Do I need any prior experience?
Generally speaking a basic level of skill will be necessary from a safety point of view. This level will differ depending on which race you are thinking of entering, for our coastal based regattas this can be achieved by taking an RYA Competent crew course, however there are also many other informal ways to achieve this. Feel free to get in touch for a quick chat to discuss your level of experience and see what may be the best fit for you. We're more than happy to work with people to get them where they want to be.
How much will it cost?
Costs vary depending on the race you choose but we do aim to keep costs as low as possible to allow anyone to compete and enjoy this great sport. We also offer training and delivery opportunities that can be an excellent way to learn.
who else will be on board?
There will be a professional skipper and up to 9 others on board. The variety of experience will range from competent crew, through to those who are experienced skippers in their own right and everything in between.
- Race entry
- Yacht Charter
- Mooring fees
- Basic training
- Meals at sea
- Personal locating beacon
- Shared cabin accommodation
Are there any extra costs?
We do not include flights, transfers, any meals eaten off the boat (usually 1 per day whilst training) , or shore based accommodation, We strongly recommend travel insurance specifically for this type of activity. Wet weather gear is not provided but there are multiple options at different cost points that we are happy to advise on.
Will it be plain sailing?
We certainly hope that you'll be impressed by the standard of organisation and instruction given on the boat, however we may experience strong winds or no wind at all, there won't be gourmet meals prepared at sea in strong winds and we will be in very close quarters in potentially demanding conditions. If you've raced offshore before you'll know what to expect, if you haven't then we are happy to hear from you and discuss the challenges you may face to ensure it is the correct fit for you. There are no passengers on board, only team mates.
What kind of boat will we be on?
We own a 2008 First 40.7 that has had a huge amount of resources invested in her to ensure she is a formidable racing machine whilst maintaining a sensible degree of comfort on board. You can learn more about Escapado here.
How competitive will it be?
We aim to be part of the race at the front of the action, that said we are uncompromising when it comes to safety and getting everybody involved. We pride ourselves on getting every team member performing every role on board including helming. We spend more time with those who are less experienced during training to get them use to the new skills they're learning. Once the race starts the focus shifts slightly to allow the more experienced members to get something from the experience, however we still ensure that everyone is an active member of the team and takes on every role.
I'd like to charter the whole boat, is that an option?
It certainly is, we'd be happy to discuss your requirements and come up with a package that suits you. From bare boat charter through to skippered boats.
What should I bring with me?
We include an online checklist here once you've registered on our website you're able to tick of items on this list as you get them.
How do I sign up?
Get in touch using the contacts page and we'll arrange a chat to answer any questions you may have and get an idea of your level of experience, if everyone is happy we'll get the ball rolling and ask you to provide a 50% deposit with the remainder to be paid 4 weeks before departure.