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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 for France Yacht Charter

  • 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 for France Yacht Charter

Yacht Charter Sailing holidays in France

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Perfect for bareboat yacht charter on the French Riviera.

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"I just wanted to say how incredibly impressed I’ve been with all aspects of your service. Throughout, the process has been quick and efficient with quick responses on all queries and even help with issues like arranging delivery of provisions. The charter company and quality of yacht was excellent. For the first time ever I had to make a claim against the indemnity policy for some small damage to the hull (cost less than the policy cost), this was approved within 24 hrs which is huge peace of mind. I do two sailing holidays a year and now won’t book with anyone else (if you can offer us a good deal which I’m sure you can!)"

Mallorca 2019 - N.C.

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.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

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.