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Assisted Sailing
Personalized help for those who are less experienced, a bit out of practice or would like help getting your crew working together confidently.

Assisted Bareboat Sailing

For those who would like a little informal tuition onboard

Assisted Bareboat sailing offers support with informal tuition for the first day or two of your holiday. Many bareboat charterers only sail once or twice a year and we aim to offer a helping hand to rebuild confidence, and refresh your skills to allow for a relaxing, stress-free sailing holiday.

If you are RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualified but nervous about sailing bareboat or just a bit rusty, we can help. Practice your skills with a professional skipper onboard, offering one on one personalised instruction. The instructor will be able to cover any topics required, whether it is just a case of hoisting the sails and trimming the sails correctly to each point of sail, man over board procedures to refresh the whole family, or just regaining confidence behind the helm in harbour.

Many of our guests are inexperienced at Mediterranean stern-to mooring and long lining. A days Assisted Sailing is a great opportunity to hone your skills in this area. Informal tuition allows you to customise what is covered, and what is focused on!

We highly recommend the assisted bareboat sailing for one day if you have inexperienced crew or young children – it is a fantastic way to get all of your crew involved in daily procedures on board. We can help show you and your crew safe practices and tips to help ensure a stress-free, enjoyable sailing holiday.

Wondering what the weather is like in the Ionian and when to visit? See our Ionian Islands Weather post on our blog here.

If you aren’t sure which holiday is for you, go back to the Holidays summary page here or contact our office for advice.

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Assisted sailing offers flexibility and a relaxed environment without the need for a skipper to sleep onboard in the evenings. There is no pre-set time for this training, we simply “play it by ear” and see how everyone is getting on after each day.

When you arrive, the instructor will come on board with you, brief you on your yacht and then go off sailing with you. We will then meet with you later and take the skipper home at the end of the day. The following morning, the skipper will return to the yacht and teach stern-to mooring, or whatever you want to practice.

The price is £200 per day for an Assisted Skipper, and must be pre-booked.

After a day or two, whenever you all feel confident enough, you take the boat yourselves and enjoy the rest of your time on holiday. You will then feel secure in the knowledge that your extra assistance will stand you in good stead. The time that you will need a skipper for a refresher varies, depending on how your confidence grows and how much tuition you would like.

We have a high speed RIB that allows us to get to your location very quickly if you require any urgent assistance.  We provide 24 hour phone support as well.

Do I Need Assisted Sailing?

For those who are new to sailing holidays, this time will cover all the important basics from safety, mooring, sails up and down, man overboard procedures to anchoring in bays. It is very relaxed teaching – at your pace! It is a very good idea for beginners and seasoned sailors who feel a little out of practice or require help to get all aboard working well together.

For anyone looking for some additional coaching this is a great way to build confidence. Whether it be to practice Mediterranean stern-to mooring, long lining, simply refreshing the crew on MOB techniques or to practice sailing in stronger winds with the family. Whatever you want to learn, we are more than happy to show you.

Take a look at how we run assisted charters at Sail Ionian here

If you aren’t sure which holiday is for you, go back to the Holidays summary page here or contact our office for advice.

Sample Itineraries:

Best of The Ionian

Exploring the Northern Ionian

Quiet Escapes

Lively Nightlife

Skipper’s Recommendations

Top 10 Anchorages

Required Experience

Day Skipper

The skipper must hold a minimum of an RYA Day Skipper or an International Certificate of Competence.

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What's Included

Provided Support

Onboard Skipper

Trained in first aid

Weather Update

Sent daily by SMS

Basic Training

And boat briefing

Free Mooring Practice

And long lining

Support Rib

Support within an hour

24hr helpline

In case of emergency