Independent yacht charter (also known as bareboat sailing) is where you hire and sail the yacht yourself. This is a great way for qualified sailors to really get away from it all. Sailing independently means you can explore off the beaten track and enjoy small bays and harbours inaccessible to large tourist boats or crews sailing as part of a flotilla. Whether you are looking to sail with your other half, friends or family we can advise you on the best places to go and the best boat for your group and budget.

What qualifications are required for bareboat sailing?

In order to take one of our bareboats independently, you need a minimum of a Day Skipper Practical Certificate or an ICC (International Certificate of Competence for sail) and, if sailing in Croatia, a VHF licence (Short Range Certificate). If you have no experience, a Skippered Charter Holiday with us is the perfect way to learn the ropes and get a taste for sailing, without having to do a course first.

If you are keen on sailing independently and don’t yet have a qualification, you can complete your RYA Day Skipper course with us, out in the sunny Greek Islands. For more details on sailing courses, please give us a call
+44 (0)20 8438 1133.

Choosing Your Yacht

Being a part of Sailing Holidays Ltd comes with great responsibility in assuring that the yachts and people we use are of extremely good quality. 

We always recommend you opt for the newest model of yacht available as this minimises any visible wear and tear. We do however still offer slightly older models, in order to cater for all groups and budgets, and ensure we keep sailing in the Mediterranean an affordable luxury.

Sailing with us you have the confidence of knowing that the yacht and people are of the best standard around, and that you have us here in the UK as well as the local base team, whenever you need any assistance.

Where can I sail?

Within the five countries and between the 30 bases, we have 14 different sailing areas available, each with their own unique ability to create a memorable sailing holiday. Savour the sights and sounds of Croatia, discover Greece with the family or embrace yourself for total cultural immersion in Italy.

Our office team know these areas extremely well, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Our Destinations