Affordable Sailing Holidays

Affordable Luxury Yachting And Sailing

Many images of ordinary people enjoying boating and sailing are posted on the web each day. It’s plain to see boating is no longer a sport reserved for the rich. Modern construction processes in the industry have made getting involved with boating and Yacht Charter or ownership much more affordable than perhaps you first thought.
for Qualifications organisations like the RYA is an excellent resource for information they cover all aspects of sailing and are one of the most respected marine associations in the world.

Dealers testing Jeanneau Croatia

If you want to try a sailing day or weekend? Then plenty of RYA sailing schools run weekend introductory sailing courses. I use the word courses with caution as many people don’t want formal coaching to try a leisure sport. In my opinion, Introductory courses function best where a professional skipper takes you out for a couple of days, and perhaps you stay overnight on the yacht or boat, during that time have a go at sailing at your own pace. There is simply no point even attempting to do more than that on your first sailing trip.
You don’t even need to do this via a sailing school to love that first introduction to sailing. My recommendation in this post will take a little longer than a weekend to become totally hooked, but it might just set you on the way to meeting new people and learn to sail at the same time.

My Recommendation

Get together a group of people in the same or similar situation as yourself. Perhaps pose the question on social media and run a small add. Four people tend to work best and exchange ideas about where you might go for your first sailing adventure. My advice will be to select a well known holiday destination with easy airport links and something other to do in the area as well as sailing (I will come back to this point later). Decide on a budget, and again my recommendation would be five days holiday.

Let’s say you go with all my recommendations. So you are going to Charter a Yacht for five days with an experienced skipper. Somewhere warm in the Mediterranean, Croatia is perfect for beginners, although there are plenty of other places you can go to.
Use a Charter Broker to make your booking, they will do the shopping around for you and provide options and advice rather than trusting one charter company to sell you a holiday.

It worked for me

Years ago, I started taking people out for sailing weekends on my UK based yacht. I had intended to develop a business, so the yacht was equipped for charter. I placed a straightforward add in a national newspaper. Enquiries came flooding in, mostly from single people, although some couples also came along.
The script back then was we would meet up in the marina pub where I kept the yacht. On arrival, everyone put the gear on the boat, we then went to the pub and got to know each other over a few drinks, the next day we went sailing. I ran the business for about one season and met lots of people, most had never been sailing before. The point of telling you this being, I never knew who would come along. You might think I had some good times and some bad? Everyone was great, and some came back for repeat weekends. I concluded that the adventure attracted like-minded people who go on with things, making the best of whatever happened.
The following season I started working for a couple of sailing schools, but the formality of training courses meant some people had a slightly different agenda to just having fun out on the water.

You can easily organise a charter

Fast forward 25 years to 2021, Yacht Charter with a qualified skipper is now very popular. Your sailing experience can be ZERO. You don’t even need to know the people who will join on your charter, that’s no problem anyway, they will be looking for the same sort of holiday as you, so it will be great.
This brings me back to having a five-day charter in a popular tourist place. Perhaps you will draw up a “Lets Go Sailing” itinerary for an advert, even if it is not a hard and fast plan, you can include 50% of the time on land-based expeditions or simply at anchor off a beach enjoying water sports. The sailing can be limited to a few very short days where everyone understands the basics without any formal training. The skipper’s job will be to keep you all safe and ensure you all have a good time. He will not complain about having an easy week.
My idea is certainly not original, and you will be able to find organisations who specialise in exactly what I describe. I will be pleased to hear if my suggestion is a spark for somebody who then falls in love with this fantastic hobby. You might even be one of the lucky people to find love of a different kind, plenty of people find partners who are like-minded through sailing and boating. Send me your thoughts; what have you got to lose?

Handy links if planning a holiday

https://www.interrail.eu/en/plan-your-trip/trains-europe/trains-country/trains-croatia

https://www.airport-dubrovnik.hr

 

 

Local Weather Forecasts

Modern Apps

Current forecasts and weather apps provide a staggering amount of detail about upcoming weather events helping well-prepared sailors. Gone are the days when a skipper should be taken by surprise by a storm or weather event, this is certainly the case if he/she cruises close to a safe haven.Weather app image

This article is not about current forecasting technology. It is a suggestion to skippers who learned their skills not to dismiss the need to predict daily weather and local sea conditions. Indeed, predicting the exact weather to be encounter when sailing on any particular day can be extremely rewarding, and is still to a large extent, an art rather than a science.

Sailing In Tidal Waters

I have sailed in many parts of the world but gained most of my heavy weather sailing experience in the Irish Sea off the coast of North Wales. Strong currents and rips are common around the coast of Anglesey. I grew up adding two levels to the Beaufort wind scale when judging the sea state from any wind forecast that came with the word northerly in it.fast water flow through bridge

Calculating Weather

I often calculated my weather formula in reverse if a favourable tidal flow and southerly wind occurred.  I would subtract two levels from the Beaufort scale in such conditions.

The Cruising Anglesey Pilot by Ralph Morris explains the dangers of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Irish Sea around Anglesey takes no prisoners.

Perhaps the pilot could have gone into as much detail about calm waters. For example, when the wind and tide ran together at speed the water is calm. A strong favourable wind and tide situation has produced some of the most exhilarating, safe sailing I have ever experienced. Learning about tidal flows is very much part of interpreting the weather conditions you will encounter when sailing.

Mediterranean Sailing

Mediterranean Cruising is different. You will most likely encounter local un-forecast winds and sea states in part created by storms in other areas during low season sailing. With no daily tide to take the sting out of waves caused by Calm Cloudy Marinalocalised weather, unexpected moderate waves can travel great distances before losing their energy. The ever-present danger of being hit by a wave is a worry. Especially when that wave can catch an unsuspecting crew member off guard. Talking about the unexpected wave danger as part of a Skippers safety briefing. Fortunately, rouge waves are less frequent in summer months but do exist all year round.

Ask A Local

Local knowledge is the answer in all cases. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of asking a local about local weather and trends before cruising. I refer back to my opening statement about modern weather forecasting. In my recent experience having been based in the Mediterranean for four years, local weather remains unpredictable. The confidence of knowing what might happen brings a certain pleasure. I have extensively sailed in all kinds of weather. Yes, when it’s off the scale you remember it! These off the scale days are predicted and calculated, and although testing they are manageable. It’s when your guard is down that one can get caught out without a backup plan.

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Yacht Charters can be found in tidal waters around the UK  and to some extent along with the UK the south coast. Follow the link for Charter boats in tidal waters.

Long-distance Charter

How far can we sail on a Charter holiday?

 

 

Look through the special offers pages, and you will find deals for long-distance charter sailing. Often Yacht Charter companies offer special offers when boats need to be brought back to base.

 

 

 

 

We get enquiries from clients who want to take have a long-distance charter or have a yacht for an entire summer. The reality is that this is not something anyone would consider regularly. Even a modest Yacht is going to cost more the £20,000.00 for a summer.

 

 

At the point of wanting to spend extended periods on a Yacht, it is time to
think about buying your own yacht or investing in  Charter Yacht Ownership.

 

 

 

 

 

A typical charter yacht holiday will vary between customers. Some customers like to sail daily from port to port, with some staying in a favourite location for
most of a week. There is nothing wrong with chartering a yacht and simply
pottering around the corner into a private anchorage to swim and bathe all week. It is advantageous to only travel fifty miles in a week taking time to enjoy getting to know an area in detail.

 

 

 

Putting to one side long term or long distance charter, our advice is to spend about half the time you have a yacht on charter ashore. It breaks up the holiday well, and it’s likely your crew will appreciate a little freedom from the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s included in a Yacht Charter

Perhaps a better way of looking at this question is to pose it another way.

 

What is not included in a Yacht Charter?

 

beer on a boat

In almost all cases if you book a flotilla or bareboat charter transport, food, end of charter cleaning and holiday consumables will not be included.

 

An irritating fact of life is the way some charter companies add the mandatory package. This list of items is not included in the base price but must be added to the expected overall cost.

cleaningCharter companies say this mandatory additional list of items varies depending on how many people are on the charter or perhaps more importantly if you are booking via a group or flotilla.

When you select a holiday charter, the final price should be clear and detailed. Don’t be afraid to question prices. We will always communicate and try to negotiate on your behalf with the Charter company before a final booking is made.

What is usually included?

 

 

Charters generally include:

 

          • Berthing in the home port Marina
          • Yachts should be fully insured this includes components (subject to deposit risk)
          • Tender with an outboard engine is often included with a Yacht but
          • berthDo check the details.
          • One set of bed linen and towels with spare. Charter companies do generally not supply beach towels.

 

Personal insurance will not be included in your holiday charter.

 

You must spend a little time looking at personal insurance, especially if you are inviting friends and family along on a Yacht Charter Holiday.

 

This is where you need to question the need for a skipper (even if you are reasonably experienced). Even if you have some experience, perhaps it’s a tough call to think of a local skipper.

 

One option will be to book a skipper for the first few days. Get some local knowledge and relax. If you are happy with the boat and you all feel like taking the next step, let him go.

 

We will be more than happy to put a 50/50 skipper proposal to a Charter company.

 

Split Croatia Mediterranean

Split Mediterranean

Some of the best Youtube videos we found about Split is featured in our article below with links to pages in our site.

Charter a Yacht from Split in the Mediterranean and you should plan to spend as much time exploring the local area by land as you do sailing. Beaches in Split are beautiful and a major attraction in the area. The historic architecture is fabulous despite much restoration work due to recent troubles. Split is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.

Croatian Climate

The Croatian weather is typically the Mediterranean, meaning dry, warm summers and reasonably mild winters. With 2,600 hours of expected sunlight yearly, Croatia has one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe. From May things get warm expect temperatures of 30°C during July/August, dropping to around 23°C in September & October.

The prevailing wind in Croatia is from north-westerly, with an average winds less than10 knots. Generally, winds increase in the day up to 20 knots making sailing for some exhilarating sailing! Keep a lookout for the ‘Bora’ –  a northeasterly that can surprise you, so check your forecasts regularly.

Sailing Kiwi

“Day 1 we tack from Slano to Korcula for over 11 hours, and we enjoy the challenge of mixed wind. We love being on the water, so no complaints here! We anchor in Korcula at Racisce, and it’s nice to get some rest after a long day on the water.

Day 2 is a 50 nm sail from Korcula to Brac. We begin the day early and experience 30-knot winds for a couple of hours before it settles to 20 knots and with a mild sea state the sailing conditions are excellent. We originally want to stop at Hvar or the Pakleni Islands however the anchorages are crowded. We decide on Uvala Smka, an anchorage on Brac Island with an old submarine garage which is perfect for the night.

Day 3 is a 20nm sail from Brac to Split. Like the day before we are fortunate to experience great winds, blowing between 20 and 25 knots. The reason we are in such a rush is that there are no winds predicted in the following 4 days and we are meeting Trace’s brother Jason, so we are eager to get there. There are few anchorages in Split but find a great spot off Luka Poljud which is a 10-minute walk to the old town, PERFECT!”

Dubrovnik Croatia Mediterranean

Dubrovnic Mediterranean

Croatia has lots of history to share some ancient coastal cities few stand out, as much as Dubrovnik. Known as “the Pearl of the Adriatic” Dubrovnic is considered by many to be one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities on Earth. Croatia in the Mediterranean offers ideal wether for those new to coastal sailing, with gentle winds and fair winds. You will spend many many pleasant hours on deck.

Dubrovnik’s historic castle fortifications being surrounded by picturesque white stone buildings are a delight. Terracotta roofs stand out against the rich azure blue of the Adriatic in the background. Mediterranean life has not changed in this place for thousands of years. A fascinating large town suffering damage during the wars is now restored to its former glory.

Game of Thrones in Dubrovnic

The Mediterranean lots to offer all year round.

Fascinating cultural attractions, delicious food and crystal clear water, await your inspection and consumption.
Sicily is famous among both liveaboard and visiting yacht folk. International flights connect Palermo. Plenty of airports are located along the most popular cruising routes, and low-cost flights within Europe are always available. The Mediterranean is always easy to get to.

Climate & Weather in Croatia – Coast

The Croatian coast has a typically Mediterranean climate, hot, dry, sunny weather during summer, and mild – although it can sometimes be wet in the winter.
Average temperatures in summer should are expected in the mid-to-high 20s °C/77-86°F, although it is expected that you will experience temperatures well into the 30s °C/high 80s or low 90s °F.
Winters are considerably cooler, although temperatures never really drop below 5°C/41°F. Anything colder than this is considered as freak weather, though technically not impossible. In the last decade, there has been snow in parts of Dalmatia, such as Zadar and Split.

Mediterranean winters suffer regular storms (one to three per month on average) fortunately the weather varies a lot between countries. A good example of this variation exists in mainland Spain. The mainland of Spain is mild and sunny, while the Ionian Islands of Greece (not so far away) are wet and cold. The Mediterranean low season typically runs between October and April.

Post by Rob Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona

YouTube Channel European Yacht Charters

Hi all,

We are delighted to introduce our European Yacht Charters, YouTube Channel. We will be posting lots of videos along with links to our best watch recommendations.

 

 

We currently follow SV Dellos and Sailing Uma. We can recommend these fantastic sailing YouTube Channel to anyone (even if you are not mad about sailing).

If you have a charter holiday or news articles that you would like us to link to our YouTube Channel, please let us know. We are happy to promote any quality Marine website. We are also embedding videos within our pages if we feel the content is relevant to a location.

Mediterranean Yacht Charter Holiday

Mediterranean Yacht Charter

We are almost ready to launch our service offering Mediterranean Yacht Charter Holiday Website. Soon we will be adding the ability to book a holiday deal on the site. For the next month, we are happy to help you plan your next holiday while we finish the detail on the site.

Not just a comparison site

It is true we are connected live to hundreds of competing Mediterranean Yacht Charter Holiday Companies. They are all looking to offer great service and a special deal. You can compare prices on our site easily and decide which company to book a holiday with. The principle of offering holidays on a comparison site is not unique but we believe that our site offers much more than price comparison. On each of our pages, you can find information about local history and on most pages, we have linked to either a bloggers video holiday or drone footage of the particular area.

Experience

With over twenty-five years of experience in the Marine industry our company director, Rob Woodward knows a lot about sailing. As an ex UK based Yacht-Master Instructor  Rob says ” Selecting the correct location for your first family charter is very important. Our site is created so that families can research and get valuable local holiday information easily. It’s taken us more than two years to populate the site, this will be an ongoing job. If you have holiday experiences (Good and Bad) video, blogs please let us know. We will review each item submitted and post them on the site if we believe they will help our clients”.

Happy Holiday hunting

European Yacht Charters Team at Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona

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