Top choices for exciting sailing:

1. Kos in Greece - longer passages between the islands and stronger winds offer more challenging sailing itineraries .


2. Sardinia, Sicily or Elba - Explore these Italian islands with chic marinas, beautiful anchorages and dramatic scenery. 


3. Grenada - far enough off the tourist track so you can explore the authentic Caribbean.

Sailing holidays for experienced sailors

Where will you sail next? . . .

With your experience as a skipper you have the choice of bareboat charter worldwide. Sailing is the only way to discover the hidden beauty and charm of these exciting destinations. Most holiday cruising areas are suitable for skippers who are Day Skipper standard but more challenging areas with bluewater sailing (Canaries, Seychelles & some parts of the Caribbean) require Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster experience.

Do what you want when you want . . .

Being the skipper of your own yacht gives you total flexibility every day. Your enjoy a privacy and freedom that’s hard to find in a hotel. Set sail for a different destination every day- without the clouds and crowds of the Solent! There's always another bay, another harbour, another island to explore. And when you arrive, step ashore for dinner in a waterfront taverna. You'll be supporting the local community and you'll feel like a traveller, not a tourist.

It's excellent value and so convenient . . .

Your yacht provides self-contained accommodation with plenty of cabins for everyone. Every night you'll enjoy being in the best harbourside location or in your own secluded anchorage - a different place to discover every day without any packing and unpacking! All the yachts have a fridge and cooker onboard and self-catering for breakfast, lunch and drinks helps keep the costs down. At night, party animals can hit the local bars or you can treat your crew to dinner in a taverna on the water's edge.

Skippers & crews come in all sizes, ages and experience . . .

From the gentle breezes of the Ionian to the bluewater sailing in Grenada, there's a sailing holiday to suit everyone. Talk to us and we'll find the perfect sailing holiday for you.

Yacht charter sailing holidays for experienced sailors

Yacht charter

Charter a yacht bareboat to explore on your own. Spend time with your partner or bring along your family and friends to share the adventure.

Yacht charter

Mediterranean Yacht Charter

Caribbean Yacht Charter

Tropical Yacht Charter


Flotilla sailing holidays for experienced sailors

Flotilla sailing

Everyone enjoys the friendliness of a flotilla and all our flotillas are relaxed enough to give free sailing days so you can go off and explore if you want.

Flotilla sailing holidays

Flotillas in Greece

Flotillas in Turkey

Flotillas in Croatia



All our charter yachts are fully equipped for cruising in comfort and have full safety, navigational and domestic equipment.

On arrival at your charter yacht you will be given a technical briefing on your yacht and cruising area. We do recommend that you check your yacht carefully before you leave the marina as things can so easily be put right at the base.

Once you have left the base you are given contact numbers for the base, including emergency out-of-hours telephone numbers so help is just a phone call away at any time. Usually the base manager will arrange for repairs to be done in your nearest harbour.

We have an excellent selection of quality sailing yachts for bareboat yacht charter ranging from 30' to 52' including all the well-known names, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Dufour and Bavaria. Most are less than 4 years old and many are brand new models. In some cruising areas we can offer spacious owner's layouts with master cabin.

Catamarans offer plenty of deck space and a large cockpit, ideal for relaxed sailing holidays.  The saloon, with its panoramic windows, is spacious and airy. Even if you haven’t sailed cats before, you’ll be impressed by their easy handling. Cats are very popular in Turkey and the Caribbean where you spend most nights on anchor rather than on a crowded town quay or marina.


For yacht charter you should have previous skipper experience to Day Skipper standard, gained by sailing in the UK or on a previous yacht charter of flotilla holiday. You should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions, and be able to use your navigation and pilotage skills to plan a day passage and know your position at any time. You should be assisted by at least one competent crew.

The port authorities in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta require an internationally recognised certificate of competence for the skipper, eg RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or RYA Day Skipper Practical.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School  


Looking for somewhere new in the Mediterranean? Try the Italian islands of Sicily, Sardinia or Elba and enjoy interesting sailing, great food, and fabulous scenery.

Outside the confines of the Med, Brittany and Tenerife are popular with more experienced skippers looking for some great sailing.

If you've done the usual islands in the Caribbean, take a look at St Martin, maybe on a one-way cruise to Antigua or BVI. Or explore the reef in Belize off the coast of Central America.

Further afield, make dreams come true with a sailing holiday in Seychelles. 

"We booked many flotilla sailing holidays through Nautilus Yachting over the last 10 years (Turkey, Greece) and the quality of services has always been outstanding."
Flotilla sailing 2016 - A.K.

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