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Here to give inspiration and an insight into what a sailing holiday is like. Once you’re ready, complete our experience builder to create your perfect yachting holiday!

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How Much Does a Yacht Charter Cost?

Attracted to the idea of a yacht charter, but worried it might cost an arm and a leg? Helm's handy guide breaks down the various costs of a sailing holiday, to offer you greater clarity on price. So, to the million-dollar question: how much does a yacht charter actually cost?

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Mykonos Yacht Charter

Mykonos is an astonishing island, and an increasingly popular place to start and end a yacht charter holiday in the Cyclades. Set in the heart of this magical island group, starting and finishing in Mykonos cuts out long legs and means you can make comfortable trips down to Santorini, Paros and Naxos. Below is an example 7-day itinerary, taking in some of the best bits of the local sailing area.

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6 Steps to the Ideal Caribbean Yacht Charter Holiday

The diverse, sun-blushed Caribbean sea includes some of the world's foremost sailing areas. There are many charter bases littered along the island chain, and it can be hard to know where to start. Our guide takes you through the 6 steps to planning a superb Caribbean yachting holiday, tailored to fit you.

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Where to Sail: March, April, May

There's some fantastic sailing to be had in the spring, from the BVI and Antigua to unspoilt cruising areas like Tonga and Vancouver. Here is our guide to the ultimate Spring yacht charter holidays.

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Family sailing in Croatia - Rachaels story

Rachael's family weren't so keen on a sailing holiday, but she won them round with some help from Peter, and they had a family holiday to remember. Here's her story, in her own words.

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Mallorca Yacht Charter

The largest Balearic Island is a beautiful place for a sailing holiday, with strong breezes and interesting coastal features, combined with dramatic calas and the gorgeous Cabrera National Park. Our relaxed itinerary shows off Mallorca at its absolute best.

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The Finest Crewed Catamarans in Croatia

Croatia has built something of a reputation for exceptional yachting holidays, and this selection is indicative of their real quality. We've rounded up our favourite crewed catamarans in the region - will any catch your eye?

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Where to sail: December, January, February (and stay warm!)

The sailing season doesn't have to end when Winter comes. From Thailand to the Caribbean to the Whitsundays and beyond, there are a treasure trove of wonderful, warm places that are perfect to explore on a yacht charter throughout December, January and February. Where will you go?

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What is a Transit Log? (The definitive guide to yacht charter extras)

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Why Choose Helm?

As your yacht charter broker, Helm acts as a sort of personal shopper for yachting holidays, using our extensive knowledge and contacts to source the best value options for your holiday. We're 100% impartial, and have very strict quality controls. We only work with companies we know and trust, and boats we have seen ourselves, so you can rest assured that each trip has our personal stamp of approval.

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Where to Sail: June, July and August (and dodge the crowds)

Welcome to summer sailing at its glorious best. These are our favourite places in the world to charter a yacht across the European summer months of June, July and August. Where will you go next?

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Where to Sail: September, October, November

Autumn is a brilliant time of year to head on a yacht charter holiday. From Turkey to Thailand, and Australia to the Seychelles, here are our favourite places to sail across the world in September, October and November. Where will you go next?

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Last Minute Sailing Holidays (Worldwide)

It's never too late to get a great deal on yacht charter holidays around the world. Updated every week, this page is our impartial guide to the best last-minute yacht charter holidays departing in the next 6 weeks. Choose to sail in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey, the Caribbean or Thailand.

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Antigua Sailing Holiday

Our 7-day Antigua itinerary takes in some of this Leeward island’s absolute highlights, from quiet anchorages from which to watch the sunset and gaze at the stars, to impressive viewpoints and favourite local watering holes. This itinerary is based on a departure from English Harbour, but can be adapted to suit yacht charters departing from Jolly Harbour, too.

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Trogir Catamaran Charters

Trogir is a beautiful marina just down the coast from Split. It is the perfect place to step aboard and head out into the Adriatic to enjoy a catamaran yacht charter holiday among the sensational Dalmatian islands. This is our guide to the very best catamarans you can charter from Trogir.

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5 Must-Sees in Corfu Old Town

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Historic Sites to Visit in Turkey

From mountainous tombs to cultural ruins and abandoned villages, the Turquoise coast is full of intrigue and rich history. Here's our guide to the best historic sites to see.

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The Historical Significance of the Ionian Islands

Although Greece gained her independence in 1830, the Ionian islands was only annexed to the new nation in 1864. The islands, otherwise known as the Heptanese, are full of hidden historical secrets and significance. Read on for more.

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What to do in Mallorca

From sailing to caving and national parks to nightlife, this insider's guide gives you the lowdon on the best bits of magical Majorca

Sailing

The Best Yachts in Mykonos

Here are our pick of the best pound-for-pound value yachts sailing from Mykonos. Away from the chaos of Athens and close to idyllic Santorini, it's a superb gateway to the real Greece, complete with picture-perfect whitewashed houses.

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Five reasons to fall in love with Mykonos

Mykonos and the Cyclades Islands make for a truly mesmerising base for a sailing holiday. One of the most famous Cyclades islands, Mykonos is an island like no other. Here are five reasons to fall in love with the sailing area.

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Fethiye Yacht Charter

Explore magnificent southern Turkey on this seven-day sample itinerary, sailing out of either Fethiye or Gocek. This sailing area has retained its rugged beauty, and is a haven for sailors looking for warmer and windier weather. Gocek in particular has a fantastic variety of bareboat, skippered and crewed yachts and gulets available.

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How to plan the perfect Mediterranean charter

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How to explore the Turkish Riviera

Our guide to exploring the Turkish Riviera. Make the most of your yacht charter along the Turquoise Coast, swim in sparkling seas, and soak up the history of the region.

Catamaran

The Hot List: Catamarans

Stand-out boats at outstanding value. Here, you'll find some of the world's best-value charter catamarans right now. If something catches you eye, we'd be delighted to help build your holiday.

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The Hot List: Monohulls

Stand-out boats at outstanding value. Welcome to our selection of the best-value monohulls around right now. If something catches your eye, let us know by building an enquiry.

Destinations

6 Must-Sees in the Bay of Naples

Rich in history and culture, with celebrated cuisine and stunning landscapes, Italy is truly one of the world’s most incredible sailing destinations. The Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast are shining examples of this. Here are our must-sees in the region.

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What is a Bareboat Charter?

Take the Helm and set your own course. Here's our guide to the absolute freedom of bareboat yacht charters

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Dodecanese Yacht Charter

Set sail from Kos, Greece and explore beautiful Symi, unspoilt Tilos and volcanic Nisiros on this 7-day sample itinerary in the Dodecanese Islands.

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The Quieter Side of Ibiza

There’s no better way to explore Ibiza and it’s beautiful coastline than by boat, so why not do it in style with your own chartered yacht. At Helm Yachts we offer bareboat, skippered or crewed yachts in a range of sizes so there’s something to suit everyone - whether you’re after a relaxing family holiday or a honeymoon for two.

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British Virgin Islands Sailing Holiday

Explore 60 stunning islands with easy line of sight sailing on a BVI sailing holiday. Create your BVI yacht charter and discover the British Virgin Islands at their brilliant best. This sample 14 day itinerary will give you a flavour of the destination and inspire your planning, but the joy of a private yacht charter of course is that you are completely free to follow your own schedule, in your own time. Create your BVI yacht charter now

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24 Hours in Ko Phi Phi

​Ko Phi Phi is one of the most popular islands in Southern Thailand - and it’s not hard to see why. Bright turquoise waters, long stretches of white sand, the bustling Tonsai village full of restaurants, bars and stalls and a fun nightlife makes it the ultimate island experience. There are no vehicles or forms of transport on the island so you are free to explore completely by foot, giving you the ultimate freedom in the Land of Smiles. Below are a few things you can do in just 24 hours while visiting magical Ko Phi Phi.

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5 Must Try Dishes from Thailand

The Southeast Asian country of Thailand is well known for its stunning beaches, ancient temples and delicious cuisine. Most people will have tried a Thai Green Curry or Pad Thai at some point, but there’s nothing like eating authentic dishes in their own country of origin. Whether you go to a luxury restaurant or sample some of the equally tasty street food, Thailand has many tempting dishes to try. While dishes like Pad Thai arevery tasty, why not branch out and try one of the five traditional dishes below.

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Crewed Yacht Charter (What to Expect)

​There’s nothing that quite compares to a sailing holiday and the exquisite freedom you gain from travelling on the open seas. Sailing trips often allow you to explore a lot more of a country or area than you would on land; with the option to sail entire coasts or island hop with a different destination every day. Those who are experienced may be able to skipper a yacht themselves, but for the uninitiated the luxury of hiring a yacht crew makes the trip all the more special. There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy yourself, but if you’re not sure how it works, read on for everything you can expect from a crewed yacht charter.

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What to Pack for a Sailing Holiday

If you are heading off on a sailing trip, then it is time to start thinking about what to pack for your getaway. We are all aware of the basics: floaty dresses, flip flops, light shirts, sun hats and sun cream, but there are a few other things worth knowing about that you should pack.

Experiences

Caribbean Cuisine

Helm Yachts cover exquisite locations including St Lucia, Antigua and Barbados; but there’s no need to stop at just one, with our chartered yachts you can island hop to your heart's content.

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The Best Things to do on your Last Day in Athens (beyond the Acropolis)

Athens is just one of the many destinations you can sail to with Helm Yachts; a leading provider of luxury sailing holidays that can be tailored to your every requirement.

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The Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Sailing Holiday

If sailing’s whetted your appetite for an adventure, visit Helm for unforgettable yachting holidays, uniquely tailored to you. From a romantic getaway for two, to an island hopping holiday with friends or skipper-yourself trip around the Caribbean, Helm can put together the perfect package. Visit our website for a full list of yachts and destinations, and start your adventure today.

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Italian Riviera and Tuscany Yachting Holidays

​From Genoa, Italy's largest sea port, full of grandeur and sparkling light to the excellence Portofino and the quiet life of Elba, visit one of the most beautiful region of Italy. The Italian Riviera is a deeply historic, gourmet and fabulous destination where you can explore humble village churches, vineyards, hike or try artisan pasta. Buon appetito!

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Corsica and Sardinia Yachting Holidays

During the first part of your holidays enjoy the astounding geographical diversity of Corsica, from the fabulous beaches to mountain ridges, verdant valleys and dense forests. ​Corsica offers a large variety of activities, from hiking and canyoning to snorkelling and sunbathing. On the second part of your holidays enjoy the out-of-this-world beaches and endearing eccentricities of Sardinia. Sardinia has some of the dreamiest sandy and bluest blue beaches.

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South of France Yachting Holidays

​With its gorgeous beaches, luxury hotels, designer bars, incredible villas, coastal trails, red-rock headlands and offshore islands, the French Riviera is one of the world's great seaside destinations. Visit Monaco and the Monte Carlo's casino, Nice's promenade des Anglais, one of the most popular beach clubs of Bagatelle and Pampelonne Beaches or taste the French cuisine with a glass of wine in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

SY Bodhisattva

Jeanneau 64 Caribbean Yacht Charter

Built by Lagoon in 2015, Selene is available to charter in the Caribbean during the winter season.

Lagoon 62

S/Y SELENE LAGOON 620

Built by Lagoon in 2015, Selene is available to charter in the Caribbean during the winter season.

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Dufour 48 Catamaran Charter

It's finally here - Dufour's first foray into the catamaran market. And boy, what an entry. As you'd expect from such a marquee brand, the Dufour 48 is beautiful, stylish and comfortable, with a healthy dose of performance, too. Released ahead of the 2019 season, she's now available for skippered and bareboat catamaran yacht charter holidays in Greece and Croatia.

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Charter Crewed Bali 5.4 Babalu in Greece

Charter a Bali 5.4 Catamaran, available as bareboat, skippered and crewed in Croatia, Italy and the Caribbean contact us today to organise your next yacht charter.

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Making the most of your last day in Croatia

What To Do Before You Fly from Croatia? All good things have to come to an end but the good news is that once you have said goodbye to your yacht you will still have the chance to discover more of Croatia before you set off home.

Experiences

Bali 5.4 Catamaran Charter

Charter a Bali 5.4 Catamaran, available as bareboat, skippered and crewed in Croatia, Italy and the Caribbean contact us today to organise your next yacht charter.

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Fountaine Pajot Alegria 67 Charter

Charter a Fountaine Pajot 67 Alegria. Available crewed in Greece

Sailing

Why a sailing holiday makes for the perfect honeymoon (and our top tips)

Set sail for married life with an unforgettable honeymoon sailing holiday. Celebrate your nuptials with the holiday of a lifetime on board a beautiful yacht. Picture the scene – after weeks of hectic preparation for the Big Day, you and your new spouse are lounging on the deck of a luxury yacht enjoying a well-deserved glass of bubbly as you watch the sun set over the horizon.

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Queen Atlantis

Queen Atlantis is a stunning gullet available for charter is Croatia for up to 12 guests. Traditional yet functional in design, she is ideal for large family holidays or entertaining guests. Featuring sunbathing areas, a saloon bar, jacuzzi and various water toys, Queen Atlantis offers luxury for those guests on board.

Destinations

Kornati Islands Yacht Charter

A Week Island Hopping On A Chartered Yacht Will Give You The Ideal Opportunity To Enjoy The Best Swimming Spots In The Adriatic While Also Discovering The Beauty Of The National Park Up Close

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Sailing From St Vincent To Grenada

A One Way Yacht Charter In The Southern Caribbean From St Vincent To Grenada Allows You To Experience A Great Range Of Islands and Makes for an Unforgettable Yachting Holiday

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Kornati Islands and National Parks Charter

A week in the Kornati Islands offers a new perspective on Croatia. Comprising 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs, the Kornatis are the largest archipelago in the Adriatic and the perfect location to enjoy a relaxing week.

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Skippered yacht charters (what to expect)

Want to know more about what’s involved if you book a skippered yacht charter holiday? Ever wondered how involved you can get, whether to invite your skipper out for meals, and how much to tip? We've put together the following guide which will hopefully answer all these questions and more.

Case Study

Island hopping with friends in Croatia

Four couples with their hearts set on a luxury skippered sailing holiday in Croatia and the chance to explore some of the islands along the Dalmatian coast.

Experiences

The 3 reasons why you should go sailing on your next holiday

Imagine the scene. You are lounging on board a beautiful yacht with your friends, a refreshing drink in your hand, listening to the sound of the waves lapping alongside as you sail serenely into yet another stunning cove where you plan to stop for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming before mooring up for the night in a picturesque little harbour to enjoy a delicious meal of locally-sourced fish in a local restaurant.

Destinations

7 Days Around Mallorca

Known as the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean', Mallorca offers sailors the best of all worlds; from the sheltered bays and dramatic coastlines of the west to the tranquil inlets and creeks of the East. With multiple flights a day, this idyllic island getaway, full of Mediterranean flavours and crystal clear waters is just a short trip away.

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Gocek Yacht Charter

This is a sample seven day itinerary giving you a flavour of what you can look forward to on a Yacht Charter in Gocek. This charming area, once sustained from fishing and farming is now a heaven for Yachts and Yachters! Gocek has a fantastic variety of bareboat, skippered and crewed Yachts and Gulets available.

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Family Discover the Greek Islands in Comfort

Two families with young children (7 people in total) were looking for a two-week luxury, crewed family sailing holiday, island hopping around the Cyclades in Greece.

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Croatia Yacht Charter (Trogir, Hvar and beyond)

Here is a sample seven day itinerary to give you a taste of what you can see and do during a week’s sailing among the Dalmatia islands. Sailing around the Dalmatian Islands off Croatia is a chance to discover crystalline waters, charming anchorages, ancient villages, magnificent fortress towns and hidden coves as well as lively cosmopolitan party islands.

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Pula Yacht Charter - Cruising the Istria and Kvarner Gulf

Yacht Charter Pula North Croatia

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Split To Dubrovnik (A One Way Charter)

A One Way Yacht Charter In Croatia is a great way to Explore more of the Dalmatia Coast! Helm can advise on the best yachts and help you plan your Ideal Itinerary

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Athens Yacht Charter

The Saronic Gulf is one of our most popular destinations. Begin your charter in Athens, Europe's oldest city, and gaze in wonder at the magnificent Acropolis and iconic Parthenon temple, before setting sail to explore the beautiful Saronic Islands of Aegina, Hydra, Spetse and Poros.

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Antigua Yacht Charter

Antigua is a perfect location for a chartered yacht sailing holiday. Its warm, steady winds and protective wall of coral reef make for easy sailing and a great spot for swimming, snorkelling and water sports, while the buzzy harbours and ports offer some of the most glamorous places in the Caribbean to dine and party.

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Sicily Yacht Charter

7 Days Sailing in the Aeolian islands, Sicily. The Aeolian islands, just off Sicily, are a fascinating and beautiful destination for a week’s cruise. Known as the ‘seven pearls of the Mediterranean’, you will discover a world of active volcanoes, Roman ruins, beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters – perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

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Sail the world in style on a crewed yacht charter

A crewed charter is an all-inclusive luxury holiday that blends the comfort of luxury with the spirit of adventure travel and where service is uniquely tailored to all of your personal requirements. From the moment you step on board and are greeted with a glass of champagne, you need do nothing for the duration of your holiday than sit back and relax.

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Four reasons to go overboard for a sailing holiday

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Sardinia Yacht charter

Here is a sample seven day itinerary for a Sardinia yacht charter, which will take you along the glamorous Costa Smeralda, famous for its beautiful beaches and chic ports.

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Corfu Yacht Charter

Spend seven days in Corfu during a yacht charter exploring the Ionian Islands. This itinerary gives a flavour of the type of sailing holiday you can have in this region on a private charter. Corfu has a wide variety of bareboat, skippered and crewed yachts available.

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Skiathos Yacht Charter

Explore Skiathos during a yacht charter in the Sporades. This itinerary gives a flavour of the type of sailing holiday you can have in this region on a private charter. Skiathos has a wide variety of bareboat, skippered and crewed yachts available.

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Destination Guide: Greece or Croatia?

Croatia and Greece are two of the best cruising areas in the world. Both of these glorious Mediterranean hot spots offer all the essential ingredients for a perfect summer sailing holiday – beautiful coastlines, islands to explore, idyllic anchorages, crystal clear waters and a rich cultural heritage. Which one should you chose!?

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Family Sailing Holiday

Yacht charter holidays are the ultimate family escape. Getting out in the fresh air and doing an activity everyone get stuck into is a great way to spend quality time with your nearest and dearest. Here's some helpful advice to get the most out of your next family holiday.

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Caribbean Christmas Yacht Charter

Lose the Roast Turkey and try some Rum punch, Jerk Chicken and Reggae music. No better way to spend Christmas than on a yacht in the Caribbean!

Experiences

HELM Sailing Holiday Offers So Much More

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Food and Drink during your charter

Fine food and wine are among the greatest pleasures of any holiday, and the joy of sailing is you can either cook on board or eat out in a different port every night if you want to. Alternatively, why not make lunch at a chosen restaurant your destination for the day, followed by a relaxing afternoon on board your yacht.

Sailing

How to choose the right boat for your Holiday

At HELM we offer four different types – sailing boat, catamaran, motor boat and gullet. None are better than another; it all depends on what’s most suitable for the type of holiday you have planned.

Destinations

7 Days Sailing the Dalmatian Islands

In order to give the very best advice to his valued clients, your trusty charter broker Simon thought it best in July 2016 to charter a yacht out of Primošten and spend a gruelling seven days sailing round the Dalmatian Islands

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Pre-Holiday Considerations

A list of things you need, and may not need for on-board living.

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Pre-Holiday Considerations Crewed Charter

A list of things you need, and may not need for on-board living during a crewed yacht charter.

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Croatia Gourmet Sailing Tour

Experience the best of the Adriatic Islands on this 7 day all-inclusive gastronomic adventure around Croatia's award winning vineyards and finest local cuisine.

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Cyclades Yacht Charter

This is a sample 7 day itinerary sailing in the Cyclades Islands, based on a charter starting from Lavrion, Greece.

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Cyclades Crewed Yacht Charter

This is a sample 7 day itinerary sailing in the Cyclades Islands, based on a charter starting from Lavrion, Greece.

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Trogir Yacht Charter (7 days in Croatia)

A Trogir Yacht Charter is the ideal starting point for exploring the Dalmatia Islands! With a great range of bareboat and crewed yachts, create your Trogir Sailing Holiday now.

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Dubrovnik Sailing Holiday

With her enchanting medieval city with distinctive architecture, a fascinating history and numerous cafes, shops and restaurants, all overlooking the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is the ideal starting point for exploring the South Dalmatia Islands! With a great range of bareboat and crewed yachts, create your Dubrovnik Sailing Holiday now.

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Phuket Yacht Charter

A Phuket Yacht Charter is the ideal way to explore the Andaman Islands. This will give you an idea of what is possible when sailing from Phuket.

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Lefkas Yacht Charter

A Lefkas Yacht Charter is the ideal starting point for exploring the Ionian Sea! See what a week sailing from Lefkas can look like. The Ionian is an amazing cruising destination, with consistently good weather and gentle seas making it an ideal destination for families and first sailing holidays.

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We Create Unforgettable Yachting Holidays

When you book a holiday with Helm, your enjoyment is our priority. We have a wide network of partners and as a charter broker we’re impartial – let us take the HELM.

Experiences

Discovering Greece in Ultimate Luxury

A family delve into Greece’s vibrant history and culture on a superyacht. See why they chose Serenity II and how their week unfolded.

Experiences

Island Partying around the Adriatic

A group of friends take to Croatia on two Lagoon 450’s for a week of sailing, partying and relaxation: see why they chose the Adriatic and how the week unfolded.

Sailing

Get Your RYA Day Skipper in Croatia

Learn how to sail in beautiful sunny Croatia. Get your RYA Day Skipper, the most commonly accepted certificate to charter a yacht.

Experiences

Turkish Coast and Greek Islands by Gulet

Five lucky couples spend a week hopping between the Turkish Coast and Greek Dodecanese. See why a gulet was the obvious choice for this group of friends.

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Cyclades Islands by Bareboat Charter

Experienced sailors take an un-crewed voyage to the Greek Cyclades Islands: see why they chose the Cyclades and to bareboat the Sun Odyssey 469.

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Landmark Birthday on the British Virgin Islands

Celebrating a 50th birthday in style, four couples experience the British Virgin Islands from the luxury of a crewed Jeanneau 64.

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Family Luxury on the Croatian Coast

A family wanted a crewed sailing holiday around the Croatian islands for a week of culture, cuisine and family fun. See why the Lagoon 620 was the obvious choice for this luxury family holiday.

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