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Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016Nautilus Yachting has been operating since 1992. We have been organising sailing holidays worldwide for 30 years and are now one of the leading independent yacht charter agencies in the UK and one of the few that is bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016.

We are committed to offering great service, lots of choice and excellent prices. You benefit from our first hand knowledge so do ask our advice. We specialise in putting together the holiday that’s right for you and pride ourselves on giving a courteous and helpful service. Please do not hesitate to phone our helpful and knowledgeable staff on 01732 867445 or e-mail charter@nautilusyachting.com

Nautilus Yachting is the trading name of Nautilus Yachting Ltd, a limited company registered in England Number 2722826. The registered address is The Watermill, 87 High Street, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5AU.

Meet the Nautilus Yachting team

Jonathan Shears

Jonathan Shears

Jonathan is the Managing Director of Nautilus Yachting and has been with the company since 2004. Most of our clients will have met Jonathan at the London and Southampton Boat Shows over the past 15 years. A keen sailor from an early age and RYA Coastal Skipper, he has sailed in most of the cruising areas in the Mediterranean and Caribbean so will be happy to chat about ideas for your next sailing holiday. Recent trips include: Greece, Turkey, Croatia (Pula, Split and Dubrovnik), Mallorca, Grenadines, Sicily and the British Virgin Islands.

Hannah Rattew

Hannah Rattew

Hannah is our Sales Manager. She has spent most of her summers growing up sailing on flotilla in Greece (Ionian & Saronic). Working as a flotilla hostess in Turkey (Gocek, Fethiye & Bodrum) she has an extensive knowledge of the area, so should you have any questions please do get in touch! Hannah has been an accomplished RYA Day Skipper since 2011 and has since taken 50ft yachts with friends and family. Recent trips include Trogir, Sporades and the BVI.

Louise Nye

Louise Nye

Louise works in our Sales Team. She has worked as a travel agent for many years giving great customer service to all her clients. She has sailed in the Ionian, Croatia, Martinique, Corfu, and has recently returned from a catamaran charter in the British Virgin Islands.

Kali Walker

Kali Walker

Kali works in the Sales Team and has recently joined Nautilus Yachting bringing with him many years of experience in helping clients organise holidays to dream destinations from Australia to Zanzibar. Although he has visited over 50 countries, he is just at the start of his sailing journey, initially learning to sail at school, his most recent sailing experiences involve sailing in the Whitsundays in Australia and The Ionian.

Cheryl Jenner

Cheryl Jenner

Cheryl is Customer Care Manager and is happy to help with your holiday arrangements once you have booked your holiday. She has learnt to sail in Gibraltar and Turkey and is now qualified to RYA Day Skipper. She has also visited our bases in Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Sweden, Thailand and Malta. Recent sailing trips include the Ionian and the Bahamas.


Stephanie Tomlin

Stephanie Tomlin

Stephanie manages our Accounts Department.

Email: accounts@nautilusyachting.com

Kerry Francis

Kerry Francis

Kerry is the head of systems intelligence and IT at Nautilus Yachting, ensuring the smooth sailing of all things technical.

Email: kerry@nautilusyachting.com

Laura Furnell

Nicola and Howard Richardson

Howard and Nicola started Nautilus Yachting in 1992 and after 23 years sold the business to long-time General Manager Jonathan Shears. They continue to be involved as consultants offering ongoing advice and support to the business.

"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. "

Trogir Flotilla 2019 - S.T.

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.