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A MAD idea about Brexit

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THE SEAFARER SAILING PEOPLE’S VOTE

One of the first things you learn as a sailor is that you don’t get far with no wind in your sails trying to run head-on into a spring tide. Seems like that’s the last thing you learn as a Prime Minister. My ships cat Mrs. Nelson’s got more chance of sweet talking that Michel Barnstormer into changing tack. Nor his deputy, that Sabine woman – takes me back to my old Latin master Chug Summers expounding the myth of abduction. There’s a rather wonderful Ruben’s painting about it in the National in which the women are wearing Flemish frocks, shows they even had Brussels fashion edicts in the 17th century!

CALL ME CAPTAIN SENSIBLE

But I digress. This nation has a great sailing heritage and time and again it has been left to her sailing folk to pull her out of the doo-doo when it all seemed to be going down the heads. So my heads-up on the situation is this – ‘Let the sailors decide!’ A sensible idea indeed and what could be fairer?

YOUR VOTE COUNTS

So here’s my plan. Those good folk at Seafarer World HQ (strange that it’s just off the North Circular, but needs must I suppose) have agreed to put together an online poll. Don’t worry, Seafarer, like all great institutions, keep their votes totally anonymous.

All you have to do is cast your vote, they’ll give me the results and I’ll pop down to Chequers and tell the PM what to do about it all over a bottle of pink gin. Capiche?

IN, OUT, OR SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT

You need to click on the link to vote but basically there are three options:
IN – if you voted today you’d vote to remain.

OUT – if you voted today you’d vote for a hard and fast Brexit, let’s stop fannying around, bite the bullet, stop talking, cut to the chase and make no bones about it and get the deed done.

SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT – this is a fluffy sort of middle category for those who think we should get out but want the feeling that they’re still in. A sort of ‘Marie Antoinette vote’ of keep your hands off our Bath Buns but let us eat your cake too. Hmmmm, wonder if that Sabine girl’s any good with the marzipan – I do like a slice of Battenburg.
There’s one more question and that’s asking you if, knowing what you know now about the mythical tales told from the NHS Battle Bus (a story well worthy of Chug Summers), or for any other reason, you have changed your mind since the original plebiscite. Hokey Cokey?

YOU’LL BE SECOND TO KNOW

Rest assured, once I’ve put the PM straight, you’ll be next to know the result.

Anchors Aweigh,

Captain MAD

PS: Alternatively, why not escape to the BVI till its all over with savings of 30% available. 4 weeks on a new Oceanis 41 in the BVI from £9995.

Join us at the RYA Dinghy Show

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Alexandra Palace - 2nd & 3rd March

We at Seafarer love the RYA Dinghy Show, not only because its a good chance to catch up with what’s happening with sailing at the moment but also the effort that Sailing Clubs and Class Associations make to show what a diverse sport we love. This year Seafarer will be at stand F23 in the middle of the West Hall with some familiar faces from both our Beach Clubs and Flotillas.

If you’re interested in coming down we have a special discount code for Seafarer guests. Click on the Dinghy Show link below and use code RYAEX24666. We’ll make everyone very welcome at the stand and we’re even having free Greek themed drinks and snacks from 16.30 on Saturday and 16.00 on Sunday.

RYA Dinghy Show Tickets

Whats New

We’ve got lots of exciting news about our Nikiana Beach this year with new equipment, some exciting new social nights and new courses but still with the same great atmosphere. Were also opening 11 days earlier so if you want you can join us for Greek Easter on the sunny island of Lefkas with an 11 Night Holiday for only £599. Another success from last year was the Level Up Weeks and these will be returning in force on the 12th May and the 29th September 2019 along with a Race Week on the 1st September.

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Kefalos is going strong on the windsurf side with some new accommodation options and tons of new kit in this paradise bay in on the island of Kos.

We’ll also be officially launching “The Club Trip” an easy way for sailing clubs to take their members on a Beach Club, Flotilla or Bareboat Holiday at the Dinghy show. We’ll be having a prize draw to win a number of £200 holiday vouchers which can be used to scout out one of our marvellous destinations. See The Club Trip Page for more details

Kefalos Windsurfing

Win a Holiday

Don’t forget as normal we’ve got another prize draw for those wishing to win a holiday with the winner picked at the London Yacht Show in May and come and join us for a Mythos, Wine or Ouzo at 16.30 on Saturday.

RYA Dinghy Show

Alexandra Palace, London. Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd March 2019

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How To Do a Stern to Mooring

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Follow our quick guide on how to do a stress-free Stern To or Mediterranean Mooring

Many fine yachties come on holiday with us each year ready to embark on a cracking flotilla or bareboat holiday in one of our Mediterranean destinations but, having done most of their sailing in the tidal waters around the UK, the Stern To or Mediterranean style mooring worries them. Basically, because of the lack of tide, town quays and marinas around the med can fit boats more effectively by mooring them with the stern facing the quay. This also makes access to the stern of the boat easy using a plank or passerelle and creates a sociable quayside atmosphere.

The manoeuvre itself is relatively simple but like all of those in sailing requires a certain amount of preparation and planning to ensure a smooth and stress-free mooring. The guide below is for a lighter wind Stern To mooring as is common in sheltered harbours but keep an eye out for more “How To’s” including doing this in a heavy wind.

See the video below on how the manoeuvre works.

Setting the Anchor

Preparation

Having a plan and being prepared is very important in any sailing manoeuvre and this is no exception. Before you start the approach you need to do the following tasks

  • Put Fenders out on both sides of the yacht
  • Drop the anchor slightly out of the bow roller
  • Secure both stern lines to the cleats

Planning your entry to the harbour is very important, make sure you know where the wind is coming from, are there any hazards like moored boats or swimmers. Also, make sure all crew know what they’re doing, you will need one person operating the windlass on the bow and if possible someone to help with stern lines in the cockpit. Communication is as always very important to make sure the skipper can communicate clearly with the crewmember on the windlass.

Approaching the Quay

Approach

The first thing to look for is a suitably sized space for your yacht on the quay, don’t try to fit into a space that’s far too small and you won’t be very popular if you fill a space that could fit two boats. Head into the harbour and approach the space in reverse dropping the anchor as far away from the key as possible (at least 4 boat lengths) in line with the neighbouring chains. Reverse slowly towards the space turning the stern of the boat towards the wind and make sure you balance the speed of the boat with the force on the windlass. When the boat is a third of a boat’s length from the quay stop dropping the anchor and make sure crew at the stern are ready. As you stop the anchor, your engine should be in neutral, with a small touch of forward to bring the yacht to a stop. If no one is on the quay to catch your lines, then this should be at a suitable distance for a crew member to step ashore with the windward mooring line.

Tying onto the Quay

Securing the Stern Lines

When you are close to the quay the crew takes the windward stern line ashore and passes it through a ring or similar at roughly 45 degrees to the boat before passing it back to someone in the cockpit. This is then secured and sweated if necessary to get the boat in the correct position (see the video for more details). When the windward line is secured do the same for the leeward line making sure the yacht is the correct distance from the key. During this process, the skipper may need to motor forward or backwards slowly.

Tightening the Anchor

Finalising the Manoeuvre

To finalise the manoeuvre you need to tighten up the anchor chain with the windless till it’s at 45 degrees which will set the boat in its final position. If you’re leaving the boat for any time snub a line onto the anchor cable and around a cleat on the foredeck to take force off the windless. When you’re happy your ship is secure sit back and enjoy your favourite post sailing tipple.

Hopefully, this guide and video will help you to understand the Stern To mooring process and take the worry out of the end of day manoeuvre.  If you’re considering the Lefkas or Kefalonia Flotilla and you’re still worried about this or any other areas we can offer Pre-Flotilla training at Nikiana Beach Club on the island of Lefkas with 2, 4 and 7-day accommodation options.

The Dalmatian Islands Flotilla – see the best of Croatia

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Here at Seafarer we having been running flotillas in the beautiful Dalmatian Islands for well over a decade now, and we have, in our opinion, the knowledge and experience to take you to the best spots that this part of the Adriatic offers.

Either of our flotilla routes starts from our exclusive base – which is located in the sheltered approaches to the Krka River and is ideally and centrally located to explore the best of the Dalmatian Coast. Unlike a busy marina, our base is quiet, with most yachts looking out across the river – this provides a peaceful and quite private start to your holiday. A 10 minute stroll along the river leads to the small village of Zaton, which has all the amenities you need for the first and last night of your trip, with a supermarket, outdoor market, several restaurants and bars and a couple of boutiques selling local delicacies and souvenirs. One of our favourite restaurants is located in Zaton, and we make use of their hospitality on the last night of the flotilla with a farewell meal, showcasing the local speciality, Peka, which is cooked under the hot coals in an outdoor fire.

Once the experienced local team have finished the briefings, its time to head out sailing, and depending upon the week, heading either north to the Kornati national park, or South towards Trogir and Split. One or other of the routes may appeal particularly if you are looking for either culture and history or alternatively national parks and the unspoilt Croatia, although of course the perfect choice would be to combine both routes in a two week holiday to experience the best of both.

The Kornati Route

Our route heading north focuses on the Kornati National Park, often referred to as a “nautical paradise”. The park comprises 89 islands, islets and reefs and provides some excellent sailing and some beautiful spots from which to swim, relax and enjoy the unspoilt surroundings. Weather permitting, we avoid marinas entirely on this route, with a mixture of town quays and restaurant quays – very different from the regular image of busy marinas that pepper the coast and islands. We ease into the week in Zlarin, an island without cars giving a peaceful first night away from our base. Other stops on the route include Zminjak, a beautiful bay with a single restaurant – mooring is free, and the restaurant is excellent, with the bay providing the opportunity to enjoy an evening or morning swim in pristine waters. Later in the week we enter the national park, and moor in Smokvica, a beautiful little secluded bay on this islet. Our regular program finishes with a free sail, with plenty of options, from staying in the National Park to exploring further up river from our base to Skradin, and the iconic Krka waterfalls and national park.

The Trogir Route

From the rustic unspoilt charm of the Kornati route, our southern stops showcases the cultural and historic side of this beautiful coastline. The first of our favourites is Primosten, a small town dating back to the 16th century, originally strategically situated on an island – connected to the mainland by a moveable bridge that has since been replaced with an embankment, turning it into a peninsula. The walled old town is stunning, and the views from the church at the top of the hill are well worth the climb through the cobbled streets. Rogoznica is another favourite, and the town quay showcases the typical waterfront feel of many towns along the coast. Trogir is perhaps the biggest draw, and this UNESCO protected world heritage site has often been described as a “mini Dubrovnik” with a maze of cobbled streets, full of bars and restaurants, enclosed within the imposing city walls.

For the sailors

The winds in the area can be challenging at times, but the protected nature of the waters means that sailing is virtually guaranteed. The temperatures are idyllic during the summer months, with August high in the mid-thirties, although the breezes tend to keep the temperature manageable. Our experienced flotilla crew and local team know the area very well and ensure that any changes to the route are measured to keep everyone safe and enjoying the best that the Adriatic has to offer.

Getting there

There are plenty of flights from the UK, from regional airports as well as the usual international hubs, we can arrange the whole package for you, including your flights and transfers. Benefit from Atol protection when booking your package with us and look forward to a relaxing and care-free flotilla holiday with us on the Dalamtian coast.

 

For more information on our flotilla, please click here

Brexit ADvice

Holiday Brexit Advice

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Will Brexit Affect My Holiday?

Many of our customers have already booked their sailing holiday with Seafarer for 2019 but, whether you have booked or are considering booking with us, we know that many of you have questions or concerns about the implications of Brexit for your travel plans following March 29th, 2019 when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU.

As we all know only too well from the daily bombardment with news on this topic from the media, negotiations and the parliamentary process are still ongoing, and the final outcome remains unclear.

However, there have been some very clear reassurances from both the European Commission and the UK government on crucial questions around whether flights will operate, whether visas will be required and a number of other issues of concern to holidaymakers.

This short guide aims to answer these questions for you.

Questions & Answers

What happens if flights have to be cancelled in a ‘no deal’ scenario?

The European Commission and the UK government have made clear statements that flying will continue as normal even in a ‘no deal’ scenario, with current reciprocal rights simply being extended until a replacement deal is in place.

If you feel in any way insecure about this, we strongly recommend you book the full package with us, to enjoy ATOL protection for the full flight inclusive holiday package in the event of any disruption.

What happens if my Holiday has to be cancelled?

The situation after the 29th March will be no different to what applies today, if your holiday has to be cancelled by us for whatever reason.

In the very rare instance that we have to cancel your holiday, you will have the choice of either accepting a comparable holiday from us, or accepting the cancellation and receiving a full refund plus compensation as specified in our terms and conditions of booking.

Will I need a visa to travel to EU countries after 29th March?

The information announced by both the EU and UK authorities is that no visas will be required for British citizens travelling to EU and Schengen area counties, at least up to the end of the planned transition period at the end of 2020. This includes popular Seafarer destinations like Greece, Croatia, France, Italy and Spain.

Will I need a new passport to Travel to the EU after 29th March?

For British citizens, you will need at least 6 months validity on your passport on the day your holiday ends. You can check passport validity requirements and additional information on the following government website link: EU Travel passport info.

Will the cost of my holiday increase if Sterling devalues against the Euro?

For early bookers (before 29th March), thanks to Seafarer’s price guarantee, we will not impose any surcharges and we guarantee to honour the price confirmed to you at the time of booking. This guarantee is in addition to our best price guarantee since, on a like-for-like comparison, should you find the same holiday cheaper elsewhere, we will beat that price. This guarantee applies to flotilla, beach club, cabin charter and learn to sail holidays operated by Seafarer.

Will my European Health Insurance Card still be valid in the EU after Brexit?

European Health Cards issued by the UK will no longer be valid in the event of a no-, deal Brexit and you may be refused treatment in public hospitals within the EU. However it has been specified that your card will be valid during the transition period should an agreement be ratified in time. Furthermore, it is most likely that countries like Greece, Croatia, France and Spain, will revert to the reciprocal arrangements with the UK that used to apply before EU membership.

Given this uncertainty and in line with ABTA advice, it is a requirement that you take out travel insurance at the time of booking. For more info on our recommended travel insurance click on the following link: TopSail Travel Insurance

If you already have an annual travel insurance policy this is usually adequate, though it is worth checking your cover once you have booked.

Will roaming charges increase once we leave the EU?

At present, mobile telephone call and messaging cost, as well as data usage costs whilst travelling in the EU, are the same as the UK. In a ‘no deal’ scenario, these rules will no longer apply, though it will be at the discretion of your phone service provider to decide whether to continue to honour these tariffs.  Your service provider is obliged to advise you of any tariff changes in advance.

Will my skippers certificate still be valid after Brexit?

The RYA have confirmed that skipper’s certificates will continue to be recognised in the EU after the 29th March. However, as we always advise, an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is recognised everywhere, so we recommend you obtain one if you regularly charter or sail abroad. The ICC can be obtained quickly and easily through the RYA if you are already a Day Skipper or above. These certificates are issued free to members of the RYA.

For more information on the above and other topics like driving and car hire in the EU, you may also wish to consult the advice provided by ABTA on this link: ABTA Brexit travel advice

France – The Cote D’Azur

Spotlight on our new French Riviera flotilla

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At Seafarer we are fast gaining a reputation for offering unique flotilla destinations, and the newest addition to our portfolio is our Côte d’Azur flotilla on the French Riviera. Everyone knows the allure and the glamour associated with this beautiful coast and assumes that this is the exclusive haunt of the rich and famous, particularly if looking seaward towards the Superyachts moored in Saint-Tropez and Cannes. John Connolly, our product manager, has family along the coast in Nice and had sailed in the area since the late eighties. In October 16, he had the opportunity to take our Sales Consultants, Suzie, Nevena and Simos sailing in the region to explore our new flotilla route, to Port Pin Rolland Flotilla Basesee some of the iconic spots, but also to explore idyllic locations, a nice contrast from the typical image of the region.

Our flotilla holidays start from Port Pin Rolland, located close to Saint-Mandrier-Sur-Mer, a peninsula close to the historic port of Toulon. The marina is accessible from both Marseille and Toulon airports, with many daily flights available, particularly to Marseille, which is approximately 100km from our base. Once in the marina, our routes take you either west or east, depending upon your choice, although we would recommend two weeks to see everything the coast has to offer.

John commented “We arrived a little late, so decided to head east, and out to the island of Porquerolles, around 15 nautical miles from base. It was a great way to start, we got to know our yacht, a lovely Dufour 450, and had a gentle sail across to the island. Arriving at dusk, we secured a berth in the marina and headed out to explore. The main pedestrian street heads out from the marina, with plenty of choice of bars and restaurants before it opens out to the main square, popular with locals for an afternoon game of Pétanque. We rounded off the day with a delicious dinner of moules marinière – a bargain at €10 – before enjoying a peaceful night in the marina.”

Porquerolles Seafarer French Riviera flotillaThe island group of Îles d’Hyères includes the islands of Porquerolles and Port Cros, both recommended stops on our Saint-Tropez flotilla route, heading east.  The laid back charm contrasts beautifully with the chic cosmopolitan locations on the coast, such as Saint-Maxime and of course Saint-Tropez. Nevena, a keen photographer, loved Saint-Tropez: “The stylish town is everything you would expect, but for me the old village, sloping away up the hill from the quay is fantastic – beautifully restored old buildings, hidden courtyards and cute little restaurants make for great photo opportunities!”

When it was time to head back towards our home port, we decided on a stop in Le Levandou – not such a well known coastal resort, but, as it turns out, a real gem. Simos, our resident connoisseur of the finer things in life noted “Le Levandou is fantastic – we enjoyed an apéritif – an ice cold pastis overlooking the sea before a great value fish supper on the sea front and a wander through the backstreets. A bright morning followed with a rich coffee before an essential trip to the boulangerie for fresh bread and pastries to set us up for a great day’s sailing”. Suzie, our senior sales consultant, was pleasantly surprised by the prices: “The marinas are cheaper than in Croatia, and the excellent food is good value for such a location – 16 euros for a 3 course dinner is fantastic for anywhere, let alone the South of France!”

John takes up the story after leaving Le Levandou – “We set sail early, as we wanted to get as much sailing in as possible – the Rade d’Hyères is nicely protected – we had a fantastic sail with a 15 knot north-westerly, and explored the big bay under sail. A lovely shelving coast means plenty of places to anchor and swim, and to anchor overnight when the weather is kind. Great islands, a beautiful coast, superb food and good winds – this is a fSeafarer French Riviera flotillaantastic place to sail.”

After our first season in 2017, we have made a couple of changes to the routes for 2018: Our Cassis route has been altered to offer a fantastic mix of islands and mainland destinations, and now includes Port Miou (one of the Calanques in the National Park) as well as the historic Vieux Port (Old Port) of Marseille. For the foodies (and how can’t you be in the South of France!) Marseille is the place to try the famous bouillabaisse – a fish stew that defines Provencal cooking. On our eastern route, we have includes both Port Cros and Porquerolles islands as regular stops, after great feedback from clients in 2017, as well as Cavalaire sur mer, which offers a better mooring solution to St Maxime, whilst still giving the opportunity to vist the iconic St Tropez.

To find out exactly what our team are so excited about, feel free to give us a call at the office and explore the French Riviera section of our website – we are always happy to talk about our sailing areas and our flotilla destinations.
We can organise the whole package for you, including your flights and transfers, with yachts available from 32 feet up to 50 feet, suitable for parties of 8 or more – explore the fleet here. Yachts are selling fast, so we would certainly recommend booking sooner than later, also meaning that you can save more on your yacht and flights, leaving a few extra euros for that bottle of wine after a great day’s sailing!

Yacht Sailing

How to Become a Skipper

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Is Sailing for me?

As many of you are aware, Seafarer regularly exhibits at the London and Southampton Boat Shows, and whilst it is predominantly the stomping ground for those who have an existing interest in sailing or boating of some kind, it also attracts those who are curious about our sport and are keen to find out more.

We often get asked questions about sailing – “Is this for everyone?” or “So, what experience would I need to charter one of your yachts in the Mediterranean?”, amongst others. Many people have seen the freedom of Flotilla and Bareboat Holidays while abroad and wondered how they can do these themselves.

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Getting Started

So I guess the first thing to establish is whether you are actually going to enjoy being on a sailing yacht, and of course all the words in the world can’t replace a bit of experience. Luckily, at Seafarer we have a number of ways that one could enjoy a fantastic holiday in the sun and answer that initial question for themselves. One option would be to join one of our Cabin Charter yachts in the Ionian or the Cyclades, enjoying a week’s cruise on a 50 foot sailing yacht, crewed by a professional skipper and 1st mate, who would be responsible for looking after the yacht and the guests on board. This is an opportunity to see the islands of Greece, and to whet your appetite for sailing – this is no Gulet cruise in Turkey, we sail every day! Alternatively, you could choose to enjoy a relaxing week at our Beach Club in Nikiana, Greece, which, as well as including all the watersports you could want: Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, SUPing & Kayaking, you could also take a 2 day RYA Start Yachting course, an ideal way to dip your toe in the water (quite literally!) to see if yachting is for you.

RYA Cruising Courses

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As an RYA training centre, we are, of course, huge advocates of the RYA training system, and we believe that the quality of training provided by RYA centres in general rivals the best maritime training worldwide. If you enjoyed your initial taste of yachting in the Mediterranean, then it makes sense to consider the Mediterranean as your training ground also. For those with very little or no practical sailing experience, we would always recommend the RYA Competent Crew course – this is conducted over a one week period aboard a fully safety coded training yacht and will teach you all the skills required to become an active crew member, experience life on board and really get to know the boat.

At this point, you will have some experience under your belt, and you will have had a great holiday at the same time. The next stage, for those who wish to progress, is to consider a RYA shore based theory course to while away those bleak cold winter evenings…and to set you up with the theoretical knowledge to compliment your existing practical skills in preparation for the next step. Following the RYA Competent Crew we also recommend getting some practice in different waters and conditions. Numerous Sailing Schools around Britain run weekend trips with an instructor onboard making this the ideal way to improve your sailing and will be ideal for the next stage, RYA Day Skipper.

Again, if your likely sailing is to be predominantly in the Mediterranean, a “blue water” cruising ground would be a great choice – you’ll get all the practical skills offered in the UK, with the addition of the crucial “stern-to” or Mediterranean style mooring – the essential skill that will be put into practise every day in Greece, Croatia, France or indeed the majority of holiday cruising destinations.

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The great thing about a course with Seafarer Training is that our tuition yachts generally follow our flotilla routes, which gives you a chance to partake in the social side of Flotilla sailing and to experience first hand the considerable benefits of having a professional flotilla crew on call to take the guesswork out of your first sailing holidays. Once you have your practical RYA Day Skipper course under your belt then the world is your oyster – join a Seafarer Flotilla in one of our less challenging sailing areas, or go Bareboat if the sense of adventure takes you. Either way, our experienced team are on hand to offer you the best suggestions to make your sailing dream a reality.

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Flotilla Vs Bareboat

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For many, a bareboat charter holiday is the ultimate in freedom to do as you please. Go wherever you wish, find that ultimate secluded anchorage with crystal clear turquoise waters, linger for as long as you like or simply get out there and enjoy some real sailing.

For dedicated ‘bareboaters’, a flotilla holiday would outwardly appear to offer the exact opposite to what they are looking for. However there are some real misconceptions about how flotillas work and what advantages they offer.

Certainly if you like the idea of sailing in company, having the opportunity to meet up with other crews in the evening, finding a lead crew on the quay waiting to catch your lines having held a mooring space at your destination of the day, as well as providing a wealth of local knowledge and support, then flotilla is definitely for you. The same applies if you are a relatively new skipper, still building on your experience and confidence where the advice and guidance of the lead crew is invaluable.

A flotilla can certainly be very sociable, which can especially appeal to families with children during school holidays, or couples who enjoy some like-minded company at dinner ashore. Often new friendships are made which endure long after the end of the holiday, whilst some of the activities the lead crew organise can be great fun, as well as ensuring your children make new friends and get the most from their holiday.

However, for us, one of the most important advantages of booking a flotilla is the local knowledge and support of the lead crew. Cruising in unfamiliar waters in a foreign country can be stressful, research can help, but websites and guidebooks can quickly become out of date. Taking some of the guesswork out of the equation will ensure you go to all the best places and experience the very best the area has to offer. At Seafarer we have a policy of trying to promote the history and culture of our destinations, so your lead crew will be knowledgeable and advise you on what to see and do, whilst they can also help with arranging transport or visits to points of interest.

Should you have any difficulties like fowling your anchor or other technical issue the lead crew will be on hand to advise or will do their utmost come to your assistance as quickly as possible. Most issues are solved on the spot quickly, ensuring minimum disruption to your holiday.

Seafarer’s approach to the flotilla concept is different to some other companies in that firstly we keep our flotillas smaller, usually 7-8 yachts and never more than 12. In addition, our approach is more flexible giving you the opportunity to venture off independently if you wish, or stay out longer to enjoy the sailing on any particular day. Indeed it is the usual format that you sail each day and arrive at the planned destination whenever you wish. Whilst the usual flotilla activities are on offer like the welcome punch party, group meals, beach party and farewell dinner, these are entirely optional, so you are always free to do as you please and the daily briefings ensure you have the all info you need to enjoy your day.

Typically one does pay a premium to go on flotilla, however when one factors in that the end cleaning charge, fuel, and things like the outboard engine are all included, the difference in price is actually less than you think, Indeed with early booking and other special offers it can sometimes be next to nothing. So next time you are planning a sailing holiday, don’t rule out a flotilla, especially if you are planning to visit somewhere new.

 

Crew wanted! – Now Recruiting for summer 2019

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Crew Wanted! – Seafarer continues to operate flotillas in Croatia, France and Greece, as well as cabin charter in Greece 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 2019 and beyond.

John Connolly
Product Manager Seafarer Cruising & Sailing Holidays
Chief Instructor, Seafarer Training

Click here for more information on all our current vacancies, job descriptions and how to apply

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Why Dinghy Sailors should try Yachting and Vice Versa

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Yachting and Dinghy Sailing can learn a lot from one another. As Yachting experiences are growing worldwide; cruising holidays and yacht tuition are becoming more affordable. Thus Yachting as a sport is beginning to engage with a wider client base. Over the next few years, I can see a lot of accomplished Dinghy Sailors looking to gain hands-on yacht experience in order to enjoy holidays in the Mediterranean or further afield. Those that do, will take full advantage of exploring beautiful seas and landscapes with the relaxed cruising approach that is paramount to an enjoyable sailing holiday.

However, it is not just the transition from Dinghy Sailing into Yachting that is important for the sport. Yachting can learn a huge amount from the immediate and demanding techniques required to make a boat go as fast as possible. These fundamental skills often begin with Optimists and Toppers and can take you all the way to the Olympics or Americas Cup working on boats being built on the very edge of what is technologically possible.  

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“It’s always been a dream of mine to be involved in the America’s Cup. I remember when I was a kid sailing Optimists down in Cornwall and there was a British America’s Cup challenge that was training in Falmouth,” Ben Ainslie

One can often tell when teaching yachting to someone with a background in Dinghy Sailing. They usually have a proficient understanding of the five essentials, but it is the acute sense of wind awareness which makes students stand out. Having these essential sailing skills in their back pocket means they can crack on with a Start Yachting course or Pre-Flotilla training, that suddenly makes that dream holiday an exciting reality.

Orestis RYA Training Yacht

For those Dinghy Sailors (or Windsurfers) who wish to get into Yacht Sailing, there are a number of options. The best way would be to spend a week on an RYA Training Yacht either with us in the Mediterranean or at any RYA Training Centre in Britain. Seafarer has training yachts based in Greece and Croatia and you can get more details here. Another option is to try one of Seafarers Cabin Charter Holidays in Greece or beyond, more details here.

Dinghy Sailing

For those Yacht Sailors who want to gain the gain the experience Dinghy Sailing provides, we recommend a week at Nikiana Beach Club and an RYA Level 1 or Level 2 Course which will teach you all about how to sail a 1 or 2 person Dinghy in the warmth of the Greek sun. This can be combined with a week’s Flotilla or Bareboat from either Lefkas or Kefalonia.

Whichever way you look at it, sailing is the best sport known to man (we are quite biased on this front). But with so many parts it’s hard to remember that whether you sail an Optimist on a small pond or a 100ft Yacht around the world the techniques are the same and you gain the same pure enjoyment from hearing the wind in the sails and the water lashing on the hull. 

We wish you fair winds and good seas.

Text by John Chambers & Joe Snowdon

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