Maybe is very much a sail training vessel and her style of sailing is very 'hand's on' but with a lot of patient instruction from the professional crew. Maybe's skipper and mates are not afraid to shape a great team from total novices or mixed experience crews. They will encourage you to get involved in every aspect of ship board life, from cooking to standing watch. British owned Maybe is a regular contender in the International Tall Ships Races and regattas and has sailed around the world several times.
|Vessel||Start Date||End Date||Start Port||End Port||Price|
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Maybe||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Dublin, Ireland||From £ 400 GBP|
Derry, Norther Ireland
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Maybe||Derry, Norther Ireland||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Fully booked|
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Maybe||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Dublin, Ireland||Fully booked|
- Length overall: 72 ft (24.00m)
- Length on deck:
- Year built: 1933
- Vessel type/rig: Gaff Ketch
- Guest berths: 12
- Crew berths: 4
Full Participation and mixed age crews
Gaff ketch 'Maybe' works predominantly around the UK on youth development voyages, but she also offers adult adventure trips too. Her style of sailing is very 'hands on' but with a lot of patient instruction as the professional crew are used to working with crew from 12 to 80. Her winter base is the Algarve in Portugal so she has some ocean style and delivery trips for experienced sailors at the start and finish of the season too.
Encouraging Female Career Sailors
Grace Metcalfe is Maybe's female skipper. The Operations Manager ashore is also female - the multi tasking Frankie Hartwell. Emma Clifton is one of the first mates. Skipper Grace is a good role model for how you can go from novice sailor to hooked on big boat sailing and then became volunteer crew and then work your way up the heirachy on a vessels volunteer training scheme. She didn't do in in the Med or the Caribbean.
"Her career training ground was the same as mine - taking kids from Liverpool and the North East of England sailing on a 70ft Ocean Youth Trust Ketch in the lumpy Irish Sea and North Sea." Debbie Purser - Classic Sailing founder
Grace became a first mate on 70ft ketch James Cook at 21 and was skipper of a 40 ton steel yacht by 23. She was skipper for 7 years but now is in command of Maybe a 72ft wooden beauty that is gaff rigged like the first boat she fell in love with. If that doesn't inspire you to go sailing on Maybe then send your son or daughter.
Tall Ships Races
International Tall Ships races have been happening for many summers. They defy cynicism, bring together young crews from nations that are hardly on speaking terms in the adult world, and give those participating the best thrill you can have in your school holidays. Generally sail handling on a tall ship or sail training yacht is done slowly with lots of instruction and plenty of sea room from other vessels. In a tall ships race it is much more close quarters so things have to happen a lot faster and the vessels are sailed with dash rather than conservatism. You might get the odd bruise or blister but the sense of teamwork and pride in your ship seems to just happen during the thrill of the chase. The parties in port are your well earned reward.
A Chance to Become Volunteer Crew
Maybe has a small professional crew and deliberately relies on volunteers as watch leaders or delivery crew. A Maybe voyage would be a good choice if you are thinking about a sailing career and you are really keen to progress your sailing skills. The skipper will be looking to recommend helpful hard working crew as possible volunteers who have good people skills and a sense of humour. There is usually a contribution towards meals if you sail as volunteer or delivery crew. You might even progress to a paid postion (Skipper, !st Mate, Engineer and Cook)
Her sister ship, belonging to the same NE sail training charity, is the three masted schooner Blue Clipper. This bigger vessel has month long crew placements to some really exciting destinations like the Arctic and the Caribbean so it is a great organisation to sail with to get your foot on the sailing career ladder.
Life On Board
Life on board really is about getting stuck in and involved in all aspects of sailing the ship. Beginners are welcome and the experienced crew will help to explain the different roles onboard which will quickly see you turn into a knowledgable traditional ship sailor! Please also note there is a non-smoking policy on board Maybe.
Tall Ship Maybe has the capacity for up to 18 crew members on each sailing voyage, which includes 2-4 permanent crew and 14 places for trainee crew members or 12 passengers.
She has extensive comfortable accommodation below deck including five newly refurbished cabin, a large saloon/galley area fitted with all modern conveniences including TV, DVD Player, fully fitted kitchen with microwave, fridge, freezer, cooker, induction hob and slow cooker. For the comfort of the crew, central heating has been installed to make even winter sailing a pleasure.
Maybe Accommodation Layout
Gaff Ketch Maybe - Ship Specification
|Sailing Rig||gaff ketch|
|length (overall ?)||72ft||24m|
|length on deck|