Frequently Asked Questions About Our Sailing Holidays

What is included in the price?

What do I pay and when?

What time do I join and leave the boat?

Can I arrive early/or leave late because of flights?

Can you send me a sailing holiday brochure?

How do I find the boat when I arrive?

Is my money for my sailing holiday held in a client account?

I am a complete beginner - can I book on any of your sailing holidays?

Do I need to learn anything before I arrive onboard.

Why do I have to be able to climb a 3m vertical ladder?

Can I book a sailing holiday for someone else as a surprise?

I am coming on my own - will it be mostly couples onboard?

I am a woman - will there be other women onboard?

Is there any upper age limit for your sailing holidays?

Can someone not interested in sailing come with me ?

Can couples have a double cabin?

Can we arrange a private charter for a sailing holiday?

Will I have to do any cooking?

I will be arriving late - does this matter?

Can I charge my mobile onboard with a 240v charger?

Can I bring my fishing gear on a sailing holiday?

Do I really need to bring wellies?

Travel insurance is included with my bank account etc. It covers for sailing holidays in coastal waters up to 12 miles offshore. Will that do for voyages?

Can you help me find suitable travel insurance for my holiday?



What is included in the price?
All food and non alcoholic drinks onboard, use of life-jackets and wet weathers gear.

What is not included in the price?
Your travel to and from the ship, travel insurance which is compulsory for all voyage apart from Taster Weekends and any meals taken ashore. Generally all meals are eaten onboard. Alcoholic drinks – bring your own


What do I pay and when?
Once you have filled in a booking form and we have confirmed there is a space available for you the first part, 35%, of the voyage fee is payable to confirm your booking. The remainder is paid when you join the boat or shortly before, whichever is most convenient for you.

Full details on how to pay and what happens after you book


What time do I join and leave?
For everything other than our 'learn to sail weekends' arrival time is 6pm on the first day of the voyage and we provide an evening meal. Leaving time is around 10am on the last day of the voyage but check the voyage details. However we know flight times can be tricky and vary hugely in price. Early morning flights on the day of arrival can usually be accommodated and for leaving it is often possible to catch a late flight on the evening before you are due to leave or an early morning flight on the official day of departure.
Do check things with us before booking flights and bear in mind that time between voyages is used for cleaning the boat, restocking and any time left over is our time off and we may not be onboard.
For Taster Weekends joining time is at 4pm on the first day prompt and leaving at 4pm - this is a fixed time.

Can I join the boat early/or leave late because of flights etc?

See above.

Can you send me a sailing holiday brochure?
Sorry, we don't send out printed material any more but hopefully all the info you need is here on the web site. If not just get in touch.

How do I find the boat when I arrive?
Firstly have you checked out our 'Getting To The Ship' pages for the voyage you have chosen? You can also usually track Trinovante in port via AIS using free vessel tracking sites such as Vessel Finder. We don't usually know the exact berth ourselves until we arrive in a port and we email our where abouts to everyone then and if possible we also post to our facebook page.

Is my money for my sailing holiday held in a client account?

Yes, we hold all advance voyage fee payments in the SchoonerSail Client Account until the day before the start date of your voyage.

I am a complete beginner - can I book on a voyage?
Yes, plenty of people do and the basic skills are picked up quite quickly. We are always happy to talk through with you exactly what to expect on any pArcticular voyage if you give us a ring on the boat phone. Check out our' Learn to Sail?' page.

Do I need to learn anything before I arrive onboard.
We think it's a lot easier to learn by doing but it can help to learn the names of the sails before you come if you are really keen. However we run through everything you need to know onboard as a matter of course so don't get stressed out about it. It's supposed to be fun.

Why is it a requirement of booking that I am able to climb a three meter vertical ladder?
This is not because you will be working aloft but because we are often berthed in commercial harbours. You may have to climb vertical dock side ladders on to get on and off. You can view a typical ladder in the photos on this page. This doesn't apply to taster weekends where we sail to and from a marina. Climbing a 3m vertical ladders is also a good indicator of your agility level. If you feel you feel this may be a problem for you phone it essential you discuss this with in advance of booking.

Can I book for someone else as a present and or surprise?
Lots of people do this, it's not a problem. Just let us know when you book and we can arrange the details.
Usually we recommend that you run the idea past the person you are booking for.

I am planning to come on my own - will it be mostly couples onboard?
We do get some bookings from couples but most people come on their own.

I am a woman - will there be other women onboard?
Yes - the first mate is female. We can't guarantee how many other women there might be, but lots of women sail with us .

Is there any upper age limit on voyages?
No. We just ask that you are realistic about your physical capabilities. Offshore voyages in pArcticular can be both physically and mentally very challenging and you need to be able to cope in rough weather. As a general rule agility is much more important than brute physical strength. Also see above regarding dock side ladders.

Can someone not interested in sailing come with me ?
Possibly but generally it not a great idea for all concerned and they will be missing all the fun if they don't get involved. Why not check out our 'learn to sail page'?

Can couples have a double cabin?
Yes so long as the cabins are not already booked. Let us know you are a couple when you book.

Will I have to do any cooking?
Only if you want to, but you will be expected to have a go at the washing up.

Can we arrange a private charter for a sailing holiday or day sail?
It might be possible but we need plenty of notice.

My flight times mean I arrive a little late - does this matter?

It depends on what a' little late' means. If you want to book a flight that gets you to the boat late check with us first. It will probably be OK. We do know it can be very difficult to make flight times work out.

Can I charge my mobile phone onboard with a normal 240v charger?

Yes. We have an inverter onboard for 240v and there are frequently whole banks of mobiles, cameras, ipads etc on charge - all those expensive gadgets we recommend you don't bring with you!

Can I bring my fishing gear?
Yes - we will do our best to find somewhere to put it, so long as it's not the size of a small car.

Do I really need to bring wellies as it says on the what to bring on your sailing holiday list?
Yes, but we might also have a pair we can lend you - let us know what size. You will get away without needing them if it doesn't rain. If it does rain having wet feet for a week is no fun. If you are worried about weight in your pack short yachtie wellies are a lot lighter than old style black wellies but either will do. Please do not count on being able to buy wellies when you arrive.

I get travel insurance included with my bank account/ credit card etc. It covers for sailing in coastal waters (up to 12 miles offshore). Will that do for voyages?
Yes it might be OK. We recommend that you email the insurer with a link to our web site, say what voyage you are booking and ask them specifically if this is covered. Print the reply and keep it with your documents. This avoids any ambiguity. Check our notes on choosing sailing holiday insurance

I don't know where to find suitable travel insurance - can you help?

One insurer who you might use is Topsail Insurance. Although we link to Topsail Insurance you are free to use any insurer who provides adequate cover. Even if you use Topsail check the level of cover carefully yourself.

Whoever you insure with make sure you read our notes on choosing sailing holiday insurance on purchasing insurance when you book.

We will recommend that you email the insurer with a link to our web site, say what voyage you are booking and ask them specifically if this is covered. Print the reply and keep it with your documents. This avoids any ambiguity.

If you turn up with invalid cover we reserve the right to insist you reinsure before you sail. This can delay the start of the voyage which is never a good scenario.

Geoff climbing a ladder.