Family Sailing Holiday


Why Sailing is the Ultimate Feel-good Family Holiday

For a family holiday that combines travel, adventure and an opportunity to create special memories together, a chartered yachting holiday is an ideal choice. The other good news is that it doesn’t need to cost a fortune, you don’t need to be able to sail, and perhaps best of all, it offers you total flexibility and independence. We can create an itinerary that will suit you and your family, whatever the age of your children, so all you need to do turn up and enjoy.

To help you plan the perfect sailing holiday for your family, here are some useful tips.

What is the best age to take children on a sailing holiday?

There is no age restriction to come on a HELM sailing holiday but we would advise against taking very young children as they will need more surveillance and you may find yourself spending the whole time having to keep an eye on them rather than having an enjoyable holiday!

If you are planning on bringing under 5s, it might be an idea to book a holiday with friends (or grandparents), as having another set of eyes and hands will make the experience easier and more fun.

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Exploring anchorage on a Sailing Holiday
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Anchorage to be enjoyed on a family sailing holiday

Where should we go?

If your children are of school age, then you will probably be looking to take a holiday during the summer holidays. With this in mind, the Balearics, Croatia, Greece and Turkey are good choices.

The winds are light, the distances between stops are short so the kids won’t get bored and there are plenty of quiet beaches and secret coves to explore. The wonderful, turquoise Mediterranean waters also make for great swimming and snorkelling and onshore there are superb historic ruins, charming villages and great places to eat.

Find out more in our destinations section

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Sa Penya and Dalt Vila districts in Ibiza Town, Balearic Islands
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Dubrovnik by night
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Fiskardo village, Kefalonia island, Greece

What sort of boat?

Although all our boats are popular with families, in our opinion a catamaran is a good choice, as it offers plenty of space and comfort, plus extra stability.

Their shallow draft allows you to sail in much more shallow waters than a yachts too, which means you can anchor close to shore – handy for the beach of if you want to go snorkelling in caves or grottos.

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Alba Dog Charter | Helm
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Alba Dog Sail | Helm
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Alba Dog Sailing Holidays | Helm

What do you want to do?

Depending on the age and interests of you and your children, you can add all sorts of activities and extras into your holiday mix, from kayaking and scuba diving to wake-boarding and jet-skiing. Just let us know and we can arrange.

Having said that, we find that many families enjoy spending the mornings exploring the coastline, dropping anchor at midday for lunch and then spending the afternoons swimming off their boat and sunbathing on deck, followed by a delicious meal at a small, family-run taverna in the evening.

Sometimes less is more!

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