If you have ever dreamed about a yachting holiday, but thought that sailing wasn’t for you, then think again, because that sun-kissed ivory beach, with its clear azure tropical water, may be far more achievable than you think. Relaxing on a yacht is not just for millionaires and lottery winners.
A Different Type Of Yachting
Yachts and sailing are characteristically associated with the rich and famous and the idea of chartering, or even owning, a yacht, is routinely regarded as being impossible and out of reach of most people, along with the opportunity of sailing to romantic, exotic destinations in the tropics.
However, flotilla sailing holidays have completely altered this perception of yachting and have brought it well within the reach of many.
Flotilla sailing holidays offer a selection of options, ranging from challenges for the experienced sailor to unique opportunities for the complete novice to learn the basics of sailing and where better to learn than in the warm, tropical seas of the Caribbean and Mediterranean?
You set the agenda by selecting exactly what you want from your vacation. It could be a trip based around the marine life of the area, or taking in the sights and sounds of the traditional fishing villages dotted along the shore.
Perhaps the history of the area interests you, or maybe you just fancy getting completely away from it all and relaxing on deck, or on some secluded beaches. These types of flotilla holidays are essentially flexible and incorporate different types of activities for different members of the group.
A Range Of Destinations
As more of the world becomes accessible to many of us, inventive companies, such as Sunsail, have extended the range of locations offered for sailing and yachting holidays.
The Mediterranean needs no introduction, its unique blend of climate, landscape, history and culture having attracted countless visitors over the centuries. Where else could you moor overnight beside a quaint, timeless harbour, enjoy a delicious meal, then explore the archaeological remains of a classical civilisation by day?
Or what about the Indian Ocean? The plethora of islands dotted across this ocean conjure up images of sapphire seas, deserted beaches and endless sunshine. Trace the colonial history of these special islands, re-creating the adventures of the sailors of old as they searched for exotic spices and experienced unknown and mysterious cultures.
This sensational and unspoilt part of the world is well within the range of many people and, with the benefit of your very own yacht, you can reach that solitary island, far from the madding crowds. There can’t be many better ways to enjoy endless, warm, sunny days, using the famed trade winds to your advantage.
The Caribbean is a dream destination for many people, with its spectacular rock formations, white, unspoilt beaches with their opportunities for all kinds of water sports and favorable climate. Throw in the characteristic hospitality of the people and you can understand why, for many, these beautiful islands offer so much.
Wherever takes your fancy, have a close look at flotilla sailing holidays. They may be much more accessible than you think.
Jennifer Pitt-Carter writes extensively for a range of luxury holiday companies and specialises in holidays to the Caribbean. Last year she appeared on a Caribbean sailing vacation shown on mainstream television.