We are providing regular updates on this page for those of you concerned about the Coronavirus situation and the possible impact on your holiday.
Last Update October 19th, 2021
The latest government legislation abolished the traffic light system and bar a very small number of countries, travel is now permitted. Obviously countries still have their own entry requirements in place, we are happy to advise on a case by case basis beofre you travel or book your next holiday.
Pre-Departure Testing Required In 2021
One thing that remains a requirement is a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel (48 hours for Croatia) for those passengers who have not been fully vaccinated.
Returning to the UK
If you are fully vaccinated
This is what you need to do if you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.
Before you travel to England you must:
- book and pay for a COVID-19 test – to be taken before the end of day 2 in England
- complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.
From 22 October you will be able to book an antigen lateral flow device (LFD) test instead of a PCR for your ‘on arrival’ test.
When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated
After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2.
You must book this test before you travel.
If you are not fully vaccinated
This is what you need to do if you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.
Before you travel to England – not fully vaccinated
Before you travel to England you must:
- take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
- book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
- complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
When you arrive in England – not fully vaccinated
After you arrive in England you must:
- quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
- take your pre-booked COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 – you must book these tests before you travel
If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 travel tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.
Test to Release scheme
If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
Red list countries
There are different rules if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
Requirements & Conditions Summarised
For those wishing to book or who are already booked, we summarise here testing requirements and the main elements of our flexible booking policy applicable during this time.
Red List destinations
We will not operate departures from the UK to red-list destinations. You can postpone or defer your holiday with no admin fees. If travel subsequently proves impossible, we acknowledge your right to claim a full refund.
We have always been flexible at Seafarer, but should you be unable to travel due to official restrictions staying in place or being unexpectedly re-introduced, we will allow you to defer or re-schedule your booking with no admin fees or penalties. This will apply to those destinations on the UK Government’s Red List of countries requiring hotel isolation on return, or where either the UK authorities or those at the overseas destination restrict or advise against travel, or where they introduce a quarantine requirement for more than 24 hours upon arrival overseas.
This no longer applies to amber list destinations.
If you are unable to travel due to a positive PCR test within 72 hours of travel or being required to self-isolate, this is a risk for which you should be covered under your travel insurance. It is important to make sure you obtain travel insurance at the time of booking and it is noted that not all policies will cover you in such instances, though we have identified several reasonably-priced policies that do. See the Q & section below on this and should you need further advice, we can assist by pointing you in the right direction.
Full Responsibility Whilst You Are Overseas
As is always the case, as your tour operator we will provide assistance should there be any disruption whilst you are on holiday with us. We recommend you book the full package with us, since those booking a full package including flights will benefit from financial protection with ATOL cover for the entire package, whilst as a tour operator, we will take full responsibility for your accommodation and repatriation travel arrangements in the event of any disruption whilst abroad, such as flight schedule changes or cancellations. This would not apply if you book your own flights, though we will always try and assist you.
We also note that where a PCR or lateral flow test is required before the return flight to the UK, we will provide assistance and facilitate this to ensure you can board your flight without problems. It is noted here that any tests required would be at your expense, though costs are considerably lower in places like Greece and Croatia than they are in the UK. You can also pre-book a self-administered lateral flow or antigen test before you depart which you do supervised over a video link.
The Seafarer office is open as usual and although some of our staff are working from home, we are still able to answer calls and provide our normal service thanks to our IT and telephone system set up.
We will update this page as more information becomes available.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Holidays Booked For Summer 2021
With our experience of operating successfully in summer 2020 and given the pre-departure testing and other protective measures that have been introduced by the airline and travel industry for 2021, we are confident that the 2021 summer season will operate normally. This has been the case with UK departures which have been operating since the 22nd May. However, in the event that exceptionally some disruption to departures occurs, we have proved from our track record this year, that we have the experience and appropriate policies in place to deal with such situations quickly and effectively.
What If My Holiday Is Disrupted
Our commitment to a personal service doesn’t end with your booking – in the event of any disruption pre-departure, we will do our best to offer you the maximum flexibility possible – this can vary from booking to booking and our team will work to offer you the best option for your holiday and circumstances, whether this is travelling as originally planned but changing to a different destination, deferring your holiday to a different date, securing a refund for you on flights not taken where this is available and so on. If disruption occurs after departure, we will provide all necessary assistance and make any necessary changes to travel arrangements.
Deferring Booked Holidays
If your holiday with us had to be cancelled or deferred last year due to COVID 19 related disruption and you have not re-booked yet, we recommend that you choose your new holiday date as soon as possible in order to secure your place and avoid disappointment, since availability for the second half of the summer is already limited. Where your holiday is scheduled to go ahead but you wish to defer, please note that you will incur penalties if there are no official restrictions in place and this now includes amber destinations. In the unlikely event that new restrictions are put in place, deferring your holiday will in almost all cases be penalty-free as regards admin charges and cancellation penalties, though it is noted that your flight or holiday may be more expensive on the new date chosen.
If your flight is booked through us and is cancelled or changed, we will contact you and do our utmost to secure suitable alternative arrangements. If you have booked your own flight and this is cancelled or changed, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
You Are Ill Or Self Isolating And Can’t Travel
If you cannot travel due to illness, self-isolation, or official restrictions, please get in touch and we’ll look at possible amendments to your holiday and will assist you with this in any way we can. If the holiday is still scheduled to go ahead and there are no restrictions in place, you should be able to claim on your travel insurance for any health-related disruption.
What Is The Situation With Refunds
Given the very large number of holidays that were curtailed in 2020 and over the current winter during this unprecedented crisis, we encouraged guests to re-book for a later date if possible, or if this could not yet be decided, to accept a credit note which could be applied to a later booking. The credit note still benefits from financial protection under the ATOL and ABTA schemes (where applicable) and does not disqualify you from claiming a refund later, if you are subsequently unable to travel. This was in line with ATOL & ABTA guidelines, recognising that payment of large numbers of refunds automatically was not sustainable for the industry. We thank the large number of guests who chose to re-book or defer for their cooperation and for staying with us.
For those whose circumstances meant that they were no longer able to travel, refunds have been made and we continue to commit to doing so where this proves necessary. This may take some time given the large numbers involved and we will advise you of this at the time.
How We Are Keeping Your Money Safe
We would like to remind you our flight inclusive package holidays are ATOL protected. More information can be found on that ATOL website: https://www.caa.co.
How Is Seafarer Coping In These Circumstances
2020 was our 25th year and whilst it will certainly be a year to remember, it is indicative of our long experience and our strength and resilience, given the many international crises we have had to deal with over the years.
We have a very experienced and dedicated team who have been working hard to keep our guests up to date and change holiday arrangements where required, liaising with airlines and our various overseas suppliers and partners. This can be very difficult with long waits on the telephone often being required when calling suppliers as well as fast-changing official restrictions and advice. We have been coping well with all of this and our guests have generally found it easy to contact us either by telephone or email to discuss their requirements and the appropriate solution has been found in each case.
How Soon Are Holidays Expected To Return To Normal
We saw the situation return to normal across most of Europe from July 2020, albeit with sensible protective measures in place, with Greece in particular, having been almost COVID free up to that point. The UK Government’s road map to re-opening has been confirmed with quarantine free leisure travel having already re-started. The requirements for pre-departure testing and exemptions if vaccinated as well as required testing on return are well established, whilst enhanced hygiene routines and other protective measures have been well proven in all our destinations during the 2020 season and so far this year. These measures such as wearing masks on airlines and in airports enhanced hygiene arrangments overseas and so on, will be continued for as long as proves necessary, whilst always operating in line with UK and host country advice and guidelines.
What Additional Precautions Are In Place Abroad
With holidays operating whilst the virus is still active, guests and crew will need to complete a health questionnaire prior to travel. Additionally, we have implemented an enhanced cleaning and sanitisation regime on all vessels and in accommodation units. The safety of guests and crew is a top priority for us, so holidays and courses we operate apply protocols that are in line with the advice of the WHO, FCO, and the health and maritime authorities in our host countries. For a summary of these measures click here.
Updated Foreign Office Travel Advice
With the latest normalisation announcements from the UK government and the abolition of quarantine for vaccinated travellers and under 18’s returning from amber designated countries, any foreign office advice against advice to such destinations has been lifted as of 19th July. For those travelling before that date, negative travel advice for Europe was advisory rather than compulsory, given that leisure travel was once again legal as of May 17th.
What Is The Situation With Travel Insurance
Where there remains negative foreign office advice on travel to certain destinations, many travel insurance policies will not cover you if you travel there. Some will not cover you if you contract the virus or fail a PCR test before departure. However, we have identified several policies that will cover you to travel and also cover you if you contract the virus or fail a PCR test before you travel, with cover if you are unable to travel due to having to self-isolate in certain circumstances also. Notably, cover will be normalised with nearly all insurers for amber destinations if departing after July 19th since any negative Foreign Office advice to European destinations has been lifted.
We hope the above information was useful, but If you require any specific advice or want to discuss any of the above further, feel free to call us on 020 8324 3118. You can also email us at [email protected].
We Look Forward To Welcoming You Aboard Soon!
JOIN US AT THE SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW
It’s definitely happening at last, after a last-minute cancellation last year that took us all by surprise. Seafarer will once again be exhibiting at the Southampton Boat Show between the 10th and 19th of September. This is actually the 52nd show which makes it exactly twice as old as Seafarer, and the show promises all sorts of features and activities. A favourite with all age groups is the water-sports zone with the opportunity to get on the water in dinghies, kayaks and SUP’s. The ‘Try a boat’ section features 37-foot sailing yachts and a variety of other craft from Ribs and motorboats to a tall ship.
The absolute highlight of course is the hospitable and friendly Seafarer stand, where in addition to the opportunity to say high to the team, we will have some great late season, winter and Summer 2022 sailing specials for you. Also, we will be raising money for the RNLI with our Win a sailing holiday for 2 prize draw, taking place on the last day of the show. If you stay to the end each day you can also grab a Mythos or a glass of wine & Greek nibbles on our stand to get you in that holiday mood.
Visiting the Show
Take advantage of our discounted ticket offer below and we look forward to seeing you in Southampton on stand number. Xxxx in the Solent Hall. You can also take advantage of a discount if you are a member of the RYA, just tick this option in the ticket menu.
If you can’t come to the boat show in person you can still enter the competition below and/or book an appointment with one of our consultants here. Request a video call
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My Personal Experience By Chris Lorenzo
Travelling to Greece in May 2021
Having had the privilege of travelling to Greece last week on an inspection trip, I thought it may be useful to share my experience for those of you who are wondering how it all works.
I was able to travel before the 17th May official travel opening date as my travel was for business reasons, but this restriction of course no longer applies. Having also completed both vaccinations ( I am showing my age here) I also avoided the need to have a PCR test pre-departure as Greece and Croatia both accept evidence of vaccination (completed at least 14 days before travel) which exempts you from the testing requirement. This can be an NHS letter of confirmation (available by calling 119) or on your NHS app. A word of advice here, It does take time to obtain these so don’t leave it till the last minute. I also had to complete the Greek Government PLF form at least 24 hours before travel (Croatia has similar) and produce evidence of this at the airport together with proof of the PCR test or vaccination.
Stansted airport was almost eerily quiet and the aircraft probably about 60% full. I noticed fellow passengers disinfecting their tray table and armrests with suitable wipes, though I chose to trust the airline’s cleanliness assurance. To see the same passengers take their masks off to eat and drink was something of a contradiction and given a roughly 3-hour flight, there was no risk of malnutrition or dehydration setting in, so my policy was to keep my mask on and forego the refreshments. Either way, with everyone either vaccinated, tested and mostly masked, it did feel safe.
The Greek immigration and customs procedure was quick and easy. As a ‘third country national’ my passport was stamped on entry. Airport officials did check both my PLF and vaccination proof and I was quickly through with no delay. You may be selected for a random test (if positive, your holiday will be in a COVID hotel paid for by the Greek taxpayer), although the percentage selected seems small.
Once through. it all felt quite reassuring. The warm sunshine helps and the open-air summer lifestyle with the obvious compliance with the various health protocols made me feel quite comfortable. Out and about in Greece, eating or drinking out in the open felt safe and everywhere seemed to be applying the rules. It is notable that you should wear a mask whilst walking around though.
Yacht preparation observes the same strict hygiene protocols and thereafter once you set sail, being on board within your social bubble means you couldn’t be safer! I should add here that we have been monitoring the progress of the pandemic in all our key sailing areas in Greece and Croatia and at the local and regional level, the islands would all fulfill the criteria to be classified as Green within the UK traffic light system.
On the way back, the airline staff wanted to be sure we had pre-booked our day 2 and 8 UK tests, (Once destinations change to Green later, only day 2 is required ) plus the 72-hour pre-departure test which can be a rapid flow test (20 euros) and which we will organise towards the end of the holiday. (You could have one with you from the UK where your actual test is checked via video link – cost £33). They also wanted to see evidence of the UK pre-flight PLF form having been completed.
The flight home felt very similar to the flight out except that it was a much bumpier ride thanks to turbulence over the Alps. On landing, in the UK I was fortunate to be through passport control in less than 30 minutes at Heathrow this time, though that was with hand luggage only. The cheerful Borderforce staff checked my Covid test, PLF form and asked me to show them that PCR tests were booked for days 2 and 8. I noted that we were being separated from Red country arrivals which was reassuring, though possibly not possible everywhere.
The requirement to isolate on return did not bother me as I can work from home. Food shopping had already been secured through a home delivery order so we were set. I must say that the test to release option seems excessive to me when vaccinated and in possession of a recent negative test to be followed by another on day 2. On the other hand, my personal opinion is that it should be a requirement to have private transport organised, as it seems a contradiction that it’s OK to jump on a bus or train from the airport when you are required to isolate.
All in all, it felt safe and all the officials we came into contact with did their job quickly and efficiently, regardless of whether I agree with the process. Would I do it again? Yes, I certainly would and plan to do so very soon, it being a requirement of my job. However, I would also have no qualms travelling to an amber country for a holiday. The reality of the situation is that the Global Travel Taskforce deliberated over this issue on behalf of the Government for weeks. The amber category was introduced to make it difficult and keep the numbers actually travelling on holiday down (which it achieves). If the intention had been to not allow leisure travel to these countries, then there was no need for amber, Green and red would have been sufficient. We all know that it is not illegal to travel on holiday to an amber country, it is a matter of choice or affordability, period!
Secure your perfect 2022 sailing holiday
We’re offering 2021 prices for all our 2022 holidays. Read on for the start dates of all our products.
Nikiana Beach Club
Open 1st May to 9th October
Half Term – 29th May to 5th June (Kids Club Running)
Summer Holidays – 10th July to 4th September (Kids Club Running)
Prices from £499pp including flights, for more information Click Here
Kefalos Beach Club
Mid May to Mid October, exact dates TBA
Prices from £369pp, for more information Click Here
Lefkas Flotilla – Level 1 – Starts 8th May – From £,1387
Kefalonia Flotilla – Level 1+ – Starts 15th May – From £,1387
Saronic Gulf Flotilla – Level 2/2+ – Starts 30th April – From £,1387
Sporades Flotilla – Level 2+ – Starts 20th May – From £1,723
Dodecanese Flotilla – Level 3 – Starts 21st May – From £1,995
Greek Delivery & Explorer Flotillas
Saronic Explorer Flotilla – 16th April
North Ionian Corfu Explorer Flotilla – 24th April
Korfos to Kefalonia Delivery Flotilla – 30th April
Cyclades Cabin Charter – Starts 30th April – From £795pp
RYA Yacht Training
How to Appease The Landlubbers.....
A week’s yacht sailing is one of the most perfect holidays on our planet, that feeling of joy as the boat slices through the water on your way to another stunning swim stop or small seaside village is hard to beat. One way to make this trip even better is to organise a sail & stay holiday where you combine a flotilla, training, cabin charter, or bareboat holiday with a week enjoying any number of land-based options. What’s more, it is often a necessary concession to those members of the party who need the comforts of terra firma.
We’ve put together a great collection of sail & stay options giving you the flexibility to create your perfect trip. Read on for more info on our suggestions to suit every taste
A week in a Beach Club
Unlimited Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing & Paddlesports
There would be something wrong if we didn’t kick off with our classic and popular combo of Nikiana Beach Club and Lefkas Flotilla. Our small & friendly beach club sits on the east coast of the island of Lefkas and boasts an impressive range of equipment to keep sailors of all levels loving their time on the water along with a club yacht often used for pre flotilla training for those who want a top-up before heading out.
With flights and transfers generally included in a beach club holiday they make a great value two-week trip, here are some popular examples below:
2 sharing Bavaria 33 & Beach Club in June – from £1,390pp including flights
5 sharing Bavaria 37 & Beach Club in August – from £1,347pp including flights
For those looking for a more challenging flotilla, we have another beach club sail & stay opportunity in Kos with the combination of our Dodecanese Flotilla & Kefalos Beach Club. While Nikiana is perfectly suited for Dinghy Sailing, Kefalos is a club much more focused on windsurfing with strong offshore winds and amazing equipment.
Sail & City Break
For some of our flotillas, the perfect thing to accompany a week or two on the water is to spend some time in a world-famous city at either end of your holiday.
With its red roofs, winding streets, and medieval walls cascading into the Adriatic sea the city of Dubrovnik was the setting for Game of Thrones and offers an unforgettable experience. What’s more, it’s easy to combine with our amazing Dubrovnik & Montenegro Flotilla. Flights are available from the UK on most days of the week making it an easy option to sail into a city break.
As the birthplace of democracy along with so much more, the city of Athens must rank among the most famous cities of all time. Today the capital of Greece is an exciting cosmopolitan city full of history and culture with highlights including the Parthenon, the winding streets of Plaka, and many world class museums to engage any visitor. Our Saronic Gulf & Corinth Canal Flotilla is a short train journey from this historic city and shares an airport meaning spending time in Athens is an easy option. With a wide range of accommodation options and plentiful flights let our team put together a great sail & city break combo.
Explore by sea & by land
Whilst we love exploring the coast and islands by yacht, there is lots more to discover on land, so a sail & fly drive combination gives you the best of both worlds. We know Greece and Croatia intimately and would love to help you plan a wonderful self drive tour before or after your week afloat.
In the footsteps of Captain Corelli
Kefalonia, made famous by the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, offers stunning scenery, pretty mountain villages, caves of stalactites and stalagmites, amazing beaches, and lots more to explore by car, before or after our Kefalonia Flotilla.
In search of the Spartans
A tour of the Peloponnese is renowned as one of the world’s very best road trips. There is arguably nowhere that packs so much history, culture, and natural wonders into such a small area, with Ancient Mycenae, Medieval Mystra & Monemvasia, The spectacular Dirou caves, Pilos, and Navarino Bay, Ancient Olympia, and much more. We would recommend a week to do it justice and it is the perfect combination with our Corinth flotilla.
Heading north into the heart of the mainland is equally spectacular, with such wonders as the amazing Meteroa monasteries, the beautiful Zagoria Villages in the Pindus Mountains, and the historic lakeside city of Ioannina. This trip has easy access from Lefkas, Preveza, or Corinth.
Inland from the Adriatic
From our Croatian Islands Flotilla base near Sibenik many Balkan adventures await both in Croatia and further afield. including the Plitvice National Park, the historic cities of Mostar and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb to name but a few.
A place in the sun
All this can be very active and if your idea of post sailing heaven is a week ashore in a delightful beach side boutique hotel, or a fine villa with a pool and a view for a week of lazy relaxation, we know some hidden gems that we know you will love.
We hope this blog post has given you some inspiration on how you can add many different adventures to a Seafarer sailing holiday. This is not an exhaustive list so please do get in touch, our experienced sales team would love to help put together the sail & stay or touring holiday that’s perfect for you.
Cheap, Fast & Comfortable
The small city of Corinth is located 70km to the west of Athens and is the home of our Saronic Gulf & Corinth Canal Flotilla. We launched this flotilla in 2020 and after a successful first season we have many sailors looking to explore the quiet Gulf of Corinth, the beautiful Saronic Gulf and to transit the bucket list Corinth Canal. The nearest airport to Corinth is Athens International which has plentiful flight options from many worldwide destinations.
One of the advantages of this destination is you can transfer from Athens Airport to Corinth by train which is comfortable & sustainable while being considerably cheaper than by road. There are 3 direct trains from the airport to Corinth each day along with one every hour with a change in Kato Acharnai. For those wishing to spend time in Athens at either end of their stay will also find it easy and convenient with the city centre on both lines.
We’ve put together a video of the trip below and read on for more details of how to transfer by train to Corinth.
What times do the trains run
Trains to Athens and Pireas from the airport run roughly every 30 minutes from 5.52 to 22.50 and takes just over 30 minutes to the changover point to Kato Acharnai. At this station you go to the other side of the station and take a train to Kiato (Corinth is on the way) which runs every hour and takes about 50 minutes. Full timetables are below but note that the last train to leave Athens airport with a link to Corinth is the 22.09.
Due to the vagaries of flying it can be easiest just to take the first train from the airport and carry on with your journey from there.
Where do you get a ticket
Tickets can be purchased online but it’s normally far easier to buy them at any station. The current price is €11 each way per person and you can use cash or card. At Athens airport station use the middle ticket booth with signs saying suburban railway.
The final hop to our base in Corinth
When you arrive at Corinth train station the base is only a short taxi ride away. As you walk out of the station you’ll find the taxi rank on the right-hand side and you will want to ask for the small port of Corinth. When you arrive you will see the Seafarer flags on the lead boat and pontoons. The taxi ride should cost about €5
Stopping in Athens
If your looking to spend some time in Athens at either end of your stay the easiest way is to continue on the train from either the airport or Corinth to Athens Larissa station where you can link to the cities subway system. From here you can visit any part of the city easily. A full metro map is available here.
JOIN US AT THE DINGHY SHOW
In a more normal year, we would be inviting you to join us at Alexandria Palace for the RYA Dinghy Show, that wonderful weekend where sailing clubs, classes and so much more gather for a festival of all things small boat sailing.
For obvious reasons this year, there will be no physical show but instead, it will be held online using the VFairs interactive online platform. Seafarer has a stand at the show in the exhibition hall so come say ‘hi’ digitally and get ready for sailing this summer.
Show Information & Program
The show runs from 10.00 to 17.00 on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of February. It will be split up into the main stage, knowledge zone, and exhibition zone. The highlight of the show will of course be the Seafarer stand but the program for the main stage of the show looks pretty exciting as well with talks and workshops from some of the world’s top sailors along with others including dinghy cruising adventures.
Saturday 27th February
10.15 – What’s on the Horizon? – Host Hannah Diamond, RYA Director of Sport Development Rob Clark and Lee Timothy from Rockley Watersports, reflect on the impact of the past year on sailing and windsurfing and opportunities that lie ahead for our sport.
11.00 – Chat with Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Mills – Join Rio 2016 gold medallist and current 470 world champion Hannah to hear about her preparations for Tokyo 2020, and how she’s overcome adversity in these challenging times
13.00 – RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year, supported by Gallagher – We reveal which of the ten finalists will be crowned Club of the Year. Tune in to support the finalists.
14.15 – Get ‘Blown Away’ with Natasha Lambert – Hear how Quadriplegic sip and puff sailor Natasha went from keelboats to completing her biggest challenge yet when she crossed the Atlantic.
15.00 – Concours d’Elegance (Boat of the Show) – Ben Saxton and Mark Jardine talk dinghy classes and reveal the boat of the show!
16.00 – Sailing Legends with Ian Walker – Join RYA Racing Director Ian Walker as he chats with some of the biggest names in Olympic sailing. Hear from inspirational Rio 2016 Nacra 17 gold medallist Santiago Lange, London 2012 Laser Radial gold medallist Xu Lijia, 1984 Finn gold medallist and America’s Cup star Russell Coutts and double gold medallist Shirley Robertson.
Sunday 28th February
10.30 – Meet Team GB Sailors – Get your questions at the ready as we meet some of the Tokyo 2021 Team GB Sailors.
12.00 – Dinghy Cruising Adventures on UK Waters with Roger Barnes. Pick up some top tips on how to prepare, stay safe and make the most of your trip!
13.00 – Protecting our Playground – sustainable sailing for cleaner, healthier waters. The Green Blue’s Kate Fortnam is joined by members of the British Sailing Team to discuss best practice to protect the environment.
14.00 – All About Windsurfing – Windsurfing guru Sam Ross interviews the British Sailing Team’s Emma Wilson and Tom Squires. Olympian Dave Hackford joins them to discuss the new watersports including wing foiling that have taken off here in the UK.
15.00 – Virtual Racing Grand Final – Tune in for the live final of the eSailing Winter Club Championship. Commentary from Mark Jardine, yachtsandyachting.com and Olympic medallist and Team GB sailor, Stuart Bithell.
16.15 – Seven Dinghies for Seven Decades – Join sailing historian David Henshall as he travels back in time to the very first show in 1952 and examines one boat per decade that helped define the time. Have your say and vote for your dinghy of the decade during the talk session!
On Demand – Kit Picks with Y&Y – Join Yachts & Yachting magazine editor Rob Peake for his kit review, featuring products from show exhibitors plus the latest water sports equipment.
On Demand – What’s on the Horizon? – Host Hannah Diamond, RYA Director of Sport Development Rob Clark and Lee Timothy from Rockley Watersports, reflect on the impact of the past year on sailing and windsurfing and opportunities that lie ahead for our sport.
Saturday 27th February
11.30 – The Racing Edge – Interview and some top tips from GB’s ILCA stars Alison Young, Elliot Hanson and Lorenzo Chiavarini.
12.00 – Talking Tactics and Rules – Mark Rushall talks tactics for the beat, run and start plus an update on the racing rules of sailing.
13.45 – Decision Making Under Pressure – Performance psychologists Chelsea Orme and Suze Burton-Wylie discuss how to manage stress and pressure on the racecourse.
15.30 – Coach yourself to success – Feva Class and British Keelboat Academy Coach Niall Myant talks about recreating the coach’s eye, measuring performance rather than guessing, solo exercises and sources of information and ideas to make every session count.
16.30 – Forecasting Afloat – British Sailing Team meteorologist Simon Rowell returns to share his knowledge on how to use a forecast on the water.
On Demand – RS Kids Takeover – fun with Jake, prizes up for grabs, activities and quizzes to keep your young sailors entertained.
Sunday 28th February
11.15 – Connect with Coaching – Olympian and RYA Coach Stevie Morrison, joins the RYA’s Dave Mellor and Tim Cross to launch the new ‘Connect with Coaching’ video series. Tune in as they discuss how the new resources can be used by club and class coaches to support the development of their coaching activity.
12.30 – Let’s talk Rigging – Michael McNamara shares his top tips on how to rig your boats in different conditions.
14.30 – The Boat Whisperer – Rudderless steering for high performance with Steve Cockerill
On Demand – Towing top tips and trailer maintenance – with industry expert, Ian Jubb.
On demand – Boat Repair Workshop with Pete Vincent. You can also see his live repair workshops on his stand in the exhibitor hall over the weekend.
How to join
Although we’ll miss talking face to face and sharing a Mythos one of the advantages of this show is anyone from all over the world can join. All you have to do to register is fill out the form below and you get a free digital copy of Sailing Today/Yachts & Yachting. See you there.
You’ll find Seafarer in the exhibitor’s hall so come and say a digital “HI”. There are opportunities to talk to one of us by instant message or video along with loads of media content on all things Seafarer. We’ll also have plenty of offers available for some of our most exciting summer destinations.
Driving & Public Transport Routes to our bases
Not everyone likes to fly, even without health and travel restrictions, and this year even more so. At Seafarer we’ve put together a number of options for those wanting to drive or take ground-based transport to some magical sailing destinations. This list is based on those coming from the UK but there are numerous options for those travelling from other parts of Europe and so shouldn’t be considered definitive by any means.
UK South Coast Flotilla
15th August - 5th September 2021
Following a successful couple of weeks in August 2020 we are again running our UK Flotilla for 3 weeks starting from the 15th August. The flotilla has 2 routes, one concentrating on the Solent and the other heading west towards Weymouth. These routes will take in some truly spectacular sailing areas while in the presence of like-minded sailors and an experienced Seafarer lead crew. Our base for this flotilla is in Port Hamble Marina just to the east of the city of Southampton with easy links to the rest of the UK.
Port Hamble village is located in the village of Hamble, just off the M27 which connects this area to the main motorway network. Rough driving times are 2 hours from Central London, 2.30 hours from Cardiff or 4 hours from Manchester.
For those looking for the sustainable option, Hamble village has its own train station on a local line between Southampton to Portsmouth. Rough journey times are 2 hours from London Waterloo changing at Southampton Central. There are also direct trains to Southampton Central from Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, and more. See the trainline website for more details and tickets. You can also take National Express from numerous UK destinations to the bus station in the centre of Southampton.
French Riviera Flotilla
28th August - 18th September 2021
Known as the playground of the rich and famous, it is also a fantastic sailing area, and overlooked as a flotilla destination until now, despite being more reasonable in price than you would think. We have been promoting bareboat and skippered charters in this area for many years (as well as saving it for our own holidays) so it was a natural progression to offer a flotilla here. With its national parks and unspoiled offshore islands, historic towns and glitzy resorts, plus great shore-side facilities and arguably the best cuisine in the world, there are many good reasons to sail here. You have a choice of two superb one week itineraries which can be combined for a wonderful two week holiday. Our first week explores westwards including Bandol, Cassis, The Isle Frioul and the spectacular Calanques coastal national park. For our second week we head east towards St. Tropez with Bormes Les Mimosas, Cavalaire and the offshore islands of Port Cros and Porquerolles to tempt you.
Our French Riviera Yacht base is located in Port Pin Rolland, very close to the town of Toulon. For those driving from the UK this will mean a quick channel hop by ferry or train with the fastest of by far being the Eurotunnel from Folkstone to Calais. From Calais, it’s a 11-hour drive on fast and comfortable Autoroutes to our base. For those traveling from the Westcountry or Wales it might be preferred to get a ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff or Poole to Cherbourg with Brittany Ferries which could include an overnight cabin if desired. Travel times from Roscoff are 15 hours and from Cherbourg 12 hours. As these routes use autoroutes they will include tolls.
Many of our guests combine this trip with seeing some of the beauty that France has to offer and having your own car can be great for exploring the French countryside.
For those looking to watch this beautiful countryside slide past on the 186mph TGV train you can access our base easily from the main station in Toulon. Before the pandemic, you could directly from London to Marseille by train then change to travel onwards to Toulon and we hope this will be back soon. In the meantime, there are plenty of trains a day from London with a change in Paris and then onwards to Toulon directly. The fastest trains make this journey with changes in under 8 hours and are currently great value. You can book these tickets on the trainline.
For bareboat sailors, a charter in Brittany or off the coast of Italy can be an enticing prospect and all of these are accessible by both road and rail. If these destinations take your fancy please get in touch with our experienced reservations team on the number below.
A cruise to Meganisi
I’ve always loved the idea of sailing a yacht. Having the freedom to visit beautiful coves, view the sunset over the ocean and sail under your own steam. Harnessing the power of the wind has always held such a strong appeal!
I’ve done some dinghy sailing as a child, but certainly not enough to be able to feel confident crewing a yacht, so when we booked last minute flights to Greece at the end of summer 2020, we grabbed the chance to live out some of those sailing dreams!
We booked to stay at the Seafarer Beach Club in Nikiana. It’s on the Greek Island of Lefkada, which, although less well-known than other Greek Islands, is absolutely stunning and well worth a visit. The Beach Club itself has a truly beautiful setting on the beach, with a relaxed vibe, and certainly none of the pretention that can be associated with sailing. It’s very easy to quickly feel at home here.
After settling in and enjoying a relaxing first day of swimming and sunbathing, on our second day, we jumped at the opportunity to go sailing with a lovely crew who were also staying at Nikiana. Myself and my boyfriend Si, Fiona an artist and her husband Al, a writer, along with Yachtmaster extraordinaire Lissie.
This small group was the perfect introduction to yachting. When we arrived Lissie gave us a welcoming and highly competent briefing. She helped us feel at home on the boat, and then it was all hands on deck as we set sail and were given small tasks such as bringing up the anchor and putting up the jib as we set sail.
It was a beautiful day and so peaceful once we turned the motor off and got under sail. Watching the Greek islands float by was just idyllic. The coastal woodland and limestone cliffs that drop down to the turquoise water are magnificent. Whilst we were sailing, Lissie gave us an informative theory-briefing on the winds, types of tack, rights of way and more, which refreshed some knowledge from my dinghy sailing days!
After sailing for a couple of hours, we anchored at a gorgeous little cove to dive off the boat, paddleboard and snorkel, before heading to Spartochori for a GORGEOUS lunch at a waterside restaurant consisting of sardines, taramasalata, tzatziki, olive oil, calamari, Greek salad, and the local white wine.
Sailing back and reflecting on the day, I’m certainly keen to take forward my sailing knowledge and competency. We had a fab day and it was such a good introduction to yachting (and awesome company, of course)! I’ll definitely be considering taking the Competent Crew Course with Seafarer. Perhaps it will be the first step in the journey to chartering our own yacht or joining a flotilla!
We’ll be back!