As a first-timer on a sailboat, there may be some things you haven’t thought about. Keep reading to learn how to prepare for your upcoming sailing trip.
What do you think of when you hear the word “sailing”?
Do you picture yourself relaxing on a boat, drinking a cocktail and enjoying the warm breeze? Or perhaps you imagine being at sea, battling waves and storms? For anyone new to sailing, it may be hard to know what to expect.
Thankfully, your sailing holiday will be a healthy mix of adventure and luxury. It will offer you the chance to explore both the sea and the shore.
Sailing is a great way to get away from it all – to relax, explore, and experience nature. It’s also a great way to get closer to the people you love. But as a first-time sailor, there may be some things you haven’t thought about.
The following tips will help ensure that your first sailing holiday is enjoyable and fun.
One of the most important things to consider is how to dress. The weather on land and on the water will be different, so it’s important to be prepared for both. Pack layers so that you’re ready for anything.
Be sure to opt for clothing materials that dry quickly, like polyester. Between the sun and the sea, you’re sure to get wet! And don’t forget to pack light. Your cozy cabin won’t leave you much room for large luggage, so choose clothing that can be compressed easily and only bring the essentials.
On the sailboat you’ll be surrounded by the sea at all times. This means you’ll run the risk of getting precious electronics wet. Be sure you have things to keep items protected from water. Waterproof bags for your valuables are a great idea. Opt for ones that float, just in case anything goes overboard.
Sailing also means plenty of wind so it’s important that your valuables can be safely secured. A strap for our sunglasses and hat are a must. If you plan on wearing a purse, bring one that fits cross-body. Be sure to also only bring collapsible luggage since there won’t be room for hard suitcases on board.
For first time sailors, deck-safe shoes are likely a new concept. These shoes are specially designed not to leave marks on the yacht as you walk around. Most shoes with white soles will work well, but you may want to consider specialty shoes. These are also designed to wear well when wet and look good both on the boat and at the yacht club!
Aside from the practical clothing, it’s always a good idea to pack things you love to wear. Bring your favourite sandals, even if they aren’t deck safe, so that you can enjoy them on the shore. Pack comfortable, dinner-appropriate attire and a small bag for any essentials during on-shore excursions. Golf shirts and Bermuda shorts are an easy way to dress up while being comfortable. Whatever you pack, don’t forget to include items you enjoy wearing on vacation.
Most holiday-goers already know sunscreen is an essential part of any holiday, but this is especially true on the water. Between getting wet and the sun reflecting off the water, you may find yourself more susceptible to sunburn. Bring extra sunscreen and reapply often. Be sure you choose waterproof and ocean-safe sun protection too!
When you’re on a sailing holiday, you’ll have lots to do. You’ll be active and engaged in lots of activities on the boat, as well as on shore and in the water. Bring as many bathing suits as you own, a rash guard, athletic clothing, and anything else you need for water sports or hiking on land.
It may take a few days to get your sea legs but, even for those prone to motion sickness, you will get used to the boat! Our crew will inform you on how to avoid sea-sickness with several proven solutions and noteworthy things to avoid doing while onboard. Anti-nausea medications or devices, like wristbands, are just some of the tools that are frequently used, but even these aren’t always necessary.
Staying hydrated with water or sports drinks is also important while on board. Eat light meals throughout the day and avoid fatty foods. The Ocean Tribe offers healthy meals on board to ensure you’re comfortable throughout your holiday.
Sailing is a luxurious experience so prepare to relax in style! You’ll have plenty of chances to get some sun on the bow of the boat or to take in the incredible views from the deck. The setting is unbeatable when it comes to relaxation—the water has a calming effect that will ensure you have a restorative holiday. So, be sure to expect a vacation like no other.
Preparation is the key to a successful sailing holiday. With just a little bit of planning and forethought, you’ll be able to hit the water with fewer worries and more confidence.
These tips will help you avoid some of the most common mistakes made by first-time sailors. Keep these recommendations in mind and your sailing holiday will not just run smoothly, but it will be an incredible experience that you’ll certainly want to do again.