Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below our FAQs.  At Salty Sailing there is no such thing as a silly question so if you can’t find an answer to your question here, please contact us directly.

Do I need previous sailing experience?

No previous sailing experience is required. We have courses, holidays and regattas for those with no experience to enjoy sailing and to learn about the sport without pressure. Our yacht has a ‘no shouting’ policy and our coaching style is relaxed as we guide beginners through the basics.

Who can sign up?

We have no maximum age limit and we welcome families with children aged 12 and up.

Does the boat come with its own linen?

We provide sheets, pillows and pillowcases but you will need to bring a sleeping bag and a towel.

What safety equipment do you have?

The yacht is fully equipped with all regulation safety aids as laid out by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the marine governing body of the country we are sailing in (if, for example we sail to France).  We provide lifejackets, safety harnesses, first aid kit, flares, life raft, VHF radio, GPS and full navigational equipment. Our skippers are all fully RYA qualified and experienced in the use of all safety equipment – your safety is always our first priority.

What should I bring?

When you confirm your booking, we will provide you with a list of what you will be required to pack for your specific trip. You will definitely need a pair of deck shoes/non-marking rubber-soled shoes/boots and wet weather gear, if you have it. If not, wet weather gear is available to hire at £10 per day per set – please reserve when you book your course, holiday or regatta. Layers of clothing are best and we recommend a high factor water-based sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap during the summer. Please pack into a small, soft holdall with no wheels. Find out more in ‘Preparing for life aboard’.

Will you tailor-make a holiday for me?

We can organise a personalised holiday for you and your friends or family, sailing along the South Coast or over to the Channel Islands, the Isles of Scillies and France.  There will always be a Salty Sailing skipper onboard so no member of your group needs to have any experience. Contact us with your ideas and suggestions and we will provide some costings.

What is included in the price of my course, holiday or regatta?

Whether you are signed up to do a course, a holiday or a regatta the following will always be included: berthing in Cowes, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, water, diesel, professional skipper and race entry fees (if entered into a regatta).  Generally dinners, drinks and any moorings away from Cowes will be an additional charge but please see your itinerary for full details as some dinners are included on RYA courses.

Who will be in charge of the yacht?

There will always be a qualified Salty Sailing skipper on board who will be in charge of the yacht.  Find out more about the Salty Sailing Team! 

Can I smoke onboard the boat?

It is preferable to only smoke whilst ashore but if you need to smoke onboard, your skipper/instructor will advise you where to sit up on deck whilst smoking. No smoking is allowed down below.

Do I need wet weather clothing?

Yes. If you need to hire wet weather gear from us then please advise us via the booking form.  The cost is £10 per day per set. If you decide part-way through your holiday, course or regatta that you need wet weather kit we do charge a £50 flat fee so please do either arrange to hire from us in advance or provide your own.

Do I need to bring my passport?

Please do not forget to bring your passport in case the skipper decides to take you across to France.  We also recommend you bring your EH1C (formerly E111) which is available from your local Post Office or online at If you are signed up to do a Solent regatta then you will not need to bring your passport or EH1C.

Do I need insurance?

We strongly recommend you purchase personal travel, cancellation and accident insurance.

Who does the cooking onboard?

All chores including cooking and cleaning will be shared amongst the crew members under the supervision of the skipper.

Will I sleep onboard?

For courses (other than shore-based) you will be required to sleep onboard.  For holidays and shore-based regattas you do not have to sleep onboard but you would be required to organise and pay for your own accommodation close to where the yacht is moored.

Will I be required to share a cabin?

You may be required to share a cabin.  Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on your own then there is still a possibility that you will share a cabin but it will always be with someone of the same sex.

Will I be able to charge my phone and plug in other electrical items?

The yacht has both a 12 volt socket and a standard 3 pin plug socket. You will be more than welcome to charge your electrical items when the yacht is moored up in a marina and connected to shore power.  Note that it is not guaranteed that every night the yacht will be in a marina; you may spend some nights on a mooring buoy or at anchor in a secluded bay.

Will I get sea sick?

If you know you are susceptible to motion sickness then we highly recommend you pack some motion sickness tablets which you can buy from any chemist.  


If you can’t see the answer to your questions please do get in touch, we would be happy to help!