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Atlantic & Baltic Sailing Holidays

Sail somewhere different on your next sailing holiday. These sailing areas outside the Med offer scenic sailing that's just a bit unique. You'll need a knowledge of tides for Brittany and experience of strong wind sailing for Tenerife and the Azores.

Click on the cruising areas below for more details of sailing holidays in the Atlantic & Baltic.

Sailing holidays in Sweden

Sweden

Explore the hundreds of offshore islands off the east coast from Stockholm or off the west coast from Gotenborg. These archipelagos form a necklace of islands with sheltered natural harbours and traditional fishing villages. A yacht charter holiday in Sweden will be entirely unique.

Sailing holidays in Sweden
Sailing holidays in Brittany France

Brittany

Explore the charming Breton coastline on a yacht charter holiday in Southern Brittany in France. Brittany offers a charming cruising area with a very scenic coastline for more experienced sailors who have a knowledge of tides. Yachts are based at La Trinite sur Mer and Port Crouesty.

Sailing holidays in Brittany
Sailing holidays in Tenerife Canaries

Tenerife

Tenerife provides superb sailing all year round. A yacht charter from Tenerife gives you the chance to visit islands long considered the world’s end until the discovery of America. More experienced sailors will enjoy the stronger winds and longer passages between the islands.

Sailing holidays in Tenerife
Sailing holidays in the Azores

The Azores

A yacht charter in the Azores gives you the chance to experience a truly unspoilt destination packed full with volcanoes, caves, waterfalls, striking green valleys and World Heritage Sites. This is a destination for the experienced and adventurous sailor!

Sailing holidays in the Azores

"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!"

Bahamas 2018 - V.M.

Sailing Qualifications

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). 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?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

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.

Level 2

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.

Level 3

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.