During these unusual times we understand that you may feel apprehensive about making future plans regarding your next sailing holiday but we want to reassure you that where possible we can offer you as much flexibility as we can.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve by the day and all us facing unprecedented challenges in these unusual times, our priority is the safety of our staff and our clients.
We are now all working remotely and as a team we are quickly adapting to this new working situation and pulled together to make the process as seamless as possible.
We are in the process of contacting all of our clients who are due to travel in May and June to discuss the various options available to them. The fleets we work with are being incredibly supportive and most have opened up their terms to allow clients to move their charter to a later date in 2020 (subject to availability). We are dealing with all bookings on a case by case basis and in date order.
Please bear in mind that 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:
We work with a wide range of fleets and airlines. Depending on the flexibility of our fleets and if your balance is paid departures for April, May and June can be moved to later in 2020. If this is something of interest to you please email us with your booking reference and we will give you the latest information and if deferment is possible. This will be done in departure date order.
As we are dealing with bookings in departure date order it is currenlty unclear what the situation will be from July. We are monitoring the situation closely through all available channels.
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.
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 or changed please get in touch and we will do our utmost to make alternative charter arrangements.
If you can’t travel due to illness or restrictions please get in touch and we’ll be happy to see if amendment options are available to your charter. 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.
"We had a wonderful time and would recommend the Islands. Make sure you go to Chatham Bay on Union Island, get Tim and the Bushman to cook you curried Conch - fantastic."
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.