Why not add a few days ashore in a hotel before or after your yacht charter. You may want to try your hand at watersports that are easier to arrange at a hotel rather than from your yacht, such as dinghy sailing, windsurfing or scuba diving. You may want time to just relax by the pool, on the beach or in the hotel spa. You may want to explore a city centre before you fly home.
Most of the Caribbean hotels we recommend have watersports on the beach and all of the hotels we recommend have pools if you just want to sit back and relax with a good book.
As none of our holidays are "pre-packaged" you can book flights to add a couple of days ashore. City centres are not our speciality so we won't recommend a hotel but we can arrange your flights and transfers to fit your own hotel booking. This is a popular choice for clients travelling to Athens, Split, Palermo, Naples and Stockholm.
Add a few days or a week ashore to enjoy a beach hotel or city break.
Relax in a hotel on the superb white sand beaches of the Caribbean before or after your yacht charter.
"I was planning my 60th birthday lunch for family and friends with my daughter, when she said "what do you REALLY want to do Mum?" The reply...."sail". The lunch booking was cancelled and I made contact with Nautilus. Friends told me that I would never manage a 36' Bavaria and certainly not stern to mooring. Wrong! I was introduced to sailing late, at 53, and certainly did not feel confident but the Ionian flotilla is easy. I spent hours watching stern to mooring videos on Youtube but you don't need the Sailing Virgins when you have flotilla crew to hand!! Live your dreams, book it, do it. It's been one of the best events of my life. Thanks Nautilus, you'll see us 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). 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.