Yacht Charters: A Day in the Life of a Skipper


Spending your holiday on the seas is the ultimate getaway. It’s just you, your crew, the boat and the waves. If you are planning to charter a yacht – here is what a day in the life of your skipper might look like.

Up with the larks

The skipper is the person that has ultimate control of the vessel, so they will usually be the first up, preparing for the day of sailing ahead.

Check the weather and the tides

First on the list, after a coffee perhaps in the glorious fresh air on deck, is to check the weather. The weather, and in particular the wind, will determine the itinerary for the day.

Landscape view out across Iona and Mull

Fine weather on Iona and Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

Check the itinerary and choose the sailing route

Most of the time, you’ll have already set your itinerary, but the skipper will regularly check the forecast to make sure that the plans still suit what the weather has in store. If you need to make a change to the itinerary, then the skipper will do that before you set sail. One of the rules of sailing is to keep an open mind as things do change.

Loch Fyne, Inveraray.

Loch Fyne, Inveraray – one of the most popular sailing destinations on the Scottish west coast.

Check the boat, any supplies and fuel

Before you set sail for the next destination, the skipper will check fuel and any key supplies – along with the crew and whoever has been nominated as first mate. They will also usually check the engine and oil levels etc. When you are chartering a yacht, things are always in very good condition, but the best skippers understand the need to check.

Isle of Arran landscape on a sunny day - yacht charters

Sea coast on the Isle of Arran – perfect place to explore on your yacht charter.

Set sail for your preferred destination

When the boat has been checked, the weather studied and the supplies are in place – then it’s time to set sail for the next destination on your holiday cruise. Whilst the boat is sailing, the skipper is ultimately in charge of everyone’s safety on board and navigating the boat successfully to the next destination. The skipper will be juggling navigation, maritime traffic rules as you pass other boats, safety, and most elements of marine engineering and meteorology. The skipper is a busy person! It’s just as well sailing also involves a lot of relaxation too.

Skye Bridge, Isle of Skye, Western Isles

Over the sea to Skye – is this your preferred destination?

Moor the yacht in time for the afternoon stop

A typical day on board will involve a morning sail to a picturesque bay in time for lunch. The afternoon’s sailing itinerary is likely to be built around making it to the next holiday spot where you can  choose to swim (if you are brave enough), explore the coast, play golf, visit a distillery, tour a castle, spot some wildlife before stopping for dinner with a waterfront view & perhaps spending the evening at the local bar or socialising onboard your yacht. You set the pace, it’s your holiday and the itinerary can usually be changed to suit you. Such an idyllic break – and like we said, it’s the ultimate getaway.

Do you fancy booking your own ultimate yacht charter?

Perhaps we can help you by setting you up with one of our yacht charters – either bareboat charter or skippered charter. We offer a wide range of top quality yachts for hire in an amazing location.  Flamingo Yacht Charters is based at Largs on the west coast of Scotland. If you are planning a sailing trip on the west coast of Scotland, start your adventure here. You can count on us to help you to create your perfect holiday on the water.   You can find out more about us at flamingoyachts.com or on our Flamingo Yacht Charters Facebook page.

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