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Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance helps more than just yourself.

It is with good reason that we require you to have adequate travel insurance. Taken out once you booking has been paid for, you will be better prepared for any cancellation you may have to make. We recommend that you ensure that your travel insurance covers the eventualities described in the terms and conditions for your vessel. 

The voyages you book with Classic Sailing are the income that keeps the ships alive and the heritage afloat. If you cancel voyages starting in less than three months they cannot be refunded or transferred to a later date. 

Traveling in your home waters still requires insurance.

Apart from the usual loss of baggage, cancelation though illness of yourself or close relative there are important reasons.

It may be that you need medical attention ashore and that to achieve this for you the vessel you are sailing on has to assist you ashore with the ships professional crew. Incurring expenditure and potentially disrupting other people’s sailing adventures. 

For UK and EU Citizens try:

For UK and EU citizens, Topsail insurance have policies starting from £30.

Link to Topsail Insurance.


Topsail Travel Insurance

We are pleased to advise that Topsail Insurance Ltd offer Tall Ships Travel Insurance Policies with security provided by Canopius Underwriting Limited on behalf of Syndicate 4444 at Lloyd’s of London.

Topsail’s policies are tailor-made for tall ship holidays, whether pilot cutter, ketch, lugger or tall ship, and have no restrictions as to how far offshore you can sail including Antarctica*.

Topsail  also provide cover for: Your journey to and from the voyage. Cover for flight delay (in excess of 24hrs) due to volcanic ash or adverse weather conditions. Climbing aloft - if you wish to do so. Airlift from the vessel **


Annual Multi-trip Traditional Sailing Travel Insurance Policies start from £75 for Bronze, £120 for Silver and £180 for Gold.

*Antarctica Voyage travel insurance may carry an additional charge.

**Where the vessels location is known.

Single Trip Traditional Sailing Travel Insurance Policies starts from £30

Multi-trip travel insurance

If you are going to be away for a long duration or plan to travel several times over the course of the year you may wish to consider annual multi-trip travel insurance. Topsail offer a fully comprehensive 12 month Annual Multi-trip Travel Insurance to cover both sailing holidays and general holidays, with the Gold and Silver policies offering Winter Sports cover also. You can apply and buy now online.

Single trip travel insurance

Topsail Insurance offer a fully comprehensive Single Trip Travel Insurance policy to cover sailing holidays which you can now buy online.


For Australian Citizens try: 

If you are Australian, you can purchase a policy here, single trip policies start from AUD 40’.

 Australian Topsail Insurance

For US and Canadian Citizens try:

For US and Canadian citizens, try

World Nomads: Covermore ( Travelguard (

Yachting/Tall Ship Travel Insurance is required except for day sails.

If you have made alternative arrangements it is very important that you ensure that all policies cover a reasonable yachting/tall Ship travel policy would cover.


Other Insurance Companies:

Bishops Skinner - 01245 291167 (

JS Insurance - 01273 773017 ( - Insurance for sailing outside of coastal waters available only over the phone.



Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us for all voyages except for day sails. You must take out a policy of insurance in order to cover you and your party for sailing on traditional boats and tall ships in territorial or international waters as appropriate: against the cost of cancellation by you; the cost of assistance (including repatriation) in the event of accident or illness; loss of baggage and money; and other expenses.

If you fail to travel with adequate yachting/tall ship travel insurance cover we will not be liable for any losses in respect of which reasonable yachting/tall ship travel insurance cover would otherwise have been available.


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