Flotilla Holidays

A Flotilla holiday is an ideal choice if you want to skipper your own charter yacht with the support of a lead boat crew and enjoy the social side of cruising in company.  You and your crew decide how to spend each day, whether it is cruising gently towards the next port with lots of breaks for swimming and sunbathing or getting in as many sailing miles as possible, but experienced help is always at hand if you need it.  Flotilla yachts range in size and layout, allowing couples, friends and families to all enjoy a relaxed sailing sailing holiday in their perfect yacht.

The flotilla usually follows a pre-set route with relatively short daily sailing distances, though anyone who wants to sail more has the freedom to do so.  The lead skipper of the flotilla will provide regular updates for skippers on weather conditions and the route, pointing out good lunchtime anchorages and places to swim.  The lead crew are also there to assist with mooring or finding a good spot to anchor and can always be contacted by VHF if you need advice or assistance.  Their local knowledge is invaluable too, and they will be happy to assist you with shopping, sightseeing and tracking down the best bars and restaurants.

A flotilla is ideal for less experienced skippers, allowing them to build confidence secure in the knowledge that the lead boat crew is never too far away.  Some flotilla areas are particularly suited to the less experienced too, with generally lighter winds and shorter passages.  However, flotillas are still a popular choice for those with  more experience who can enjoy the social side and get to know a new cruising area with the benefit of the lead crew’s local expertise.

You will need some previous skippering experience to take charge of a flotilla yacht, with at least one other person on board at least at Competent Crew standard.  In Croatia, the skipper must have RYA Day Skipper practical or ICC as a minimum.  Some companies offer a course to quickly bring you up to flotilla skipper standard and this could be combined with a flotilla holiday to put your new skills into practice.

Activity Yachting Holidays
www.activityyachting.com
Flotillas in Croatia, Greece and Turkey

Island Sailing
www.island-sailing.com
Flotilla sailing in the Ionian islands of Greece

Late Sail
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Flotillas in Croatia, Greece, Turkey and the British Virgin Islands

Nautilus Yachting
www.nautilus-yachting.com
Flotillas in Croatia, Greece and Turkey

Neilson
www.neilson.co.uk
Flotilla holidays in Greece

Odyssey Sailing
www.odysseysailing.gr
Flotillas in Greece

Sailing Holidays
www.sailingholidays.com
Flotillas in Greece

Sail Ionian
www.sailionian.com
‘Informal’ flotillas in Greece

Seafarer Cruising and Sailing Holidays
www.seafarersailing.co.uk
Flotillas in Great Britain, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and the Grenadines

Sunsail
www.sunsail.com
Flotillas in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, British Virgin Islands and the Grenadines

Sunscape Yachting
www.sunscapeyachting.co.uk
Flotillas in Croatia, Greece and Turkey