"Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the flotilla. Everything worked perfectly, Odysseus were brilliant, the guys on the lead boat - Jack and Davide - were top class, great fun and really made the experience brilliant. So all in all my experience couldn’t have been better. You are running a really great operation and would recommend you very strongly."
"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."
"Another brilliant week in Greece. Nikos was fabulous as always - good boat, good weather, couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thanks for making these trips so enjoyable."
"On behalf of the me, Felix & Jack - the crew of the Sultan J for w/c 3rd August 2019 - I would like to extend our sincere thanks for the wonderful week we spent with you. We are all so thrilled that we all achieved our goals of 1 x Day Skipper and 2 x Competent Crew! Thank you for being such a great instructor: you were clear, patient and precise, with huge amounts of EQ to judge mood and character. You were also delightful company socially on our many dinners together, although I think could do some more work on your Scrabble technique! I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers Nautilus and Erkan from Portway for their immaculate organisation which made it a memorable holiday. EasyJet could learn a thing or two from you all - the flight home to Stansted was cancelled at midnight which was a nightmare – but this was the only glitch in what otherwise was a stress free glorious week."
"We all had a wonderful sailing holiday out of Marmaris in the 479. GMM Yachting were exceptionally helpful. I would recommend them to anyone. The boat was in pristine condition and sailed like a dream. For the most part the winds were favourable and we had our best sailing ever. Thanks for organising the charter for us. We now have to choose where to go next year!"
"First time visit for us to Turkey and charter. We were thrilled from start to finish, endless coves and places to eat plus everyone was extremely friendly. We'll be back again."
"My husband, two children (19 and 20years) and I had a fabulous time on our southern Split flotilla. From booking, to getting our boat and right through the whole holiday, Nautilus were fantastic. The boat was spotless, well kitted out and everything in perfect working order. Helen and Harley took us to fantastic places, were very knowledgeable about the area and the people, organised great social events, booked restaurants for us and were there for us to deal with any problems. I would recommend Nautilus to everyone, we have been on a few flotilla holidays and this is by far the best. "
"We had a fantastic time - so thank you for helping us organise it. The scenery is absolutely stunning and the culture and history of Montenegro is very interesting. Kotor is a beautiful city too and the bays and waters are clean."
"We all had an amazing week and had great support from Helen and Harley. They gave us so many great ideas and recommendations that made the week run smoothly and was more enjoyable. Thanks again for an awesome week!"
"I just wanted to say how incredibly impressed I’ve been with all aspects of your service. Throughout, the process has been quick and efficient with quick responses on all queries and even help with issues like arranging delivery of provisions. The charter company and quality of yacht was excellent. For the first time ever I had to make a claim against the indemnity policy for some small damage to the hull (cost less than the policy cost), this was approved within 24 hrs which is huge peace of mind. I do two sailing holidays a year and now won’t book with anyone else (if you can offer us a good deal which I’m sure you can!)"
"Our sailing holiday from Portisco was a great success. The Dufour 412 is the best yacht I have ever sailed and Boomerang are the best fleet I have ever chartered with. "
"Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed last weeks sailing around the Stockholm archipelago. The boat was by far the best we have ever chartered. As a cruising area it's definitely on the return list !!"
"A very enjoyable and relaxing fortnight’s charter in the Abacos. A beautiful and tranquil archipelago of sand-fringed islands. Sailing was in the Sea of Abaco, a large lagoon, often with only 2m below our keels, so we were very glad that we had chosen a catamaran! We were very lucky in chartering Odin, a new Lagoon 42 Luxe. She was spacious and really well equipped, with several very useful mod cons such as air-con and a water-maker. A lovely catamaran! There were several picturesque and well sheltered harbours with a couple of restaurants, though we spent most nights in anchorages, often on our own. We only ate out 3 times, but those meals were good. The conch is the local speciality! On several of the Cays, golf buggies replaced cars and we had lots of offers of lifts from friendly residents. There were some good snorkelling spots and we had several close encounters with delightful turtles! All in all, a really good holiday! Thank you, Nautilus!"
"Our whole time in the Grenadines could not have been better. After two days on Bequia visiting friends, a brilliant four to five hour sail with a perfect wind took us down to Salt Whistle Bay on the island of Mayreau. A very busy anchorage where locals acted as parking attendants to squeeze in as many boats as possible to maximize customers for their shore barbeque where they fed us an excellent dinner. The following morning we did the very short passage round to the Tobago Cays. There followed two nights of gorgeous weather, lovely snorkelling with turtles cruising about everywhere and lobster dinners ashore. Could not have been better. "
"Just to let you know we had a fantastic sailing holiday. The yacht was superb, Dream Yacht charters are very professional and efficient, the weather was perfect, blew a steady 4-5 every day and there was nobody else there! We sailed to Guadelope which was a highlight. Thanks very much for all your help. "
"Just a quick note to say thank you for all of your help in booking my Express Day Skipper course in Gibraltar with Rock Sailing. All of my arrangements worked out perfectly and I had the best time...and came home with my Day Skipper license! I would happily recommend Nautilus to friends and family and may even come back to put that license into practise through you!"
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.