What bedding is provided?

We provide one bath towel, hand towels in each bathroom, a poly cotton sleep liner, pillow and pillow case, sleeping bag, and a fitted bed sheet.

Are there mosquitos in the area?

In some marinas there can be mosquitos. Although we do have screens on most hatches they can be quite resourceful. It is advisable to bring some repellant.

Will I get sea sick?

Even Nelson suffered from sea sickness, in the cruising area sometimes there can be an uncomfortable swell. If you know you are susceptible, then it is worth buying some motion sickness tablets such as Stugeron from the chemist and bringing them with you.

Can I smoke onboard?

Smoking is in general discouraged when onboard and forbidden below decks. Smoking is only permitted at the back of the boat and downwind if your fellow crew members agree.

Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?

There are heads (toilets) and showers onboard each yacht. When you are in a marina you can also use the shoreside facilities available. In most marinas there is a small charge to use the showers.

Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger or hairdryer?

All of our yachts have either 12 volt sockets or standard 3 pin plug sockets. You are more than welcome to use these sockets when you are in a marina and the boat is connected to shore power.

Will we be in a marina every night?

Although you will spend some nights in marinas, in order to explore some of the more beautiful locations and to get the most out of the sail cruising training you may also spend a night or two on a mooring buoy or a secluded anchorage. After all, sailing is about adventure!

Are meals provided?

Food is not included for all courses. As part of the course the students will agree a budget and victual the boat accordingly. On most courses students prefer to eat out in the evening enjoying the Italian lifestyle. It is expected for the students to cater for your instructor or skipper during your time with us. If you plan to eat out you can invite then along or provide food for them to eat onboard. Our Skippers / Instructors are very flexible and happy to discuss options.

Is there parking available?

There is a large, free car park near the marina where you can leave you car for the duration of your course. Parking at the marina can be arranged in advance for a daily charge. Whilst there is 24hr security and CCTV in the car park, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to cars or their contents.

Do I sleep onboard?

For all practical courses you will sleep onboard the yacht. Except YM prep courses.

Can I bring my mobile phone?

You can indeed bring your mobile phone. As many people come along sailing to get away from everyday life or as a holiday, during teaching times we would ask that phones are turned off to avoid distraction unless of course you are expecting an urgent call. Mobile phone coverage is only up to approximately 10 miles from land which will generally give you coverage on all courses except distance sails. In an emergency the yacht can also be contacted by radio. When at sea there is limited facilities to recharge your phone so it is advisable to bring your own recharging battery pack.

Who does the cooking onboard?

Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including cooking, are shared equally between all students and the instructor.

Will I have to share a cabin?

It may be necessary for you to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.

 How many students will there be on my boat?

We take a maximum of 5 students per boat on sailing courses. All of our boats are capable of taking more than these numbers so there will be plenty of room for everyone onboard.

Where will I go on my course?

You will be sailing in the Gulf of Tigullio around the area of Porto Fino, Santa Margherita, Chiavari and Sestri Levante. It is also possible to visit the Cinque Terre and La Spezia depending on the weather.

Whats included in my course fee?

All practical sailing courses are fully inclusive of accommodation onboard.

Do I need insurance?

The school carries full public liability insurance for its students, however personal travel / cancellation / accident insurance is strongly recommended. Topsail Insurance are specialist insurers who offer insurance for this activity. 

What footwear do I need to bring?

Sailing boots are advisable along with deck shoes or non-marking trainers.

What do I need to bring?

Warm clothes including hat, scarf, sailing gloves and thermal underwear. It is better several thin layers rather than two thick layers. If you are just starting out sailing there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive clothing. Even a cheap set of thermal long johns and vest will keep you warm and don’t foget we supply you with wet weather gear. For those considering doing a lot of sailing it would be worth thinking about purchasing a dedicated breathable layer system. This normally consists of a thermal base layer, a mid layer fleece with breathable wet weather gear as an outer layer. Some examples of manufacturers who supply this type of clothing are Gill www.gillmarine.com and Musto www.musto.com. Don’t forget a sleeping bag, sunglasses, sun cream, your wash kit and a towel. Soft holdalls only please. You will also need a small amount of spending money for trips ashore.

What time does my sailing course start and finish?

Practical courses start at 1600 on a Sunday and finish at 1400 on Friday

Family Cruising courses start at 1700 on a Saturday and finish at 1000 on the following Saturday

Yachtmaster Prep Sail start at 0900 on a Monday and finish around 1500 on the Sunday depending on the exam duration.