Questions and Answers: Sailing Holidays

Questions and Answers: Sailing Holidays

We asked The Moorings what are the most frequently asked questions by clients regarding sailing holidays. Here's what the operator told us...

What sailing experience must I have? You do not need to hold a permit to charter a yacht at any location except for Spain, where at least one member of the crew must hold an approved sailing certificate. If you charter a yacht without a professional crew you will be asked for a summary of your experience. If this is seen as insufficient, we suggest you take one of our skippers with you. No experience is needed for crewed yachts.

What type of clothes should I pack? The keynote is simplicity. You will spend your days in bathing suits and shorts, though for evenings on shore, trousers or a sundress may be appropriate. No hard soles are permitted on board. Boat or tennis shoes are fine, although some skippers may request that no shoes are worn. Sun lotion, a suitable hat, and loose-fitting cover-ups are essential. Pack your clothes in collapsible bags.

How many people must I have in a group to charter a yacht? Numbers are flexible. The smallest yacht will take a maximum of four, the largest a maximum of 11. Six is the ideal group size. If you are budget conscious then bear in mind the larger your group size, the cheaper the holiday.

Is this a suitable holiday for children? Whether you have selected a crewed or bareboat yacht, children are very welcome. Children's lifejackets are on board. But we do suggest you choose a destination with easy sailing.

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