- You’ll be traveling as a sailing companion, non-fare paying and unwaged. Use of the boat as accommodation is free but like those car-sharing trips, a contribution to costs is required. Those costs are for food (continental style help-yourself breakfast – cereal, toast, juice, tea/coffee), evening meal, marina fees and gas/diesel and for the 2015 trip the contribution is €30 per person per day (€50 for couples/friends). A simple lunch is included if we’re at anchor but not if we’re in a marina. Beer, wine, spirits are not included; you’ll need to cater for yourself in this department!
“There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship. At that time you can be equal to Ulysses and brother to him.” Errol Flynn (and he should know)
- Some chores crop up regularly so we’ll take them in turns. These include cleaning the living spaces, so please don’t be surprised to be assigned a task. Joining in with the navigation and pilotage is completely optional. Helping with the sailing is…… well, that’s why you’re doing it!
- Cooking – we take it in turns to cook and wash/dry. If it’s your turn to cook you don’t wash/dry as well! That’s done by the person whose turn it is to cook next.
- We cook meals rather than buy them, so buying pizza or ready-meals isn’t an alternative to cooking. If it’s your turn to cook but we all decide we want pizza, it’s still your turn to cook next time.
- We cook from the boat recipe book because we have limited galley resources. The fridge is small, the cooker is small, storage is limited. When it’s your turn, pick a recipe from the book. Ellen and Andy do the shopping, usually every other day.
- You might have lots of experience, you may have little, but you won’t be asked to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with. Before starting any manoeuvre, like picking up a mooring or leaving a berth, we’ll work through how to approach it and who’ll do what.
- There will always be a back-up plan.
- There will never be any yelling.
- If you feel like it, there’s a good website which explains a lot of things: