What To ExpectI’ve never been sailing before and I’m worried about not knowing what to do.
The majority of people who sail with us have never sailed before. Don't worry! The crew will explain things and guide you through everything you need to know to be able to sail the boat. You will get the opportunity to learn lots of new skills and have fun at the same time.
What’s the food like?
Everyone helps with the cooking but don’t worry if you can’t cook – you won’t have to do it on your own. We eat things like spaghetti Bolognese, stews, curries and cottage pie. Sometimes we make fajitas and paella!! Make sure you tell us in advance if you are allergic to anything, vegetarian/vegan, or can’t eat certain foods for religious reasons.
What about toilets and showers?
There are toilets and showers on board Tall Ship Maybe and Tall Ship Blue Clipper. On Maybe there are two shared bathrooms and on Blue Clipper there are shared bathrooms as well as en-suite bathrooms in 6 of the cabins. When you arrive at the boat you will be given a housekeeping brief and using the toilets and showers will be explained.
What if I get ill?
At least one of the staff will be trained in dealing with illness or injury at sea; and we’ll get you to a doctor ashore as quickly as possible if necessary. You do need to tell us in advance about any condition you already have. We’ve had people on the boat with anything from mild asthma to serious disabilities. Bring any medication, inhalers (and spares) you need - and tell the staff what you are taking.
How fast does the boat go?
Our average sailing speed is about 6 knots (nautical miles per hour) – that’s almost 7 land miles per hour. The maximum speed under sail can be over 10 knots. Under engine the maximum is actually less: only 5 or 6 knots. But sailing is more fun than motoring, so even in light winds we often sail – rather slowly!
Where will we go?
This totally depends on wind and weather, and what the crew (that’s you) wants to do. It’s no good planning to go somewhere if the wind is in exactly the wrong direction – or if the forecast says the wind would be wrong for coming back!
How can I build up sailing qualifications?
Bring your RYA logbook if you have one (if not you can buy one on board for £7.50). It allows you to keep track of all your sailing and your qualifications. You can work for a Competent Crew or Start Yachting Certificate with Maybe Sailing and the sea staff will be able to advise you on how to go on from there.
I have a special interest in navigation / engines / weather etc.
Tell your watchleader at the start of the trip, and we’ll make every effort to help you learn more about anything on board that particularly appeals to you.
Can I work towards my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award on board?
The voyage can count as your residential. Make sure you bring your record book along, and tell the skipper or your watchleader at the start of the trip – then we can set you some goals and watch your progress.
Will I be seasick?
Some people may be seasick but it hardly ever lasts beyond the first day or two. If you are worried, bring your own seasick pills (ask your chemist which is the best brand for you, especially if you are taking other medication). Some varieties can make you drowsy. Read the instructions: when to take the pills, how many and how often. And tell the staff on board what you are taking.
Can we go ashore?
There are normally opportunities to go ashore in some of the ports we visit, for shopping, beach BBQs or visits to interesting local sights.
Can I smoke on board?
We do not allow smoking below deck on TS Maybe or TS Blue Clipper. Smoking on deck may be permitted on longer passages at the discretion of the skipper and is designated areas. Smoking is not allowed when you are on watch. Anyone under the age of 18 will not be allowed to smoke on board.