How do I book?
If you want to book a skippered charter or instructional trip, please contact us or call 079 277 0623.
How do I pay?
A non-refundable 50% deposit per person is required at the time of booking your charter or yachting course. The remaining balance is due 8 weeks prior to the start of the trip. Payment is required in full at the time of booking if this is less than 8 weeks prior to the start of the trip.
Invoices are payable by bank transfer within 10 days. We can also accept payment by EC card, Paypal, Visa and Mastercard. There is a 2.5% surcharge for payment by credit card and 3.4% for Paypal.
Your place is not guaranteed until your deposit is paid. If the balance payment is not received on time, we reserve the right to resell your place, unless otherwise agreed. Any outstanding debts will be subject to a late payment fee of CHF 50 and we reserve the right to pursue debt collection proceedings if all other recourse has failed.
What information do you need from me?
It is a condition of participation in all Sail YSL activities and membership of the Sail YSL Club that you provide us with full contact details. As a minimum we need your full name, address, phone number and/or mobile number and e-mail address. Details of next of kin / an emergency contact are required for all participants in on-water activities.
We will send you a booking form when you book which will contain all the information we need, including a health declaration and dietary requirements. You will also be asked to provide your passport number, nationality, place of issue, issue date and expiry date for our crew lists as this information must be provided by law.
How many people can you take on a yacht?
We normally take yachts with two double cabins for guests with the option to use the saloon as well. In other words, 4 or possibly 5 guests.
If you have a larger group, we can take a larger yacht by arrangement, or even a second boat. Ask us for more information.
Do I need to be able to speak fluent English?
It certainly helps and you will probably enjoy yourself more. However, our skipper is fluent in German so there shouldn’t be many communications barriers.
Do I need to be able to swim?
Non-swimmers are not excluded from yacht sailing, but will be required to wear a lifejacket at all times and the skipper must be informed.
Do you offer children's sailing?
Children are welcome but a responsible adult (parent, guardian) must be in attendance for under 13s.
We don’t specify a particular minimum age since all children are different, but they must be mature enough to have developed co-ordination and balance and to understand and follow instructions. In practice this normally means school-age as a minimum, however our youngest guest was 3 years old. We will make the trip as enjoyable as possible for all our guests are responsible for overall safety on board, but parents are responsible for keeping an eye on their young children.
RYA courses have a minimum age limit of 16 for Day Skipper practical. There is no official minimum age for Competent Crew, however we feel that under 12s are unlikely to get the most benefit from the course.
Are food and travel included?
Travel is not included in our pricing; there are just too many options and variables. Please ask us for advice and to confirm your travel arrangements are workable. You can co-ordinate with other clients on the Sail YSL forum.
We usually provide the initial essentials such as condiments, first loaf of bread, tea, coffee, first milk etc. Thereafter we ask clients to chip into a kitty. €50 per person per week is normally a good starting point, depending on how often you want to eat in tavernas versus cooking on board.
What's on board the yacht? Do I need to bring my own lifejacket?
The yachts we use in Greece are equipped with foam lifejackets and harnesses for the maximum capacity of the yacht, but you are required to bring your own children’s lifejackets. If you’d prefer to bring your own lifejacket, feel free!
Bedding and ordinary towels are supplied but not beach towels. There is usually snorkelling equipment available on board too. Again, feel free to bring your own.
Galley equipment is supplied but if you have any special needs or requests, it’s advisable to bring your own supplies. We normally provide condiments and other basics.
A useful tip is to bring a tube of hand-wash liquid to cut down on the amount of clothing you need to pack – and there are usually clothes pegs on board too 🙂
What should I bring? Do I need special clothes?
The most important thing to bring is a sense of humour and a sense of adventure! On a more practical note, this information sheet should help you greatly:
Do you run RYA practical courses?
Yes – see our RYA FAQs.
What happens if I'm ill and can't travel?
If you are ill and can’t join us on the yacht, please let us know immediately as we will have to update the crew lists.
We can’t offer any refund, so we strongly advise you to take out adequate travel insurance. Of course, if you can find someone to take your place, then please feel free to organise that privately between you and let us know the updated details for the crew list immediately.
What happens if Sail YSL cancels an event?
We hope we don’t have to, but nobody can predict the future. If we do have to cancel an event for any reason, the fee for that event will not be refunded but can be credited to a future event.
We accept no liability for consequential damages and advise you to take out adequate travel insurance.
What about liability?
All activities are undertaken at your own risk. A waiver form must be signed for every person on the water.