Has anyone done a "Learn to sail/flotilla holiday"

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Gobbly wobbly, May 15, 2011.

Welcome to the Army Rumour Service, ARRSE

The UK's largest and busiest UNofficial military website.

The heart of the site is the forum area, including:

  1. Gobbly wobbly
    Offline

    Gobbly wobbly LE

    We are struggling to find a holiday that doesn't mean sitting by a pool surrounded by fat foul mouthed chav's who have taken more than full advantage of the all inclusive bar.

    We ski in the winter and the kids (7 and 9) love it. I'm thinking of doing the summer equivalent, essentially, sailing. What I am looking for is a learn to sail course maybe with a follow up of flotilla sailing.

    Can anyone recommend a company? Is it a good idea when the kids are so young? Should I do an RYA course first? Any info or recommendations would be gratefully received.
  2. tropper66
    Offline

    tropper66

  3. Poppy
    Offline

    Poppy LE

    I went on a Mark Warner holiday in Sardinia but didn't learn to sail - look at their website. It was a decent (chav-free) crowd in the resort. one drawback for us was it was miles from the main town when we wanted to go out in the evening but we were a party of 4 girls - probably a bit different when you go as a family. I have heard Sunsail are good too.
  4. tropper66
    Offline

    tropper66

    Another good option that I found great fun was to hire a Gulat in Turkey with a skipper, cook and crew, learning to sail is then optional, and there no real hard work involved

    Turkish Gulet Cruise Yachts
  5. Poppy
    Offline

    Poppy LE

    i wouldn't recommend that for such young children - they would be bored and the adults would have to watch them constantly. I went for a week on one of these and the engine broke - it was VERY choppy as we sailed along but eventually we got towed somewhere by another gulet.
  6. tropper66
    Offline

    tropper66

    Or just take the kids for a one day course at Plas Menai, there's loads of places in Wales that can give your kids a day sailng experience, if they like it your laughing if not you have only wasted a day and not a whole holiday
  7. Depends what you want...."learning to sail" is a wide subject.

    Do you want to sail dinghies or live- aboards, own a couple of small boats or spend a lot of money on charters?

    I see you live in Wrexham.... I got a mad notion many years ago, bought a 13 footer sailing dinghy, complete with a 4 horse outboard, and had great fun in Anglesey on many holidays, sailing, mast down going fishing, a perfect holiday for kids.

    For the price of a charter you could probably buy a couple of decent second hand dinghies and join a RYA sailing club and get taught for free.
  8. Bailey
    Offline

    Bailey War Hero

    We've done many of these over the years, initially with Sunsail (I think about 6 flotillas and 5 club holidays) and latterly with Neilson. We started off doing 'flotilla' holidays ie entirely boat based but more recently have taken to staying in the 'Clubs'

    I wouldn't touch Sunsail clubs (I think they have only one left now) with a bargepole these days - they were taken over by one of the big conglomerates (TUI iirc) and basically squeeze every penny they can out of you. However whilst I suspect the same may be true of their flotillas, since they don't have you captive in quite the same way (bar prices etc) they may still be fine.

    I highly recommend Nielson Clubs- we're going back for the 3rd time this year. However (at the club we go to) this is very much shore based - you can learn to windsurf or sail dinghies but not the bigger stuff.

    The clubs are very good indeed with the kids. Ours also enjoyed the flotillas and made friends but I think it's much more chancy on the latter as they're not mixing during the day and they're more of a risk of there being no others in their age group.

    As to the clientele there always seems to be more than a few H for H wristbands and the odd battered green 30litre daysack around the club.

    This forum might be worth a look (although its on the company site).

    Welcome
  9. Gobbly wobbly
    Offline

    Gobbly wobbly LE

    Cheers, I had already thought of that. Might just go myself first and see if I like it. My thought is, if I learn where it's cold wet and windy and I like it then sailing in the Med will be better.
  10. Gobbly wobbly
    Offline

    Gobbly wobbly LE

    Cheers Bailey. I'll have a look.
  11. Gobbly wobbly
    Offline

    Gobbly wobbly LE

    Thanks all. You have given me some food for thought. I have checked out a RYA sailing club near me and I'll discuss with the Matrimonial Commander.
  12. tropper66
    Offline

    tropper66

    I learned to sail in the Bristol Channel, with a 14metre tide and seven knot currents as the norm, everywhere else in the world is a piece of Pee after that
  13. Bloody hell Tropper, the Menai Straits, after my 13 ft dinghy was wrecked, I bought a laser, and for about 4 years I went down to Beaumaris with a bunch of friends for the Regatta.

    Boats never got wet, drinking and clubbing and sniffing fanny, happy days, and nights at the Octagon Club in Bangor, "EY, my mate Carys fancies Ew...... mind Ew she is a bit of a slag....."
  14. tropper66
    Offline

    tropper66

    Been there done that, still regularly found sniffing around Dale, Nayland and Aberaeron Walting as a Yachty
  15. syledis
    Online

    syledis

    I highly recommend kids doing the RYA sailing course to give them confidence onboard.
    My son has done it for years now and may be selected to train for the 2016 paralympic team (swimming too, very proud dad!!) and my daughter had her first lesson today and loved it.

    The only major cost is wetsuits, gloves etc but after that itsvery reasonable.
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Travel Anyone flown a on Thomas Cook Long Haul Flight? Aug 7, 2014
Travel Cancun - advice anyone? Dec 29, 2011
Travel Guernsey, Channel Islands - Has anyone been? Apr 20, 2011
Travel Anyone know Texas? Mar 23, 2011
Travel Anyone been to Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada? Dec 25, 2010

Share This Page