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Swap the skis for sails

If you love the fresh air, mountain scenery, adventure and sense of achievement that a skiing holiday provides, then a sailing holiday might just be for you.

Learn a new skill, discover a different place every day, enjoy breath-taking scenery and mouth-watering local cuisine, and meet like-minded people in a relaxed environment… sound tempting? There is absolutely no doubt that if you love skiing, you’ll love sailing.

Our friends at ‘Sailing Holidays’ have a very similar ethos to us, they are a family run business who take pride in their holidays, they recruit the right people to ensure you have the best possible holiday and their clients return year after year. We’re happy to recommend them.

Social ‘chalet’ style sailing

If you enjoy the convivial atmosphere of a larger shared chalet then a flotilla holiday is a great option. Share a boat with your other half, friends or family and enjoy sailing by yourselves during the day, with the option to socialise and wind down with other like-minded sailors in the evening. If you are an individual or couple looking to join a crew, the ‘share-a-yacht’ option offers the perfect opportunity to spend a couple of weeks away from it all, making new friends whilst sailing in the sun.

Complete beginner?

Don’t be put off. Sailing Holidays are the only UK Company who can provide tuition for complete beginners allowing you to join a flotilla and learn to sail whilst you’re on holiday. Most start off having had some dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing or other on water experience but they also take a number of people who have never set foot on board a boat.

Already a competent sailor?

Lucky you…if you are already qualified to a minimum of a Day Skipper Practical Certificate or an ICC (International Certificate of Competency) then Sailing Holidays offer Bareboats in Turkey, Spain, Croatia, Italy and Greece. They have a range of yachts available, so whether a couple, a family, or a large group of friends they will find you the perfect yacht in the ideal destination, so all that’s left is to hop on-board and go exploring.

The flotilla philosophy is simple...

Sailing Holidays offer the opportunity to meander around the beautiful Greek Islands in the comfort of your own yacht, living the dream, with the unobtrusive assistance and supervision of a flotilla lead crew. The holidays concentrate on the enjoyable aspects of sailing in the sunny Greek Islands, allowing those with little experience to have a go. Experienced sailors also have the opportunity to simply relax, whilst introducing family and friends to their passion. Take your time meandering from port to port, stopping for lunch and swims in beautiful bays along the way, before making the most of the afternoon breeze and sailing to your evening destination.

Flotilla Destinations

Choose from an exclusive selection of flotilla routes in the Ionian Islands, all of which offer a fantastic introduction to sailing. For experienced sailors a flotilla in the Ionian is the perfect way to introduce family and friends in a relaxed environment The Paxos area and the South Ionian are the easiest, but the whole Ionian area is well within most people’s capabilities.

Sailing holidays have offered fantastic flotillas around the Saronic Islands and the Argolic Gulf for the last 7 years. The wind here is a little stronger than the Ionian, making the perfect step up for some exhilarating sailing.

The Sporades Islands lie to the North of Athens, in the Aegean Sea. Amongst other things, they are famous for the regular summer meltemi winds and as the setting for the 2008 ‘Mamma Mia’ movie. The combination of gin clear water and good wind seems to be proving rather irresistible for keen sailors.

Call Sailing Holidays 'Sails Crew' now on 0208 459 8787.

Help is at hand...

For those new to sailing a skippered charter holiday can be a brilliant option. Enjoy the unobtrusive assistance and guidance of one of Sailing Holidays fantastic on board skippers! Use their knowledge to learn the ropes, or simply sit back, relax and let them do the hard work for you. From planning routes and swim stops, to the best places to eat out, our skippers' local knowledge is unrivalled.

Skippered Charter holidays are available in Greece, Croatia, Italy, Turkey and Spain.

Call Sailing Holidays 'Sails Crew' now on 0208 459 8787.

Already qualified? Let Sailing Holidays find you a yacht...

For sailors with some experience under their belt and a Day Skipper or ICC certificate, bareboat holidays offer the perfect opportunity to escape the crowds and explore further afield. Bareboat holidays allow you to get truly off the beaten track and explore some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning sailing grounds. From the glamorous Amalfi Coast (the home of Pizza and Prosecco) to the rugged shorelines of 1,185 Dalmatian Islands. The Mediterranean is your oyster!

Sailing Holidays make it exceptionally easy to get you sailing by organising your yacht (as well as your flights and transfers if you wish) so you can simply sail from bay to bay, island to island, harbour to harbour...

Bareboat holidays are available in Greece, Croatia, Italy, Turkey and Spain.

Call Sailing Holidays 'Sails Crew' now on 0208 459 8787.

Tempted?

Don’t wait until the winter for your next adventure, for more details of what our friends at Sailing Holidays offer visit their website now or call their Sails Crew on 0208 459 8787.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR VIP SKI GUESTS

FREE Outboard Engine for the dinghy or Stand Up Paddleboard for flotilla bookings. (Usually £50 a week or £75 per fortnight).

5% off bareboat holidays and skippered bareboat charter (5% is off the boat price only but flight inclusive packages can be arranged).

Book early for next summer and save up to £100 per person. Book your 2017 flotilla holiday now at 2016 prices! (Valid until the end of the London Boat Show 2017 - 15 January)

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