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I have never sailed before. Can I go on a sailing holiday?
Absolutely, sailing holidays are not targeted exclusively at regular sailors.
- If you have sailing experience, great! You will really enjoy our hands-on sailing yacht charters.
- If you don’t have any sailing experience yet, crews will be delighted to show you the ropes.
- Or you can just sit back and relax and the crew will manage all the sailing for you.
If you have a passion for the outdoors, seeing new places, and meeting new people, sailing will be a great vacation for you.
What experience do I need to go on one of your sailing holidays?
All cabin and crewed yacht charters are suitable for complete beginners.
For some of our mile building cabin charters, we prefer if our guests have some previous experience, such as RYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper or NauticEd Qualified Crew / Skipper. Sailing trips where experience is preferred are marked as such on the individual trip pages.
I have sailing experience, will your trips be hands-on enough?
Absolutely, you can get as hands-on as you want to during our cabin charters. As you know there is a lot to be done on board! Joining one of our by-the-cabin charters is a great way to practise and improve your sailing ability and also a great way to get to know sailing routes around the Caribbean and gain some local knowledge.
How fit do I need to be to go on a yacht charter?
Whilst no special level of fitness is required, if you are normally active and do not have any balance problems you should have no problem on a yacht charter, especially on a catamaran.
You do need to be able to easily walk around whilst a yacht is moving, be able to use stairs (while the boat is moving or heeled over in normal sailing conditions) and generally be able to maintain your balance.
You must also have enough flexibility to climb in and out of the tender, climb from the tender onto a dock or onto the back of your yacht.
What will I be expected to do on board?
The aim of our cabin charters is that you get hands-on and get involved in sailing the yacht. That includes helming, pulling and winching on lines or anchoring the boat. Equally, this is your holiday and we realise that you may want to relax, sunbathe, snorkel and take in the sights.
One a crewed yacht charter your crew will be there to manage all your needs. But don’t think you can’t help out! Your crew will be delighted with any additional help.
How much sailing will we do each day?
Each sailing route differs. You may be sailing between two and six hours a day. Sometimes more if the weather so dictates and sometimes less if there is something else that the group wants to do ashore or at anchor.
Very occasionally cabin charter sailing trips include sailing times up to 10 or 12 hours, and we try and organise the trips so that if there is a long sailing day this is followed by a more relaxing day.
What will we be doing during the sailing trip?
Most days will go as follows…
Get up to a leisurely breakfast overlooking a beautiful natural bay, head out for a morning sailing.
Arrive in our lunch spot where you can snorkel, kayak, paddle-board or have a snooze. After lunch, sail a little further to your evening destination in time for sundowners and then dinner on board or ashore.
Where possible there will also be time to head ashore and visit some of the island and its many attractions.
Will there be a set itinerary?
Yes. To ensure you experience all the sailing and island delights each of our cabin charters has to offer, there is an itinerary for each sailing trip.
Based on guests preferences this can also be amended. There are always options for you to influence parts of the sailing route and what the group does when you get to a new island.
Crewed Yacht Charters
No. However, the crew will have an itinerary available and as above it can be personalised to your group’s requirements.
Please note that all charters are dependent on the weather and government travel protocols.
Are the crew always on board?
Yes, all of the sailing trips we offer have a crew on board. They will be on board throughout to ensure you have an unforgettable sailing holiday!