Skippered sailing holidays

Your pace. Your skipper. You choose for tomorrow.

Take the pressure off with a skippered sailing holiday. Whether you're a newbie wanting to cruise one of our 25 worldwide destinations or an expert looking for a chance to relax, a skippered holiday lets you enjoy as much or as little sailing as you want.

Hire a skipper for your entire charter or just a day or two. The choice is up to you. You pay a daily rate on top of your boat charter, so you have absolute flexibility to choose the days that suit you. All you need to do is provide your skipper with a separate cabin to sleep in and food and drink for each day of your charter. We even offer provisioning packages to make it easier to feed your skipper.

Our friendly, qualified and experienced skippers are available at any of our destinations so you get expert local knowledge and sailing expertise on one of our world-class yachts. Choose a skippered holiday and sail the world in style.

Skippered Charters: Questions answered and myths busted

Our skippers can be added to any of our bareboat or flotilla charters for your entire trip or just a day two, whichever suits you.

 Skippers can come in handy and fulfil a number of different roles and should be considered if you don’t have a sailing certificate or if it’s been a good few years since you were at the helm.

You may have a first mate who just prefers sunbathing to getting fenders ready or has to much on their hands keeping the children occupied.

A skipper can also benefit you if you have been hoisting your own sails for decades and just want a little help and support with some of the more physical aspects of keeping a yacht moving under sail.

Below are some commonly asked questions about the finer details that come up when considering a skipper and the answers to help you decide what’s right for you.

Will the skipper always be in charge to the yacht, can I do any sailing?

Our skippers will be officially in charge of taking care of handling the yacht. Though depending on your level of sailing experience you can do as much or as little as you like, including taking the helm, so long as the skipper feels it is safe to do so. Please note that skippers will take pride in the presentation of the yacht but they are not cooks, cleaners or maids.

Where will the skipper sleep?

Skippers must generally be allocated a stern cabin to themselves for the duration of your charter, though occasionally the bow can be agreed upon. Anything outside of this normal arrangement may be agreed upon with discretion before you book your charter but please assume your skipper will need a cabin in the stern.

What/ how do we feed our skipper?

That’s entirely up to you. If you’re planning to pre-order all of your food online then remembers to buy enough to accommodate the skipper.

If you’re planning to provision when you arrive then speak to your skipper when you meet them to find out what they like or don’t like and can or can’t eat.

You may invite your skipper to dinner and they may accept or choose to stay aboard. If there is no food aboard and you do not want your skipper to come with you then you can give them ‘pocket money’ so that they can pop in to their favourite local haunt. They’ll only ever be a phone call away should you need them.

What does the skipper do in the evening?

Again, that’s entirely up to you as every group is different and interacts with with people in different ways. Rest assured our skippers are professionals who are comfortable at meeting new people and adept at reading different social situations.

If you invite your skipper to be part of the fun in the evening they may accept or choose to stay on the yacht and wait for your return. You may find that your skipper is an early riser who bunks down early after a long day’s saililng.

Do we have to tip our skipper?

We do recommend and it is customary that you tip your skipper. A guideline amount would be 10% of your yacht charter price, though as this could encompass quite a range we leave it at your discretion and ask that you offer gratuity you think your skipper deserves. We’re sure they’ll add immense value to your charter experience.

Will the skipper speak English?

Our skippers are of mixed nationalities but all of them will speak English to a level that will mean your holiday is not impeded in any way and the vast majority will speak excellent English and generally be excellent communicators.

You could have a French national skippering you out in St Martin or find a proud Lancastrian at the helm in Athens. You may find a native Virgin Islander taking you under his wing in Tortola but all of them will speak English to an acceptable level.

How much value does a skipper add?

A fully qualified, commercially endorsed and experienced sailor, with tonnes of local knowledge to share with you. Our skippers will help you benefit from the best places to moor up, eat out and the best times to visit certain places. They can teach you new things about sailing, help you rediscover confidence at the helm, provide an extra pair of hands and handle the heavy lifting for you.

Skippered holidays in the Mediterranean

Dubrovnik_Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • Gentle winds and occasional Mistrals
  • Rich history and spectacular scenery
  • Line-of-sight navigation and island hops
Flotillas Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hvar Town, Hvar Island

Marina Agana, Croatia

  • Easy line-of-sight sailing
  • Short island hops and longer trips
  • Explore quiet islands and national parks
Flotillas Experience level 1-2 ICC RYA Sailing school
Explore Marina Agana, Croatia

Athens, Greece

  • Ancient relics and ruins
  • Exciting blue water sailing
  • Catch the famous Meltemi wind
Flotillas Experience level 3 ICC RYA
Explore Athens, Greece

Corfu, Greece

  • Ideal for sailors of all abilities
  • Coastal sailing and open passages
  • Fine wines of Paxos and Antipaxos
Experience level 1-2 ICC RYA
Explore Corfu, Greece
Ithaca, Greece

Lefkas, Greece

  • Easy, rewarding sailing
  • Sail the famous Heptanese Islands
  • Enjoy fantastic watersports
Flotillas Experience level 1-2 ICC RYA Sailing school
Explore Lefkas, Greece

Sardinia, Italy

  • Excellent food and wine
  • Glamorous resorts and quiet anchorages
  • Dynamic sailing off famous Costa Smerelda
Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Sardinia, Italy
Palermo, Italy

Palermo, Italy

  • Sicilian food and culture
  • Ideal for experienced sailors
  • Coastal cruising and open water sailing
Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Palermo, Italy
Procida, Italy

Procida, Italy

  • Perfect for experienced sailors
  • Gateway to the famous Amalfi Coast
  • Luxurious resorts, bustling towns, quiet villages
Flotillas Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Procida, Italy
Tropea, Italy

Tropea, Italy

  • Easy line-of-sight sailing
  • Explore the volcanic Aeolian Islands
  • Amazing food and scenery in Calabria and Sicily
Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Tropea, Italy
Palma

Mallorca, Spain

  • Strong winds and open water sailing
  • Excellent nightlife and chilled-out beaches
  • Fantastic diving and snorkelling in underwater meadows
Experience level 3 ICC RYA
Explore Mallorca, Spain

Fethiye, Turkey

  • Calm conditions and consistent winds
  • Explore the renowned Turquoise Coast
  • Dive, snorkel and kayak the Aegean Sea
Experience level 1-2 ICC RYA
Explore Fethiye, Turkey

Skippered holidays further afield

Seychelles

Mahé, Seychelles

  • Remote, largely unexplored islands
  • Strong winds ideal for experienced sailors
  • Good diving, snorkelling and sport fishing
Experience level 3 ICC RYA
Explore Mahé, Seychelles
Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, Canada

  • Stunning scenery and amazing wildlife
  • Ideal hiking, snorkelling and kayaking
  • Rewarding sailing for experienced skippers
Experience level 3 ICC RYA Sailing school
Explore Vancouver Island, Canada
Tahiti

Raiatea, French Polynesia

  • Year-round trade winds
  • Excellent fishing, kayaking and snorkelling
  • Dozens of remote, exotic islands to explore
Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Raiatea, French Polynesia

Vavau, Tonga

  • Exotic, colourful marine life
  • Excellent diving, snorkelling and fishing
  • Blue water sailing, remote island hopping
Experience level 2
Explore Vavau, Tonga

Phuket, Thailand

  • Ancient fishing villages
  • Exotic beauty and idyllic islands
  • World-class diving and snorkelling
Experience level 2 Sailing school
Explore Phuket, Thailand
Antigua

Antigua

  • Excellent wreck and reef diving
  • Blue water sailing in steady trade winds
  • A stunning beach for each day of the year
Experience level 2
Explore Antigua

Belize

  • Sheltered sailing with a barrier reef
  • Consistent coastal trade winds to exploit
  • Stunning diving at the famous Blue Hole
Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Belize
Grenada

Grenada

  • Exciting blue water sailing
  • Warm, yearlong trade winds
  • Excellent diving and snorkelling
Experience level 3
Explore Grenada
St. Lucia

St. Lucia

  • Year-round trade winds
  • Unique, delicious local cuisine
  • Stunning mountainous, rainforest isle
Experience level 3
Explore St. Lucia

St. Martin

  • Blue water and coastal sailing
  • World-class diving and snorkelling
  • Glamorous resorts and laid-back beaches
Experience level 2-3
Explore St. Martin
The Bahamas

The Bahamas

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Famous wreck dive spots
  • Blissed-out year-round sailing
Flotillas Experience level 1
Explore The Bahamas

Tortola, BVI

  • Visit a real-life Treasure Island
  • Steady trade winds, calm currents
  • World-famous yachting destinations
Flotillas Experience level 1 Sailing school
Explore Tortola, BVI
Australia

The Whitsundays, Australia

  • Easy line-of-sight sailing
  • Incredible, diverse wildlife
  • Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Experience level 2-3 Sailing school
Explore The Whitsundays, Australia

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25
Destinations worldwide
14
Flotilla routes
48
Types of yachts
40 yrs
Creating holidays
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