FAQ

Sailing Trips

Our sailing adventures are highly tailor-made, catering to the unique preferences of our guests in small, intimate groups, ensuring a personalized and memorable experience.

Tailor-Made Trips and Personalized Service
Our sailing trips are tailor-made, catering specifically to the preferences and desires of our guests. Due to the intimate nature of our groups, we specialize in providing highly personalized and attentive service. Our small group size allows us to focus on each guest’s unique interests, ensuring memorable experience. Whether it’s customizing the itinerary, accommodating special requests, or offering expert guidance and support throughout the journey, our aim is to provide an exceptionally tailored experience.

While we provide an example itinerary for each of our sailing trips, it’s important to understand that this is just a guide. The true beauty and adventure of sailing lie in its unpredictability and the unique experiences it offers. Factors like weather conditions, wind direction, and route choices can influence the course of our journey, making each trip a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Our itineraries are designed to offer a blend of exhilarating sailing, cultural experiences, and relaxation. Specifically, on our Corsican and Sardinian coasts trips, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of these regions, create lasting memories, and experience the freedom and adventure of open-sea sailing.

Example Itinerary: In eatch tripp you find  an example how your adventure-trip might unfold, keeping in mind that actual experiences may vary, adding to the excitement and uniqueness of your sailing adventure:

Remember, sailing is about embracing the unexpected and finding joy in the journey, not just the destination. Every trip with us promises new experiences, challenges, and the thrill of adventure.

Diverse Sailors:
Our sailors are diverse, spanning various ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. While some are seasoned sailors with years of experience, others might be setting foot on a boat for the first time. Yet, they all share a spirit of adventure and a common purpose.

Inclusive Voyages:
Our voyages typically include 6-8 paying crew members, depending on the yacht, accompanied by a skipper and a mate. Most people join as individuals, but we warmly welcome couples or groups. The unique environment of a boat fosters strong team bonds, and many of our crew members form lasting friendships, often reuniting for future sailing adventures.

Global Participation:
Participants come from all age groups, with a good representation from their 20s to their 60s. We usually have a balanced mix of men and women. Our crew members hail from across the globe, bringing a rich blend of cultures, professions, and life stories. They unite under a common passion for adventure, and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll forge lasting friendships during these journeys.

Our daily routine refers to the set of habits or activities that a person regularly follows each day. It typically involves a sequence of tasks or actions performed at similar times to provide structure and efficiency to one’s day.

The specifics of a daily routine can vary greatly depending on individual preferences, lifestyle, and obligations. Common elements in a daily routine might include:

Shared Responsibilities: Crew members participate in a rotational duty system for cooking, cleaning, and maintaining high hygiene standards. Daily tasks include navigating, skippering, and engineering, offering everyone the chance to engage in all aspects of yacht management.

Flexible Itinerary: Decisions about destinations are made collectively, considering weather and tides, ensuring a spontaneous and authentic expedition sailing experience.

Daily Schedule: Breakfast is at 8:00, aiming to set sail by 9:30. We usually reach our daily destination around 17:00, allowing time for relaxation, exploration, and a pleasant dinner.

Adaptability: Depending on weather conditions or the allure of a location, we might choose to stay put, offering opportunities for relaxation, further exploration, or engaging in activities like fishing or using the RIB.

Night Sailing: Reserved mostly for Ocean, Offshore passages, and the Coastal Passage Making Course.

Offshore Sailing

Initial Training: The first few days are spent in coastal waters, focusing on building individual and team competence.

Extended Passages: Expect a long passage of around 6-700nm, lasting 4-6 days, during our two-week trips.

Watch System: Operate on a 3-hour watch system, ensuring restful breaks and maintaining enthusiasm.

Authentic Offshore Experience: Prepare for life at sea, including angled sailing, odd hours, and the exhilaration of being miles offshore.

Coastal Passage Making Course

Intensive Training: The course prioritizes enhancing your skippering skills and seamanship, with a heavy focus on learning, testing, and practical lessons.

Extended Days: Expect longer days, and occasionally, while others enjoy a pub visit, you might be preparing a talk on a related subject as part of the training.

Challenging yet Supportive: The course is designed to push your limits in a supportive environment.

Overnight Passages: Includes 2-3 overnight passages, integral to the course’s hands-on learning approach.

Shared Cooking Duties: Crew members take turns cooking, often paired with others, and recipes are provided for guidance.

Quality Meals: We focus on nutritious, delicious meals using local ingredients, avoiding standard fare like pasta and frozen pies.

Diverse Menus: Our meals reflect our destinations, in Corsica, taste local specialties like herb-infused stews or seafood delicacies, and in Italy, delight in authentic pasta dishes, regional cheeses, and traditional Italian fare. Enjoy Swedish classics such as fresh seafood or the flavors of Spain with dishes like paella, tapas varieties.

Dietary Accommodations: We cater to various dietary needs, including vegan, coeliac, and allergies. However, in some locations, specific requirements might be challenging to meet, so bringing additional food from home is advisable.

Allergy Considerations: Those with severe allergies should consult with us for approval before joining the crew.

Yes, for some of our adventure trips, we offer an all-inclusive experience with a chef on board. In these packages, all meals are prepared by a professional chef, ensuring a culinary delight at every meal. Alongside the captain, we select a second crew member who assists with deck and bridge work while also serving as a host to our guests. This crew member is not only skilled in sailing but also specializes in cooking, bringing a unique and delightful culinary experience to your sailing adventure. So, indeed, you can look forward to having a chef on board on these specific trips.

Additional Meal Options:

All Inclusive (Chef on Board): All meals are expertly prepared by a professional chef.

All Inclusive (Cook Together): A combination of participant-prepared meals, guided by provided recipes.

Half board (Cook Together): Participants prepare either breakfast and lunch or dinner together.

Course & Bed (Meals Organized by Crew): Crew organizes meal preparation, with participant involvement possible.

Qualifying miles are a requirement for certain Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications, like the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. These miles must be sailed as part of a certain type of passage, often offshore, to demonstrate experience and competence in various sailing conditions.

 

For other RYA sailing certificates, the qualifying miles and experience requirements vary depending on the level and type of certification. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. RYA Competent Crew: No prior experience or miles are required. It’s an introductory course for beginners.
  2. RYA Day Skipper: You should have 5 days of sea time, 100 miles, and 4 night hours. The course focuses on basic seamanship and navigation.
  3. RYA Coastal Skipper: You should have 15 days of sea time, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, and 8 night hours. This course is for more advanced skippering techniques for coastal and offshore passages.
  4. RYA Yachtmaster Coastal: The requirement is 800 miles, 30 days living on board, 2 days as skipper, and 12 night hours. Half the qualifying sea time must be in tidal waters.
  5. RYA Yachtmaster Offshore: As mentioned earlier, you need 2,500 miles, including at least 5 passages over 60 miles acting as skipper on at least two of these passages, with 12 night hours.
  6. RYA Yachtmaster Ocean: You must have completed a Yachtmaster Offshore certification and an ocean passage as skipper or mate of a watch, involving a passage of over 600 miles with at least 200 miles more than 50 miles from land.

These qualifications build on each other, and the experience gained in one often contributes to the requirements of the next. The RYA places a strong emphasis on practical experience, ensuring that certificate holders have spent significant time at sea in various conditions.

 

Qualifying passages

How do I arrange flights for the sailing trips, and what are the options for accommodation before and after the trip?

Our trips are thoughtfully curated, with start and end harbours located near international airports that are easily accessible from major cities like Amsterdam, London, and Paris. We understand that organizing travel can be a bit overwhelming, so we’re more than happy to assist you in booking flights to ensure a smooth journey to and from your sailing adventure.

Additionally, we often have the option for you to come aboard earlier, or we can recommend excellent B&Bs nearby. This allows you to start your sailing trip in a relaxed and leisurely manner, fully rested and ready for the experience.

Just let us know your preferences and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs and ensure a seamless start to your adventure with us.

Arrival Timeliness
We meticulously plan our routes and include extra time to ensure timely arrival at our final destination. However, for offshore and ocean voyages, we cannot guarantee an exact arrival date. Instances of delay are rare (about two times last year), but factors like adverse weather or mechanical issues can cause unexpected changes.

Flexibility in Travel Plans
For offshore and ocean trips, it’s advisable to allow some flexibility in your return plans. Consider booking your flight for the day after the trip’s scheduled end date, or opt for a flexible ticket that allows date changes if necessary.

Assistance with Flights
In cases of flights, particularly for trips starting and ending in different locations, we occasionally come across excellent deals. If you’re struggling to find a suitable flight, feel free to reach out to us for assistance. Please note that our assistance is limited to long-haul flights and may not extend to short-haul options.

Passport Validity: Ensure your passport remains valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the conclusion of your trip. This is a standard requirement for many countries.

Sufficient Page Space: Your passport should have 4-5 blank pages available for visas, as well as entry and exit stamps.

Dual Nationality: If you possess dual nationality, remember that you must use the same passport for the entire duration of the trip. Switching passports mid-journey is not permitted.

Keeping Up-to-Date: Visa and passport regulations can change quickly and without notice. While we strive to provide accurate information, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visas for your journey.

Planning for Delays: Allow ample time to acquire any necessary visas, considering potential delays or unforeseen circumstances in the process.

  1. Requirement of Adequate Insurance: Possessing adequate travel insurance is a compulsory condition for boarding the yacht.
  2. Early Insurance Acquisition: We strongly advise obtaining this insurance soon after booking your trip. Early insurance ensures coverage in case of medical issues or other unforeseen events that might prevent you from joining the trip.
  3. Providing Insurance Details to Driven by Nature: Prior to your trip, you must submit the following details to Driven by Nature, if not already provided:
    • Your travel insurance provider’s name.
    • Your insurance policy number.
    • The emergency contact number of your insurance.
  4. Documentation for the Skipper: Upon arrival, you are required to present a copy of your insurance policy to the skipper. This document should clearly show the policy’s validity, ensuring it covers the entire duration of your trip.