Sailing with children
Chartering with Children - Family Yacht Charter and Sailing Vacations
Many of our clients ask us if it's a good idea to bring the kids along on a yacht charter - not just for the obvious safety reasons, but because they're worried the kids will feel cooped up on the boat and ruin the vacation for kids and parents alike. These are valid concerns, but from our experience this is rarely the case, in fact children love being on a yacht, learn to respect the rules of the boat, and are normally better behaved because they are entranced by the experience. Simply put, kids love boats!
Sailing with kids can be very fun and rewarding. Most children, both big and small, enjoy the sailing environment and it is usually in the earlier years that the basis for a life-long interest in sailing is rooted.
If you're planning a family sailing charter, we strongly recommend a chartering a catamaran. Catamarans are wonderful for children – they offer a lot of inside play space, they don't rock back and forth when tacking, and the children will love being on the forward trampolines and jumping off the stern deck.
We offer to put on a children’s safety net (installation fee 50 €), you need to inform us 2 weeks before the beginning of your vacation. Same for the life vests – please inform us before about the weight of the children that will be members of the crew, so we can provide you with proper life vests for them.
Some advises to make your sailing holiday successful:
Set clear safety rules. Discuss the rules of a charter before the trip and reinforce them the moment you get on the boat.
• Always wear life vests when not in the cockpit.
• Never leave a boat without permission from an adult.
• Never go to the front of the boat without an adult.
• The skipper is the boss, his word is law.
• No running or horsing around, ever.
• Always swim with another person
• Make a schedule for the adults who will be in charge of the children.
Make the sailing distances short, so the children won’t get bored on board. Instead of a 4 hours sail, do two 2 hour sails, stopping on a beach to run around and play (water sports like kayaking or snorkelling) in between.
We have kayaks for rent (50 € per week). The children (and adults) will love the freedom to paddle around (of course they should wear life jackets). Also bring fitting snorkelling equipment for each child on board.