We are celebrating our 25th birthday this year
And to mark this momentous occasion we wanted to share with you 25 valid reasons for you to book your next summer holiday afloat with Seafarer. Of course, many of you already know us well enough to not need reminding and have either already booked or will soon be doing so, but have a read anyway, you may discover something you didn’t already know about us. last but not least as our birthday present to you, there are some great offers around the ’25’ theme so read on !
We are sorry if we come across as somewhat obsessed with the number 25 at the moment (though it took less than 25 people less than 25 days to compile this list) but it is our 25th Birthday after all. If it’s your 25th birthday as well, we will sing you ‘Happy Birthday’ buy you a bottle of wine and a birthday cake whilst you are on holiday with us!
Watch this space for a number of events both in the UK and abroad to mark Seafarer’s 25th Birthday.
At Seafarer we endeavour to respect and protect the natural environment in which we sail as well as the laws, people and culture of our host countries.
We have recently introduced a number of initiatives on our yachts and beach clubs with sustainability and environmental protection as a central aim. For example, on our yachts, we have introduced eco-friendly bio washing up liquid and hand soap, all our yachts are equipped with holding tanks, we are abolishing single-use plastics and providing reusable water jugs, we have introduced reusable shopping bags made from recycled sailcloth from our old sails ( donated by our trusted supplier AP Sails of Thessaloniki in Greece), we have provided fishing nets on all flotilla yachts so guests can catch floating plastic, and we recycle things like used engine oil, sails, old anchor chains and other materials. Since last year, we also give our guests the option of purchasing carbon offsets at the time of booking. Another new initiative is that we are trialling electric outboards this year at our Corinth base.
Our staff and lead crews always advise on issues such as avoiding pollution through the use of appropriate eco-friendly detergents on board our yachts, correct use of holding tanks and disposing of litter responsibly. We will also encourage you to conserve water which is an increasingly scarce resource in these communities and to sail rather than motor whenever possible. To this end, we have introduced a weekly lowest engine hours competition with a £50 holiday voucher prize, on every flotilla we operate.
We advise on local regulations of which you should be aware. Additionally, we actively promote the history and culture of our host countries and endeavour to participate positively in the local economy and communities. For example we try to make use of local suppliers, staff and materials wherever possible. We support local events as well as support and encourage local conservation or recycling initiatives. A good example being the voluntary cleaning of the sea bed in Syvota harbour, Lefkas by our flotilla and instructor team last October, aided by volunteer clients and locals. We are planning more such events and initiatives in 2020,
In this way we are hopefully doing our bit towards the common goal of ensuring that these beautiful and largely unspoilt areas are there to be enjoyed by future generations.
Meet us at Stand H40
The RYA Dinghy Show has always been one of our favourites. It stands out for the sheer range of Dinghies brought by clubs and classes from all over Britain and it quite a sight to see all these boats inside, polished to perfection. This years show theme is “a world of opportunity – see where dinghy sailing can take you, whether its an exciting career on the water, spending time outdoors or competing on the racecourse.
This year the show will be seperated into four zones (shopping & equipment, buy a boat, holidays and training, classes and clubs) along with a VR sailing, sailing simulators, the national eSailing virtual regatta and a model boat pool. There will also be many talks from various sailors including those preparing for Tokyo 2020 as well as how to improve your personal sailing.
Seafarer will be on Stand H40 in the West Hall (Holidays and Training Section) with a few familiar faces to chat to about all things sailing. We’ve got a few bits and pieces on over the weekend including;
- Win a RYA Competant Crew or Day Skipper Course
- Free Greek Beer, Wine & Soft Drinks on Saturday and Sunday from 4pm ish
- Some special discounts
- Launch of some of the special events to mark our 25th Anniversary
If you would like 10% off tickets for the show click here and use the code RYAEX071080.
Looking forward to seeing you there. Here’s a video of some sailing at Nikiana to get ready for the summer.
Watersports for all at our Greek Island Beach Club
2019 was a great year at Nikiana Beach Club with loads of people getting on the water and many smiles all round. A few times I remember looking around and seeing empty sunbeds and a bustling sailing area which is always nice. Here is an overview of what’s new and what’s going on at Nikiana Beach Club this season.
Hobie 15 & Laser Replacements
As part of the ongoing upgrades to our cat fleet, we are looking to get a Hobie 15. The 15 is a great beginner catamaran being both easy to sail and exciting at the same time. It will be an excellent addition to our Dart 16s and Hobie Pacific. Our Lasers are another boat that gets a huge amount of use so we’ve decided to replace half the fleet this season. All boats will have full XD controls and choice of 3 rigs.
New Buoyancy Aids & Windsurf Trainer Rigs
This year we’ve teamed up with Rooster to replace our buoyancy aids with the Diamond Overhead model. This gives unrestricted movement and a great fit for all body shapes. There’s also a large front pocket for any bits you want to take on the water. For those learning to windsurf, we’ve teamed up Tiki sails to replace all our trainer windsurf sails giving a larger choice and more sizes.
RYA Advanced Courses
With our large and varied fleet of dinghies and a great area to sail in, we’ve been running RYA Seamanship Skills and Sailing with Spinnakers for a number of years with great results. Two years ago we started running the RYA Performance Sailing course which good sailors the knowledge and confidence to take out some of our faster performance boats and sail them with trapeze and spinnaker. This season we will be starting the RYA Day Sailing course which gives you the skills and experience to do small boat cruising while in our own island paradise.
Level Up Weeks
Following the success of previous Level Up Weeks in 2018 & 19 were back for 2020. The week gives you the opportunity to Level Up your sailing or windsurfing skills with 18 hours of free RYA Tuition in the following areas
- Beginner Sailing
- Intermediate Sailing
- Advanced Sailing
- Beginner Windsurfing
- Beginner Yachting
Package from £499 including flights from London Gatwick, transfers and B&B Accommodation. This year they will run on the 3rd May, 21st June & 27th September.
Solo Traveller Weeks
Nikiana Beach Club has always been a super sociable place to be and is perfect for those travelling solo. This year we have Solo Traveller weeks on the 7th June & 6th September with no single room supplement and some special socials throughout the week. The week is a perfect time to meet other watersports enthusiasts and lovers of the greek way of life and we’ll help team sailors up for some of the larger boats.
During Half Term (24th – 31st May) & Summer Holidays (28th June – 30th August) we run our relaxed and fun Kids Club at Nikiana. Anyone between 7 & 17 can join and depending on age and sailing ability we will split into up to 4 different groups. Each group will have a 3-hour session each day with around 2 hours Sailing, Windsurfing or Suping along with plenty of games and on the water fun. We also run a kayak trip later in the week taking the group out of the sailing area to a distant shore to get ice creme. Although sailing and windsurfing sessions will include tuition those looking to learn more might want to look at our RYA Courses (Stages for those 6 – 13, Levels 14 up).
All in all its looking to be another cracking season at Nikiana with loads going on and lots of jollity on and off the water. Give us a call on 0208 3243118 and we can answer any questions you may have.
The first week of our new flotilla, sailing from Phuket
It is 0430 UK time on a cold January Sunday in England, and I am wide awake, having travelled back less than 24 hours ago. My mind is full of the images, tastes and sounds of my trip to Thailand to join our new flotilla for the first week. My eagerness to write some of my thoughts down hopefully gives you an idea of the impression I have been left with after my first visit to this amazing country.
Day 1 - Phuket Yacht Haven
I arrived in Phuket airport after 2 six hour flights, via Doha in the middle east. I flew with Qatar airways, and the interconnection was hassle free, a welcome chance to stretch ones legs. Arriving in Phuket, the 35 degree heat envelopes you immediately, and reminds you of how far you have come. It’s not oppressive, just warming.
Jumping in a cab I headed for our base, Phuket Yacht Haven Marina, only 20 minutes away. Turning into the marina entrance, you pass palm and rubber tree plantations before emerging at the water’s edge, 2 minutes from the pontoons. The Deck (the marina bar and restaurant) is a typically swish marina spot overlooking the yachts, happily missing the one marina aspect we can live without, the prices – a Pad Thai and a cold beer will cost you around 250 bhat (around £6.50) – and that’s expensive for Thai standards. Once you settle in, walk 5 minutes to the north to the Living Room or Papa Mama (both rustic spots on the shore) and the prices tumble.
Day 2 - Phuket Yacht Haven to Koh Hong
After a beautiful sunrise, we strolled to the Living room restaurant for a main briefing and breakfast before setting off for the day. We are in tidal (and often shallow) waters here, so more focus on sailing and navigating than the mooring techniques. Getting out into the open water and the 10 knots of breeze means sails up and trimmed (yes, even on the lead yacht!) and away we went – down the river, leaving most of civilisation behind us. Hong is Thai for “room” and Koh Hong gives our first taste of what this means in these islands – the iconic columns of granite, with often a hollow centre. We anchor in 5 metres close to Koh Hong and its time for a punch party – with a difference. We dinghy into a cave (no engines, so as not to startle the bats) and emerge into an inland lagoon. No going ashore, so a raft with all the tenders is our venue, utterly stunning and completely to our selves now the day trip boats have gone. Its breathtaking and blows everyone away. Best punch party venue ever. Fact.
Day 3 - Koh Hong to Chong Koh Yao
After a morning swim (as you do), we head out – all together, as the channels north get shallower. First stop is Koh Phing Kan, better known as James Bond Island, the setting for “The Man with the Golden Gun” – its full of tourist boats during the day, but we get as close as we can – one to tick off the bucket list. Navigating east across the shallows, we all go our separate ways, some heading off for a sail, some to explore the smaller islands and hongs along the way. We head to another Hong – Koh Roi and venture into this one on foot, across pure white sands. Inside is a sensory overload – the sounds of the birds only drowned out by the resting chirps of the thousands of fruit bats roosting in the mangroves….its paradise. After an hour taking it all in we weigh anchor and head down to our overnight stop on the south of Koh Yao Noi. A floating village of fishermen watch as we tender ashore and, after politely declining the offer of a taxi, we stroll the 2km to the aptly named Good View restaurant. This isn’t a touristic island, and the stroll passes the locals going about their day – mending boats, doing their washing, skipping home from school, all with mangoes, bananas, limes and pineapples growing by the side of the road. As a foodie, this really starts my journey, with a chilli soft shelled crab and pineapple rice ending off a perfect day.
Day 4 - Koh Yao Noi to Rai Lei Beach
Another day, another Hong….this one is also Koh Hong, but this is the Krabi one (the larger town on the mainland to the east). This one is navigable at high(ish) tide, and once inside, this is a huge lagoon, around knee depth, bordered with mangroves and white sandy beaches. We have a cracking 20 knots of breeze for a sail, but you wouldn’t know, being completely surrounded by the sheer granite cliffs. Out we go, and off we sail, getting a healthy 8.2 knots from our trusty Bavaria 36, on a close reach down to Rai Lei, and civilisation, backpacker style. Rai Lei is busy, the longtail boats buzzing past, carrying those less fortunate than us yachties.
Ashore is lively, will loads of bars and restaurants to cater for the largely bohemian crowd. Grab an ice cold beer, relax and maybe get a bamboo tattoo whilst you chill…hey, when in Rome….
Day 5 - Rai Lei Beach to....somewhere on Koh Pu
We were recommended by our incredibly knowledgeable colleague in base to get to Koh Pu – its how Phi Phi Don was 20 years ago, she said……she was right. This is off-grid, relaxed beach life at its best. You’re not getting the co-ordinates from me…..we will tell you when you get there! (anyone remember “The Beach”?) This is a place to die for. My heart rate went down 50% when I stepped ashore. A couple of little restaurants, an amazing waiter who (with almost no convincing) had me order the freshly caught Barracuda with red curry sauce – I would happily see out my days on that dish alone. There are beach bungalows available for rent…..definitely the next holiday for my family is sorted – the image of my boys playing on the unspoilt white sand has to become reality.
Day 6 - Koh Pu to Koh Phi Phi Don
Today is the day. We all (very reluctantly) leave Koh Pu and head west, to probably the most famous islands in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi Lei, and Koh Phi Phi Don. Phi Phi Lei has been made world famous as the location for the film “The Beach” – its a shame old Leo wasn’t a yachtie, because the week has already given us more serene breathtaking places. Thankfully for the island, Maya beach is now off limits to tourists – but you can get close enough for a decent photo. It is beautiful, and the steps taken by the locals to stop the hordes has paid off – the coral reef is recovering, the sea life is back.
After some photos, and to imagine what it would be like without the longtails, day tripper boats and the speed boats, its time to head north, and into the vortex. Koh Phi Phi Don is insane…..but insane enough to make it still a worthwhile place to stop. Parties on the beach, fireworks, fire jugglers, madness everywhere…..go exploring the back streets and see just how far the rabbit hole goes…..
Day 7 - Koh Phi Phi Don to Phuket Yacht Haven
Our final day. The wind gods see fit to provide 20 knots from the east, and the 30 plus miles back to base gurgle past under sail alone, a glorious beam reach to take us back and remind us that this can’t be the last time to sail here.
We refuel back at base, a relaxed and simple affair, as everything has been. Back on the quay its time for a posh shower, to sit down, order a cold one and process the sights and sounds of this enchanting place.
Farewell to the Land of Smiles
There are many things that contribute to a perfect holiday. Thailand is, without a doubt, one of the most enchanting places I have ever visited, and one of the best places I have ever sailed. The scenery is stunning, the food is amazing, the people are the warmest, friendliest hosts and the culture is fascinating.
Thailand has a well deserved reputation as being known as the Land of Smiles. I can see why. Find the time, find the means and come sailing with us in Thailand. If you enjoy it as I did, you won’t be able to stop yourself smiling…..I know I can’t.
For more information or availability, you are welcome to call one of our sales consultants on 0208 324 3118. If you’d like to hear more about the day to day of boat life in Thailand, I am happy to talk. Your only issue will be getting me to stop….JC
Girls Only Courses in Greece and Southampton
New for 2020 we’ve started running girls only training courses at our bases in the UK and Greece. We will be running RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper along with weekend refresher courses and mile builders. These are taught by our resident female instructors. We believe that sailing should be accessible to all, and we have girls of all ages come to learn with us in a supportive and fun environment.
The wonderful sport of sailing should be open to all and in the past sailing has been seen as a male-heavy sport. We want to change this and believe sailing should be for all no matter their age or gender. In the past, we have found that there is a lot of nervousness among couples on our flotilla surrounding what they would do in an emergency. We believe that specific girls only training is a great way of providing confidence and skills for those of all levels and reverse some of the gender bias yachting has been known for.
Our girls only training courses encourage a calm environment where we operate a yacht as a team. We welcome all questions and maintaining a safe, supportive and fun environment is the main objective. Our previous students have found this can give an excellent confidence boost and see a real development of sailing skills. Many of our students come alone, but we also welcome small groups and don’t forget these courses are open to everyone.
RYA Competent Crew
RYA Competent Crew is an excellent introduction to the best sport in the world and is open to all levels of ability.
RYA Day Skipper
Perfect for those with sailing experience to the competent crew level and an understanding of the theoretical side of the day skipper syllabus. This course takes the final and most important step and upon completion will allow you to be the skipper.
Refresher Training & Milebuilders
Our refresher & mile building courses offer the opportunity to work on any aspect of sailing. This has a loose syllabus that lets you focus on the skills you want to develop.
Seafarer Training Ionian - Lefkas, Greece
Our training yachts in the Ionian operates alongside our flotilla, providing a tremendously social environment. This course can even be completed while sailing alongside your family on one of the other flotilla yachts.
RYA Competant Crew & Day Skipper Courses
- 3rd May
- 26th July
- 4th October
Prices from £649
Seafarer Training Solent - Southampton, UK
We also have several training weeks at our Southampton school a perfect opportunity for a weekend pre-holiday refresher or a full competent crew or day skipper course (Monday to Friday).
RYA Competant Crew & Day Skipper
- 11th May
- 22nd June
Weekend Refresher / Milebuilder Sessions
- 25th April
- 9th May
For more information or availability, please contact one of our consultants on 0208 324 3118.
We’re about to start our 5th year of the Kefalonia Flotilla it is no accident that it keeps popping up on our brochure covers, the last 4 to be precise. Is this a coincidence or is it because this area is so incredibly picturesque with a wonderful variety of places to visit, all in one flotilla?
Many of the highlights of the area are on the island that gives the flotilla its name, Kefalonia (alias Cephalonia). The most famous stop is almost definitely Fiskardo, a beautiful village wrapped around a natural harbour marked by an ancient Venetian lighthouse. The village is noted for its pastel Venetian buildings, winding streets and waterside tavernas and is known as the St Tropez of the Ionian with a star-studded cast. Further round to the west, under the shade of a Venetian castle, lies the small fishing village of Assos. It’s quite hard to describe just how beautiful is the colour combination of the turquoise sea, colourful houses and the dramatic wooded mountain scenery, so you’ll have to check it out yourself. Another must-see on the island is the famous Melissani Cave, with its amazing stalactites and stalagmites which you can visit from our base of Aghia Efymia.
The island of Ithaca (Ithaki) lies off the North East coast of Kefalonia and is fabled to be the home of the legendary Odysseus. In the far north of the island is the village of Frikes and it’s hard to find a sailor in the Ionian who hasn’t had a night to remember in the famous Fiorendino’s. Just round the coast, you approach in the shadow of old windmills into the village of Kioni with its laid back atmosphere and crystal clear waters it always seems to leave its mark on any Seafarer. The capital of the island Vathi, named Big Vathi locally to avoid confusion, surrounds a large natural harbour with Venetian buildings set alongside the tiny winding streets.
Zante or Zakynthos
Zante or Zakynthos is the Southern aim of our route and is famous for good reason. In the North of the island is the harbour of Aghios Nikolaos with its clear water and amazing snorkelling. From here we organise a boat trip to swim in the blue caves and to visit the world-famous ‘Navagio’ beach or shipwreck cove, star of many an advert for Greece. Finally, the capital of Zante (of the same name) is a lively harbour town with a huge variety of restaurants and some excellent shopping. It’s also home to St. Dionysus and you can pay your respects at the historic cathedral dedicated to him.
you will love it too
The entire route is picture-postcard perfect, a truly stunning area to sail your own Greek Odyssey over either one or two weeks with some great sailing and wonderful places to explore. In fact, my wife and I fell in love with it (and each other whilst working as flotilla crew here), so we chose to get married here. For us, it really feels like home and we are sure you will love it too.
John Connolly – Product Manager
Author Chris Lorenzo
We are delighted to announce our new flotilla and charter base in Greece for summer 2020 at Corinth, combining sailing in both the Saronic Gulf and the Gulf of Corinth.
Located just one hours drive south of Athens and giving a choice of two wonderful, yet very different sailing areas it is a unique base with a lot to offer. It is also next to the spectacular Corinth Canal.
With the base strategically positioned close to the west entrance of the Canal, Seafarer’s new flotilla ventures in both directions alternating between a week sailing east through the Corinth Canal to the islands of the Saronic Gulf and a week exploring the Gulf of Corinth to the west. A two week holiday combines both. In the Saronic Gulf, islands such as Aegina, Aghistri, Poros and Hydra are all within easy reach as are some great stops on the Peloponnese coast such as Old Epidauros, Vathy and Methana.
In the Gulf of Corinth, it is quieter and the sailing winds more brisk. There are many interesting places to explore such as the little known Alkioni islands, Trizonia island and the historic Seafaring town of Galaxidi.
Another attraction to this area are the famous ancient sites ashore, such as the ancient oracle at Delphi and the famous Lion Gate and ruins of Agamemnon’s palace at Mycenae. The most impressive of these however is arguably the 2500 year old Amphitheatre at Epidauros, still in use today.
The area has something for everyone and is well served by flights from most places into Athens.
Seafarer veterans will remember the Saronic Gulf was where Seafarer lainched it’s very first flotillas many moons ago, and it was a firm favourite for many years, so we are delighted to be back, all be it with the enhancement of a transit of the Corinth Canal and another great sailing area on the other side.
We look forward to welcoming you there soon.
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Author Lee Savage
Whatever your reasons for getting into sailing, it is not as difficult as you might imagine and there are a lot of different ways to get started. With so many destinations to choose and so many sailing experiences, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start.
If exploring fantastic bays, discovering remote islands, swimming and relaxing in the sun with a good book sounds like the kind of yacht cruising you are looking for then Cabin Charter will be the way to go.
If you would like to dip in and see but you are not sure if it’s for you our beach club has a dedicated Yacht where we offer several opportunities including two days Beginner Yachting (16h) while you stay in our Beach Club Hotel.
But you are here to find out how to become a Yacht Skipper, learn a new skill and take the first step towards becoming qualified, opening a whole new world of possibility for holidays and adventure travel. Even if you only ever do one course, you will have experienced the trip of a lifetime.
The RYA is a world-recognised organisation authorised by the UK maritime coastguard agency to issue international certificates of competence. Seafarer instructors are all experienced RYA instructors and can deliver a challenging syllabus to take you from no experience to a qualified licensed skipper through a series of RYA courses outlined below.
Our Training Centers – help you become a skipper
Our sailing schools in the Ionian and Croatia and the UK allow as few as one person to take part in training onboard our RYA equipped yachts. These yachts feature all the safety equipment and training resources needed to complete your chosen courses.
RYA Training In The Mediterranean
For our training yachts in Greece and Croatia, you have the opportunity to learn alongside a fantastic holiday experience. Naturally, it is a more intense experience than a Yacht Charter holiday. You will spend most of your days absorbing the syllabus, but there will also be opportunities to swim and explore the beautiful islands.
Learning alongside our flotilla, you will also have the chance to participate in group meals, our punch, and beach parties. Popular with experienced and newly qualified skippers alike or those seeking to improve their abilities with the support of our skilled lead crews. Filled with like-minded sailors, you will meet skippers who have already taken steps into the sailing world and discovered how accessible it is. It’s a tremendously positive and supportive environment to learn alongside.
RYA Training In The UK
Our UK school offers numerous bespoke courses for those wishing to brush up on any particular skills before flying to their next sailing holiday be it boat handling or just refreshers. Of course, we offer all the practical RYA courses including Competent Crew, Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper (for Day Skippers wishing to take there sailing further)
Based in Southampton, it offers fantastic sheltered waters sailing in the lea of the Isle Of Wight. It’s a great location to challenge your tidal knowledge and experience the lively sailing environment made famous for events like the Fastnet Race, the Round the Island Race and Cowes Week.
How to Become A Skipper
The Competent Crew course is perfect for somebody who has never been on a yacht before. It is the broadest course in the RYA syllabus covering virtually everything to do with sailing and living onboard a boat. You will have the opportunity to test your skills and will come away with a great sense of achievement and a good understanding of where to go next!
As an instructor for many years, I have discovered that even more experienced sailors can benefit from this course, there is always another level of detail to learn. If you haven’t sailed for a while or had any formal training, this course will not only be an excellent refresher, but you will be surprised how many new things you can learn. For more experienced sailors, this is a unique opportunity to polish the essential fundamentals of sailing.
Theoretically a skipper
With some sailing experience under your belt, you are ready to study the theory. Reading about navigation, sailing, and charts will seem much less daunting. You are now prepared to take the Day Skipper theory course. The Day Skipper Theory syllabus contains all essential theoretical knowledge required to become a skipper. It can be completed online at your own pace, We offer Navathome with all the needed resources sent to your home, and you can even use your repeat customer discount.
If you don’t feel ready
Not everybody is prepared for the Day Skipper course right away, we all learn at different rates and bridging the gap between the competent crew and Day Skipper courses is best achieved with Bespoke training, this can help you refine those skills that you think you lack. Commonly this is boat handling, we all know there is nothing more exhilarating than bringing a beautiful yacht alongside a concrete harbour wall! We offer bespoke training at all of our bases in Greece, Croatia, and the UK.
The courses in the Mediterranean are all one week. Our UK school offers much more flexibility for weekends or any other length or start days. Talk to one of our consultants to find out more.
General skills training works very well alongside the day skipper course. You will get to see others go through the course while you polish the fundamentals. Having feedback from an instructor while learning alongside the standard RYA courses can give you the confidence to grow without the pressure of a restricted syllabus. Talk to one of our consultants to find out where and how we can help you get to the next level.
The Sailing Licence
With your Day skipper theory ticket in hand and some recent sailing experience, You will be ready for the Day Skipper practical course. Taking everything you have learned in the first two courses, this turns you into a responsible skipper. You will learn to handle the boat, bringing it into port, directing your crew to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable.
Now you are qualified as a skipper
With your internationally recognised license in hand, you now have the opportunity to take your friends and family sailing on Yachts around the world. I am not surprised if this might feel incredibly daunting as this license can be achieved in as little as three weeks.
Flotilla can be a great option to help build your confidence. As well as being fantastically social flotilla offers you the opportunity to grow as a skipper with the security of having our lead crew on standby to assist or advise on any aspect of sailing. You can find more about our flotillas here.
A whole world of sailing
As soon as you feel ready, you will be free to charter yachts worldwide. As an internationally recognised skipper, you can benefit from bareboat prices and the freedom to travel at your own pace. Seafarer has a vast range of worldwide destinations. Click here to find out more.
If you are still not sure
Perhaps you are not sure where you fit into all of this. Why not talk to one of our team? We are a small yet experienced company in the world of sailing, and we would be happy to advise you on how best you can get started.
Stand Up Paddleboarding is currently the fastest growing watersport worldwide and its easy to see why. The ability to explore new places with such a simple bit of equipment makes it very flexible and is perfect for those who want to have fun on the water. We’re not advocating changing sports, far from it but instead suggesting that an SUP is a perfect adition to a yacht, especially for cruising in the crystal clear waters of our flotilla destinations.
Most modern SUP’s are inflatable but huge advances in manufacture in recent years has made them very stiff and you would be hard pressed to tell the difference to a solid board if the SUP is properly inflated. Having an inflatable paddleboard works perfectly for a cruising yacht as it allows you to store it either on deck or below depending on the conditions. When you arrive in a beautiful bay thats when the magic starts.
To set up a Stand Up Paddleboard from scratch takes between 5 and 10 minutes depending on how quickly you can pump it up. The first stage is to make sure the valve is out before inserting the pump otherwise the air can rush out of the SUP, to do this simply rotate it until it springs out. Once this is done you can insert the pump and inflate to the pressure on the valve (or at least 10psi). Once inflated attach the leash and if separate attach the fins.
Once your ready to go there are a few techniques that will help you get exploring. The first is to check the paddle length. The simplest way of doing this is to adjust it to an arm’s length above you head which means the whole paddle will be in the water when standing up. When you get on the board stand on the centreline with one foot on either side of the handle. The best way to learn the various strokes is to watch Daryl do his stuff in the video then get out on the board and play around in a safe area.
Safety is very important with any watersport and SUPing is no different. The most important consideration is to always wear the leash. This is attached to the back of the board and then placed around either ankle. Inflatable SUPs are very light and can easily travel faster than someone can swim making the leash key. For those who are uncomfortable swimming or children a buoyancy aid is advised as these will keep someone afloat if they fall off the board, buoyancy aids are available on all Seafarer Flotillas on request.
The wind is always a risk when SUPing, especially for beginners and thus if the wind is force 3 or above it is recommended to stay upwind of the moored yacht, thus making it easy to return if there is a problem. If you find yourself unable to return to the yacht then you can either kneel on the board and use the paddle or place the paddle on the deck and lie on top of it, paddling with your hands. This acts to hugely reduce your windage.
Storage and Transport
In our opinion the easiest way to launch the SUP is the throw it over the side while holding onto the leash (or attach it to guardrail) then take the it round by the least to the stern. This avoids trying to manoeuvre the SUP through the Bimini and past the wheel/wheels. To retrieve it use a similar technique to lift it over the guardrails on either side of the yacht, this may be easier with two people. When sailing you can tie the SUP to the guardrails just make sure the fins are either facing outwards or are taken off and the SUP is not fouling the jib sheets. If you’re not intending to use the SUP for a few days bits best to deflate it and either store it in the bag on deck or below. When storing on deck beware that SUPs suffer badly from UV radiation from the sun and thus, they should be kept in the bag when not used regularly or covered on the guardrail.
Booking & More Information
Stand Up Paddleboards are available from all our flotillas (except Turkey & Thailand) and included in all Greek cabin charter holidays. If you want to add one or more to your boat give us a call on 0208 324 3118. Its worth booking early for peak season as there is often loads of demand.