Learning to sail opens a whole other world of travel. Imagine not being tied to hotel availability and being able to access those magical secret coves you’ve seen in photos or from clifftops. If you’ve obtained your sailing certificate but are nervous about setting off as the skipper of your own boat, a flotilla charter could be the perfect way to reinforce what you’ve learned while gaining independence. Croatia is an excellent place to learn and hone your craft.

Flotilla sailing

Flotilla sailing

A flotilla is a group of bareboat charter yachts that band together to follow the same itinerary under the guidance of a lead boat with an experienced crew. The lead boat can serve as a resource when things go wrong, such as anchors getting crossed, or just provide you with peace of mind as you gain confidence skippering your own boat.

Croatia is a great destination for the novice: it offers numerous sailing schools where you can obtain an international certificate and become proficient in VHF, which you usually need before sailing independently in this area. With passages and coastline that benefit from consistent winds yet are protected from rough seas, this region is an ideal learning environment. The season runs from May to October, so if you’ve always wanted to learn, now is the time to start planning.

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Flotilla Sailing in Croatia

Flotillas in Croatia can be extremely affordable. Island hopping here is a delight, with a mix of history, culture, great food, and beauty, all connected by calm, clear waters.
Next year, you might even be ready to go solo with your own bareboat charter.


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