Plain Sailing

Can I book a 2021 sailing holiday yet?

Worried about booking a sailing holiday for 2021? How will it all work? What will happen if Coronavirus spoils another summer? Read more here!

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Last updated: 17th August 2021

 What's the latest? 

International travel is now being relaxed, and people within and outside the EU can travel to go sailing :) 

  • The UK Government have a traffic light system which updates a 'green list' of safe countries to travel to on a three-weekly basis (the next is due on Thursday 5th August). At the moment, Greece (and much of Europe) is on the 'Amber' list, which means a mandatory self-quarantine of 5-10 days is required upon re-arrival back in the UK unless you are double-vaccinated (in which case there is no quarantine required). However, the current green list includes Croatia, Malta (charter from Valletta), and Antigua, Grenada and the BVI's in the Caribbean (though the Hurricane season starts in August!) There are also numerous covid tests to be undertaken to get to and from the destination country. It is hard to predict exactly when Greece will be added to the Green list.
  • Each EU Government has their own rules, but from 1st July, most countries have allowed vaccinated EU citizens to travel freely around the continent. People who have not yet been vaccinated will be able to have covid tests to travel between some countries - but the situation is changing quite often, so be sure to check your country's latest travel guidance.
  • Many marinas and all international airports will offer Covid testing to facilitate holidaymakers entering or leaving their country - ask your personal sailing expert for details of your nearest testing centre.   

In short - this great news for the sailing season: we can all go sailing in Croatia, Greece, Italy and the rest of the Med this summer!

 I want to go sailing! Do I need to book something now? 

YES! If you haven't booked anything yet, then you might struggle to find your ideal boat as demand is sky-high and almost all the newer boats have already been booked - particularly for July, August and September. You can book a yacht or catamaran charter with just 25% deposit - and the rest is only due in the last few weeks leading up to your charter. We'd recommend booking something as soon as you can muster a crew together.

 What size deposit do I need to make? 

Just 25% deposit now is enough to book your private yacht or catamaran.

We know that people are unsure about booking now, so we’re offering bookings with a super-low 25% deposit – it is normally 50%. And the remainder is only due two weeks before the charter start date (normally six weeks before the charter start date), so you can see how the land lies before paying the balance.

 What happens if Coronavirus gets in the way of my 2021 sailing holiday? 

We’re not expecting any new issues, but if Coronavirus restrictions (like travel bans at your home or destination country) stop you getting to your charter, then we can either move your charter to later in the season (or to 2022) OR we can give you a credit note for the 25% deposit you have paid (to give you time to choose new dates or a new boat). Easy :)

 Can I a full cash refund if coronavirus stops my sailing trip? 

Sometimes - there are small number of boats and yacht charter operators who will allow you to cover your charter, so that if you have to cancel your holiday (for coronavirus reasons) then they will give you a full cash refund.

But be aware that this isn't as standard - there is usually a surcharge for this additional insurance cover, so do ask us via email, LiveChat or on our hotline and we can find the right boat for you, with the right cover for you. To be honest, given all of the above, and depending upon when you are looking for a charter, we wouldn't recommend paying extra for insurance that you probably won't need.