Flotilla sailing in Spain,Turkey, Greece, Italy, France and Croatia!
New flotilla in Mallorca! Two different itineraries.
This is a unique and exclusive destination not to be missed.
No matter which sailing area you choose you will share experiences of a lifetime. Your average daily sail of 15 - 20 miles gives you enough time to swim, snorkel, visit remote bays, or spend more time at your destination. We always keep in mind that the weather runs the itinerary and sometimes your leaders might have to change the route to ensure safety.
Flotilla sailing offers the ideal combination of the privacy and flexibility of chartering your own yacht with the benefit of great local knowledge, technical support and advice from our experienced flotilla crew, who are always on hand when needed.
What is a flotilla?A flotilla is a group of yachts sailing in company accompanied by a flotilla skipper on the lead yacht. He organises regular meetings for all skippers. He will inform you about the weather conditions, the route, possible lunchtime anchorages and the techniques of Mediterranean mooring.
If you forget anything later, you can still check with him on the VHF. You have virtually all the advantages of independent cruising, plus the support of experienced help if you need it. You're the skipper of your own yacht, and each day's activities are yours to decide - you can sail hard, or simply idle towards the next port soaking up the sun on the way.
Once you arrive at the meeting point your lead crew will help you to moor and secure a safe spot in your new anchorage. They are your link with local people and facilities and attractions on shore. You can get information about sightseeing, shopping, and nice restaurants. Your fleet leader feels responsible for your enjoyment of the holiday and the smooth running of the flotilla.
Less experienced skippers appreciate the help, advice and support for the flotilla skipper. More experienced skippers join a flotilla for the social side. It's a popular choice for couples, friends and families.
During school holidays there are usually other families on the flotillas. Children and teenagers love sailing holidays- there is plenty going on afloat and ashore. And the constant thrill of new destinations means there's lots of exploring to be done.
A typical flotilla day
We are frequently asked, especially by newcomers to flotilla sailing, what a typical day is like. This is a hard question to answer, as no two days are ever the same. However, this only adds to the attraction of flotilla holidays as every harbour or anchorage has its own characteristics. Every evening will have a different feel and as every sailor in the world knows, you never get two days' sailing conditions the same.
We can point out the main components of a day on a flotilla. The order in which they arrive depends on many things, not least of all your energy levels on any particular day.
This is your big chance to gain the knowledge and experience developed by our lead crews over many years. You will be recommended places to shop, places to swim at lunch, places to avoid, shallow hard places, windy places and places to meet and eat the following evening. It's also a great chance to get help with navigation for the day, be it a new co-ordinate to head for, or a simple description of the third island on the left.
This sounds arduous and a chore but is in fact one of the joys of immersing yourself in a foreign country. We're not about talking popping down to Tescos here, more like debating if this one giant tomato will feed the family, waiting for the bread to cool down after emerging from the oven, or selecting a watermelon that will last you and all the boats on the flotilla for a fortnight. Your lead crew will give you first hand guidance on what is available where and help you plan accordingly. Most harbours and villages have cafes and restaurant that will see a flotilla arriving and miraculously be open and fully stocked for breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.
Every sailor has stories of the worst harbour ever, and nightmares of anchors around propellers and furious fishermen. Frankly we don't go along with this nonsense. Our lead crew won't let you get into trouble and will always use their skill and expertise to extract tangled anchors, un-knit mooring lines and help you on your way. Armed with a fridge full of fresh ice, your lunch and a recently briefed route for the day; you can enjoy looking forward to another exciting day afloat.
You may wish to keep sailing with a sandwich in one hand, the tiller in the other and a drink propped safely in the corner. Alternatively, anchor in a secluded sheltered bay, enjoy a pre lunch swim and the range of fresh produce purchased this morning as you treat yourselves to a meal fit for a king. Follow this with a long siesta, knowing that the only sounds you will hear are the whisper of the wind and the gentle lapping of the water against your boat.
Arriving in the bay
The anticipation of sailing into a new harbour for the first time is always exciting - How much space will there be? Will we be able to find good shelter? What's the holding like? This is all made so much easier when you see a familiar face from our lead crew guiding you in and ready to take your lines.
After a day's sailing you always get a deeply relaxing and satisfying feeling when you are safely tied up. It's a great time to recap on the day's adventures, to try to get to the last chapter of your book or have a late siesta before the night's revelry. There's always something special about seeing the sun go down after a day sailing. Perhaps it's a respect for the sea, or perhaps it's the first gin and tonic with fresh pistachio nuts of the evening. A quick shower, either on board or ashore, washes the day's salt away and leaves you refreshed and ready for the evening.
Then it's time for the evening meal, and the day's biggest problem - do you have the calamari or the swordfish, the kebabs or the grilled chicken? And of course baklava is fattening, but never mind! As darkness falls, crews return to their yachts, or to impromptu parties on other yachts. If you're still feeling too hot, you can simply go for a midnight swim off the back of the boat; or stay on deck and study the stars.
Do you like to know more about flotillas? Please sent us an email
Contact us and we will send you a quotation for flotilla sailing in Italy, France, Turkey, Greece and Croatia.
You can also call us 0031 6 20553904. We can explain you more about our flotillas. We guided six years a flotilla in Turkey and enjoyed it very much! From 2011 we started sailing in Sardinia. In 2016 we started a new flotilla in Mallorca.