Featured Property: Matchless, Marina di Scarlino

An elegant and rare sailing sloop on the Mediterranean

Unusually for Invitation to Tuscany, a sailing boat. But this is no normal sailing boat; it is a Swan 57, considered by many to be the Rolls Royce of yachts. Large enough for comfort yet fast enough for Regattas, this is a beautifully crafted vessel, built in the Nautor ShipYard in 1978 from a Sparkman & Stephens blueprint. Owned by a very good friend of ours, these vessels are rarely up for charter and are a delight to spend time on. Leave from Marina di Scarlino, in southern Tuscany, and navigate round the Mediterranean Isles, Corsica, Sardinia and the smaller islands. With an expert skipper on board you can participate in the sailing or lay back and sip your Campari as the mood takes you.

The deck is elegantly pared down as one would expect of a boat built with speed in mind, but the interior is remarkably stylish. There are a galley kitchen, a living/ dining area, a master cabin and 2 bunked guest cabins. There is also an extra berth in the saloon and 2 shower-rooms. The Matchless has air-conditioning, TV and a desalinating plant; very useful for not having to into port for fresh-water. This is, however, a sailing sloop, designed for speed and for racing: do not expect the comfort and space of a larger, slower boat. The beauty here is in feeling the Mediterranean slipping away beneath you, the power of the sails and the elegant way the Matchless cleaves through the water. You will need an appreciation of boats of this quality and some sailing experience to hire this boat.

The experience of sailing round the Mediterranean is an incredibly special one; to do it in a vessel like this truly remarkable. The Matchless has set routes you can choose or you can work out your own itinerary. Around Elba and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, towards Sardinia and along its rocky coast – or even as far as Greece and the Greek Isles. We will sometimes take individual berths; please enquire about this. Generally preference will be given to whole boat bookings that run from Saturday to Saturday, starting at 6pm and ending at 9am.


Prices are in British Pounds Sterling or Euro per property per week. Dollar prices shown are indicative only and will vary with the exchange rate.

Prices shown are for Saturday – Saturday bookings
Low season 1st Jan – 15th Apr / 30th Apr – 6th May / 1st Oct – 16th Dec £5624.00 / €6188.00
Approx US $8044.00
Mid season 16th Apr – 29th Apr / 7th May – 1st Jul / 3rd Sep – 30th Sep / 17th Dec – 30th Dec / 31st Dec – 6th Jan £6136.00 / €6750.00
Approx US $8775.00
High season 2nd Jul – 2nd Sep £7158.00 / €7875.00
Approx US $10238.00

* This property rents at Mid Season prices for Christmas, New Year and Easter.


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