Grand-prix cruising

Could top professional sailor Ian Walker cope with life in the slow lane? He took time out from a major racing event to go on a family cruising holiday around Mallorca

1 Choosing a boat, and a holiday package

For our first cruising holiday we wanted the security and experience of a large charter firm

2 Skipperís briefing

He didnít mind stupid questions

3 Finding a beach, and the rest of the holiday

The lovely beach for the kids made us decide to stay all day

4 The verdict

The young ones went from being scared of standing on a jetty, to being happy to jump in and out of the rubber dinghy

5 Chartering questions and answers

Do you have to be qualified in any way?

6 The family view (and contact details)

Jack (age 6): I want to be a Sea Scout now