As an alternative to an expensive airport taxi why not hire a car at the airport and drive to your yacht? You can then drive to the best supermarkets and even enjoy dinner out in a nearby restaurant. Leave the car at the marina and it's ready to take you back to the airport at the end of your holiday. This can be cost effective for groups of 4-5 who would need two taxis, especially if going for 1 week.
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"Your organisation on the booking side was first class and everything went without a hitch. On the sailing side everybody at Odysseus was great and the boat was in good order too. Our flotilla leaders were really super, first rate, nothing was to much trouble and they had everything at all ports of call sorted out. So all in all a great holiday and yes we would do it all again."
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.