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Which flotilla is best for children?

All our flotillas are family-friendly and children are very welcome. During the school holidays there are always children on all of the flotillas.

Younger children will appreciate the shorter passages and sheltered weather on the Ionian flotilla and Fethiye flotilla.

Older children may enjoy the cultural experience of sailing on the Athens flotilla , Cote D'Azur flotilla flotilla or the flotillas in Croatia - Trogir flotilla or Dubrovnik flotilla.

Children with plenty of sailing experience will relish the fresh sailing winds on the Sporades flotilla and Dodecanese flotilla.

Take a look at our handy hints on travelling with small children

"We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in July. We had some excellent sailing around the Ionian islands and we greatly profited from the friendliness, deep experience and local knowledge of our instructor. Many thanks to all concerned for a great time which we hope to repeat."

Ionian Flotilla in Greece 2014 - M.C.

Sailing Qualifications

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). 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?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

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.

Level 2

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.

Level 3

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.