Sailing holidays for all the family
Enjoy a great activity holiday . . .
Sailing your own yacht provides fun, excitement and challenges to wake up your senses and make you feel alive. There's always time for a swim off your yacht or a walk to a market or cliff-top view. Or just relax - there's no rush and no timetables. Every day is different and every day there are magic moments - an exhilarating reach under full sail, dolphins next to your yacht, snorkelling over sunlit reefs. In the evening there are charming little harbours with long histories or anchorages under starry skies.
Share the fun with your family . . .
Children, especially teenagers, love sailing holidays. There's so much going on afloat and ashore - it's such an adventure and no time to get bored! There's plenty they can join in as crew - plotting the course, weighing anchor, setting the sails. Swim ashore for an ice cream from the beach bar, take a trip in the dinghy to explore some caves or plan a picnic in a secluded bay. They might even turn off their i-pods and talk to you! A pirate's treasure map goes down well with younger children so they can plot their course.
It's excellent value and so convenient . . .
Your yacht provides self-contained accommodation with plenty of cabins for everyone. Every night you'll be in the best harbourside location or in your own secluded anchorage - a different place to discover every day. It's the ultimate multi-centre holiday without all the packing and unpacking! All the yachts have a fridge and cooker onboard and self-catering for breakfast, lunch and snacks helps keep the costs down, especially if you have hungry kids onboard.
Families come in all sizes, ages and experience . . .
From the gentle breezes of the Ionian to the bluewater sailing in Grenada, there's a sailing holiday to suit your family. Talk to us and we'll find the perfect family sailing holiday for you.
If you have sailing experience, charter a yacht bareboat. Spend time with your family or bring along some friends to share the adventure.
Everyone enjoys the reassurance and friendliness of a flotilla. During school holidays there are usually other families on the flotillas so the kids can make new friends.
Learn to Sail
No previous sailing experience necessary on our Learn to Sail holidays. Learn to sail together on flotilla in Greece or book an RYA course and gain your certificates.
Sail and Stay
A sailing holiday is a perfect vacation but you can add a few days or a week ashore in a beach hotel or villa before or after your sailing.
Your choice of destination may depend on various factors:
Do you want to sail on flotilla? You may want the security of sailing with other yachts and with flotilla staff who are onhand to give assistance. You may want to meet other families with children. We have flotillas in Greece, Turkey or Croatia, so there's one to match your sailing experience.
Are are looking for somewhere sheltered? The children may be younger or the family may not be so experienced. The Ionian in Greece is a family favourite for its gentler winds, shorter distances and picturesque bays for swimming.
Perhaps the children are older and you want to visit somewhere interesting? Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Italy all have ancient histories to explore. Sailing on the French Riviera gives an opportunity to practice speaking French.
The Caribbean is an idyllic holiday destination for all the family. The sailing is best October through to June. The British Virgin Islands provide safe, sheltered cruising with white sandy beaches and superb snorkelling.
Teenagers really enjoy sailing holidays. There's plenty they can join in as crew but there's still plenty of time to relax on deck with a book or i-pod. Teach them a few useful knots at the start of the holiday and delegate specific tasks so they know what their role is, eg when mooring up who's doing anchor, fenders, stern mooring lines? Get them involved in chart plotting, helming and setting the sails. Even a washing up rota seems more fun onboard a yacht! Take a friend along or join a flotilla if they want company.
Younger children love being onboard a yacht. Under 12s aren't much help as crew but they really enjoy all the activity of sailing along, going ashore in the dinghy and falling asleep in a cabin. Do take a life-jacket for under 8s - as well as wearing it on the yacht, they'll need it swimming off the yacht and in the dinghy.
Toddlers are the most difficult crew members. If possible invite another person, couple or family along so there is at least one adult who can be in charge of young children with no other crew jobs to distract them, especially coming in and out of harbour. Child netting can be fitted as an optional extra and will be attached along the side rails, but it does not fully enclose the deck area so cannot be considered an enclosed playpen.
Lifejackets are provided on all charter yachts. Check you have child / junior jackets before you leave the marina. Young children should wear a lifejacket at all times above deck and in the dinghy (especially at night!). For children under 8, we recommend taking their own lifejacket that you know fits and that he/she likes wearing.
For yacht charter you should have previous skipper experience to Day Skipper standard, gained by sailing in the UK or on a previous yacht charter of flotilla holiday. You should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions, and be able to use your navigation and pilotage skills to plan a day passage and know your position at any time. You should be assisted by at least one competent crew.
The port authorities in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta require an internationally recognised certificate of competence for the skipper, eg RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or RYA Day Skipper Practical.
The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School
If you want to brush up your skills on flotilla or gain an RYA sailing qualification, book a Learn to Sail holiday.