Unless you have a serious fear of water, there’s nothing more liberating than a holiday aboard a yacht or flotilla and while you may think it’s no place for children, in reality, they are perfect for kids ready for an adventure. Sea-faring kids will love a family vacation exploring the open seas and stopping off at coves and bays to get their fill of sandy beach fun.
From the navigation, ropes and booms to the adventures that await them when you moor, an Ionian sailing holiday, or indeed, a sailing holiday elsewhere in Europe or beyond, can be full of delights and treasured memories for you and your brood.
If you’re a little weary of taking your children on a yacht for the first time, perhaps you could combine it with a stint in a fantastic resort such as Sivota or Adakoy in Greece or Turkey, as part of a Stay and Sail programme. Whether you decide on one of these options or you prefer to just take the plunge and jump straight into a flotilla holiday for a week or two, you can rest assured that your loved ones will love it, whatever their age.
With Stay and Sail packages, you can benefit from the best of both worlds, and the centres in Sivota and Adakoy also boast children’s clubs which will keep them entertained throughout the day. Use the free time wisely – perhaps you fancy brushing up your skills with a sailing course, or you’re learning the ropes from the very beginning?
While young ones would love to learn to sail themselves, be aware of the age limitations. Yacht training courses are generally only available for those over 16, but private flotilla skipper courses will often allow those over 13 to have a go too.
Whichever option you choose, sailing holidays are an incredible way to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Whether you go it alone or trust a licensed skipper, it’s an amazing family adventure to share!