The so called 'Scented Island', Corsica offers 385 miles of coastline and over 200 spectacular beaches
The French island of Corsica lies southeast of the mainland and north of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea. Rich forests, snow-capped mountains, nature reserves and UNESCO World Heritage Sites await you on land but Corsica definitely delivers on the water too. Visit the surrounding whale and dolphin sanctuaries, explore the sea caves near Bonifacio and marvel at the hundreds of coves and brilliant white beaches of this beautiful sailing area.
Being the most mountainous region in the Mediterranean, Corsica has some fantastic dramatic scenery as well as great anchorages and quaint old town centres. Visit the Maddalena National Park of Sardinia or head up the West Coast of the island to find an abundance of spectacular inlets.
Embark at Ajaccio Marina. A restaurant and bar are available within the marina with supermarket and a wider choice of restaurants nearby.
Starting your sail north, you will soon realise why the Gulf of Sagone is popular with holidaymakers thanks to its beautiful sandy beaches. Choose to spend the evening in either Sagone or Cargese, both quaint little villages with a friendly atmosphere.
A leisurely sail today making sure to stop off in the Golfe de Porto to admire the dramatic landscape of the Calanques of Piana. Carry on to Girolata, a small village which is only accessible by foot or boat. Arrive early evening to avoid the day trippers from Porto and to take full advantage of the fantastically clear waters, beautiful scenery and great walking trails.
An impressive view of the citadel awaits you as you arrive into Calvi. Reputedly the birth place of Christopher Columbus, Calvi oozes charm and is a popular destination for megayachts sailing over from Nice or Cannes. Wander around the cobbled streets of the citadel, admire the 360 degrees views from the top and enjoy fantastic fresh seafood in one of the many little restaurants.
Leaving Calvi and heading south, stop to enjoy the Golfe de la Revellata before carrying on to Capo Rosso, the westernmost point of the island. Take the hiking trail close to the town of Piana for incredible views of the Calanques, Golfe de Porto and Golfe de Sagone.
Choose from either Sagone or Cargese, whichever stop you didn't chose on day 2.
Return to Ajaccio marina and enjoy a final night in this elegant city.
With winds averaging force 3-5 and a mixture of harbours and anchorages, Corsica makes for a great sailing holiday for intermediate sailors.
We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in Corsica.
If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.
Easyjet have direct flights to Ajaccio from Gatwick on Sundays. Air Corsica have direct flights from Stansted on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.
Transfer time to the marina is approximately 20 minutes. We can often arrange transfers in advance with the base and costs vary depending on time of day and number of guests. Please speak to one of our helpful sales team who can advise you on current transfer information.
"We had a fabulous week on our boat in France. The boat was fantastic, a brand new Leopard 40 Catamaran, loved the new layout. We enjoyed the South of France from the sea..some great towns to stop in, plus some fantastic bays. It far exceeded our expectation of a sailing in South of France."
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.