2005 international voyage - crew members of seven different nationalities

How to sail with us

What you need to bring

2022 Covid guidance

Please pack your kit in a soft bag – there’s no space to store a hard suitcase!

  • Pillow and either a sleeping bag, or a single duvet plus a single sheet (please note that we have previously provided duvets and pillows but this is not possible in 2022 due to Covid-19).
  • Hand sanitiser and face coverings
  • Rapid Covid home test kits, if you have them. We will also carry spares on board. (These would be used if anyone appears to show symptoms during your voyage).
  • Warm clothing (even in summer it can be cold at sea)
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Waterproof footwear (wellies are fine if soles are non-slip)
  • Trainers or deck shoes with non-slip soles
  • Underwear
  • Clothes to wear ashore
  • Wash kit (NB aerosols are a serious fire hazard and NOT allowed on board – bring roll-on deodorant)
  • Flannel or wet wipes (there are limited opportunities for showers)
  • Towel
  • Any regular medication / inhalers (you MUST tell our office in advance what you are taking)
  • Seasickness pills
  • Glasses or contact lenses if needed (NB bring spares; contact lens cleaning solution; a strap to hold your glasses on)
  • Swimming kit
  • Sun cream, sunhat (e.g. baseball cap), sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Personal belongings such as camera, torch, diary
  • Water bottle
  • Pocket money
  • RYA logbook (if you have one. Useful for building sailing qualifications. Available on board for £6)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award book (if you have one)
  • Your Crew Handbook (which will be sent to you in the post before the start of the voyage)
  • Travel insurance documents

Visiting overseas ports
Please note that current Covid-safe protocols mean that we will not sail to foreign ports so that we do not run the risk of being caught up in a Covid outbreak whilst abroad. If this changes as the season goes on then we will advise people on a voyage-by-voyage basis. Additional requirements for voyages which might go overseas (e.g. to France) would be:

  • Passports (and visas if required): British passports must have at least 6 months left (and be less than 10 years old) when visiting the EU. British citizens (and, of course, EU nationals) do not need visas for short visits to the EU; other nationals should check EU visa requirements.
  • A Global Health Insurance Card (in case you need medical treatment abroad) - these replace the old EHIC cards and are free. If you have an EHIC card, it remains valid until it expires.
  • Pocket money in Euros

PLEASE NOTE: Energy drinks such as Monster, Red Bull and similar are not allowed on the boat; nor is chewing gum; and we ask people to bring only a small amount of sweets.

If you choose to bring a device for listening to music, please make sure you pack some headphones!

Waterproof clothing, safety harnesses and lifejackets are provided on board. In response to Covid-19, we have two complete sets so that personal gear doesn't need to be handed direct from one crew to the next: the set that has just been used will be quarantined while the other set is used for the next voyage.

Crew handbook (pdf)









“This has been one of the most amazing experiences...you can’t really imagine until you give it a go.” Amy