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!
"I just wanted to say how incredibly impressed I’ve been with all aspects of your service. Throughout, the process has been quick and efficient with quick responses on all queries and even help with issues like arranging delivery of provisions. The charter company and quality of yacht was excellent. For the first time ever I had to make a claim against the indemnity policy for some small damage to the hull (cost less than the policy cost), this was approved within 24 hrs which is huge peace of mind. I do two sailing holidays a year and now won’t book with anyone else (if you can offer us a good deal which I’m sure you can!)"
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.