Mike Pickup the best learning holidays
In this brief but brilliant article (flotilla sailor and writer) Mike Pickup investigates the growing trend in learning holidays and recommends his favourites...
"All that most of us manage to bring back from our holidays is a camera full of pictures and some errant grains of sand in the suitcase. So, how does bringing back a new skill instead sound?
Holidays spent learning a new skill will give you a lifetime of memories and the chance to meet like-minded people. Cooking holidays have been around for a while so here is a small sample of other ideas you might like to try."
He goes on to explain that learning to sail as part of a flotilla holiday with the assistance of a lead crew really can be "plain sailing"...
Laid back learning on a flotilla sailing holiday
Relax, unwind & explore
At Sailing Holidays we have people with a total mixture of experience levels on the holidays, from those who have sailed around the world to those just starting out. Most start off having had some dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing or other on water experience but we also take a number of people who have never set foot on board a boat.
Our award winning flotilla sailing holidays to Greece allow you to take your time... Meander from port to port, stopping for lunch and swims in beautiful bays along the way, before making the most of the afternoon breeze and sailing to your evening destination. This is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable holidays available to people in the UK looking for something a little different.
Read more about being NEW TO SAILING on flotilla...
Be as hands on or hands off as you like...
Not a sailor? No qualifications? Want a chauffeur? Or just to learn the ropes...No problem! Bareboat Sailing Holidays are easily able to provide a friendly skipper for your sailing holiday so you can get on and relax! Take your time meandering from port to port, stopping for a lazy lunch and swim in beautiful bays along the way, before making the most of the afternoon breeze and sailing to your evening destination.
Skippers allow for non-sailors or sailors without qualifications to charter a yacht and experience what we sailors have been going on about for years. Being invariably local, the skippers are also able to advise you on ports to visit, restaurants to eat and places to swim.
How does it work?
It's very easy... We charter a sailing yacht with a skipper who effectively 'drives' the boat for you wherever you'd like to sail! You, your friends and family can get involved as much or as little as you like - it is a great activity holiday for all the family. Conversely, if sipping a G&T while sunbathing is more your thing then you can leave it totally up to the skipper to do all the work. Simply sit back and enjoy...
Take charge and become a qualified skipper
What’s it all about? Learning to sail in the sun...essentially! We offer comprehensive non-tidal RYA training and qualifications in conjunction with Corfu Sea School. Whether you’ve never set foot on a boat before or you already have some experience and dream of skippering your own yacht, we can help you take the next step.
Why choose a course with Sailing Holidays?
Our instructors are excellent and highly regarded for their professional approach. They are chosen for their passion, experience and patience, as well as their ability to make your time in the Greek islands thoroughly enjoyable. All our instructors work as flotilla skippers before training to be an instructor, so they know (and love) the area in which they teach. Sailing Holidays is an independant, family owned business. We use our own yachts and take full advantage of our huge shore based support team to make sure the yachts are in the best condition for your course.
Fancy learning to sail on holiday?
Read the full article in Eaux Luxury Lifestyle Magazine here.