CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL UPDATE
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 May 8th, 2021
With the summer 2020 season successfully behind us and having operated in all our main destinations from July to November, we are pleased to advise that we completed the summer without a single case of COVID 19 on any of our holidays, including flotillas, beach clubs, cabin charter or sailing schools. The feedback from our guests was that the precautions and distancing measures in place worked very well, without adversely affecting their holiday and the point has been well proven that holidaying afloat on a yacht within one’s family or social bubble, with sensible precautions and protective measures in place is about as safe as it gets.
Current Departures Suspended To 22nd May
In line with the latest UK government restrictions, we have no departures from the UK operating over the current period and through to the 17th May, though our bareboat bases in Greece and Croatia will be open from the middle of May whilst our Greek and Croatia-based Sailing schools will also start weekly courses from the middle of May.
Since the announcement of the UK Government’s road map and new Traffic Light System for international travel, leisure travel is now possible for residents of England from the 17th May. Our main destinations of Greece, Croatia France and Italy have been designated amber initially requiring 10 days in quarantine at home on return and a PCR test on days 2 and 8, with the possibility of reducing quarantine with a ‘test to release’ on day 5.
This we understand will be reviewed in three weeks and we remain optimistic that key destinations such as Greece will subsequently be designated Green and quarantine requirements lifted in time for the main season, thanks to the progress being made with inoculation programmes.
We await a further Government announcement at the end of May on updates to the Green list of countries with no quarantine requirement on return and a single PCR test on day 2. We acknowledge that restrictions on leisure travel remain in place for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and our flexible booking policies do make allowances for this. We continue to monitor the situation closely, liaising regularly with our trade associations and where possible, also the authorities both in the UK and in our main destinations.
Where travel is not possible, we will contact you individually in good time to discuss your options which can include deferring the holiday to a later date, or if travel subsequently proves impossible, then we acknowledge your right to a full refund.
Pre Departure Testing Required In 2021
One thing that is certain to remain a requirement this summer is a negative PCR Covid 19 test within 72 hours of travel for those passengers who have not been fully vaccinated. For Green designated countries this will be only on the outbound leg, with the requirement for one more PCR test after return on day 2. Those that have already had the vaccine having completed both jabs at least 14 days before travel, will either need to obtain a certificate (which we understand will be via the NHS app – further info awaited on this) or take evidence of receiving both vaccinations such as your vaccination card with you, as this will allow you to avoid the pre-departure PCR test if travelling to Greece or Croatia and is likely to further facilitate travel.
Our re-scheduled delivery and explorer flotillas operating from May 22nd are going ahead as planned and due to some people being unable to quarantine on return, we have some last-minute availability.
For those wishing to book or who are already booked, we summarise here the main elements of our flexible booking policy applicable during this time.
Green list destinations
PCR test or proof of vaccine required pre-departure, no quarantine on return with PCR test on day 2 – standard booking terms apply with regards to deferment or cancellation.
Amber list destinations
PCR test or proof of vaccine required pre-departure, 10 days quarantine at home on return, with PCR tests on days 2 and 8, option for ‘test to release’ on day 5.- Travel is possible, or you can postpone or defer your holiday with no admin fees charged by Seafarer.
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.
The same applies for destinations on the UK Amber List where quarantine is required on return, or where this is combined with negative foreign office advice for travel to the specific destination.
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. This would not apply if you book your own flights, though we will always try and assist you.
We also note that should a PCR or lateral flow test be 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 (Amber designated countries)
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, the aim is that the 2021 summer season will operate normally with UK departures starting from 22nd May onwards. 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.
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, 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 may incur penalties if there are no official restrictions in place. In the unlikely event that new restrictions are put in place or the existing restrictions persist, 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. Most airlines operated their full flight schedules to our main destinations of Greece, Croatia, France, and Italy and the same is planned for summer 2021 with flights scheduled from May, or in some cases June. The UK Government’s road map to re-opening has been announced with leisure travel re-starting from May 17th. The requirements for pre-departure testing and exemptions if vaccinated as well as required testing on return have been published, whilst enhanced hygiene routines and other protective measures have been well proven in all our destinations during the 2020 season. These measures 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.
Should We Travel To Specific Destinations Against Foreign Office Advice
In 2020, the introduction of quarantine requirements on return to the UK from certain countries and destinations was accompanied by a change in foreign office guidance, advising against all but essential travel to those destinations. This was however advice and was not compulsory at that time, leaving it to the individual to decide what was essential travel for them and whether they would travel anyway and quarantine on return. Subsequently, over the winter, travel for leisure purposes became illegal, though it is now clear that this will not apply after 17th May when the UK’s Traffic Light System is introduced and the previously required declaration of your reason for travel being abolished. Last year, we established that infection rates in our specific cruising areas in Croatia and Greece remained very low. Furthermore, these same destinations were unrestricted for travellers originating from some other countries, hence our decision to stay open for those who still wished to travel, even in those places where the requirement for quarantine on return was introduced. This year our policy is that we will stay open where EU and local regulations permit, for those destinations on either the Green or Amber country list. We will continue to monitor regulations advice in the coming weeks and update this information accordingly. We will also contact you in good time, should your holiday be affected in any way.
What Is The Situation With Travel Insurance
Where there is 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.
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!
To book or not to book...that is the question...
Following the official announcement of the traffic light system in England on Friday we would like to clarify and update you on the current situation for holidays this summer.
Greece & Croatia both open to tourists over the next week and although they have both unfortunately been placed in the Amber category everything points towards them being Green by some point in June. With infection rates coming down and good recent progress with their vaccination roll-out, we are confident of this.
We are still awaiting clarity on whether leisure travel is allowed to amber countries but we are following the lead of other tour operators and will open our bases as soon as possible. For those already booked, if quarantine is not an issue for you on return, then you will be able to travel regardless. If it is an issue, then you will be covered under our flexible booking terms allowing deferral of your holiday. (See this link).
The issues that appear to be worrying people are what tests are needed and what this will cost. We have put together this useful table below for what tests you will need and prices for packs of tests have started to come right down including through various airlines. We’re currently looking to provide our own discounted testing package and we hope to bring you the news on this very soon.
|REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL FROM & TO THE UK||GREEN COUNTRY||AMBER COUNTRY||RED COUNTRY HOLIDAYS WILL NOT OPERATE|
|Complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) from your destination country 2-3 days pre-departure, Complete a UK PLF 48 hours before you’re due to return. |
We will provide links to these in your departure pack.
|Take an antigen (rapid flow) test before you begin your journey home||Yes, this should be no more than three days before your return date.||Yes, no more than three days before your return date.||Yes, no more than three days before your return date.|
|Take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure and a test /tests after you get home.||Yes, one before you depart on your holiday (unless you have a vaccination certificate) and one within the first two days of your return||Yes, one before you depart on your holiday |
(unless you have a vaccination certificate)
and further tests on days 2 and 8 after your return.
|Yes, on days 2 and 8 after your return.|
|Self-isolate at home||NO||Yes, for 10 days, unless you opt into the Test to Release scheme.||N/A|
|Quarantine in a hotel||NO||NO||Yes, for ten days after arrival - your arrival day counts as ’day 0’|
|Test to release option - take a second PCR test early||Not applicable||Yes, on day 5 after your return - if this test comes back negative, you’ll be able to end your self-isolation.||NO|
|Is my holiday going ahead?||Yes holidays to Green countries operate as normal||Holidays to Amber countries can go ahead. |
If you are unable to self-isolate at home on your return, you have the option to change your booking to another date or a different destination with no admin charges.
|No - Holidays will not be operating to countries classified in the Red category|
What is a safe assumption given the vaccination roll out and stringent testing regime being applied, is that the latter half of the season will be without restrictions in our main destinations. Our advice is therefore to book now if that’s when you plan to go as availability is already quite tight. The same applies to certain popular dates like the half term or school holidays next summer, so the advice is to get in early to ensure you secure your first choice of holiday for summer 2022. What’s more, you can still book summer 2022 at 2021 prices (…less your repeat booker’s discount) and since prices have to go up next year, it’s another good reason to act now.
I will be out there as soon as quarantine on arrival is abolished, doing my rounds, so I hope to see you there.
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 & Corinth Canal 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
Corinth Canal & Aegean Delivery Flotilla – 16th April
North Ionian Explorer Flotilla – 24th April
Corinth to Kefalonia Delivery Flotilla – 30th April
Call 0208 324 3118 for details and to book
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!
Not the London Boat Show Offers
No boat show would be complete without a few tasty offers so take a look at these to see if any take your fancy. All offers are valid for quotes made from the beginning of the show until 31st January.
20% off the following departure dates for these 3 flotillas
Lefkas – 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May, 6th, 13th, 20th June
Kefalonia – 16, 23rd & 30th May, 20th, 27th June
Corinth – 15th, 22nd & 29th May 5th, 12th June
10% Off the following dates Zaton Flotilla
15th, 22, 29th May & 6th June
Beach Club Offers
Level Up Weeks – Include 18 Hours of free tuition
2nd May, 26th September – £495pp
6th June – £599pp
Solo Traveller Weeks – No single supplements
9th May – £495pp
20th June – £699pp
5th September – £649
Boat Show Exclusive offers
16th & 23rd May – £449pp
4th July – £699pp
Stay & Sail Offers
Two Week Nikiana Beach Club & Flotilla Combo including flights
25th April & 2nd, 9th, 16th May
£975pp 2 share Bavaria 33
£875pp 3 share Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i
£775pp 4 share Bavaria 37
Cabin Charter Offers
22nd, 29th May and 5th June
One way Lefkas to Corinth two weeks for the price of one, leaving 2nd May
Elan 344 – £1,100
Elan 384 – £1,322
For more information on our Virtual Boat Show click on the link below or see the rest of the site for more details on the sailing holidays we offer.
Crew Wanted! – Seafarer continues to operate flotillas in Croatia, France and Greece, as well as cabin charter in Greece and Croatia and our RYA training centres in Greece and Croatia, so we are now recruiting for a wide range of positions across all our products.
At Seafarer we pride ourselves in the quality of our crew, and our repeat clients often request them by name, which is a testament to both the quality of our crew, and of the importance of them to our clients’ holidays. As an independent company, our crew make the difference – our role is to ensure that all our clients receive an individual and personal service, something that is often hard to achieve in a larger company. From a crew point of view, this means that you aren’t just another “small cog in a large machine” but an essential part of our “family”. Like our clients, you will be treated as an individual, and have the ability to make your mark – we encourage you to think of new ideas, which can be easily heard by the small management team – good ideas will always be yours, and when practical, can be implemented quickly.
We look for crew of all ages, great for those starting in the industry after a fast track program, and also for those embarking on a new career – it’s all about people, so personable, enthusiastic and confident individuals can thrive with us, whatever their age. If you are new to the industry, then a flotilla first mate or skipper position is a fantastic place to start, whether your long term goal is to remain in the flotilla sector, or broaden your horizons into Skippered charter, instruction, superyachts or management. Like your driving license, your Yachtmaster Offshore means you are ready to learn and gain experience, and looking after a fleet of yachts on flotilla is a fast track in itself. For those looking to try something new after experiencing the fun of flotilla, then our cabin charter program might be for you – a larger yacht, more sailing and guests on board provide another set of challenges and skills to master. Click here for more information on flotilla crew vacancies – crew vacancies
If you are a RYA Cruising Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor and the thrill of sitting in a damp yacht saloon in Osborne Bay teaching secondary port calculations is wearing a bit thin, then we have full season and freelance instructing opportunities in both Greece and Croatia. This is a chance to teach in warmer waters, and to experience a different side to RYA instruction. Our courses are run over a longer duration, so your students (and you!) get the opportunity to enjoy the social side of Mediterranean yachting, particularly as our tuition yachts generally follow the flotilla, giving students and instructors alike the chance to join in with the fun. Click here for more information – instructor vacancies
For all vacancies, we have our minimum requirements, with a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster being the minimum for skippers, and RYA instructor qualifications for both Sail Cruising and Watersports positions. You can find out all the details on all the positions available here
We are now conducting interviews at our offices in North London, so if you are keen on joining the team for the summer, drop an email, with your CV attached, to me – [email protected]
I look forward to hearing from you, and if it works out for us both, welcoming you to the team for 2021 and beyond.
Product Manager Seafarer Cruising & Sailing Holidays
Chief Instructor, Seafarer Training UK
Click here for more information on all our current vacancies, job descriptions and how to apply