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Expert Catamaran Sailor

From the experience that you have told us about, you are qualified to skipper any Sunsail monohull or sail catamaran (within 10 feet of the largest yacht you have previously sailed and denoted in your resume) in all Sunsail destinations at Level 1, 2 and 3 listed below.  

As you will see from the below table, the skipper of the yacht will be required to show proof of qualifications in Greece, Croatia, Italy, French Polynesia, Belize, and Seychelles. This must be the original copy of your qualification.  

Although no sailing qualifications are required for cruising in certain destinations, we strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on holiday with you. This may be useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police. 

Level 1 Sailing DestinationsLevel 2 Sailing DestinationsLevel 3 Sailing Destinations
Wind: 5-20 knotsWind: 10-20 knotsWind: 10 – 25 knots
Navigation: line-of-sight sailing. Basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.Navigation: you’ll need to understand tidal flow and navigate in open water.Navigation: you’ll need to understand large tidal variations, cope with strong currents and make a passage plan.
Moorings: predominantly stern-to mooring in the Mediterranean and buoys in the Caribbean.Moorings: predominantly anchoring. Protected anchorages, Mediterranean style anchoring and/or marina slips.Moorings: predominantly anchoring, some more exposed anchorages with poor anchor holding ground.
Level 1 Destinations: • Lefkas, Greece * • Corfu, Greece * • Agana, Croatia * • Dubrovnik, Croatia * • British Virgin Islands  • Whitsundays, AustrailiaLevel 2 Destinations: • Sardinia, Italy * • Procida, Italy  * • Athens, Greece * • St Martin • Antigua • Abacos, Bahamas  • Phuket, Thailand  • French Polynesia, RaiateaLevel 3 Destinations:  • Belize • Exumas, Bahamas • St Lucia • Grenada  • Mahe, Seychelles
Qualifications needed: • In Lefkas and Corfu, skippers must show proof of your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International OR NauticEd SLC (International Sailing Licence and Credentials), International • In Agana and Dubrovnik, skippers must show proof a RYA Day Skipper Course Certificate OR ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International OR NauticEd SLC (International Sailing License and Credentials), International OR MCA Master (Yacht less than 500 gt), RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate or aboveQualifications needed: • In Sardinia and Procida, skippers must show proof of your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International OR NauticEd SLC (International Sailing License and Credentials), International Prerequisites: RYA Day Skipper Course • In Athens, skippers must show proof of your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International OR NauticEd SLC (International Sailing License and Credentials), International • In French Polynesia, Raiatea, skippers must show proof of an ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International –Prerequisites: RYA Day Skipper CourseQualifications needed: • To sail in Belize without a skipper, you must apply for a temporary Certificate of Competency. This is issued by the Belizean Port Authorities and is required for all bareboat charters. • In Seychelles, skippers must show proof of your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International OR NauticEd SLC (International Sailing License and Credentials), International OR MCA Master (Yacht less than 500 gt), RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate or above

Our Catamaran Fleet  

Sunsail’s innovative fleet of catamarans, designed by Robertson and Caine’s Leopard and Lagoon, range from 38’ to 48’. Our catamarans offer a spacious onboard lifestyle with wide outdoor living space and bright open interior, whilst also maintaining performance and manoeuvrability as you explore the sailing grounds. 

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Bareboat and Flotilla Sailing  

Set your own pace and route on a bareboat charter in your chosen destination or sail as a group on a flotilla sailing holiday in Croatia, Greece, or Italy, where you will follow a planned itinerary showcasing the best spots and hidden gems of that destination. 

Skippered Sailing Holidays 

Why not explore any of our 20+ destinations with your very own skipper. Our skippers are fully qualified and hold a wealth of local knowledge to ensure they build an itinerary that is personalised to you and your party. Your skipper will captain your yacht, giving you plenty of time to truly relax and enjoy your surroundings. Feel free to get involved with the skippers help and expand your sailing knowledge. ** 

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Looking to further develop your sailing skills? 

We have advanced courses ideal for expert sailors such as the RYA Coastal Skipper practical courseRYA Yachtmaster Coastal prep and exam course and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore prep and exam course. 

 
*If you are interested in chartering in any of our Mediterranean destinations, you will need formal qualifications. Port authorities throughout the Mediterranean require various levels of formal qualifications. In Greece, the skipper should be accompanied by at least one crew member (First Mate) of “Competent Crew” level or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association. 
 
**When adding a skipper to a bareboat, remember that they will require a cabin and provisions for the duration of your charter. 

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