FOR A SPRING HALF-TERM HOLIDAY
Paris, 25 January 2019 — An increasing number of British families choose boating in Europe and wider afield for their spring half term holiday. Click&Boat, Europe’s leading boat rental platform, has seen over the last two years an exponential increase of 140% in bookings by British renters from mid-February to mid-March when most schools in the UK are out for one or two weeks.
Most popular boating destinations overseas during this time of the year include the French Riviera, Croatia, Sicily and the Greek islands, with more exotic destinations such as Thailand and the British Virgin Islands also on the rise. In some of these destinations peer-to-peer boating is permitted by the local authorities, enabling boat renters to hire boats that are up to 40% cheaper than with a traditional yacht charter. Edouard Gorioux, co-founder of Click&Boat, said: “Boating is the perfect option for a family holiday in late winter or early spring. Parents enjoy decompressing and spending some time outdoors with family, while kids learn the ropes of sailing.”
Half term dates vary depending on the local education authority and country. This year English schools are out from 15 February to 25 February, while in Scotland and Wales half-term dates this year are 8 February-17 February and 22 February-3 March respectively.
Click&Boat is a boat rental platform founded in 2013 by two French entrepreneurs: Edouard Gorioux and Jérémy Bismuth. The platform, available through a website (www.clickandboat.com/uk/) and a mobile application (on App Store and Google Play), enables boat owners to safely and intelligently cushion their maintenance expenses by renting out their boats to other sailing enthusiasts. In 2017, the “Airbnb of the seas” according to CNN opened its platform to yacht charter companies.
There are still some value-for-money boats available to hire on Click&Boat in February and March.
1. 10.4-metre 8-person Hansen 345 in Split, Croatia, from £943 per week.
Home to Diocletian’s Palace, where some of Game of Throne’s most haunting scenes were filmed, Split is a top destination for a family holiday. A spacious sailboat with 3 cabins and a skipper is perfect to explore Split and the rest of Croatia.
2. 12.4-metre 6-person Jeanneau in the British Virgin Islands, from £3,467 per week. The British Virgin Islands are a slice of Britain in the middle of the Caribbean, and with great weather too! Available in Road Town, the BVI capital, this ultra-modern and comfortable sailboat can take up to 6 people and comes with a skipper.
3. 11.5-metre 7-person Lagoon 380 in Ajaccio, Corsica, from £1,983 per week.
With its raw natural beauty and ideal location in the middle of the Med, just north of Sardinia, Corsica has become a premium yachting destination lately. A spacious catamaran, available with a skipper in the island’s capital of Ajaccio, can turn a holiday on Napoleon’s island into an unforgettable experience.
4. 13.7-metre 6-person Rena in Volos, from £5,554 per week.
The Sporades Islands include Skiathos, of recent Mamma Mia fame, and pine-tree covered Skopelos. With this gracious classic wooden sailboat, taking up to 6 passengers and docked in Volos, holidaymakers can explore this beautiful corner of Greece.
5. 8-person Gib Sea 92 in Brittany, from £501 per week.
Not far from Cornwall, Brittany is proud of its own language, culture and above all crêpes, biscuits and cider! With a luxurious sailboat visitors can discover the remote gems of this Celtic corner of France: Vendée, Quiberon, Belle-Île, Houat and Yeu.