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LIST: SAILING / YACHTING HOLIDAY OPERATORS

These are UK-based operators and charter companies offering sailing holidays and chartered yachts. Some also offer learn-to-sail courses and tuition based on the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications (skipper or crew) for yacht and dinghy sailing and for windsurfers.
Activity Yachting 0845 345 7418 Bareboat and flotilla sailing operation in Croatia, and agents for a broad range of bareboat and other sailing holidays in Greece, Croatia and Turkey.
Boat Bookings.com 020 7193 5450 Yacht chartering specialist with a huge selection of over 5000 boats - from day power boats to sailing yachts to super yachts - available in the UK, French Riviera, Ibiza, Palma, BVI, Caribbean, USA, & Thailand.
Camper & Nicholsons International 020 7491 2950 Yacht builders, turned brokers, agents, and charterers. We are talking big yachts here, so get your gold card out.
Club Vass 0844 463 0191 Windsurfing holidays in Greece and Egypt.
Cosmos Yachting 020 8878 0880 Bareboat and crewed yachting holidays in the Mediterranean (esp Greece), the Caribbean, Florida, Bahamas, Seychelles, and the South Pacific.
Dream Marine 0844 800 5715 Worldwide bareboat & crewed yacht charters and flotilla sailing holidays.
Edmiston 020 7495 5151 Charter company for mega-yachts.
Euro-Sail 01473 833001 Bareboat & skippered sailing holidays from Vilamoura in Portugal. They also operate RYA approved sailing courses.
Girls For Sail 02380 36 36 36 Women-only sailing holidays in the waters of the UK, Australasia, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. All skill-levels catered for. Holidays are based around cruises or international race events. They also have their own charter company, GFS Charters offering bareboat and crewed boats... for all sexes. (btw. If you were wondering if there are 'men for sail' see notes below - A.)
Helm 020 7632 7567 Bareboat or skippered, yachts and motor boats, for charter in Greece, Turkey, Croatia, and sailing holidays in the British Virgin Islands and Thailand.
Kestrel Travel 01672 520651 A worldwide selection of over 200 boats.
Mark Warner 0333 3057 130 Well-known and well-respected family-orientated sailing & watersports centres around the Mediterranean.
Minorca Sailing Holidays 020 8948 2106 Holidays based at a sailing & windsurfing centre on Minorca with accommodation (hotels, apartments, villas) on land. Good for families & beginners.
Moorings, The 01227 776677 Huge range of yachts, big & small, in the Indian Ocean, Caribbean, USA, and Pacific, for bareboat, skippered, or flotilla sailing. One of the two big names in yachting Holidays (the other being Sunsail - see above).
Nautilus Yachting 01732 867 445 Sailing holidays throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean, both bareboat charter for independent cruising and family-friendly flotillas.
Neilson 0870 333 3356 Sunworld Sailing, has now been incorporated into its sister company, Neilson Ski. The merged company is Neilson Active Holidays Ltd. They offer Flotilla holidays and bareboat charter in Greece and Turkey.
Nigel James Yacht Charter 020 8568 8562 Yacht charters, crewed & bareboat, in The Mediterranean, covering the Greek islands, Turkey, Spain, Mallorca, Italy, along with the Caribbean, Seychelles & the south Pacific island paradise of French Polynesia.
Nigel Burgess 020 7766 4300 Large & super-large yacht broker/agent/charterer. Both sail and motor yachts for corporate & private charter.
OceanBlue 01202 757 425 UK Independent Agents, for bareboat & skippered, sailing & motor boat charter, and fully-crewed luxury yacht charter throughout the Adriatic & Mediterranean.
Penelope Kellie - World Wide Yacht Charter & Tours 01962 779317 Luxury sailing holidays on fully crewed yachts, often large ones! They cover Latin America, the Caribbean, the Med, Scandinavia, Indian Ocean, Australasia and the Far East.
Sailing Holidays 020 8459 8787 Flotilla & bareboat among the Greek & Dalmatian islands. Celebrating their 30th year in 2006.
Sea-Trek Adventures 01789 868002 Independent family-run company offering Learn to Sail holidays for beginners and Yacht Charter in the Ionian Islands in Greece.
Set Sail Holidays 01737 764443 Flotilla sailing holidays and bareboat charter in Greece, Croatia, Turkey and Majorca.
Sunsail 0870 777 0313 One of the two 'biggies'. Between them Sunsail & Moorings have more boats and more charter options in more destinations than anyone else. Sunsail operate over 1000 yachts on both flotilla and bareboat charter from 36 bases in 25 different countries, including such exotic destinations as the Whitsundays, Tahiti, the Seychelles, Thailand and Vietnam in the Asia Pacific region. They also operate 8 watersports beach clubs, 4 in Turkey, 3 in Greece and 1 year round resort in Antigua. Sunsail was originally founded in 1974. It was bought by First Choice Holidays PLC in 1999 and is now part of First Choice Activity Holidays.(See research notes below for more details.)
Sunvil Sailing 020 8758 4780 Sunvil Holidays' programme of sailing holidays based on Levkas in the Ionian Sea and features Learn-to-sail, Flotilla, Bareboat and Villa-Flotilla holidays. There is a flotilla/sightseeing cruise into the Sea of Corinth - an area rarely visited by flotillas - which includes three one-day stopovers at the ancient sites of Delphi, Corinth and Olympia.
Tall Ship Adventures 023 9283 2055 The Sail Training Association runs activity holidays for young people learning to sail tall ships.
Templecraft Yacht Charters 01273 812333 Bareboat charter and flotilla sailing in France, Italy, Spain & Greece.
Temple World 020 8940 4114 Yacht (gulet) cruising in Turkey & Greece.
Tenrag 01227 721874 Long-standing yacht charter company with yachts in a very wide range of destinations. Mostly bareboat - the company describes itself as "A service by yachtsmen for yachtsmen" - but some crewed yachts available also.
Top Yacht 01243 520950 Bareboat charter & skippered yachts in the Med (esp Turkey), caribbean, Seychelles, Whitsundays & Polynesia.
Wildwind 01920 484516 Dinghy sailing holidays on Levkas, Greece
Yacht Charter Club, The 020 7580 3447 Large yachts for fully-crewed charter, glamourous 'honeymoon' charters, and some smaller bareboat charters. Also a programme of luxurious hotel & yacht combination holidays in the Caribbean and elsewhere.
Yacht Connections 01590 671 667 Fully-crewed sailing yachts (mostly) and motor yachts in the Caribbean (mostly) , Mediterranean, and other worldwide locations.
YCO 020 7584 1801 Bespoke charters on over 1,000 of the world's most exclusive yachts from 20 metres to over 130 metres long, in locations worldwide.

Notes

  • Antlos connects boat owners with guests looking for sailing adventures throughout the Mediterranean. Guests can book all-inclusive boating holidays directly with experienced skippers.
  • Sailogy.com aggregates 12,000 boats in over 1,000 destinations from over 500 boat charter companies around the world, offering detailed descriptions & photos, real-time updated prices, direct contact with the boat owner and online booking.
  • InterSailClub is a brilliant idea - a sort of online yachting matchmaker/charter agency, putting like-minded people together for a unique yacht-share experience.
  • Incrediblue is a stylish new worldwide directory of boats for charter - bareboat or skippered/crewed.
  • Not really an operator, but Simon Bornhoft's Windwise runs windsurfing courses in various locations including the British Virgin Islands, Egypt (Red Sea), Turkey and Maui.
  • WaveRiders (0870 745 5646) operate kite surfing holidays on Egypt's Red Sea coast, Cyprus, and Margarita island, Venezuela.

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