Always dreamed of a holiday on the open water but don't have the sailing qualifications? You can add a skipper to any of our bareboat yachts so you can sit back and relax whilst your professional skipper leads the way. Whilst the skipper is not an instuctor, if you want to get involved then they will be happy to share the basics with you.
For those who are either new to sailing or who know the basics but have not skippered a yacht before, we offer our 'Learn on Flotilla' course in the Ionian. An instructor is added to your flotilla yacht for either 3 or 6 days depending on your level of experience, enabling you to be a part of the flotilla from the offset whilst gaining valuable experience.
Ultimate luxury can be found on our crewed yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. A professional skipper will ensure you take in the best the area has to offer whilst your hostess serves you fabulous food. We have a range of crewed yachts on offer and not all of these are on our website so please feel free to contact our sales team with your requirements and we will be happy to make our suggestions for you.
Your skipper will stay on your yacht with you so you will need to ensure they have their own cabin and will need to include them in your food provisionings. Occasionally clients will invite the skipper to dine with them if eating out but usually they will just ensure there is food on the yacht for them to have. This does not apply to the crewed yachts on which the skipper and hostess will take care of themselves and you do not need to pay for their food.
The skipper will be a professional who knows the sailing area inside out. They can advise you of the best areas to visit and they are usually very clued up on local restaurants too. They are respectful of your privacy and understand that this is your holiday to enjoy as you wish.
Skippers are paid for in addition to the bareboat/flotilla costs and are included in the crewed yacht prices. Tipping is usual for skippers and for Caribbean crewed yachts crew gratuity is customary for excellent service and 15% of the charter fee is the guideline.
"A very enjoyable and relaxing fortnight’s charter in the Abacos. A beautiful and tranquil archipelago of sand-fringed islands. Sailing was in the Sea of Abaco, a large lagoon, often with only 2m below our keels, so we were very glad that we had chosen a catamaran! We were very lucky in chartering Odin, a new Lagoon 42 Luxe. She was spacious and really well equipped, with several very useful mod cons such as air-con and a water-maker. A lovely catamaran! There were several picturesque and well sheltered harbours with a couple of restaurants, though we spent most nights in anchorages, often on our own. We only ate out 3 times, but those meals were good. The conch is the local speciality! On several of the Cays, golf buggies replaced cars and we had lots of offers of lifts from friendly residents. There were some good snorkelling spots and we had several close encounters with delightful turtles! All in all, a really good holiday! Thank you, Nautilus!"
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.