Although I run a relaxed boat and keep ‘rules’ to a minimum without compromising safety, there are a few things which are non-negotiable:

  • The skipper is responsible for maintaining as safe an environment as possible and may need to make safety directions occasionally – these should be followed first and discussed later.
  • Lifejackets are available and can be worn anytime you like, but always when when directed.
  • Street drugs are not allowed on board.  If you have any prescription items please bring the prescription with you in case we need to account for them to the authorities.
  • Eating and drinking is all part of the fun, but moderation is essential if a departure is planned within 18 hours.  The skipper will delay if there are doubts about crew fitness!
  • No alcohol on passage.  I’m afraid that includes lunch at anchor if we’re continuing right afterwards.
  • We don’t smoke below decks or in the cockpit, but you’re welcome to use the foredeck.
  • You must make sure that you comply with the visitor requirements of each country we call at.  I won’t be able to help with expired/soon-to-expire passports or missing visas.  UK/EU residents will just need a passport or identity card.

“There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does.”
– Allan Villiers