Going sailing for the first time is very exciting but also daunting because there are so many things you need to be aware of before you set sail. This article offers you general information and the things you need to know, that will make your first sail a very enjoyable experience.
Firstly, you need to decide where you want to go sailing. My favorite destination is the Caribbean for many reasons. There’s a very large variety of yachts you can choose from, ranging from 39 ft to 344 ft.
The next thing you need to do is to decide on the type of charter. There are 3 types of charter you can choose from:
Since this is the first time you are going sailing, I would strongly advise you to pick a crewed charter.
You need a lot of sailing experience and knowledge in order to go bareboat sailing. You also need a valid skipper license.
Besides, a crewed charter gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the cruise. You need to keep in mind though that the crew members are not your servants. They are there to ensure your safety and offer you sailing advice.
The best thing about it is that no sailing experience is required! Anyone can go sailing on a crewed charter. You can bring your kids, normally there’s no age limit. However, some crewed charters do have age limits so make sure you do your research beforehand. Arguably, the Caribbean is the one of the most popular destinations.
Another important thing you need to consider before you set sail is what to bring with you. There’s not too much storage space available on board – less is more is the rule of thumb. Pack light and only what you strictly need. Here are a few suggestions:
If you get motion sickness, there are a few things you can do to relieve the symptoms:
Finally, relax and enjoy your cruise. Life on a boat for a week or two is a very special experience so make sure to have fun!
Special Thanks to Patrick Jenkins for writing and submitting this article to BVI & Caribbean Yacht Charters
Written by Patrick Jenkins, a Sailing Adviser for the Sailing Clothing Store.
Patrick is a Sailing Adviser for the Sailing Clothing Store, a company based in Cowes, England. Patrick is very passionate about anything related to sailing and traveling and loves writing about these subjects.