A family sailing holiday is a fantastic way to build confidence in and on the water, and also enjoy a fun and exciting vacation together. Sailing encourages team work and helps each member of the family stay active and healthy, whilst enjoying an entertaining family holiday that gets everyone off the sun-loungers and onto the waves.
Instead of just looking at the beautiful water or staying confined to the pool at a resort, a sailing trip will get you out on the water and enable you to see your destination from a fresh new angle. After all there are miles and miles of beautiful coastline in the world to look at so why restrict yourself to the beach?
Kids will love the feel-good factor of sailing which offers great opportunities for socialising with peers and a real sense of achievement. If you need convincing any further then consider the health benefits of sailing. Not only is the sea air charged with healthy ions that accelerate the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, but maneuvering one’s boat is equivalent to doing anaerobic exercises, flexing and toning the muscles and promoting cardiovascular health.
Here is a selection of sailing resorts which are perfect for all the family; guaranteed to put the wind in your sails!
The Lakitira Beach Resort in Kardamena is a superb RYA recognized sailing resort which ticks all the boxes for sailors of every level. The light winds most mornings are ideal for beginners and conditions build in the afternoon to force three to five – perfect for the more advanced sailors. Free group sailing clinics are spread over six days of the week for beginners through to intermediate level and you and your family can gain official qualifications through one of the ten RYA courses on offer.
San Agostino, Greece
San Agostino Beach Resort boasts usually perfect wind conditions making it a truly premier sailing resort. There is a wide range of dinghies to use as well as first class instruction and RYA sailing courses for adults and children. Set on a beautiful private beach, San Agostino has a wonderful, warm atmosphere with a superb watersports set-up making it an ideal destination for your family sailing holiday.
San Lucianu, Corsica
Set amongst elegant gardens with a soaring mountain range as a backdrop, San Lucianu Beach Resort is certainly one of the most picturesque places to sail. Sailors love it for the good mix of wind conditions and the gently shelving beach ensures quality sailing for all levels. As part of the childcare programme on offer at San Lucianu, children learn to sail and have fun on the water as part of their activity programme.
Set on a magnificent beach in ever fashionable Sardinia, Perdepera Beach Resort is a laid-back place to sail. Located on the eastern coast of Sardinia just south of the village of Cardedu, the resort is reached via a scenic drive from the airport at Cagliari, taking in mountains and dramatic red cliffs as well as the sea. The beach is well protected by a headland making for perfect sailing conditions for novices in the morning and the more advanced in the afternoon.
Sea Garden, Turkey
Set in an elevated position on the stunning Aegean coast of Turkey, just a short drive from Bodrum is the Sea Garden Hotel. The resort is located beside two bays backed by pine clad mountains – an area of largely untouched natural beauty. The small sheltered bay is perfect for beginner sailors but then opens up into a large bay with consistently good wind conditions suitable for intermediate and advanced sailors.
About The Author: Mark Warner offers a range of sailing holidays with Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses, including free group sailing clinics, at resorts in Greece, Corsica, Sardinia and Turkey. Families can also take advantage of their complimentary childcare facilities for kids from 4 months to 17 years. Visit www.markwarner.co.uk for more information.