Skippers


Sailing is for everyone! Our professionally trained skippers will take care of the yacht for you and provide first hand knowledge of our destinations.



First time sailing?

Our goal is to make sailing holidays accessible to everyone and we do this by providing expert skippers who will help you navigate your yacht throughout the week. You can get involved and learn the ropes or sit back and relax while they sail you to your next destination.


How does it work?

You will be in direct contact with your skipper prior to departure to help plan your route and answer all of your questions. Not only are they expert yacht handlers, they are friendly and knowledgable about every destination ensuring you get the most out of your holiday. When you choose a yacht, you should bear in mind that the skipper will need to sleep in one of the beds on the yacht. It is also your responsibility to keep the skipper fed during the week.


Quick faqs

  • €949 per week
  • Professionally trained
  • Expert yacht handler
  • Commercial endorsement
  • First hand knowledge of all of our destinations
  • Sleep on the boat (preferably in a cabin or in the saloon)

So, what will a skipper do?

A skipper will...

  •   Navigate the boat between destinations
  •   Provide knowledge on the local area
  •   Help book restaurants and on-shore activities
  •   Clean the exterior of the yacht
  •   Sleep on the boat (preferably in a cabin or in the saloon)

A skipper won’t...

  •   Clean the interior of the yacht
  •   Cook
  •   Do the food shopping
  •   Babysit the kids
  •   Take unnecessary risks

Q&A

with Tim Hassenbuerger, a Yachts and Friends skipper


Where are you from?

I’m from Delbruck in north west Germany, and now live in Munster where I am at university. I joined Yachts and Friends in 2012 and skippered for 10 weeks in Croatia.

When did you start sailing?

I started sailing when I was really young - I sailed dinghies whilst growing up and was introduced to yacht sailing when I was a student at Portsmouth University. I love to spend every minute on the water and enjoy the sailing lifestyle!

Where are your favourite sailing destinations?

Vis in Croatia - it’s good to get there early, go ashore and explore the island by scooter. Then head up to Fort George Croatia for more exploring and finish up with some wine tasting at Lipanovic and an amazing dinner in the town.

What is special about a Yachts and Friends charter?

Customers can choose to have an action-packed time one day, followed by a relaxed day with no planned schedule. The crew are masters of their own holiday. They decide what to do, we make it happen. They don’t need to worry about the small details.

What is your favourite moment on a Yachts and Friends charter?

Leaving Komiza before sunrise and taking my crew to the Blue Caves. Swimming in the caves, where the walls are lit up by a glowing blue light. All of this before breakfast and the day has even begun!

When you’re not sailing, you are...

A student at the University of Maastricht, studying for my masters degree in Marketing and Finance.