372 of you have already booked for 2018!
We have been having a rough count up and are chuffed to find that over 300 of you have already booked your sailing holiday for 2018. That is 1185 lucky people already looking forward to sailing next year. With popular routes and dates already filling up, there is no time like the present to plan ahead.
We love hearing from you - from those of you who have recently got back...to those of you calling us from your cockpit in the sunny Mediterranean - keep them coming! Read on for our top tips for 2018 and the perks of booking early.
The perks of booking early
1. Booking early ensures you secure the location and boat that best suits you!
2. You will always get the best price by booking early. We are currently offering a 15% early booking discount!
3. You have months to look forward to sailing in the sunshine again!
Our Top Tips for 2018
Book early and SAVE 15%
We're not really into the hard sell and huge discounts here at Sailing Holidays, but a 15% early booking discount is too good an opportunity to pass up. Even if you are only booking a boat for £1000, that is £150 back in your pocket to spend on Pizza in Procida or Karlavacko in Korcula! This early booking discount runs up until the end of January 2018.
From 16th - 24th September we'll be setting up our very own pop-up office (and Gin & Tonic bar of course!) at the Southampton Boat Show. There is no better way to quiz us on the best boats and areas to sail than in person. You can pre-book tickets from the Southampton Boat Show Website.
We have a special offer code which you can enter online: EPTOM6LVKC. The standard ticket price is £20, this offer code will give you access to £12 tickets! You can also bring two under 15 year olds per adult. It's a great day out for all the family!
Adventurous Exploration in the Saronic Islands
Our Adventurous Rough Guide to the Saronic Islands with it's slightly longer days, cruising down the plush Peloponnese coastline, is getting incredible feedback. As more and more boats move into Greek waters it can be tricky to find quiet harbours, especially in peak summer, but this area seems to remain our little secret! The other perk to this route is that the choice of boats from Athens is brilliant! The months that book up the fastest are June and September, so be sure to get in there sooner rather than later.
Sporades Island Hopping in April
Our most popular area for keener sailors, the Sporades Islands remain a firm favourite, with fantastic anchorages and even better wind! If you are looking to sail in late April and avoid the summer heat there couldn't be a better place to sail. Another reason to explore this area early in the year is to avoid the infamous summer Meltemi, which kicks in during July and August. There are already bookings rolling in for these spring dates in particular, so if spring sailing in the Sporades is on your wish list give us a ring!
With 3 RYA boats, 6 brilliant instructors and the addition of our VHF course (a requirement to charter a boat in Croatia) our little RYA school is growing somewhat! We are now taking whole boat bookings, as well as booking individuals and couples on to shared course boats. So if getting qualified is on the to do list - 2018 could be the year!
If you have been wanting to explore Croatia, but are unsure as to the best time of year to go, we could have the answer for you. With an incredibly popular area like the Dalmatian Islands, the trick to balance a time that offers good weather, with a time when you can still get within cork popping distance of the quayside! We think the perfect time to explore the islands of Brac, Hvar, Korcula (and beyond) is June. The weather has just about settled into summer predictability, but the droves that bear down on the islands, come July and August are nowhere to be seen. Ideal!