At Essential Sailing, we love the history, culture and cuisine of the places we visit almost as much as the sailing to get there. Our Captain’s Blog brings you a taste of what to expect from our luxury crewed sailing holidays around the French and Italian Riviera.

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It All Started in Luxor

In my former ‘day job’ as a Project Director on a major construction scheme I hadn’t taken a holiday for some time and was in need of break – so I joined a group of similarly like-minded tourists on a week-long guided tour of the ‘tombs and temples’ in Luxor, Egypt. ...

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Discarding the ‘L’ Plates

I guess passing the RYA - Day Skipper qualification was just like passing a driving test – you have an understanding of the theory and some initial practical training, but really need to gain more experience to be confident on the motorway!!  I felt the same, and...

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Captivated Hook, Line & Sinker

It was about 10 years ago when on holiday in St Lucia that I went on a day trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines and got to sail aboard a 60 foot catamaran. It was marvellous to sail between the islands and lunch at Tobago Keys, a beautiful turquoise blue lagoon in...

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It’s Not Just for the Rich & Famous

When people think of sailing, they usually have one of two specific images in mind. Either they picture the rich and famous lounging about in the sun, or they picture people running around, “hoisting the mainsail” with wind and rain lashing down, and on occasions...

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