SAILING HOLIDAYS TRAVEL ADVICE
TIPS FROM OUR EXPERT SAILING SUPPLIERS
Dianne Muldoon is the sailing manager at our supplier Intrepid Travel, which runs sailing holidays around the world, from Greece to Myanmar. She explains what to expect from a sailing holiday:
WHO IS BEST SUITED TO A SAILING HOLIDAY?
ADVICE FOR ANYONE NERVOUS ABOUT SHARING A BOAT
THE RIGHT SAILING MINDSET
Sailing with children
TIPS ON GETTING STUCK IN
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WHAT TO PACK FOR A SCOTTISH SAILING TRIP
Health & Safety
Travel safely on a sailing holiday
- Make sure you are up to date with routine vaccinations and if you are travelling far afield, visit your GP at least six weeks before travel to obtain any other vaccinations. The NHS website Fit for Travel gives detailed health information worldwide.
- If you or anyone in your party has any particular health needs or allergies, always tell your sailing skipper or sailing guide.
- Bring a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not be available at the out-of-the-way locations visited on a sailing trip. In addition, although the skipper is qualified to give CPR and emergency first aid, he is prohibited from administering any type of medication, even headache tablets and antibiotics, for legal reasons. So come prepared.
- If you’re concerned about seasickness, bring motion sickness tablets with you. Alternative remedies that can help include ginger tea and sea bands, which are elasticated bracelets that apply pressure to points on the wrist to relieve nausea.
- Time on the water means time in the sun. Wear a high factor sun cream while on deck, even if it doesn’t feel hot. The rays from the sun are also reflected in the water, making it easy to burn while on board, and there’s often little shade. Bringing a close-fitting cap that won’t blow away in the breeze is a good idea.
- If you’re sailing in the warmer months, make sure you stay hydrated. You may not realise how dehydrated you’re becoming, even just lolling on deck, and you’ll certainly need to take on extra water if tackling a hike or bike ride once ashore. In warm climates, it’s preferable to walk or bike early in the morning and late in the afternoon, and consider adding rehydration powders to your water. Take water while kayaking, too, which works your body harder than you might guess. No disposable plastic bottles though, as they’re light enough to fall in if conditions get choppy.
- Be wary of touching animals while ashore, especially wild cats and dogs, as rabies is still prevalent in many countries.
We have selected some of the most useful sailing holiday travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your sailing holiday – and the space inside your suitcase.
“Keep an open mind, and just enjoy the sailing, seeing new things and meeting great people. Don’t let no aircon in the rooms turn you off. It’s a trip that really worth joining.” – Jade Lam on our sailing holiday in the Mergui archipelago
“If you aren’t fit for cycling and especially some steep and long hill climbs, then take the e-bike option. All who did the trip were thrilled with the vistas but if you aren’t in shape you won't be able to tackle those hills!” – Linda Roe on a Greek island cycling and sailing holiday
“Pack lightly, there is limited space on board. Being quite agile and steady on your feet will be very advantageous when out at sea and needing to walk around the boat and climb up to the lookout platform.” – Rebecca Pagnucco on a whale and dolphin research sailing trip in the Ligurian Sea
“Be prepared for the travel agenda not to work as planned as you have to respect the skipper as to where the weather will allow you to travel to. Allow the crew to suggest where to go as all their suggestions for food were very good. You may be sharing the boat with up to 8 other people so you need to be sociable.” – Sonia Reynolds on a sailing holiday in Croatia
Sailing in Croatia
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Traditional Dahabiya Nile cruise, Egypt
Explore the Nile's cultural gems in classic comfort
Saronic Greek Islands luxury charter cruise
Luxury sailing Greek islands, while reliving mythical tales
Arctic sailing voyages, North Spitsbergen
Spitsbergen tall-ship wildlife and natural history sailing
Greek Islands sailing holiday, Santorini to Mykonos
Sapphire waters, whitewashed villages & history laden ruins
Sailing holiday in Greece, Mykonos to Santorini
The boat, the beach and inviting Greek villages
Yoga and sailing retreat in Greece
-A week of relaxation and yoga while sailing the Ionian sea!
Turkey gulet cruise, Fethiye to Demre
Swim and explore on this five day Turqouise Coast gulet trip
Liveaboard diving and sailing holiday in Greece
Combine a sailing and diving adventure in the Greek islands
Dubrovnik to Hvar sailing holiday
Active sailing adventure around Croatian Islands
Sailing and cycling Cyclades holiday, Greece
Self guided or guided (upon request) tour in the Cyclades
Freediving and sailing holiday in Greece
-sail, freedive and explore the Ionian Sea