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What should You know before your first sailing trip!

Updated: Jun 25, 2022

So, you are thinking about going on your first sailing trip and somehow you got here…. Well, good for you! I’m sailing since I remember, from sailing with my parents, through my racing career (for more info check the bio) to becoming a professional skipper, so I will be happy to share my knowledge and experience with you. Here are some of the most common questions you may think of:

So, the basics, what should I pack for my first sail trip?

To be honest, it depends on the region where you plan to sail. First of all, take reliable shoes, at least two pairs, Then, pack some comfortable clothes, a hoodie, a tracksuit and warm socks (at night it can be pretty cold sometimes) and a waterproof jacket. Then add some flip-flops, sunscreen, a towel, and a swimsuit. And of course don’t forget your sleeping bag!

Should I have a storm jacket?

In my opinion, it’s not necessary for your first trip. I mean, after our trip if you decide “ok, I want to do this more often” then sure, go for it. But at first, it is not the most important thing. Just take some waterproof jacket and trousers and you will be fine.

Can I pack my stuff into a suitcase?

Plz, don’t! On the boat, it’s much easier to store your belongings in a soft bag or a backpack.

Am I going to puke?

Yup, there is a high possibility that you will experience seasickness. But don’t worry, I have it too so it makes two of us. Only a few percent of people don't have it (lucky bastards). But on a sailing trip, it’s perfectly natural and no one pays attention to that. It’s part of the journey. Also, it’s not going to last forever, at some point your organism will just adapt to it. I have some methods which also might help.

Should I know how to sail?

Nope, it’s not necessary, at least not on my sail trips. I will show you everything that you need to know, how to put on sails, navigate and steer.

How big will the crew be?

On my trips, there are only 4 to 6 people, including the captain (me). Our sailboat, despite its strength and seaworthiness, it’s quite small, and to provide maximum comfort I don’t like to fill it to the max. You can check all information about the boat here.

When I will meet the crew?

About 3 days before the sailing trip I will schedule a Zoom meeting to get to know each other. That way at the moment you arrive you don’t feel anxious (hopefully). Also, maybe you will fly from the same airport or something, who knows?

Is it safe?

Yes, if you follow a few rules.

The boat is equipped with all the safety equipment, rafts, life jackets, flairs, and EPIRB. But of course, none of this matters if you're not careful. First of all, always listen to your captain, he knows what he is doing. Second of all, listen to the safety course you will have at the beginning of the trip, maybe it’s kind of boring, but it’s important. Lastly, we will provide you with a manual briefly explaining the most important things to know onboard.

Do I need to have my own lifejacket?

No, normally on sail trips there are lifejackets onboard, maybe not always in the best condition, that’s why some of us have our own. But no, no need to bring your own.

From experience, I can say, that sometimes I don't understand the owners who buy the cheapest lifejackets for the crew. I mean, that is one of the things you don’t want to save money on.

Ok, that's all!

I hope some of this information were useful for you and if you feel like it, don't hesitate to message me :)

Stay safe!

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