A private sailboat offers an elegant way to explore some of the world’s most spectacular destinations, from blue water havens to remote locales. One of the appeals of chartering a luxury sailing yacht over a traditional motor boat is the opportunity to reconnect with the ocean. Indeed, nothing is more exhilarating than hoisting the sails and harnessing the power of Mother Nature while cruising the world’s most spectacular coastlines.

Northrop & Johnson offers an enviable selection of stylish sailing vessels for charter from 30 meters by pedigree shipbuilders, including traditional sloops, schooners, and powerful racing yachts. Contact the N&J sailing experts and explore our sailing yachts for charter

What are the benefits of chartering a sailing yacht over a motor yacht?

Taste the Romance of Sailing

There are many benefits of chartering a luxury sailing yacht. A sailboat charter offers a highly exclusive and private experience, resort-style amenities and a highly attentive crew.

For those with sustainability in mind, a sailboat charter offers a more eco-friendly way to cruise the world, minimizing the use of costly and polluting fuel by harnessing wind power. Sailing is a truly exhilarating experience that cannot be matched.

Our fleet of sailing yachts is available to charter across the world, including sailing hotspots such as the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Our crewed sailing yachts for charter boast all the comforts of a traditional superyacht, with a superb selection of amenities, state-of-the-art technology, and a highly trained crew.

Many of our charter experts are sailing aficionados. They will help you select your ideal vessel and then craft a custom charter itinerary to ensure an incredible holiday on the water. Browse our fleet of sailing yachts for rent, or contact our team.

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Advantages of a Sailing Yacht Charter

  • Cheaper fuel costs
  • Sustainable sailing
  • Sailing with the crew
  • Quieter cruising
  • Less noise and pollution
  • Often more classic
  • Romance of harnessing nature
  • More adventurous

What are the best destinations for a sailing yacht charter?

Popular destinations for sailing include the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Sailing hotspots include:

For a more remote sailing experience, the Galapagos Islands offer a truly spectacular experience in one of the most stunning landscapes on earth.

Discover Croatia

Croatia is a sailor’s paradise with a spectacular coastline and stunning island jewels. Hoist up the sails and enjoy an island-hopping experience or drop-anchor at medieval cities such as Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Center. The pretty town of Hvar is a popular superyacht destination. The city wraps around the marina, offering an incredible selection of sites and attractions.

Sail Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Nothing beats the glamor of sailing Italy’s Amalfi Coast, which considered one of the chicest destinations in the Mediterranean. The Amalfi Coast also boasts excellent sailing conditions coupled with a stunning landscape. Elegant ports of call include Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, and the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida.

Cruise Saint Martin in the Caribbean

The Caribbean idyll of Saint Martin offers adventurous open-water passages, sheltered bays, and stunning coastlines to sail. Drop anchor and there’s plenty to see on land, too, thanks to St Martin’s blend of Dutch and French influences. St Maarten also hosts the world-renowned Heineken Regatta every February and March, offering four days of world-class racing. The event is the largest sailing regatta in the Caribbean and is considered one of the largest warm-water regattas in the world.

Greek Islands Sailing Charters

With thousands of islands and islets to explore, the Greek Islands offer the ultimate island-hopping sail adventure. Popular sailing ports of call include Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, Corfu, Hydra, and Skyros. Crystal-clear waters, ancient ruins, and spectacular cuisine make Greece a perennial favorite sailing destination.

Sail the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are guaranteed to delight during your remote sailing experience, with spectacular coastlines and nature. The seas around the Galapagos Islands are generally calm, while the scenery is otherworldly. Explore biological wonders above and below the waves, fascinating inland lagoons, and unique creatures.

Northrop & Johnson has a beautiful selection of sailing yachts for rent in the above destinations. Contact our team, or browse our selection of charter yachts.

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What are some of the world’s most famous sailing yachts?

Some of the world’s most famous sailing yachts include the 288’9” (88m) MALTESE FALCON, the 282’(86m) AQUIJO, the 220′ (67.2m) VERTIGO, and the 214’ (65.3m) CREOLE.


MALTESE FALCON is considered one of the world’s most iconic sailing vessels in the world. Built by Italian yacht builder Perini Navi in 2006, this multi-award-winning yacht features revolutionary DynaRig 190’ (58m) masts and a beautiful interior and exterior design by Ken Freivokh.


Sailing yacht AQUIJO redefines the sailing experience with superb onboard amenities and a vast interior volume normally only seen on motor boats. Built by Vitters and Oceanco, this pedigree Dutch-built yacht elevates a luxury sailing yacht holiday to one that is extraordinary.


220’ (67.2m) Sailing Yacht VERTICO is a proven worldwide cruiser and one of the world’s most sought-after sailing vessels. This multi-award-winning yacht was built by Alloy Yachts in 2011 and features a sophisticated modern design coupled with a spectacular array of onboard amenities.


Built by the British shipyard Camper & Nicholson, CREOLE is an elegant sailing yacht that harks back to the golden era of cruising. Built in 1927, this classic sailing boat offers the ultimate sailing adventure.

We have access to every private crewed sailing yacht for charter on the planet. Contact our team if you would like to learn more about enjoying a luxury charter onboard any of the above vessels.