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Nautilus Yachting wants to reassure our existing and future clients that we are keeping a very close eye on the constantly changing position of the UK leaving Europe. Regardless of a deal or no deal you may be asking yourself if your current or potential booking is safe with Nautilus Yachting. Please see below our comments and plans we have put in place with the current information available from the authorities.

Can I travel to Europe if the UK leaves with no deal?

There has been confirmation from the EU Parliament that UK citizens won't need a visa to travel to Europe regardless of whether Britain leaves the EU with or without a deal. This ruling means that UK citizens can travel to the EU visa-free for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period, deal or no deal.

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: "It follows on from the confirmation a few weeks ago that flights will continue to operate, even in a no deal. This means that two of the most important concerns for UK tourists and business travellers visiting the EU have been addressed and will provide a further boost to confidence about travel to the EU after Brexit."

Current Bookings - securing your price

Due to the constant fluctuation in currencies as a result of Brexit, Nautilus Yachting has secured a fixed Euro and Dollar exchange rate. This means we can abolish any uncertainty to all clients who have currently booked that the yacht rate will not increase in the event of the pound crashing. Once the deposit has been paid, any new bookings can also have the safety of a locked in price against the Euro.

New Bookings - securing your price

Once the deposit has been paid on any new bookings we will apply the same rule as current bookings and secure a fixed rate against the Euro.

Booking with a UK company is best!

Nautilus Yachting has been established since 1992 and is an ATOL (3016) Tour operator. We are financially audited by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) annually. If you book or plan to book flights through us then your entire package is covered under our ATOL Licence. However if you have booked your own flights you do have the reassurance that the CAA deem us a reliable, trustworthy and financially secure company.

If you are yet to book your next sailing holiday then you may want to book it as part of a package and include flights so you come under our ATOL. We charge a £40/Person booking fee to cover our ATOL expenses.

Check your passports

The UK Government has advised that all travellers to the EU should renew passports which have six months or less left to the expire date. This is normal practice for non EU destinations so hopefully this should not be a problem.

Travel Insurance

Please ensure you and your group have appropriate Travel Insurance that covers the activity of sailing holidays.

The above information is the advice and thoughts of Nautilus Yachting Ltd but please be assured we are watching all developments and potential outcomes of a deal or no deal outcome.

If you have any questions in regards to your existing booking please contact our customer care team at customercare@nautilusyachting.com.

If you are yet to book your next sailing holiday and are reassured by the measures put in place by Nautilus Yachting and the EU Parliament then please contact our sales team by emailing charter@nautilusyachting.com, giving us a call on 01732 867445 or completing the Quick Quote Form below for a quote on your next sailing holiday.

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Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.