The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AFLOAT -

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: sun­ 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: sun­ 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.


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.

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