What time does my cruise start and finish?
Weekend Sailing Breaks:
Start - 1800hrs on Friday
Finish - 1600hrs on Sunday (approx)
7 & 14 day Scillies/Ireland Cruises:
Start - 1800hrs on Friday
Finish - 1600hrs on Friday (approx)
Dublin: Start & finish on a Sunday
7 & 14 day Scotland Cruises:
Start - 1800hrs on Saturday
Finish - 1000hrs on Saturday (approx)
- What do I need to bring?
- Warm clothes including hat, scarf, sailing gloves and thermal underwear. It is better several thin layers rather than two thick layers. If you are just starting out sailing there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive clothing. Even a cheap set of thermal long johns and vest will keep you warm and don't forget we supply you with wet weather gear. For those considering doing a lot of sailing it would be worth thinking about purchasing a dedicated breathable layer system. This normally consists of a thermal base layer, a mid layer fleece with breathable wet weather gear as an outer layer. Some examples of manufacturers who supply this type of clothing are Gill and Musto. Don't forget sunglasses, sun cream, your wash kit and a towel. Soft holdalls only please.
- What footwear do I need to bring?
- Sailing boots are advisable along with deck shoes or non-marking trainers. It is possible to purchase boots before the start of your trip as we have these available in the office.
- Do I need to bring my passport?
- If you are coming on a Southern Ireland trip and have a current passport, please do bring it with you. Although not strictly necessary it is better to have some means of identification on you 'just in case'.
Passports are not required on any other cruises.
- Do I need to bring Euros/spending money?
- For Southern Ireland trips you will need to have Euros for meals ashore when required and incidentials. You will also need a small amount of spending money for meals/trips ashore for the other cruise destinations.
- Whats included in my fee?
- All cruises/weekend breaks are fully inclusive of accommodation onboard, wet weather gear, sleeping bag (if required) and all meals onboard ** (except two evening meals on a 7 day cruise, 3 on a 14 day cruise & 1 on a weekend).
MARINA FEES & FUEL ARE NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
- How many people will there be on my boat?
- We take a maximum of 5 crew per boat on all cruises/weekends.
- Is there parking available?
- There is a large, free car park here in the marina where you can leave you car for the duration of your trip. Whilst there is 24hr supervision in the Marina, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to cars or their contents.
- Do I need insurance?
- The school carries full public liability insurance for its students, however personal travel / cancellation / accident insurance is strongly recommended.
- Do I sleep onboard?
- Yes accomodation is onboard the yacht.
- Will I have to share a cabin?
- It may be necessary for you to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.
- Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger or hairdryer?
- All of our yachts have either 12 volt sockets or standard 3 pin plug sockets. You are more than welcome to use these sockets when you are in a marina and the boat is connected to shore power.
- Can I bring my mobile phone?
- You can indeed bring your mobile phone. Mobile phone coverage is dependent on the cruise destination and your phone provider. In an emergency the yacht can also be contacted by radio.
- Are all meals provided?
- On all cruises we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard **(except two evening meals on a 7 day cruise, 3 on a 14 day cruise & 1 on a weekend). We also supply plenty of snacks to keep you going during the day.
- Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?
- We can only cater for basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians and food allergies. When you book your course just let us know if you require any special diets.
- Who does the cooking onboard?
- The meals provided are prepared & cooked by your skipper.
- Will we be in a marina every night?
- Although you will spend some nights in marinas, in order to explore some of the more beautiful locations and to get the most out of your trip, you may also spend a night or two on a mooring buoy or a secluded anchorage. After all, sailing is about adventure!
- Do you take under 18s ?
- We do allow under 18s on our cruises/weekends when accompanied by a parent / guardian over the age of 18. Under 16s are permitted on courses when part of a group booking with at least one person over the age of 18.
- Do your boats meet safety requirements?
- All of our yachts fully comply with the code of practice for small commercial vessels and meet all requirements as set down by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. All boats are checked before and after each trip and all safety equipment is serviced on a regular basis.
- Are there washing facilities on board the yacht?
- There are heads (toilets) and showers on board each yacht. When you are in a marina you can also use the shoreside facilities available.
- Can I smoke onboard?
- Smoking is permitted onboard, however as it is in close confines with other people we would ask that you have consideration for your fellow crew and only smoke at the back of the boat and downwind. Off course it would be polite to ask your fellow crew first.
- Will I get sea sick?
- If you know you are susceptible, then it is worth buying some motion sickness tablets such as Stugeron from the chemist and bringing them with you.