How to sail with us
What you need to bring
Please pack your kit in a soft bag – there’s no space to store a hard suitcase!
- Passport or Identity Card (we may go abroad even on a short trip) [NB group leaders organising a full-boat group: if several members of your group don't have passports and it would be difficult to get them, please tell us in advance and we can specify a UK-only voyage. For individual bookings, please check with the office well in advance it you don't have a passport - it's a shame if the wind is perfect for France but we can't go because just one person has forgotten to bring a passport.]
- A European Health Insurance card (in case you need medical treatment abroad)
- Single duvet cover and single bedsheet (we will provide a duvet if you bring a cover and sheet – otherwise please bring a sleeping bag)
- 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
- Clothes to wear ashore
- Wash kit (NB aerosols are a serious fire hazard and NOT allowed on board – bring roll-on deodorant)
- Wet wipes (optional – but there are limited opportunities for showers)
- 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 (you can’t swim off the boat or beach with no lifeguard, but we may go to a pool)
- Sun cream, sunhat (e.g. baseball cap), sunglasses
- Personal belongings such as camera, torch, diary
- Pocket money (English money certainly, and Euros if you like, or the relevant currency for overseas and Tall Ships voyages)
- 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)
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 an iPod or mobile phone to listen to music, please make sure you pack some headphones!
Waterproof clothing, safety harnesses and lifejackets are provided on board
There are also a few warm fleeces for people to borrow if you get cold.
Crew handbook (pdf)
“This has been one of the most amazing experiences...you can’t really imagine until you give it a go.” Amy