SAILING HOLIDAYS LATEST PRESS RELEASE - WHAT'S NEW FOR 2017
04 Jan 2017
6 BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS
With hundreds of glitzy websites, bustling for space on search result pages, it really is difficult to sort the trustworthy from the undependable. After all, it is easy to build a flashy website (or print a glossy brochure...) quite a lot tougher to deliver an amazing sailing holiday. This is why we make the effort to enter the British Travel Awards - the only travel awards in the UK voted for by the great British public.
This year we were thrilled to come away with six accolades in total. More than ever before! 2016 saw us voted Best Activity Holiday Company, Best Family Holiday Company as well as Best Tour Operator to Hellenic Europe. We also won Silver awards for Best Special Interest Holiday Company and Best Holiday Company for Customer Service. We were also highly commended in a category judged purely on our Feefo reviews!
OUR YACHT CHARTER DIVISION
As sailing holiday specialists we reckon we are perfectly placed to offer bareboat holidays with a difference. From independent charter to skippered and crewed options. In 2017 we are adding Luxury Crewed Charter holidays to our bareboat holiday options! A week on board a luxury yacht or catamaran combines the freedom of a sailing holiday with the comfort and service of a luxury villa holiday. Not sold...did we mention the king-sized beds and air-conditioning?
INDEPENDENT SAILING - For those who have sailing qualifications, plenty of experience and want to be totally independent! Simply pick up the boat and set sail with our advice on making the most of your destination.
SKIPPERED CHARTER - For those who are new to sailing and would like to experience sailing in the sun! Your skipper can help you learn the ropes and get some real hands on experience. Or simply sit back and relax.
LUXURY CREWED CHARTER - Our luxury yachts are for those who wish to sit back and put their feet up. Our luxury crewed yachts come with a skipper and hostess team to cater for your every need! Like a floating chalet...but better!
BRAND NEW FLOTILLA ROUTES FOR 2017
Following the success of our current range of routes, spanning easy island hopping to more adventurous explorative itineraries, we have three new routes for 2017!
KEFALONIA & ZAKYNTHOS - This flotilla will be great if you are looking for a combination of relaxing hours spent at anchor along with the opportunity for some more exciting sailing.
ITHAKA ISLAND FLOTILLA - Ithaka is famed as the home of Odysseus. It is also host to three wonderful ports and a number of beautiful anchorages. This is a fantastic flotilla for those just starting out.
TWO WEEK CROATIA - With the combination of gin clear water, great wind and beautiful beaches proving timeless, in 2017 we are offering a two week flotilla around the Dalmatian Islands.
BRAND NEW BOATS FOR 2017 – BENETEAU 35, 38 & 45
By August 2016 all of our flotilla boats, throughout the summer holidays, September and October were fully booked. As bookings for the 2017 season begin rolling in, it only seems sensible to invest in more boats for the upcoming season, to avoid disappointment!
Following the success of our recent additions from Beneteau, 2017 will see a number of brand new Beneteau 35’s & 38’s join the fleet, as well as a Brand new Beneteau 45. These modern boats feature Beneteau’s new design concept, which has gone down a storm with our flotilla sailors so far! With pine coloured interior and simple styling, they have an ultra-modern feel, combined with twin helms for sailing performance.
A NEW YEAR ROUND SAILING DESTINATION...
2017 sees us launch independent and skippered sailing holidays in the Canary Islands. A year round sailing destination! The yachts are a fleet of 8 brand new Bavarias ranging from 36ft for couples to larger 50ft+ yachts for larger groups and families. The new fleet our run by our unique team of local experts! With a year round sailing season, this opens up the option of winter sailing, for those who prefer sunshine to snow. Read on or get in touch to find out more.
Our Canary Islands Base
Our base is a brand spanking new marina about 15 minutes’ drive from Arrecife Airport. The marina is a wonderful location to start your holiday. You are in close proximity to everything you will need for your first days on board.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- “Our philosophy is simple – we offer the opportunity to meander around the beautiful Greek Islands in the comfort of your own yacht, living the dream, with the unobtrusive assistance and supervision of a flotilla lead crew” Barrie Neilson
- The holidays concentrate on the enjoyable aspects of sailing in the sunny Greek islands, allowing those with little experience to have a go, whilst offering experienced sailors the opportunity to simply relax, whilst introducing family and friends.
- For the last ten years Sailing Holidays has also offered yacht charters with selected suppliers throughout the Mediterranean. In 2017 this has been expanded to include luxury crewed yacht charter as well as bareboat and skippered yacht charter options.
- The Sailing season runs from the beginning of May until the end of October.
- Sailing Holidays was established in 1976 – 41 years on they are still offering people the freedom of an easy-to-sail yacht, in the safe waters of the Mediterranean Islands.
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