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Top destinations for bringing the brood on board

Top destinations for bringing the brood on board

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Captain Janusz Walinski, of 62-metre RoMa, knows how to entertain on a multigenerational trip – his crew of 17 are used to hosting the yacht’s owners and their three young children – and for him Corsica’s tranquillity is hard to beat. “It is so different to the South of France. Here you have tranquil bays and beaches only accessible by boat.” A case in point is Cala Genovese on the lofty peninsula of Cap Corse, just 100 nautical miles from Nice. “Our deckhand has to ride the RIB then shoo cows off the beach before we set up a guest area,” laughs Walinski. For an inaugural Corsican lunch, he suggests Le Pirate beside the beach at Erbalunga. “Although it’s in the Michelin Guide, it isn’t posh.”

Marinas are sorely lacking but this is part of the charm. “Compared to Sardinia the ports here are tiny, but are authentic, safe and friendly,” continues Walinski. “For example, St Florent is like a little version of Saint-Tropez.” Here, parents can make vineyard visits, while teens shop for swimwear and tots play on the nearby sands. The local answer to Plage de Pampelonne is nearby Plage de Saleccia, widely considered one of the world’s best beaches. “Only occasionally do other large boats come in,” Walinski says. As a final tip Walinski recommends Corsica’s indented western coast over the beachy eastern side. “From Calvi’s citadel to the red cliffs of Scandola Nature Reserve, then down to the airport near Bonifacio’s ancient harbour, it’s really special.” Walinski also stresses the importance of choosing a family-friendly yacht. “We have child protectors on doors, nets alongside the boat and an in atable saltwater swimming pool with jelly sh barriers,” he says. “Also, every one of my of officers and deckhands is a trained lifeguard. We maintain a watch of one crew member in the water and two watching from deck. Then parents can truly relax.”

Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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