Apr 17, 2023 | Boating News

Family Sailing Holidays in the UK & Europe

Family sailing holidays offer a unique and adventurous way to spend quality time together. Sailing provides a perfect opportunity for families to bond, explore new destinations, learn new skills, and relax on the water and at multiple destinations.

Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a complete novice, First Class Sailing have a family sailing holiday package to suit all levels of experience and desire. Whether you want your family to learn how to sail on holiday or would rather sit back and let someone else take control, there should be something below to appeal to you all.

We’ve split out different offerings into family sailing holidays in the UK, or in Europe depending on where you want to go (lower down the page). Click through to find out more, including prices and booking details.

Family sailing holidays in the UK

The Scilly Isles

scilly islands holiday

Why go all the way to the Caribbean when we have the Isles of Scilly on our doorstep? You and your family can sail to the Isles of Scilly departing and returning from Falmouth in Cornwall on a nine day sailing trip.

With around 150 islands and only 5 inhabited, the wildlife makes exploring this enchanting archipelago set on the edge of the gulf stream a real delight, particularly when doing so by boat!

West Country Sailing Holidays

west country

We have a wide range of family sailing holidays in the West Country, meaning you can set sail with a backdrop of rolling hills, prominent headlands and pretty seaside towns set beside rivers bustling with activity from all sorts of water craft.

We believe the West Country offers some of the best sailing for families you can hope to find. You can sit back and watch the world go by as we explore some lovely Devonshire and Cornish villages. For those family members wanting to improve their skills there will be an instructor on hand keen to coach and offer tips.

The Channel Islands

channel islands

We have several five and seven day sailing trips to the Channel Islands on a variety of yachts. Your family will get lots of sailing in, as we stop at places such as Braye Harbour in Alderney, St Peter’s Port in Guernsey, anchorages off the Islands of Herm and Sark and St Helier in Jersey. We could also get to France if you like, with options for St Malo, possibly Cherbourg and maybe St Vaast.

Cruises on Golden Vanity


Your family can join us for a hands-on sailing adventure, visiting some of the most beautiful and popular cruising areas across the UK. Stepping onto the decks of Golden Vanity feels like stepping back in time.

You may never have been sailing before or you may be an experienced family of sailors looking for your next adventure on the sea.

Falmouth Classics


This eight day family sailing holiday lets you all be part of the pageant that is Falmouth Classics. You can soak up the atmosphere and be part of the event onboard our classic tall ship, Golden Vanity.

The cruise starts from Brixham and includes stop overs in places like Dartmouth, Salcombe, Plymouth and Fowey.

Golden Vanity was built in 1908. Down below she has all the modern comforts you would expect of a boat these days but on deck she is all tradition with block and tackle and tanned sails.

Family sailing holidays in Europe

Sailing to France


Book your family on a 7 day sailing holiday that takes in the Channel Islands and France.

Our modern yachts are all spacious cruising yachts with the accommodation arranged into double cabins and single berths in the saloon. They are capable of taking as many as eight people.

The benefits of taking a family sailing holiday

If you’re still undecided on whether to book a sailing holiday as a family, consider the benefits of doing so. It’s an amazing way to bond as a family as you will need to work as a team, communicate better, and trust each other… all of which can help to bring a family closer together.

If you have younger children, it will help them to learn valuable life skills, such as problem-solving, decision-making, and responsibility, while having fun and creating unforgettable memories with their loved ones. You might even get them to put down their tech devices for a few days as they disconnect from technology and enjoy the natural beauty of the sea.

Family sailing holidays will provide you all with a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It can be hard work, but really depends on which holiday type you choose… sailing can be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, allowing families to unwind and recharge.

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