FAQ

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I'm an absolute beginner - can I take part anyway?

Yes. There will be a skipper on every yacht that is supported by a first mate. They will show you everything you need to know right aboard and during the cruise. First to come: the safety instructions (similar to what you know from airplanes). And as soon as everybody knows where the oxygen masks will fall out of the ceiling we are ready for sailing ;-).

Only requirement to take part is: you must be able to swim at least 30 minutes. Otherwise you will have to wear a life vest all the time for security and insurance reasons.

What is the course of action?

The journey to the port of shipping is organized by yourself. Rendezvous is on the first day, early afternoon for welcome lunch and registration.

The first late afternoon the skippers will take over the yachts. During this time the crews can get the supplies.

When supplies, baggage and crew are stored on board and the safety instructions are given, it will be time to do a short testing cruise. The real sailing starts on the second day.

Where we are heading to and what places of interest are waiting for us that is a question of weather... we will decide very spontaneous on a day to day base. However, the emphasis is put on sailing although there will be one or two shore leaves.

On the eve of the last day we will be back in our port of shipping, packing and getting the yachts ready for take-over on the last day. After breakfast on the last day it will be time to say goodbye, see you next year!

Do I need special clothes?

All paricipants get a packing list as a suggestion what to bring with you.

In any case, to dress yourself in layers which you can vary as weather is changing is the best practice.

The most important layer is the tarp. That can be your tarp you have from biking and doesn't need to be a special sailing tarp. You also need wellingtons. Both, tarp and wellingtons are good for sailing, if you stay dry underneath when taking a 10 minute shower.

You do not need to have special sailing shoes. Your sport shoes will be ok. BUT: they are supposed to have a natural colored or a white sole. Black soles or other colors tend to leave stripes on deck of the yacht and therefore they are not adequate for sailing. The shoes as well as the wellingtons should keep you grounded on both, dry and wet decks.

If you need a tarp or such things - don't buy right away. We will offer a centralized buying. This way we get big rebates and a tarp set (trousers and coat together) is starting at only 80 EUR.

Can kids come with us?

Sailing is also fine for kids! They get used to the yacht's movements even faster than grown ups. If they are not able to swim for 30 minutes without help they have to wear life vests all the time though.

What about communications aboard?

We will be in coastal areas more or less. So most of the times we shall be able to receive UTMS signals. We will organize wifi routers on board of every yacht. Usually the free traffic as well as the bandwidth is not outstanding but it will be ok to check mails every now and then.

Additionally some harbours might have hotspots, some of them might even be free. If it is a good idea to bring your computer with you aboard? Maybe limit it to smartphone or tablet:

Electricity aboard is limited. During sailing we have a 12V-board-net but the power is needed for motor, navigation and lights. So electricity (220V) is only available in ports.

Please be prepared that you won't have 220V electricity for a longer time. We might spend 1 or 2 nights in a row in a bay instead of a harbour!

Will I get seasick? All you need to know about it and how to not fall sick!

 

"Are you serious? Going offshore with a sailing yacht? Don't you get seasick doing so?" One can only fight all myths of seasickness by facing this phenomenon. Read everything you need to know right here and be prepared for a wonderful sailing cruise.

How big is the chance to get seasick?

For 20 years I am sailing as skipper and I had some 200-300 sailors on board. Based on this experience I can tell you, it only happens really, really seldom. Actually you just need the fingers of one hand to count the incidences. And when it happened, it was over before it really started. Also these exeptions didn't stick to the following hints.

So what about this seasickness? Is it all just panicmongering? Read the facts behind it:

How seasickness arises

When you are under deck and you do not see the horizon the optical sense tells you: everything is plumb-vertical, no motion at all. You just see the cabin around you and for your eyes, it is not moving. But your sense of balance is giving you absolute differing information. And it is right to do so :-D. Anyway - you now encounter two senses giving you different information and this difference is what challanges our system. Usually you get used to it really quickly by just favoring the sense of balance. It's all about your personal disposition. Some do instant and get "seaman's legs" right away. Some are more sensitive and will experience a light indisposition just before getting used to the new situation. Btw. I myself belong to the secound group ;-).

Anyway. It is not important what your personal disposition is, because you can push it very effectively in both directions:

So what is boosting seasickness and indisposition?

Scientific research showed that high and long undulations are perfect to experience seasickness. You will encounter these on huge ships not on sailing yachts. So if you know yourself getting seasick on ferrys, I can understand you. I tend to be seasick as well on ferrys.

Some of you might have been on motor yachts. If these boats are not moving through water (high sea fishing) they tend to be toys of the waves and just roll around. This rolling is perfect for seasickness, too.

Sailing yachts are very firm. They have the wind pressure in the sails and some tons of ballast down in the keel. They won't roll. Also they won't do high and long undulations as long as waves are not long and high. And they usually aren't in our destination area. If they are, we probably will stay in a save port.

You can also boost seasickness through other external stimuli, ie. odours (diesel, motor oil, or food odours at the wrong moment).

The most effective way to boost seasickness is the psychological way via suggestions. If you tell s.o. "Hey you already have a pale face! Are you going to throw up in the next minutes?" you will probably encounter "best" results. So don't! But also autosuggestion is working. If you are convinced to get seasick, that could work, too.

So if you want to give it a try and experience seasickness yourself, the above hints will help you to get there for sure what ever your disposition might be.

And how do you avoid seasickness? Easy:

  1. Watch the horizon. That's the way the different sensations (optical and balance sense) won't challange you. At the beginning of the sailing cruise stay on deck until you get used to the typical movements of the yacht. You have plenty of fresh air there, too. So no disturbing odours. Don't just sit down and lean back passively. Try to balance the movements of the yacht and you get used to them pretty fast. If this doesn't help, ask the skipper to put you at the wheel. As passengers in a car on their way through the alps might encounter sickness, the driver never does.
    Once you got used you are immune. After 3-4 days you will get that used to it, that you will encounter difficulties when you go ashore and find yourself in small rooms (toilets). Then these rooms start to move in the typical yacht movements and you will find you on the floor, if you don't stick to some grip. And of course you will find yourself "ROFL" because it is just a strange feeling to watch your sense of balance going nuts! Good news: this "landsickness" doesn't make you feel indisponsible.

  2. Tired? No problem. Just lay down and close your eyes. Absolute no problem. In this position you are save.

  3. Keep your stomach busy. That is very important and helpful. Just chew on a peace of bread or have a peace of baguette at hand. You never should go offshore with an empty stomach. Admiral Nelson always had his sailors have a good breakfast before they went to a battle.

  4. Keep an eye on your blood circulation and your fluid balance. Isotonic drinks will help you very much. It is also good to have some drugs at hand helping to keep the blood circulation / pressure up. Please ask your doctor about this.

  5. Don't care about it and keep busy! We won't speak about seasickness on board to avoid the effect of suggestions and expectations. The skippers now about all the hints and will keep you all as busy as possible. This way you will forget about it at all!

What about anti-seasickness-drugs?

In my opinion these special drugs don't help much. They usually have adverse reactions in a way that you will get very, very tired. You actually could stay at home then, because you will sleep most of the time. Most of the drugs have to be taken long before you go offshore. So if you encounter indisponsibility it is already to late to take drugs. So please have a very close look if you think of taking some of these and get detailed information from your doctor.

Conclution

All the years of sailing sickness was just the absolute and rare exeption. When it appeared it was over before it really started. If you stick to the mentioned hints you will get around pretty fine without any drugs and you will enjoy the adventure in all it's beauty!

PS: The danger of feeling sick after having too much to eat on x-mas-days is very much higher!