A "flotilla" is a group of yachts sailing in company accompanied by a flotilla skipper and hostess on the lead yacht. You have virtually all the advantages of independent yacht charter, plus the support of the flotilla crew to make the most of your flotilla sailing holiday. You're the skipper of your own yacht, and each day's activities are yours to decide - you can sail hard or simply idle towards the next port soaking up the sun on the way. Flotilla sailing holidays are a popular choice for couples, friends and families.
The flotilla sailing itineraries are arranged so that you visit the best places but there is always the opportunity for free sailing. Stop for a lunchtime swim and picnic in a beautiful bay. Enjoy great sailing in the afternoon breeze before mooring up for the night in a bustling harbour where you can step off your yacht onto a quayside full of bars and tavernas.
During school holidays there are usually other families on the flotillas. Children, especially teenagers, love flotilla holidays. There's so much going on afloat and ashore - no time to get bored! There's plenty for them to get involved with as crew - plotting the course, weighing anchor, setting the sails. Every evening the flotilla yachts are moored up together so there's plenty of opportunity to meet up with your new friends.
Choose from 5 flotilla destinations in Greece - all with picturesque fishing harbours, idyllic anchorages, history and culture.
Explore the beautiful Turkish coast.
We offer 2 flotillas in Croatia to cover the coast from Kornati islands to Dubrovnik .
Sail around the glamorous Cote D'Azur
To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla, you should have an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) and be assisted by at least one competent crew.
For charters in Croatia, one member of the crew will also need a VHF licence.
If you wish to take part on a flotilla but do not have an RYA qualification then you may like to choose our 'Learn on flotilla' option on either the Ionian or Athens flotillas in Greece.
Alternatively, RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Torbay Sea School or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
Less experienced and experienced skippers alike will benefit from the help and advice from the flotilla lead crew and their knowledge of the local area. He will provide daily weather forecasts and guide you through the cruising area, making sure you visit the best places. The flotilla skipper will save you a berth and be there to take your lines when you moor at the quayside meaning you don't have to reach harbour early but can stay out longer enjoying the afternoon winds.
And of course everyone enjoys the social side of the flotilla. Every evening the flotilla yachts are moored up together so there's plenty of opportunity for adults and children to meet up with new friends.
If you do not have any skippering experience or you want to brush up your skills, book a 3-day or 6-day instructor on the Ionian or Athens flotillas in Greece - Learn to sail on flotilla in Greece.
All our flotillas are family-friendly and children are very welcome. During the school holidays there are always children on all of the flotillas.
Take a look at our handy hints on travelling with small children
"Your organisation on the booking side was first class and everything went without a hitch. On the sailing side everybody at Odysseus was great and the boat was in good order too. Our flotilla leaders were really super, first rate, nothing was to much trouble and they had everything at all ports of call sorted out. So all in all a great holiday and yes we would do it all again."
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?
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.