Frequently Asked Questions.......

What time does my sailing course start and finish?

Practical Sailing Courses:
The start times of your course may vary due to tides, weather conditions and the location of Yorvik Star. These are all normal aspects that the nature of yacht sailing encompasses. Exact times will be agreed at the time of booking.

Cruises:

These are usually more flexible depending on flights and travel arrangements. All timings are worked out well in advance to ensure smooth transfers.

What do I need to bring?

Water-proof Jacket and Trousers, these don't have to be expensive sailing clothes, walking/golf equipment should be fine. Also bring some warm clothes including hat, scarf, sailing gloves and thermal underwear. Several thin layers are better 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 an inexpensive set of thermal long johns and a vest will keep you warm. 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 more specialist types of sailing clothing are Gill www.gillmarine.com and Musto www.musto.com all of which can be purchased from Kildale Marine in Hull.

Don't forget sunglasses, sun cream and your wash kit. Please Note, Soft holdalls for luggage only please.
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What footwear do I need to bring?

Sailing boots are advisable along with deck shoes or non-marking trainers. It is usually possible to purchase boots at a chandlery in marinas.
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Do I need to bring my passport?

Yes, if you are coming on a Cross Channel trip or Distance Cruise please don't forget your passport. We also recommend you bring your EH1C (formerly E111) available form your local Post Office or online at www.nhs.uk (FREE of charge).

Passports are not required on any other courses.
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Whats included in my course fee?

All practical sailing courses/cruises are fully inclusive of accommodation onboard, all meals onboard, bedding, pillow, and towels. 
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How many students will there be on my boat?

We take a maximum of 4 students per course/cruise. Yorvik Star is capable of taking more than this number so there will be plenty of room for everyone onboard. These small group sizes allow for a good degree of individual attention and comfort levels.

Our personal approach to teaching and learning means that all can benefit from specific and tailored advice, maximising attainment and fulfilment of potential. All courses are taught by professional tutors.
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Do I need insurance?

Yorvik Sailing 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.
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Do I sleep onboard?

For all practical courses you will sleep onboard Yorvik Star.
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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.
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Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as a phone charger or

hair dryer?

Yorvik Star has 12 volt sockets and 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. When at anchor there is a generator for the use of the crews' electrical items.
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Can I bring my mobile phone?

Yes, you may bring your mobile phone. As many people come along sailing to get away from everyday life or as a holiday, we would ask that phones are turned off during teaching times to avoid distraction (unless of course you are expecting an urgent call).

Mobile phone coverage is approximately 10 miles from land. This will generally give you coverage on all courses, except distance sails and cross channel trips. In an emergency Yorvik Star can also be contacted by radio. 
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Are all meals provided?

On all practical sailing courses/cruises we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard. We also supply plenty of snacks to keep you going during the day.

Mo is renowned for her culinary skills on board Yorvik Star. We only use high quality ingredients in the food we provide.
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Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?

We can cater for basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians and those with food allergies. When you book your course just let us know if you require a special diet.
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Who does the cooking onboard?

Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including some cooking, are shared equally between crew and staff. The ingredients for meals are sourced locally and freshly prepared on board. (Usually by Mo)
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Wll we be in a marina every night?

Although you will spend some nights in a marina, 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. Sailing is about adventure!
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Do you take under 18s on courses?

Under 18s are welcome on courses when accompanied by a parent / guardian who is over the age of 18. Under 16s are permitted on courses when part of a group booking which includes at least one person who is over the age of 18.
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Does your boat meet safety requirements?

Yorvik Star is fully compliant with the code of practice for small commercial vessels, meeting all requirements as set down by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. She is checked before and after each course and all safety equipment is serviced on a regular basis.
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Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?

There are heads (toilets) and showers onboard. When you are in a marina you can also use the shoreside facilities where available.
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Do I need to do an actual course to come sailing?

Whether you want more experience or just a break from everyday life, come along for a week or weekend sail. You do not need to be doing a particular course to come sailing with us.
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Can I smoke onboard?

Smoking is permitted onboard, however as it is in close confines with other people we would ask that you have consideration for your fellow crew and only smoke at the back of the boat and downwind. Of course, it would be polite to ask your fellow crew members first.
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Will I get sea sick?

Even Nelson suffered from sea sickness. If you know you are susceptible, then it is worth bringing some motion sickness tablets such as Stugeron with you - available at pharmacies.
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I am a complete novice and want to go sailing with my friends but don't

want to get in the way. What course would help me to understand more?

The ideal course for you is the Competent Crew course. It is the course for the absolute beginner to learn the basics and enjoy the delights of sailing. At the end of this course you will have become a confident and competent member of crew.
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Despite being a boat owner for many years, I have only ever sailed in local

waters. I would now like to go on some longer coastal passages but as this

is new to me I would like some tuition. What would you recommend?

We understand that sometimes you want to learn in the familiar environment of your own boat and with people you know. We can come onboard your yacht and teach you anything from a full RYA course, to some instruction focused on your individual requirements.

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My family and I are hoping to buy our own yacht. What qualifications do I

need?

If you have no previous experience, you will need to start with the Competent Crew course followed by the Day Skipper theory and practical courses. Completion of these courses will give you the skills required to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages during daylight hours. You will also need to complete a one day, Marine Radio SRC (Short Range Certificate) course so you are able to use your VHF radio onboard.return to top

If you have any further questions, please get in touch.