10 Reasons Why You’ll Love a UK Summer Flotilla
Sunsail UK, Prometheus Sailing and TheYachtMarket have joined forces to create two amazing UK flotillas https://www.prometheus-sailing.co.uk/flotilla/ on the South coast of England this summer. These flotillas were sold out in 2021 and here are 10 reasons why so many families enjoy UK summer sailing holidays such as these flotillas:
- DISCOVER THE AMAZING SOLENT
There is a reason why the Solent is a world-famous sailing destination that is on almost every sailor’s bucket list. In fact, there are many reasons. Champagne sailing conditions combine with stunning scenery, such as The Needles, Osborne Bay, seal spotting in Newtown Creek or paddle boarding on the Beaulieu River. And there are famous and picturesque Solent towns to visit, such as Cowes, Yarmouth and Lymington, along with the vibrant cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. The Solent has something for everyone and is a truly remarkable and memorable sailing destination.
- EVERY DAY IS A HISTORY LESSON
There is so much history to see and learn about when you sail in the Solent. Sites include the 3rd century Portchester Castle, HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, The Palmerston Forts, The Royal Navy base in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, Buckler’s Hard Village and Maritime Museum to name just a few. The Solent is full of history, places to visit and things to do that span thousands of years of history.
- ENJOY FANTASTIC FOOD
If you love good food then you will love sailing in the Solent. Here are just a few of the amazing restaurants a sailing foodie can enjoy:
The Hut – A lively, seafront restaurant with great views, a buzzing atmosphere and delicious food with local providence. The Hut is the place to be seen on the Isle of Wight and we’d recommend booking at least a month in advance. https://thehutcolwell.co.uk/
Thompson’s Restaurant – if you enjoy fine dining then Michelin Star chef Robert Thompson and his team at Thomspon’s Restaurant is the place for you. https://www.robertthompson.co.uk/
The Coast – If you are looking for a more relaxed setting for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal then The Coast is highly recommended. Conveniently located on Cowes High Street and is always full of the sailing crowd. https://www.thecoastbar.co.uk/
Southampton Harbour Hotel – The 5 star Southampton Harbour Hotel is the flagship building in Ocean Village Marina. Enjoy city views and pizza in the bustling HarBAR on the 6th floor, or great seafood in The Jetty https://www.harbourhotels.co.uk/southampton/eat-and-drink
These four recommendations just scratch the surface of the top quality and varied food you can enjoy when sailing in the Solent.
- GUARANTEED BERTHING
We’ve all been there – us Brits queue patiently for one of the last moorings in a picturesque Greek or Croatian marina and then another crew ploughs past the queue and steals the last berth, leaving you having to anchor off for the night.
With the Prometheus Sailing flotillas, all berthing is pre-booked by our knowledgeable team, removing the headache of the afternoon marina scramble. All berthing is walk ashore with access to great local facilities. Check out the locations you’ll enjoy your at pre-booked berths here: https://www.prometheus-sailing.co.uk/flotilla/
- SPOT BRITISH WILDLIFE
The Solent has some amazing wildlife, including the successful re-introduction of the stunning White Tailed Sea Eagles. Sea Eagles can be spotted soaring over the Solent and around the coast of the Isle of Wight. Other wildlife you could spot during your trip includes brown seals, dolphins, cuttlefish, seahorses and a host of other birds and marine animals.
- ENJOY AN OPIHR G&T PARTY
There is nothing better than a refreshing gin and tonic after a day on the water. Well maybe there is something better – a delicious, complimentary, Opihr G&T!
Opihr is a unique London Dry Gin made using hand-picked botanicals, including spicy cubeb berries from Indonesia, cardamom and Tellicherry black pepper from India and coriander from Morocco. Sounds tempting? Then get onboard for a summer of sailing and enjoy our G&T flotilla parties that come included with the Prometheus Sailing flotillas, sponsored by TheYachtMarket!
- IMPROVE YOUR SAILING SKILLS
Summer sailing in the UK nearly always means a good breeze, and so it’s engine off, sails up and a chance to hone those sailing skills. A helpful and reassuring daily briefing from your lead skipper will cover weather, tide, navigation and hints and tips on local places of interest. And your flotilla crew will be on hand to help you slip lines in the morning and berth in the marina in the afternoon.
- SAVE 80% WITH A UK SAILING HOLIDAY
A 40ft yacht for a week long flotilla in the Mediterranean costs around £4,000, and when adding flights, transfers, airport parking and other costs, the price of an overseas sailing holiday for a family, or group, of six is over £8,000.
The cost of a UK sailing holiday with Prometheus Sailing and Sunsail UK is less than £2,200, with yacht charter, fuel, all marina fees and a lead support yacht with experienced crew included.
A UK flotilla is nearly £6,000 cheaper than an overseas flotilla for a group of 6 people. That is an amazing 80% saving, or in other words, you could enjoy 4 UK flotillas for the price of a single overseas flotilla. Or add a UK flotilla to your 2022 sailing plans without breaking the bank.
- DON’T WASTE TWO DAYS TRAVELLING
Don’t waste two days of your holiday stuck in airports, on planes in queues at passport control and on airport transfers. When you book a 5 day UK Prometheus Sailing flotilla you get to sail for all 5 days of your trip – no wasted days, no wasted money, no wasted sailing time!
- REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
A UK staycation means no damaging international flights dumping tons of carbon into our atmosphere and a sailing holiday has one of the lowest carbon footprints of any holiday. Hoist the sails, switch off the engine and cruise under wind power, with no carbon emissions for the whole day. If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your holidays, then a UK sailing trip allows you to engage in some responsible tourism.
HOW DO I ENQUIRE ABOUT OR BOOK A UK FLOTILLA?
Details of the July and August flotillas can be viewed here: https://www.prometheus-sailing.co.uk/flotilla/
To enquire about booking a flotilla please contact Prometheus Sailing and Sunsail UK on:
Telephone: 02394 350505