Apr 27, 2023 | Boating News

Skippered Sailing Holidays in the UK

Our skippered sailing holidays offer a unique and exciting way to explore and relax onboard a range of different yacht types. With our skipper and crew on board, you can sit back and relax whilst an experienced First Class Sailing crew navigates the seas. This makes it an ideal holiday choice for those who want to enjoy sailing without the added responsibility of skippering the boat themselves… but, if you want to get involved, you can!

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a beginner novice, our skippered sailing holidays offer an unforgettable experience. You will learn about the local area and its history, as well as picking up sailing tips along the way.

So, if you’re looking for a unique and exciting way to explore some incredible destinations, a skippered sailing holiday could be just what you’re looking for.

Cruise on the Golden Vanity

One of our most popular family sailing holidays for beginners is aboard the Golden Vanity. A holiday on this classic yacht feels like stepping back in time, as you embark on a hands-on sailing adventure, visiting some of the most beautiful and popular cruising areas across the UK and Europe.

Destinations you can choose from include the Jurassic Coast, Channel Islands, and many more other stunning cruises.

We welcome a mix of people, young and old, families and friends that take the whole boat, couples, and people that come by themselves. It’s the perfect sailing holiday for beginners, as you can choose to be involved as much or as little as you like.

If you have never been sailing before, the Golden Vanity cruises will offer you an adventure on the sea, and an experience of sailing like no other.

The Isles of Scilly

Scilly isles

If it’s a boating holidays for beginners you want, but also something a little more exotic then why not try the Isles of Scilly? This Caribbean’esk’ archipelagic gem is in the UK so offers a different experience to any other UK skippered sailing holiday.

While sailing in the Isles of Scilly, there are more activities than simply being on the water. You can also explore the area on foot and take part in some of the gorgeous coastal walks available. You can enjoy sampling an afternoon tea, local pubs, restaurants, or chill on a beach.

The Isles of Scilly is also home to some of the UK’s rarest wildlife, such as Atlantic grey seals, Manx shearwaters, and basking sharks. During your Scilly Isles beginner’s sailing holiday, you’re likely to spot dolphins and porpoises at some point.

The West Country

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Sailing in the West Country lets you take in views including rolling hills, prominent headlands and pretty seaside towns set beside rivers bustling with activity from all sorts of watercraft.

In our opinion the West Country offers some of the best cruising in the world and lets you completely detach and get away from it all. Sit back and watch the world go by as we explore some lovely Devonshire and Cornish villages.

The Channel Islands

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We have several five and seven day skippered sailing trips to the Channel Islands on a variety of yachts. We stop at places such as Braye Harbour in Alderney, St Peter’s Port in Guernsey, plus 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.

Falmouth Classics


This eight day skippered 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.

Our Golden Vanity boat 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.

Norway Sailing Adventures to the Fjords and Back

norway adventure sailing

This 16 day voyage is a fantastic opportunity for you to sail to Norway to explore the dramatic Norwegian Fjords and then sail back.

This sailing holiday puts you on a 72ft steel yacht which starts and finishes from Portsmouth. You’ll sail through one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, the Dover Straits, before heading up the North Sea to Norway where we will explore the outstanding natural beauty of the Norwegian Fjords.

Sailing to France

channel islands

Book 7 day skippered 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 can take as many as eight people.

Why take a skippered sailing holiday

Whether you’re a family, a couple, by yourself, or a group of friends, skippered sailing holidays offer a unique and exciting way to experience yachting. With a First Class Sailing skipper on board, you can relax without having to worry about the complexities of navigating, anchoring, or mooring the yacht.

It’s convenient, as you don’t need any previous sailing experience to enjoy a sailing holiday. One of our qualified and experienced skippers will take care of all the technical aspects of sailing, leaving you free to enjoy the experience and take in the stunning sights, sounds, and smells.

And of course, there’s your peace of mind.

When you book a skippered sailing holiday with us, you’re in safe hands with a professional skipper on board.

Skippered sailing holidays can also be a great way to introduce children to sailing. Our skipper will show them the basics of sailing and ensure that they have a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

Everyone can learn though, no matter your age.

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