Start:Le Pin Rolland, 83430 Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer, France
Finish:Le Pin Rolland, 83430 Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer, France
The Academy of Young Yachtsmen is a special project for us. The organization of children's family trips on yachts is always a responsible task, as every detail needs to be taken care of. But the result is worth it! In the summer of 2020, we will open the sixth season of family yachting. There will be a lot of new and interesting things!
WHAT IS IT?
The Academy of Young Yachtsmen is more than yachting! We organize family trips on yachts for the sixth year in a row, we know from experience - a sea trip on a yacht with active training and participation in the life of a boat is a complete change in the usual picture and type of activity, a reboot for adults and children, an exciting alternative for the package tourism. Children's regattas are an opportunity to live a new emotional experience of traveling together with a child when there are no passive roles. Parents discover children from new angles, see their wisdom and courage, their willingness to work together and overcome difficulties, their happiness every minute at sea.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT?
The format is active recreation for children with parents. We spend 3-4 hours in the sea a day.
During sea crossings, skippers share their knowledge on yacht management, laying routes, setting sails and more. We will stay overnight at ports and anchor in quiet bays. There will be a lot of swimming, games, and walks. You will gain new knowledge and skills.
HOW EVERYTHING HAPPENS?
With the guidance of experienced skippers and counselors, the team goes on a week-long sea expedition in comfortable cruise yachts. We select qualified skippers who teach the members of the expedition the basics of yachting, and charge adults and children with love for the sea and adventure!
WHAT WILL WE DO?
Together with the skippers we will raise the sails, stand at the helm and lay the routes on the maps. Together with the counselors, we will learn how to knit sea knots, learn all about the life of real sailors, make a play and shoot a film, build sandcastles, have a picnic on a desert island and find a treasure! And also we will see the North Star, we will find the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor in the night starry sky. While the children are having fun, parents can devote free time to their hobbies, or they can join the children, which is often more interesting! You will not need to think what to do with your children on vacation. Especially for parents, we came up with a “parental hour” - every evening the counselors will take the children and watch a movie on the deck under the stars or read a book to them, giving parents the opportunity to sit with a glass of wine after dinner or take a walk along the romantic streets of Italian cities.
HOW DO WE LIVE?
Children and parents live on boats in comfortable double cabins.
5 cabins have 3 bathrooms with showers and hot water (depending on the model of the boat). Each boat has its own kitchen with everything you need.
Children's regatta is when training alternates with entertainment and relaxation. The crossings are small - 1.5-3 hours, every day we go to new beaches and spend a lot of time doing activities on the shore.
And no gadgets! First of all, there is no time for them! Secondly, no one remembers about them!
HOW ARE MEALS ORGANIZED?
We prepare breakfasts and lunches on yachts together or taking turns - each crew on their boat. Dinners are usually in restaurants onshore. We will buy products from the yacht common fund. The common fund is formed by the crew, usually, it is from 50 to 100 euros per week per person. Restaurants and alcohol are not included in the common fund.
WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU?
By the end of the trip, parents and children will know what the work of a sailor, a boatswain, a skipper, a radio operator, an assistant captain is, as well as what is the bowline, how to knit fenders, give and receive moorings and shout “the anchor is clear”, when we start sailing. In addition to a new experience and vivid memories, you will make new friends. And not only children but their parents will have them! Yachting unites entire families around the world who are happy to visit each other and meet at new regattas!
SAFETY AND HEALTH
All yachting participants are insured. This is insurance for outdoor activities on the water.
In addition, an experienced pediatrician from the EMC clinic (European Medical Center) will be with us. There will be the first aid kit on the yacht, but if you have special medical needs, then take the necessary medicines with you. It is also important to carefully fill out a medical questionnaire for each participant.
WHAT IS THE AGE GROUP OF CHILDREN THAT CAN PARTICIPATE?
Children's programs are designed on average for children from 6 to 12 years old. If the children are younger we need to talk and discuss it. We sometimes have four-year-old participants who feel great and fit perfectly into the team. For younger children, it can be tough in the sea voyage conditions, but most importantly, it can be difficult for you, parents.
As for children 12 years up, we group them according to their interests in a separate group - they either help counselors or are real assistants to skippers. By agreement with parents, we can form a separate boat with teenagers, where there will be an experienced counselor and an experienced skipper, and where the guys will control the boat and their life on it. This yacht will be in the same flotilla as everyone else, so at all stops and swimming spots, we will be all together.
from €2,035 / 8(8) days / 1pers.
8.30-9.00 - Morning exercises and flashmob dances with our counselor on the beach
9.00 - 10.30 breakfast, preparation of yachts for going to the sea
11.00 - 13.00 - a crossing, we sail, swim, have a “pirate swing” and a “pirate whirlpool”
13.00 - 14.00 - lunch
14.00 - 16.00 - a crossing to the place of night mooring
16.00 - 17.00 - mooring of the flotilla
17.00 - 18.00 - counselor program for children
18.00 - 20.00 - time for dinner
20.30 - 22.00 - a program for children with counselors and a separate program for adults
Getting together near Toulon Saint-Mandriere-Sur-Mer, Port Pin Rolland at 17:00, safety briefing, meeting, dinner.
Toulon is located on the Mediterranean coast, a little east of Marseille. Mount Faron rises above the city, you can go there by cable car or on foot. The mountain offers magnificent views of the city. It will be interesting to walk through the historic center, between the port, Strasbourg Boulevard, and Lafayette Street. In the upper city, there are the Palace of Freedom, the Gardens of Alexander the First, the Opera House, and the Palace of Justice.
Day 2, 25 miles:
Port Pin Rolland - Port-Cros
Port Cros National Park occupies part of the territory of the Îles d'Hyères islands. This marine reserve was founded in 1963 and became the first in Europe. The reserve has a whole network of hiking trails which you can take if you want to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of these places.
Day 3, 30 miles:
From Port Cros National Park we will sail to Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez became famous thanks to the cinema of the 20th century. Since Bridget Bordeaux, Alain Delon and others were filmed here, the city has attracted thousands of tourists and is now one of the most popular resorts of the Cote d'Azur. Around Saint-Tropez, among the pine groves and beautiful beaches, there are villas of famous actors, musicians, and other artists. The old port is considered the main attraction of Saint-Tropez. It was destroyed during the Second World War, and then completely restored.
Day 4, 24 miles:
We will sail along the Cote d'Azur from Saint-Tropez to Cannes
Cannes is the famous resort of the Cote d'Azur. You can take a walk to the world-famous palace of festivals, the Square Tower and the Museum de la Castres or just walk along the promenade, which is full of cafes and shops.
Day 5, 35 miles:
Cannes - Cavalier-sur-Mer
Cavalier-sur-Mer is a cozy Mediterranean town, which was founded in 1929. The city doesn’t have a rich history, but water entertainments are excellently developed here.
Day 6, 18 miles:
From Cavalier-sur-Mer, we will sail to the island of Îles d'Hyères, Baie de l'Alycast
These islands are called Golden because of the color of the rocks that stick out from the water.
Day 7, 18 miles:
We will come back to the home marina in Port Pin Rolland
Delivery of boats before 9:00, saying goodbye
We will sail along the French Riviera. We will go to Port-Cros, Saint-Tropez, sail near Cannes and Cavalier-sur-Mer. *The route may be changed by the decision of the organizers due to weather conditions.