About Us - Flotilla Sailing Holiday Specialists
Sailing Holidays has been running flotillas in the Greek Islands for over 40 years and the welcomes still haven’t waned...the locals are familiar with our team and are more welcoming than ever. Barrie & Heidi who own the company began as Skipper and Hostess in the 1980's and so know first-hand what goes into making a fantastic holiday. 40 years later the Sailing Holidays team and fleet have grown a little. What is important to us is ensuring we still provide the same personal touch to everyone who comes sailing with us. Be that on an independent yacht charter, flotilla holiday or luxury skippered catamaran! If you are keen to read more, meet our team or see what our customers have to say...
With hundreds of glitzy websites, bustling for space on search result pages, it really is difficult to sort the trustworthy from the undependable. After all, it is easy to build a flashy website (or print a glossy brochure...) quite a lot tougher to deliver an amazing sailing holiday.We are the largest independent sailing holiday company in the UK. We love sailing and so know exactly what goes into an outstanding holiday. We own and run our own yachts, which we believe makes a huge difference to your holiday experience.
What makes us different?
Every year we take thousands of people to the Greek Islands...some are sailors; some have never set foot on a yacht before in their lives. Many have since gone on to buy their own yachts and sail all over the world. Our laid back approach to flotilla sailing provides the ideal first step to sailing a yacht as well as the perfect way to introduce friends and family. The majority of sailors who sail with us will return the following year, many times together with friends they have made on their previous holiday.
It is difficult to describe in words the feeling of exhilaration when the breeze fills the sails and the tranquil silence as you turn off the engine. Not to mention the feeling of freedom that comes from jumping off the yacht into crystal clear water and the ambience that comes when relaxing with fellow sailors in a Greek taverna in the evening. The difference with us comes with our unrivalled assistance and back up offered by our friendly flotilla lead crew and shore-based teams.
Real people who love sailing (and more importantly holidays...)
Sure the other stuff is important – great boats, in awesome locations, with great sailing – but we believe our superiority lies in our crew. From the moment you speak to someone on the telephone or via email you are talking to someone who has worked and been on our sailing holidays. They know first-hand what the boats are like, which areas will suit you best and even what the weather might be like! Ask Becky about the best spots in the north Ionian Islands or Charlie about the most ideal anchorages in the Sporades...take your pick! Out on holiday the supporting staff have unrivalled knowledge of the areas and their yachts so you are in safe hands.
Being part of Sailing Holidays comes with great responsibility in assuring that our yachts and people are some of the best. All the yachts on our flotillas are owned and run by us and maintained in house. They are also set up to be super easily handled by beginners or those taking less experienced friends and family sailing. We head out to Greece numerous times a year to touch base with our teams both on shore and out on the water. Our programme of maintenance and back up is unrivalled and so sailing with us you have confidence knowing that the yacht and people are of the best standard around.
Book with confidence...100% financial protection
Sailing Holidays Ltd is a fully bonded tour operator. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from SailingHolidays.com you will receive a confirmation invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser's License number 2580. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information please visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.