Not if you don't want to! The crew are perfectly able to sail the yacht and they do not need or expect your help. So relax with a cool drink, a good book and your suntan cream and watch the world sail by.
If you are keen to help out or learn a few new skills then the crew will be delighted to involve you in the sailing. They will soon have you helming and setting the sails like a pro!
"The boat was fine, Navigare the boat operators were great and efficient, the complete and fully insured package provided peace of mind. The other sailors were all good company and fun. What made this a bit special were your flotilla crew – Helen and Harley. I hesitate to call them skipper and host – co skippers is more befitting, even if it is obvious who wears the trousers! – a great team. Their attitude, help, guidance, commitment and good humour made the week. Nothing was too much trouble. So to them a special thanks from all 10 of us."
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.