Prepare to Sail

Warm and waterproof clothing is very important as it can get pretty cold during sailing, especially at night even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket and over-trousers are recommended to help keep warm and dry. For the same reason bring rubber boots or waterproof shoes, preferably two pairs in case one gets wet, with some profile on the soles which is necessary to avoid slipping on a wet deck. Sun cream is also essential to protect against sunburn during long periods of being outdoors.

Please remember that space on board is limited and that you will generally not require smart clothing. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances. It is recommended to pack in a sports bag that can easily be stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases.

Electricity on board TS Maybe is 3 pin UK sockets and on board TS Blue Clipper is 2 pin European sockets. 

If your voyage is sailing to foreign shores, you will require a full passport that is valid for six months after the end of the voyage or an identity card. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

European citizens can obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC is a replacement for the old E111 and is free. Application forms are available from the post office or via the internet.

We do insist that all trainee crew take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage. We do like to check that you have travel insurance when you arrive on board.  A reputable adventure sail training insurer is TopSail.

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions and medication that you might need to bring on board with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is also helpful to inform us at the time of booking.

Life on board really is about getting stuck in and involved in all aspects of sailing the ship. Don't worry if you have not sailed before - most trainee crew have no previous sailing experience, so you will not be alone.  The permanent crew are always on hand to support you through all the tasks involved and you will always have an experienced permanent crew member with you on watch to show you what to do and answer any questions.

You will be put into one of three teams, called "Watches", which take it in turn to be responsible for various tasks on board including keeping watch, even at night.  Every trainee steers the boat, keeps look-out, and takes down log entries.  When we trim the sheets or do a manoeuvre such as tacking or gibing, hoisting or dropping a sail, everyone helps.  The permanent crew will allocate jobs to everyone so that no-one is left out.

Each watch takes it in turn to prepare and cook the meals.  It can be fun and relaxing to cook a big meal for everyone - or it can be a real challenge when the weather isn’t so nice and the boat is moving around a lot! It’s not all hard work on board. We want trainees to enjoy the experience and have fun. When each watch is not on duty, the permanent crew members will provide activities for the trainees and there is also time to just sit and relax with a good book.


  • Warm hats
  • Warm gloves
  • Wet weather clothing - waterproof and windproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Clothing - enough clothing for all weather circumstances
  • Wellies or waterproof shoes x 2 
  • Swimming gear
  • Toiletries
  • Binoculars (if you have your own)
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag
  • Towels
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Trainers
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Books
  • Spending money
  • Valid passport (minimum six months to date of expiry) or identity card.
  • Travel insurance
  • Small torch and batteries (preferably a head torch)
  • Fancy dress costume (during tall ship races)
  • Please do not bring any jewellery or non-essential valuables on board.
We supply breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea, coffee and non-fizzy soft drinks. Other snack foods such as chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks, etc. are not provided in the voyage price but can be provided with notice at extra cost. 

Download your essential kit list

If you have any queries with regard to what to bring, please contact the Maybe Sailing office on
+44 (0)113 202 9576 or email