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Ocean Elements makes waves at this year's London Boat Show

by Emma Trueman, Ocean Elements 10 Jan 18:30 GMT Stand WC034, 10-14 January 2018
The foiling F101 is set for Ocean Elements Porto Heli © ProVela

Ocean Elements, one of the UK's largest water sports and activity holiday specialists, will be launching its exciting foiling programme at this year's show, alongside the launch of its new active glamping resort, Club Mayotte, in the south west of France.

Learn to foil!

If you thought you'd never master the art of foiling then think again! New for summer 2018 at our Porto Heli and Vassiliki resorts, we are more than delighted to be one of the first tour operators to offer foiling courses for beginner and intermediate sailors and windsurfers alike. We have a sneaky feeling this is going to be popular, so make sure you book before you even pack your case!

Dinghy foiling at Nautica Bay Hotel, Porto Heli

If you can handle a Laser, then you have to try out the amazing all-carbon ProVela F101 trimarans or the RS Aero adapted for use with glidefree foils.

The F101 originates from the experience of teaching foiling and knocking down the barriers would-be foilers experience. In simple terms think of the floats as stabilisers, a bit like you had on your bike as a kid, then you can imagine the concept behind using the trimaran hull and its advantages over a foiling mono hull.

The RS Aero (adapted for use with glidefree foils) needs no introduction, remaining one of the most technically advanced boats in its sector. Its super lightweight hull (at just 30kg) picks up on the foil and flies much more easily than other (heavier) boats might. At 9-10 knots, the adapted RS Aero will instantly appeal to mono hull sailors or those wishing to try a glidefree kit.

Our team of trained RYA foiling instructors will be more than happy to get you up and foiling in no time! We will be running a 'First Flight' course - a two hour introductory foiling course - as well as a 'Sustained Flight' course - a two half day foiling course.

Windsurf foiling at Surf Hotel and Xenia Apartments in Vassiliki

Hold tight this summer as windsurfing literally takes off! We are one of the first tour operators to offer windsurf foiling and tuition in Greece. Our team of dedicated RYA trained instructors are ready and waiting to teach you the art of foiling. Aimed at the more experienced windsurfer, foiling gives you a real sense of weightlessness and speed as well as the ultimate buzz. You'll be effortlessly flying across the ocean at close to 30 knots - what's not to love?

We have two types of dedicated foil boards for you to try out - the Foil 122 and the Foil 147. The Foil 122 is thin for maximum control with 100% razor sharp rail edges for early planing and clean water release, even when touching down. Designed purely as a foil board it allows easier control of the board, better performance and makes it more forgiving to foil compared to using a classic freeride windsurf board.

The Foil 147 is a balanced, stable foil board with a wider outline and wider tail for more power and stability. The 95cm wide outline coupled with a wide tail gives a super efficient shape that planes early and gives a high degree of control and leverage over the foil. The 241cm long board makes it more forgiving when dropping off the foil helping the board to take off.

Our onsite team of trained RYA foiling windsurf instructors offer two levels of tuition - our 'First Flight' course - a two hour introductory foiling course - and our 'Sustained Flight' course - a two half day foiling course. What are you waiting for?

New Beach Club Destination: Club Mayotte

Alongside our Greek Beach Club resorts we are delighted to announce the opening of Club Mayotte Biscarosse in south west France - a five star lakeside campsite with private beach, sailing, water sports centre, pools, mountain biking and much more.

We've been offering active holidays in the mountains and by the sea for over 20 years and now we are bringing our expertise to the lakes. You can try out stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking (no need to hire a board or kayak as these are included with your booking!), water skiing, wake-boarding, kite-surfing, dinghy and catamaran sailing. And don't forget to check out the surf at beautiful Biscarrosse Plage, just a couple of kilometres away.

When you're not splashing about on the water, grab your mountain bike (four bikes are included with your booking - see, we think of everything!) and explore the beautiful scenery and surrounding area. You can even book in for a guided bike tour.

The kids are going to love this family-friendly Club; it boasts an impressive water park, four outdoor pools, and an adventure park. Our kids club is open daily, giving grown-ups some well deserved time off. We even have an on-site wellness centre complete with a sauna, jacuzzi, gym, yoga and aqua fitness classes. Or you could just enjoy a bit of beach-time, reading a book on a lounger.

We open for business in May 2018, just in time for half term. The weather by then is already deliciously warm as is the water temperature as Lake Sanguinet is one of the largest warm water lakes in France. You can book now for 7 or 14 nights in one of our mobile homes.

Ocean Elements' London Boat Show Exclusive:

Book now with our exclusive boat show-only code LONDON10 to receive 10% off your Ocean Elements holiday. This fab offers closes on Monday 15th January at midnight. Hurray!

More news from Ocean Elements:

  • Our updated Fleet:
    2018 sees the launch of our updated fleet of performance dinghies and yachts. All our Beach Club resorts offer the chance to learn to sail, or improve old skills. We offer three hours of RYA tuition per day for five or six days per week as part of your holiday. The RYA tuition can also be taken as an RYA course, earning you an internationally recognised qualification. We also have a Youth Squad aimed at young water sports enthusiasts, and a complimentary kids' club where kids can enjoy five days of fun-packed activities both on and off the water.

    Guests also get a paddleboard for the week and a (free!) stop-over at our Vassiliki Beach Club for watersports.

  • Yacht and Flotilla Holidays:
    The new Ocean Elements flotilla now includes the super-smart Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, a 36i, 379 and a 409 so all sizes are covered. You can explore the Ionian Islands on your own yacht, as part of our flotilla or bareboat charter, from Lefkas marina on one of our exclusive 36 to 54 ft yachts. From £1796 per person - choose from one or two weeks; skippered charter and cabin charter available.

  • Stay and Sail:
    Our ever-popular Stay and Sail programme operates from our Surf Hotel in Vassiliki - the perfect way to combine a week at our Beach Club followed by your second week aboard your own yacht.

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