Do I need sailing experience or a qualification?

If you have some previous skippering experience you can join a flotilla and skipper your own yacht. Your experience will be either from a previous flotilla holiday or from yacht sailing in the UK. At least one other person should be competent crew standard.

At present only the port authorities in Croatia and Mallorca require an internationally recognised certificate of competence for the skipper of a flotilla yacht, eg RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or RYA Day Skipper Practical.

The RYA ICC will in the near future be required by Greek and Turkish 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  

"We have recently returned from our sailing holiday from Marina di Scarlino and have had a great week. We sailed every day if not all day. The sail to Elba was a good day's sail and the distances between the harbours and anchorages were just a few hours. "
Scarlino, Italy 2014 - I.R.

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