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Topsail Insurance Ltd offer Yachtsman’s Travel Policies with security provided by Canopius Managing Agents Limited, including a fully comprehensive Yachtsman’s Single Trip policy.

This policy covers yachting, sailing & powerboating within and outside territorial waters, SCUBA diving to 30 meters and other watersports. The policy includes:

  • Cover for cancellation or delay of 24 hours or more of your flight due to volcanic ash or adverse weather, such as snow, making it impossible to travel.
  • Cancellation due to the death, injury or serious illness of any person with whom you had arranged to travel or of their close family relative (provided any pre-existing medical conditions have been disclosed). So if the qualified skipper cannot travel, other crew members will be covered if they cannot continue the sailing trip without him.

It is a condition of your booking that you obtain adequate holiday insurance. If you make your own travel insurance arrangements you should check with your insurer whether there are restrictions on sailing holidays and whether there is cover in the event that the qualified skipper cannot travel.

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If you have any queries regarding this policy, you should contact Topsail Insurance for information on 01273 573 727.

"We chartered Icarus to celebrate a big birthday and could not have made a better selection. A beautiful boat with excellent skipper and hostess who will make you feel at home within minutes and you will wish for nothing. Robert is an expert skipper and teacher if you want to get involved, as well as having tremendous knowledge and experience of the area. The yacht is spotless, cabins are spacious and well equipped, the deck is spacious and sunbeds are laid out to sunbathe in comfort. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!!"

Crewed Yacht Icarus 2016 - B.M.

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). 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?

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.