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Nautilus Yachting recognises that these are difficult and challenging times for us all having to deal with Covid and it's ongoing impact on our lives and businesses. We are always happy to discuss your concerns but have put answers to some frequently asked questions below.

The FCDO is constantly reviewing travel to and from other Countries in respect of Covid 19, updating the advice on their website regularly. This is subject to change at short notice as travel and other restrictions are either imposed or lifted on account of the virus.

Payment terms remain in place with the balance due date being 10 weeks prior to departure in line with our booking conditions.

What if I have to self isolate on my return to the UK?

If on your departure date, there is a compulsory self-isolation from the UK FCDO (regardless of testing), the vast majority of the fleets we work with will allow deferment to later in 2021 or 2022 (subject to availability).

If I can't travel due to Covid restrictions can I change my booking to a different date or destination?

If restrictions are in place on the start date of your charter, you will be able to reschedule to a different date, same destination, with the same yacht supplier.

Can I have a refund if I cannot travel?

In line with our terms and conditions, a refund is not available as neither Nautilus Yachting, or the fleet you are sailing with, are cancelling your booking. The monies paid have been sent to the supplier in order to secure your booking. These monies will be transferred to your new booking. Alternatively, you can receive a credit note valid for 12 months from the start date of your holiday.

Why do I have to pay my balance 10 weeks in advance if there are restrictions in place at that time?

Nautilus Yachting does not retain your money as this has to be passed on to the yacht supplier in order to secure your booking. Please see our booking conditions on our website for full terms and conditions.

Covid testing requirements

If your destination is now on the green list of countries under the UK Governments traffic light system, there is a requirement for testing 3 days prior to arrival back in the UK. This link to the FCDO website also includes red and amber requirements.


This test must be arranged and carried out at your own expense and there are many private companies who are now able to distribute these test packs. An internet search will provide you with several to choose from. You may also find that your airline is able to provide testing kits.

Nautilus Yachting is unable to advise on this third party testing requirement and we cannot provide these as part of our service. We are not responsible for the quality, timing or results of any testing and any impact this may have on your ability to travel.

Please see the following information from the UK Government website regarding testing prior to return to the UK. This can be done by either a PCR test or lateral flow (Antigen) test. Many airlines are providing discount codes for 3rd party lateral flow (Antigen) kits for pre departure test back into the UK. Along with the discount codes the different airlines are providing links of testing companies they recommend. These companies provide instructions on how to obtain the result of your test, which can usually be by the use of your mobile phone. It is not possible to use the Free lateral flow tests provided by the NHS.

Type of test

You must make sure that the test provider you choose can meet the standards for pre-departure testing.

The test must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.

This could include tests such as:

  • a nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests
  • an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device

It’s your responsibility to ensure the test meets the minimum standards for sensitivity, specificity and viral load details. You must check with your test provider that it meets those standards.

You may not be able to travel if the test does not meet these standards. It’s your responsibility to ensure you get the right test that meets the above requirements.

Information that the test result must include

Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted.

You must provide the original test result notification. It must include the following information:

  • your name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider
  • the name of the test provider and their contact details
  • confirmation of the device used for the test, or that the test was a PCR test

Updated: Thu 8th Jul 2021

"This was our first time in Croatia & we found it that bit different to Greece so much so that we are looking at coming back next year to do the northern run. We also used Nautilus for the first time & we would like to thank you for your friendly efficient service & the great price . See you next year."

Croatia flotilla 2015 - S.L.

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). 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?

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.