Our most popular sailing experiences are our Small Group Sailing tours, also known as yacht rallies or flotillas, which explore a rotating selection of worldwide destinations each year.
Our trips involve sailing as part of a small group of yachts, following an itinerary which provides free time to explore along the way. They are hosted by Mariner Boating Holidays and a local technician/guide. You can join one on your own, meeting other like-minded travellers and staying in one of our cabins, or book your own yacht from our fleet and travel with friends. If you do book your own yacht, we can either provide you with a skipper, or help organise the paperwork so that you can skipper yourselves (if preferred).
Whichever option you choose, our hosts will provide you with continuous support throughout, organising fun races, long table dinners and optional excursions along the way.
Small group comfort
You’ll sail in comfort as part of a small group of yachts. All you need to do is join some friends and select a yacht from our fleet, or book a cabin and share with other like-minded adventurers. Cruise in company and along the way enjoy fun races, optional excursions, dinners ashore, making new friends with like-minded rally participants as you experience new destinations from the sea.
30+ years of experience
We've been doing this awhile and tend to know a secret spot or two. We know you want to visit the main sights (and why wouldn't you!), but we also love to share our favourite spots you might not find otherwise.
Your hosts are Mariner Boating representatives and guides for your sailing adventure. They are experts at leading small group sailing holidays, and will be accompanied by a local technician / skipper. With a keen eye for detail and a terrific personality, your host will ensure you feel welcome and fully supported. They will be available for the duration of the yacht rally to assist with the yachts, berthing, provide navigational support along with intimate local knowledge of things to see and do along the way. From the time you board your yacht our hosts will be there to provide support and make your sailing experience stress free.
Life on board
Your yacht offers space and stability on the water. It’s modern and comfortable, with areas to relax both below and on deck. Throw down a cushion, curl up and read a book, or make use of the easy access to the water for a swim. Each cabin onboard sleeps two and most yachts have cabins with a private bathroom attached.
Your travelling companions
Every group is different, but typically you’ll find your co-travellers will be aged between 40 and 65, enjoy keeping active, love the ocean, have a sense of adventure, love fine foods, an occasional glass of wine, and a good chat.