Ben Ainslie became the undisputed king of the waves in August when he won his fourth consecutive gold medal in the waters of Weymouth. Whether your family are complete beginners or seasoned sailors, Neilson has a sailing holiday to help you take to the water with ease. Island hop around the Southern Ionian sea at your leisure, where you'll find calm waters and stunning views.
More experienced sailors can head further north to find longer and more adventurous passages, with a fantastic choice of Greek flotilla holidays starting from the Neilson retreat in Sivota.
Or why not take all the family to the Lycian coast to discover a sailor's paradise?
Stay and sail is a week in a beach club followed by a week on flotilla - on board your own yacht, where the lead boat crew show you the best stop off points along the route. You can currently also learn to sail for free when you book early for summer 2013
Neilson beach club holidays to Greece and Turkey in summer 2013 are available with free windsurfing tuition to suit all ages and skill levels. Beginners can learn more about the sport in light wind areas such as Halkidiki to build up their confidence, working towards the RYA Start Windsurfing certificate over the course of a week.
More experienced windsurfers can hone their technique in Vassiliki with experts accredited by the National Windsurfing Scheme, which covers everything from beach starting to harness work.
Whether on the road, in the Velodrome or on the dusty BMX track, British cycling has enjoyed an incredible year. Next summer, why not hop on a bike in Croatia to see a very different side to this exciting holiday destination? Cycling trails take you along the ancient stone ramparts of Dubrovnik's city walls to the huge pine forests of Mljet, where you can stretch your legs as you whizz around two picturesque salt lakes and later enjoy a picnic in a tranquil cove.
The Austrian Lake District is another great choice for families looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Salzkammergut Lake District Tour takes you on a 309km loop past 13 lakes, where you can cool down by diving into crystal-clear waters.