Fiona Bruce travelled with British-based Sunsail, which offers a one-week flotilla holiday, departing on June 3 and sailing from Agana along the Croatian coast, from £697 ($1143) a person ex London based on four people sharing a boat. A one-week Flotilla Hero package, with skipper on board, is aimed at those who want to acquire an International Certificate of Competence and costs an additional £1015 per yacht. More: sunsail.co.uk. Sunsail’s Australian office also offers sailing holidays in Caribbean, South Pacific and Mediterranean destinations. Book by March 6 for 15 per cent off bareboat holidays in Croatia, Spain, Greece and Italy plus 50 per cent off flotilla supplements; discounts valid for departures from April 1October 31. More: sunsail.com.au. and sail back to where we started at the beginning of the week. As we floundered at sea, sails flapping when we lost the wind, making no headway and getting confused as to which direction we were going, it was as if what we’d learned in the past few days had drifted out of our heads and away like flotsam. “Come on!” Iain shouted, at last losing his patience. “You know how to do this: what are you playing at?” Suddenly, the dreaded possibility of failing seemed very real.
But somehow, we pulled ourselves together. What we’d learned over the past week mysteriously fell into place. We worked as a team; we called out strange maritime commands such as “Heave to!” and tacked, gibed, put the sails up, and took them down, several times, and we made it back.
Safely moored, we sat down with Iain, who talked about how the week had gone, telling us where we did well, where we needed to improve and, finally, told us we had passed. Our time at sea was one of the best family holidays ever and we’ve already booked the next sailing trip. We are hooked.
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Fiona Bruce is a British television journalist and newsreader and presents television series such as Fake or Fortune, recently screened in Australia on ABC and ABC iview.