FAQ

Whilst we like to think we have provided information and answered  most things for you, it’s unlikely we have been able to cover everything so here are answers to the most common things we are asked.

I’ve not sailed before and I’m nervous about seasickness

Sea sickness is a motion sickness caused when our eyes and ears are sending confused information to our brains. Our Lizzie is a heavy and stable yacht and her sea motion is what we call kindly. Whilst this helps it does not mean you will not suffer seasickness.

For most people seasickness is preventable by taking seasickness tablets before you sail. There are several other methods which work for some people such as the wearing of bands and ear patches; even glasses, though personally I’m not a fan of any of these. It does come down to personal preference and choice.

We have the following series of recommendations and actions to reduce the effects of seasickness.

    1. Tell the skipper of your concerns and follow his guidance.
    2. Take a tablet before you leave. Always read the instructions before you take any medicines. I personally prefer ‘Stugeron 15’ or ‘Kwells’. Both are available over the counter in most pharmacies.
    3. Make your first trip a gentle one for instance a weekend in the Solent as these waters are quite protected.

We start by making sure you are hydrated, warm and comfortable. We like to encourage you to be on deck and or take the helm so your eyes are fixed on the horizon. This is often what is needed for most people. Ginger is a traditional remedy and we are happy to fix a hot ginger drink before we set sail.

    1. Timing is essential; let the skipper know immediately you start to feel queasy; not 20 minutes later because you thought it might ‘go away’.
    2. If the queasiness persists we recommend you lie down below on your bunk keeping your eyes closed and being comfortable and warn. Seasickness and tiredness go hand in hand and usually people doze off for a while and then find they are no longer suffering.

Our Lizzie is skippered charter only, so we are there to look after you and make you comfortable. You are not required to carry out sailing tasks unless you want to so there are no demands on you to operate the vessel. For these types of trips most seasickness will not affect safety.

Do I need to know anything about sailing before I go?

The answer is an unequivocal ‘No’. Whether you take part in some of the sailing or not you will naturally you will naturally learn considerably more about sailing just by being there enjoying yourself. You will receive a short safety briefing prior to the vessel sailing; we will show you how the domestic things work onboard and how to use your lifejacket and harness. Beyond this it is up to you as we are there to look after you and make sure you enjoy the whole experience. If you would like to take part in the sailing or any aspect of it we will show you how and guide you through it.

When we take people out who have experience of sailing; they rarely have experience of sailing a classic ketch and all of them have always been surprised as to how easy it is.

What happens if I cannot go or need to cancel my booking?

Should you need to cancel your booking or a part of it please give Our Lizzie Sailing notice by telephone, text or in writing (email is preferable) as soon as possible. If we can fill your berth or replace your booking, we will refund your monies in full. If we cannot fill the berth or your booking, we reserve the right to retain your deposit. If your cancellation is within 6 weeks prior to your departure date and you have paid in full, we will refund your booking fee less the 30% deposit amount.

If your trip is cancelled due to severe weather, we will endeavour to agree an alternative date or if this is not possible then your booking fees will be refunded in full. In this case we will also allow a 10% discount on any future booking.

Please see the terms and conditions, item 3, for a full explanation of the terms of cancellation.

I have allergies and some specific dietary needs can this be catered for onboard.

The answer is ‘it depends’. Every individual is different so you need to let us know on the booking and we will speak to you directly. We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs and requirements and your safety and wellbeing onboard is our primary concern.

Cooking and food storage facilities onboard are limited so we cannot deal with everything. Very serious nut allergies pose a particular problem whereas gluten intolerance is a little easier to provide for. We sometimes arrange for an individual to bring and sometimes cook their own food in which case we will arrange some return of the fee.

The most important this is that we have the discussion well in advance of your trip.

Can we drink onboard?

It’s not safe to be onboard a sailing boat when your ability impaired due to alcohol. We don’t drink when we are sailing though we like a sensible amount when we are berthed up and chilling out. The answer for our guests is, ‘in moderation’. Remember you need to move around, get on and off a floating vessel even if you are not actively involved in the sailing. It’s all about being safe.   

Should I bring my own snacks?

You don’t need to as we will have a selection of snacks, sweets, chocolate, fruit, crisps etc. on board. We call these ‘survival rations’. If you have a particular fondness of anything, by all means bring them. Remember though; ‘sharing is caring’!

What if there are foods I don’t like?

We can’t have too much of a selection onboard, but we try to have an option. If there are things you can’t stand or would just like to talk about the options just call. Typical dinners are Cottage pie, lamb chops, steak, salmon, various dishes with chicken, spaghetti bolognaise, pork chops, chili con carne, beef casserole, Mediterranean lamb casserole, chicken curry, just to name a few. Sometimes the food is decided on how many are onboard; there is always a selection of vegetables and its nice when eating onboard to have a dessert afterwards (if only to help the wine go down).

You are welcome to help with any cooking if its something you like but you don’t have to.

Breakfasts can be cereal, porridge, fruit, a fried breakfast or just sausage or bacon sandwiches. Its your choice and all these things will be onboard.

Guests sometimes like to eat ashore, its your choice and your holiday and we just discuss this when were onboard.

Do I need insurance?

We recommend you do take out travel / holiday insurance to cover for any medical issues, accident, cancellation, lost luggage or other personal items. The insurances for sailing holidays are varied and we recommend Topsail insurance who specialise in sailing holidays like this. The link to their website is topsailinsurance.com.

What if I still have questions or would like to discuss a particular issue?

Call us or send an email and we will always get back to you. We want to help and answer your questions and welcome any queries or questions you have as they result in you ultimately enjoying your trip even more.

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