Three of the best sailing destinations for beginners in 2022

From exploring the shores of Croatia to the beautiful British Virgin Islands, a sailing trip is easier to organise than you think.

By Sunsail
Published 5 Jan 2022, 10:52 GMT
A sailing trip doesn't have to mean learning all of the skills — with Sunsail, a ...

A sailing trip doesn't have to mean learning all of the skills — with Sunsail, a personal skipper can come aboard for the trip.

Photograph by Sunsail

1. Croatia
With more than 1,000 islands to hop around, secluded beaches and quiet anchorages, Croatia’s Adriatic coastline is the modern sailing enthusiast’s dream. Dubrovnik is the gateway to this paradise archipelago and makes for an excellent day’s wandering before you set sail. From here, it’s a short journey to the enchanting island of Mljet before moving along the coastline to the beaches of the Peljesac Peninsula and Lastovo. Starting from Marina Agana gives you easy access to the swanky restaurants, sweeping vineyards and lavender fields of Hvar.

2. Greece
Just off the west coast of Greece and connected to the mainland by a causeway, Lefkas is a major player in ancient Greek history and mythology, a producer of some of the country’s most robust red wines and an excellent starting point for a sailing holiday around the Ionian Islands. Point the bow southward to explore the sea caves of Meganisi, ancient ruins of Ithaki and Mediterranean oak forests of Kefalonia.

3. British Virgin Islands
Year-round beautiful weather, steady trade winds and ideal conditions for clear and easy line of sight navigation are often enough to entice sailors and yachters to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). But throw incredible beaches, unique ports and fascinating landmarks of huge historical significance into the mix, and you’ve got an unbeatable sailing trip on your hands. 

Top tips for beginners from Sunsail

If you’ve always wanted to go sailing, but have no experience aboard yachts, organising a trip can be a daunting prospect. Specialist operator, Sunsail, offers a number of options to prepare you for the being on the water — and you can do as much or as little sailing as you like. They also have global bases, so you can maximise the time you’re at sea:

1. Take a course: If you’ve never sailed before, try the Competent Crew course — by the end of it, you’ll know your way around a boat and be a useful member of the crew. It’s an excellent confidence builder. 

2. Hire a skipper: Alternatively, you could simply hire your own yacht from our fleet along with a skipper who will come with you and sail the boat.

3. Consider the size: Sunsail offers monohull sailing yachts from 34ft up to 52ft and catamarans from 40ft up to 50ft. You could go for either a bareboat holiday, where you head off and make the most of your skipper’s local knowledge, or you could join one of our flotilla holidays.

4. Try a flotilla: Flotilla sailing is great fun — people love the social aspect, whilst having the support of a lead crew to help throughout the trip. It’s a really exciting way to get into sailing.

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