Sailing with a group of friends is a lot more affordable than most people think and is a wonderful activity holiday - one which David Sturrock Yachting can make come true, with top-specification yachts available now for Mediterranean and Caribbean charter.

These Hanse 505, 470, 455, 430 and 400e yachts are based at Kos Marina for summer charter, taking advantage of the fresh breezes and consistently glorious sailing conditions provided by the Aegean Sea.

Winter charter is available out of Grenada – the perfect base to explore the Caribbean. The firm can provide, bareboat or skipper charter with hostess service and their attention to detail, high standards and constant care with yacht maintenance programme mean that you can really relax and enjoy your sailing holiday experience.

HeraldScotland:

All yachts are UK flagged and coded to MCA Area 2 ( 60NM offshore). This includes appropriately sized liferafts with hydrostatic release, EPIRB’s, smoke & gas detection, deck fitted jackstays, integrated automatically inflating lifejackets/harnesses which amounts to a significantly higher standard of safety. All yachts are also fitted with solar panels , electric flush toilets and USB charging points in each cabin for your convenience.

All vessels are designed to give a cracking sailing performance with high quality interior accommodation. These characteristics along with a top level of equipment specification make them a delight to charter and live aboard. A great deal of thought and optimisation has gone into making it a memorable experience for everyone onboard. 

HeraldScotland:

David said: "I have been sailing since I was around 10 years old and I was fortunate enough to be taught by my father, Captain Bill Sturrock.

"I qualified as an RYA Dinghy Instructor before then gaining my RYA Yacht Master Offshore certificate and finally my YM Instructor award. I worked for a number of companies as a skipper or Instructor including the Outward Bound Trust and Sunsail. Two of the many highlights I have had in my sailing career would be the Atlantic crossings as skipper of my own Yachts while completing in the 2008 and 2012 ARC events. Then cruising in the Caribbean following arrival at St Lucia was the icing on the cake.

HeraldScotland:

"I have been operating Yachts from Kos since 2006, the area had been recommended to me by another Greek Charter Company as an excellent sailing location. As Kos is based within the Dodecanese chain of islands there are many excellent cruising destinations within easy reach. The wind and weather patterns are excellent with the prevailing NW’ly breeze blowing at F4/5 and virtually no rain from May to October. So it’s possible to find a new beach or small island each time you return to the area.

"The majority of our customers are German as they really appreciate the Hanse model of Yachts we operate which are built in Germany. Our aim from the outset was to offer sailing Yachts with real performance and comfort onboard that would appeal to genuine sailors. This strategy has been effective with great comments and reviews on our website.

HeraldScotland:

"We work with Istion Yachting who are a Greek owned Yacht Charter Company. Istion provide maintenance and yacht management services which are vital to allow charter operations to run smoothly. Istion (means sail in Greek) have an excellent reputation for providing customer service and this along with our own reputation for providing high specification Yachts has been very effective in the competitive yacht charter market.

"Although all our yachts are Hanse we will of course consider other manufacturers for charter management. Our yachts are U.K. registered which means they have very high standards of safety as set by the MCA. Full details of inventory and equipment listings are on our website.