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Explore this beautiful coastline so close to home.

The French Riviera is well known for its stylish seaside towns but this wonderful sailing area just a stones throw away, is an idyllic mix of upmarket flair and rustic, traditional charm. Enjoy the bustling towns of St Tropez and Marseille, relish the unique character of Port Grimaud and get away from it all on Ile de Porquerolles.

Sailing areas in France

  • Overview
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    Calanques National Park

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    Port of Cassis

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    St Tropez

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    Port Cros

    • Stunning coastline just a stones throw from the UK
    • People watch in the bustling town of St Tropez
    • Enjoy traditional French cuisine & visit local markets
    • Average summer temperatures of 25-29 degrees
    • Itineraries can be relaxed or more adventurous
    • Families with older children enjoy the bustling atmosphere
  • French Riviera

    French Riviera sailing holidays

    A bareboat holiday on the French Riviera offers total freedom to explore this beautiful coastline at your leisure. Head to the bustling towns of St Tropez and Marseille for some people watching, great dining and plenty of shopping or get away from it all exploring the Calanques National Park and the islands just off the coast.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info)

Sailing holiday experiences in France

Yacht Charter Sailing holidays in France

Yacht charter

Perfect for bareboat yacht charter on the French Riviera.

Yacht charter

"Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed last weeks sailing around the Stockholm archipelago. The boat was by far the best we have ever chartered. As a cruising area it's definitely on the return list !!"

Stockholm 2015 - A & H.R

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.

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.