a wifi router on board that provides fast internet via the cell network. Most of the time, we are in range of a cellphone tower and will have great internet but sometimes the reception will be a little weaker so plan on staying in touch with home and news but don’t plan on zoom meetings or netflix!

How much room is there on the boat?2022-03-16T09:48:55+02:00

Although the layout of different catamarans are not all the same, in general they are from 12 to 18 meters long and 7 to 10 meters wide and are divided into a number of living areas:

  • Each of the 2 hulls contains 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms which you access via stairs that go down from the indoor living area.
  • The indoor living area includes a kitchen, a dining/sitting area and a pilot’s table which usually includes electronic instruments and communication equipment and a space to roll out charts.
  • The outdoor area at the stern (back of the boat) includes a covered sitting area and dining area. It also includes the 2 platforms used to enter/exit the water or dinghy or to step onto the quay in port.
  • The outdoor area at the bow (front of the boat) includes a seating area and trampolines which are the netting at the front of the boat between the 2 hulls.
  • Going up a floor, the pilot’s station is where the captain pilots the boat and controls the sails and behind him/her or to the side there are usually lounging/sitting areas.

This 3 floor configuration offers ample space for everyone to find a quiet corner to watch the sunset or to get together for breakfast, dinner or evening drinks!

Most of the catamarans we use are equipped with:

  • Air conditioning (not for use when under sail)
  • Generator/Inverter for 200V power
  • USB power connectors
  • Water maker (desalinator)
  • Nespresso coffee maker
  • Gas oven and stove/hob
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Wifi
What do I need to take with?2022-03-16T09:49:45+02:00

Take as little as possible! On board, we dress very casually and shorts, T-shirts and swimwear are the norm and you might want a pair of jeans and nicer shirt for evenings in towns. Together with some underwear and a toothbrush… this is probably all you need!

Oh and there is no room to store suitcases on board, so try and put it all into a soft bag that will squash down after its been unpacked.

Will I get seasick?2022-03-16T09:50:55+02:00

A catamaran is inherently more stable than a monohull yacht and the motion that causes sea sickness is far less acute because of its stability. The two hulls act as a buffer, reducing the rocking motion and if the sails are up as well, the boat will be even more stable due to the lateral pressure of the wind. In addition, we monitor the weather, the wave heights and the wind and do our best not to go out if conditions are choppy to the extent they would cause sea sickness.

In the mornings, the sea is often flat and we motor along smooth water until the wind picks up for us to raise the sails as the day progresses.

Logistics & Booking

We are a group of more than 8 – 10 people. Can we join?2022-03-16T09:47:04+02:00

Of course! We’d be delighted and will fill up multiple catamarans to make up a flotilla. Come along with a larger group of friends or family but keep in mind that we need to fill the rooms for it to work so 14 to 16 people (7 to 8 cabins) would be a perfect number!

Why is the minimum 8 days for a sailing holiday?2022-03-16T09:48:09+02:00

You will arrive at the catamaran in afternoon or early evening and get settled in. We’ll have a briefing to explain about the basics of the boat and most importantly about safety on board. Only the following morning do we set sail. Since we must stop from Friday midday for shabbat, and only on Sunday morning start heading back to where we started, it means that 7 days are never enough. We also arrive back in our home port the evening before saying goodbye. All this means that 8 days are the absolute minimum and 10 days are ideal.

For example, lets say you arrive on a Sunday, we start sailing on Monday morning and then after 4 days we reach our furthest point where we stop for Shabbat.. we then we need 2 to 3 days to sail back…

Where do I need to fly to?2022-03-16T09:51:15+02:00

We operate from bases which are mostly serviced by the budget airlines such as Athens, Corfu, Rhodes, Sicily or Split.

How much will it cost?2022-03-16T09:51:43+02:00

The cost varies depending on whether you join us during the low season (May or October) or the high season (June – September). The price per person will include everything on the boat…. the charter cost, food and drink for the boat (but you’ll be cooking with us!), wifi, fuel, water and boat insurance. The only additional expenses you will incur will be those that you choose off the boat including:

  • Diving
  • Tour guides
  • Taxis
  • Moped/off-road vehicle/car/bike hire
  • Drink/food/coffees

You can expect the price to be in the range of EUR 1500 – EUR 2500 per person in a double room for an 8 day trip depending on dates. Please be sure to fill in your details in the form below and when we have a better idea of your requirements, we will be able to give you a price.

Kashrut & Shabbat

I am not religious… is this for me?2022-03-16T09:46:36+02:00

Absolutely! There is nothing ‘religious’ about our trips other than 3 factors:

  • The kitchen is kosher (milky)
  • We tie up in a marina from Friday midday until Sunday morning
  • We will cook before Shabbat and have shabbat meals together

Everyone is free to do as they wish inside their cabin on Shabbat. You are also free to go onshore and eat and drink whoever and wherever you wish and do not have to eat meals with us. We simply wish to make sure that the boat is ‘kosher’ and shabbat friendly for those who desire it.

What happens on Shabbat?2022-03-16T09:49:16+02:00

We make sure to moor in a port from Friday midday to Sunday morning. We’ll be connected up to shore power which means we will have air conditioning on the boat.. dinner will be hot but we will usually have a cold lunch. Everyone is invited to be together and eat meals together on shabbat but you are free to go off and wander around the town or do you own thing.

Lights are left on over shabbat where they are needed and the water system, although operated by pumps, is a delayed passive system which we can explain so you can decide if you wish to use them. Toilets are electrically operated (like on aircraft) and we will usually make sure to rent a room on shore for the purpose of bathroom visits!

Should you feel more comfortable in a room off the boat for shabbat, we can organize a hotel or AirBNB room for you nearby.

Who supervises the kashrut?2022-03-16T09:50:31+02:00

Due to space limitations, we only have milky and no meat on board. We also do not have a dedicated kashrut supervisor (Mashgiach). We kasher the kitchen and use our own dedicated dishes, pans and cutlery as necessary. We shop fresh ingredients and basics locally and take cheese and wine with us from Israel or buy local kosher products if available. We buy fish directly from fishermen or fish markets.

We all cook together on board and are our own kashrut supervisors!

Please read more about our kosher policy and procedures here.

About Us and Kosher Sailing

We are based in Israel and while we enjoy our wonderful beaches, we realized that we are missing out on all the Mediterranean has to offer. It touches our shores but is underused and underrated!

After qualifying as a skipper and sailing the seas around Israel, we cast our net wider and started chartering catamarans in the Mediterranean. This is a fantastic way of traveling within the framework of keeping kosher because the catamaran has its own kitchen yet can be taken to the most beautiful parts of the Med.

As the word started to spread and friends and family wanted to join us on our adventures, we decided to offer kosher sailing in the Med to a wider audience. We are a family business in Israel working with partners around the Mediterranean to bring an amazing and unforgettable sailing experience to the kosher world!

Warren Marland

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