All your questions answered.
What is adventuresailing.net?
We are a small specialist team working in partnership with a hand picked collection of the world’s best adventure sailing operators. We don’t aim to have the biggest collection of sailing adventures – just the ones you’re looking for – the best sailing adventures!
Adventure Sailing is part of Crewseekers – the original yacht crew introduction agency established over 20 years ago.
As experienced sailors we want to help others with a love of the sea to fulfil their sailing dreams.
Why should you use adventuresailing.net?
Because we want to help you find the world’s best adventure sailing trips – each carefully chosen by us to offer the best sailing experiences. We don’t work with any old adventure sailing operator – only those that we think offer small scale unique adventures with the most experienced skippers and crew.
We’ve spent a long time bringing these operators together for you to choose from. We know a lot about each of the operators we work with. We understand their unique style and sailing area and can help you find the right type of sailing adventure.
We don’t charge you a single penny. There are no markups and no booking fees for you to pay. You get the best price – guaranteed. Plus a high level of personal service and immediate access to us – which is important when many operators are at sea and communication is difficult we are here to help and answer your questions.
We work hard to connect you with the best operators – and that lets them concentrate on what they do best – delivering amazing sailing adventures. They like sailing, and we like marketing and websites and helping sailors find their perfect adventures (actually we like sailing too and that helps a lot).
These amazing sailing experiences are going to mean a lot to you – we know that, so it’s going to be very important that who you do it with can deliver just what you’re looking for. That’s why we work hard to meet those expectations.
What kind of people are these adventure sailors?
People just like you probably! If you’re reading this you’ve obviously thought you’d like to have a sailing adventure and we’re here to help you find it. We think most sailing trips are a great adventure, but on this website we’ve put together a selection of adventures that are out of the mainstream and tend to be a bit more exciting.
Whether it’s a long dreamnt of trip around some wilderness island chain in a beautiful Oyster, taking part in a famous offshore race in a turbo charged racing yacht, an ‘expedition’ trip to the distant corners of the earth, or a life changing ocean crossing, each of our trips has a special excitement that marks it out.
From novice sailors looking to learn and be part of the crew to experienced sailors looking for a challenging trip with an experienced skipper and well found vessel – all are welcome
What sailing skills do I need?
None! Most trips offer some involvement in sailing the vessel, each trip will be different, and we will help to match you with the adventure that best suits your experience and abilities from complete novice to experienced Yachtmaster. See our Adventure Level section below. The only other pre-requisite is enthusiasm and a passion for adventure!
Will I learn about sailing?
Most trips are not offered as instructional courses as they are too demanding on the itinerary, however you will undoubtedly learn a good deal from the experience and skippers are always keen to add to your experience by sharing their knowledge.
What previous experience is required for racing trips?
The crew on each racing event is usually a mix of experience levels with some spaces reserved for inexperienced or novice racers. For our intermediate and advance race training trips some previous racing experience will be required. Call or email us for more details.
Can you start off with an offshore voyage if you are a complete beginner?
Yes. As long as you have a reasonable level of physical fitness - if the going gets tough, life at sea can be both physically and mentally challenging. You should discuss any medical condition with the individual operator. If you know you are prone to seasickness, or worried that you may be, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice on appropriate remedies.
Will it be hard work?
Your level of participation will vary according to your own desires and the type of adventure you choose. Generally speaking though, these adventures are not normal charters and you will be expected to play some role in crewing the vessel and this will be part of the experience. On some vessels and trips this will be as you choose, on others this will mean playing a full role as a ‘crew’ member, from helping in the galley to hoisting sales and standing a watch – under supervision and to the extent of your abilities. On racing trips you will receive appropriate training and be a fully active crew member.
Is the voyage plan guaranteed?
All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries. In most cases, where you sail, passage lengths and the places you call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.
How safe will it be?
All adventure activities carry an element of risk, although as you would expect, every vessel is appropriately equipped and maintained for its area of operation.
The skipper and crew will be suitably qualified and will take an appropriate view of safety management. You must satisfy yourself that any voyage you intend to undertake is suitable for you. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.
What are the different Adventure Levels?
We grade each sailing adventure to give you and indication of what to expect – these are indicative only and we would be very pleased to discuss these with you.
Easy Suitable for most people in good health, these adventures include all or mostly daytime cruising in coastal waters and with little physical demands made upon you.
Medium Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, with realistic expectations, who are willing and able to play an active role in the crewing of the vessel. Sailing offshore, likely to include night passages, and periods away from civilisation.
Difficult Physically challenging adventures, where you need to be prepared before you go. Voyages at this grade are suitable for experienced sailors used to extended sea voyages in demanding conditions.
These grades are indicative only are not definitive descriptions of what a particular voyage will entail. For instance, we would grade an east-west trans-Atlantic voyage on a well found yacht, with an experienced skipper, undertaken in December or January, as Medium. However, specific conditions encountered may mean that the actual voyage is more demanding and would be graded as Difficult.
What is included in the price?
In most cases the price quoted is fully inclusive with no hidden extras for life on board for the duration your trip. They do not include the cost of flights and transfers, personal travel insurance, and food and drinks ashore.
What insurance do I need?
It will be a condition of each Operators' booking conditions that you have suitable travel insurance. This travel insurance must cover you for medical evacuation from the boat and repatriation. Please be aware that a lot of travel policies have exclusions for hazardous sports and sailing is often listed as one of them. This means that your regular insurance provider may not be able to offer suitable cover for your trip. This will be especially true in the case of racing, ocean crossings and remote sailing. We recommend the specialist provider Topsail Insurance.
How do I book?
Once you’ve found an adventure that you are interested in send us an enquiry and we’ll answer any questions that you may have and make sure that the trip is available, then we’ll put you in direct contact with the Operator to book and pay with them. Your contract and payment is direct with the Operator you’ll actually be sailing with and there is no mark up or booking fee to pay us.