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The UK FCO has now updated which countries are allowed to be visited with no quarantine requirements on your return to the UK. If your flight has been cancelled please let us know and we will check what options are available to you. We continue to look at bookings on a case by case basis and in date order.

The fleets we work with have been incredibly supportive. However now flights are operating to most destinations they are expecting balances to be settled as soon as possible.

We are experiencing a high volume of emails, so please do bear with the entire team. We are prioritising in order of departure date and we are sorry in advance if it takes us a little more time than usual to reply to you.

In the meantime please find below some FAQ's which might help you:


What if the UK FCO implement a quarantine against the country I am visiting for when I return to the UK?

If on your departure date, there is a compulsory quarantine from the UK FCO the vast majority of the fleets we work with will allow deferment to later in 2020 or 2021. As the fleets are not cancelling and can provide the charter as booked, they are not permitting refunds, but are opening up their terms and conditions and would allow deferments. We are monitoring the situation across all our destinations through all available channels. If you decide to defer to a more expensive season or larger yacht then you would be liable for the increase in price. Deferment is always subject to availability.


Can I move my booking?

Now travel is possible to most destinations in Europe and the fleets can honour the bookings, they are only offering deferment if travel restrictions are put in place by governments. They are expecting all balances to be settled for the dates booked. We do work with a wide range of fleets and airlines and we have to follow their terms and conditions. If you have a health condition and have been advised by a doctor not to travel then a number of fleets will permit deferment to 2021 as long as the outstanding balance is paid in full.


What if my charter is affected?

Nautilus Yachting has always been proud to offer excellent customer care. As agents we work closely with our fleets to be able to offer the best options to you the client. This will vary from booking to booking and depends on your departure date, fleet supplier and circumstances.


Flight Cancellations

If your flight is booked through us and is cancelled or changed we will get in touch. If you have booked your own flights and they are cancelled please get in touch as alternative flights could be available.


I am ill or self isolating and can’t travel

If you can’t travel due to illness or restrictions please get in touch and we’ll be happy to see what options are available to you. However you may be able to claim on your travel insurance if this is the case.


We wish all of you the best and look forward to calmer seas ahead.

Updated: Wed 29 Jul 17:30 GMT


"A mail to say how much we enjoyed last week's flotilla. The lead crew were really excellent, we are full of compliments for them. They were ever patient, helpful, genuinely kind people who went out of their way to make everyone relax and feel included. The rest of the people on the flotilla were all really lovely and great group meals in some very well chosen restaurants added to the memory. Thanks to you all for a really great holiday. "

Athens Flotilla 2016 - A.O.

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.