Why Skippered Yacht Charters Make Unforgettable Sailing Holidays

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My sailing lessons were a disaster. Mostly because I had no idea where the wind was coming from. Honestly to me, the wind was in my hair and it was coming from everywhere. Would I take a bareboat yacht charter anywhere? Other than being supremely unqualified, it’s way too much like hard work. My idea of unforgettable sailing holidays involve either a skippered yacht charter or a crewed yacht charters doing the actual sailing while I lounge about with a drink in my hand. We’ve been on a few skippered yacht charters in the past and are now considering a skippered yacht charter in the Mediterranean, specifically the Greek Islands.

Choosing Among Sailing Holidays

When you are looking at using a private yacht rental, you may come across several different types of sailing holidays.

A bareboat yacht charter requires proven sailing skills in the form of a sailing competence certification before a company will let you sail off into the sunset.. You and your yacht are on your own and it’s blissful isolation. And a lot of work. Yet, people like my old boss who sailed his yacht from the USA to England find the work of sailing a boat (strangely IMHO) relaxing.

A skippered yacht charter has a skipper on board who will take on the responsibility of the helm. You can help the skipper to the extent you wish.

My perfect sailing holidays include plenty of R&R
My perfect sailing holidays include plenty of R&R!

A fully crewed yacht charter has a skipper as well as other members of staff to see to your every needs for a truly luxurious escape.

A flotilla sailing holiday is like going on a cruise but without the endless buffets, activities, etc. You have your own private yacht charter and you sail with a team of other yachts. You meet up for social evenings and events. There is a team of able sailors on hand to help so that you don’t float off into the wild blue yonder on your own.

Sailing in a flotilla is great for inexperienced sailors who want to learn to skipper during a sailing holiday.
Sailing in a flotilla is great for inexperienced sailors who want to learn to skipper during a sailing holiday.

Why We Prefer Skippered Yacht Holidays

Having had great experiences with hired skippered yacht charters in the past, we would do a skippered yacht charter again. Why?

We’ve been on a few skippered yacht charters in the past and are now considering a skippered yacht charter in the Mediterranean, specifically the Greek Islands. Having had great experiences with hired skippered yacht charters in the past, we totally want to do it again. Why? Check out 5 reasons why a skippered yacht charter in Greece is a great idea for the vacation of a lifetime.
We’ve been on a few skippered yacht charters in the past and are now considering a
skippered yacht charter in the Mediterranean, specifically the Greek Islands. Having had
great experiences with hired skippered yacht charters in the past, we totally want to do it
again. Why? Check out 5 reasons why a skippered yacht charter in Greece is a great idea
for the vacation of a lifetime.

Smaller Yachts

Skippered yacht charter boats tend to be smaller than the crewed yacht charter ones. You only need accommodation for the skipper as opposed to an entire staff. Besides, we don’t need staff to fetch our drinks – we have children!

Sailboats in a harbor in Greece
Sailboats in a harbor in Greece

Friendly Skippers

We have gotten friendly with previous owners of skippered yacht charter boats, such as that of the Sea Witch in Martha’s Vineyard which we take out most years. They are fun company and know so much about the places we visit.

Sailing holidays in Greece allow you to explore different islands easily.
Sailing holidays in Greece allow you to explore different islands easily.

Rest & Relaxation

My son has been going to sailing camp in the summers and is a much better at the whole thing than I ever was. Do I trust him to helm our luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean? No. He’s a relative newbie at sailing. Moreover, I need him to fetch me my drinks.

Kid-friendly Entertainment

On the other hand, my kids enjoy scampering around the boat and doing ‘stuff’. Wifi at sea is notoriously bad so they are reduced to actually having to interact with people in real life. Helping out with the sailing tasks is good practice for them to reinforce what they learn at sailing camp.

User-Driven Experiences

You can get off the beaten track with someone who has experience of where you are sailing, e.g., the best coves, the best snorkelling etc. Unlike a flotilla you don’t have to sail where everyone else is sailing. You can stay longer somewhere you like because it’s all about you!

Stunning sunset in the Mediterranean
Stunning sunset in the Mediterranean

Interested in day trip sailing options in the Greek islands? Check out these trips if you want to try before you commit to a full sailing holiday:

 

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Why Skippered Yacht Charters Make Unforgettable Sailing Holidays

My sailing lessons were a disaster.Would I take a bareboat yacht charter anywhere? It’s way too much like hard work. My idea of unforgettable sailing holidays involve either a skippered yacht charter or a crewed yacht charters doing the actual sailing while I lounge about with a drink in my hand. Check out 5 reasons to choose a skippered yacht holiday this summer...maybe in Greece? #yachting #sailing #sailingholidays #yachtcharter
My sailing lessons were a disaster.Would I take a bareboat yacht charter anywhere? It’s way
too much like hard work. My idea of unforgettable sailing holidays involve either a skippered
yacht charter or a crewed yacht charters doing the actual sailing while I lounge about with a
drink in my hand. Check out 5 reasons to choose a skippered yacht holiday this
summer…maybe in Greece? #yachting #sailing #sailingholidays #yachtcharter
My idea of unforgettable sailing holidays involve either a skippered
yacht charter or a crewed yacht charters doing the actual sailing while I lounge about with a drink in my hand. Check out 5 reasons to choose a skippered yacht holiday this summer. #yachting #sailing #sailingholidays #yachtcharter

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