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RYA Competent Crew or RYA Start Yachting Course on a Traditional Vessel

Join Tall Ship Maybe for an RYA certified course. By the end of the course you will have achieved your RYA Start Yachting or your RYA Competent Crew qualification.

Embark
Fri, 28-09-2018 - 14:00
Gosport, UK
Disembark
Wed, 03-10-2018 - 10:00
Gosport, UK
Duration
5 Days
Vessel
Maybe
Voyage No.
MA280918

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 550 GBP. BOOK NOW
*Booking fees may apply

Maybe - RYA Start Yachting or RYA Competent Crew

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members and learn skills which will help them progress further on other traditional or modern vessels. Experience living on board and really get to know the boat.  Virtually all the course is hands on.  You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • RYA Competent Crew or Start Yachting Certified Course
  • Learn to sail a gaff rigged vessel 
  • Sail in the Solent and explore nearby towns and villages. 
Maybe

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

During this 5 night adventure, you will explore the Solent and visit different nearby towns and villages.

The course is structured around the RYA Start Yachting or RYA Competent Crew certificate, you will gain knowledge of sea terms and parts of the boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard procedures, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road and dinghies.

By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You will be awarded RYA Start Yachting or RYA Competent Crew dependent upon instructor assessment of syllabus completed by the end of the course.

Maybe under sail

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

Maybe under sail

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Personal Travel Insurance
     

 

Gosport, UK

Latest port updates

How to get here

Gosport is on the other side the water from Portsmouth Town. Home of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport has a large marina and deep water moorings and is ideally placed to sail in the Solent.  A real sailors town with great views of Portsmouth Harbour entrance

Pegasus - October 2018 - Embarking at Gosport Marina - The Skipper will be Craig and the boat number is 07487 704034 

By Road

Leave the M27 at Junction 11 and join the A27, signposted Fareham. At the second junction join the A32, signposted Gosport

Rail & transfers

The simplest way to start a voyage in Gosport is to use public transport to Portsmouth and take the foot ferry accross Portmouth Harbour to Gosport. In fact Portsmouth Harbour* train station brings you right to the waters edge and all you have to do is walk 90 metres from the platform to the ferry, which offers a service every 15 mins.

*You do need to get off at Portsmouth Harbour train station, not Portsmouth and Southsea station.

Air & transfers

Trains from Portsmouth Harbour link Gosport to London and Southampton where there are international and regional airports.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Gosport, UK

Latest port updates

How to get here

Gosport is on the other side the water from Portsmouth Town. Home of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport has a large marina and deep water moorings and is ideally placed to sail in the Solent.  A real sailors town with great views of Portsmouth Harbour entrance

Pegasus - October 2018 - Embarking at Gosport Marina - The Skipper will be Craig and the boat number is 07487 704034 

By Road

Leave the M27 at Junction 11 and join the A27, signposted Fareham. At the second junction join the A32, signposted Gosport

Rail & transfers

The simplest way to start a voyage in Gosport is to use public transport to Portsmouth and take the foot ferry accross Portmouth Harbour to Gosport. In fact Portsmouth Harbour* train station brings you right to the waters edge and all you have to do is walk 90 metres from the platform to the ferry, which offers a service every 15 mins.

*You do need to get off at Portsmouth Harbour train station, not Portsmouth and Southsea station.

Air & transfers

Trains from Portsmouth Harbour link Gosport to London and Southampton where there are international and regional airports.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Maybe

Maybe Sailing

Maybe is very much a sail training vessel and her style of sailing is very 'hands on' but with a lot of patient instruction. Maybe's skipper Grace and mates are not afraid to shape a great team from all age ranges and encourage all abilities to do well 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 they always seem to be having a lot of fun.

Statistics

 

  • 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 and tall ship adventure holidays for all ages. 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 trips at the start and finish of the season too.

Maybe's sail training skipper and mates are not afraid to mould a great team from all age ranges and encourage all abilities to do well in every aspect of ship board life, from cooking to standing watch. Maybe is a regular contender in the International Tall Ships Races and regattas and they always seem to be having a lot of fun.

Helming on gaff ketch Maybe

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.

Maybe Skipper Grace Metcalfe
Maybe Skipper Grace Metcalfe

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.

Maybe and Tecla in Tall Ship Parade of Sail
Maybe and Tecla in Tall Ship Parade of Sail

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.

companionship at the end of watch on a sailing holiday
Making friends on Maybe's bigger sister ship Blue Clipper

Sailing Style

 

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. 

Wild swimming in Scotland on Maybe
Wild swimming in Scotland on Maybe

 

Below decks on yacht Maybe

Below Decks

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

Sailing vessel Maybe - Accommodation Layout
Sunset astern of Gaff Ketch Maybe

Gaff Ketch Maybe - Ship Specification

     
Year built 1929  
Sailing Rig gaff ketch  
length (overall ?) 72ft 24m
length on deck    
beam 19ft 6'' 6m
draft 10ft 6'' 3.2m
guest crew 14  
professional crew 4  
engine yes  
Maybe being launched after winter 2017-18 refit
Maybe being launched after winter 2017-18 refit

 

Skipper Grace Metcalfe

Grace Metcalfe is Maybe's female 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.

Skipper Grace Metcalfe
Skipper Grace Metcalfe
Current sailing grounds
Explore the South West Coast and Islands. Caledonian Canal to Moray Forth & Eastern Scotland

Kit List for Maybe

Maybe guests enjoying the sun!

Kit List for Maybe

Included

 

  • Sailing instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Hire of Waterproofs
  • Pillow


What's Not Included

 

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Towels and pillow case
  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Sleeping bag


 
What to bring


There is limited storage space on Maybe so please pack all you belongings in a soft rucksack or bag.

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow Case
  • Footwear: Shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. (Sandals are great for beaches but you do need toe protection for sailing). Agnes has solid wood decks so waterproof walking boots are fine at sea in moderate winds and dry conditions and great for voyages where you might do some rough terrain walking like Scillies or Scotland voyages.
  • Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies. 
  • Swim suit & beach towel
  • Suntan lotion & sunglasses
  • Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves
  • Clothes that dry quickly like fleeces and thermals. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers. Wool jumpers are warm, even when wet, but can take a while to dry. Merino wool type shirts are good for under layers.
  • Small rucksack for going ashore
  • Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets
  • Passport for French Voyages, Ireland or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where Brittany might be an alternative option. On French voyages Reciprocal Free Health Care Card for Europe.
  • Personal medicines/ spectacles/ seasick tablets –check which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on regular medication.
  • Camera/binoculars etc
  • Modest quantity of alcohol for evening meals
  • You are welcome to bring musical instruments
     

Maybe - Reviews

Guest crew relaxing on sailing ketch Maybe

I recently joined MAYBE on a delivery voyage from South Portugal to West Wales. I have had some amazing experiences in life but this topped it for me. Not only having an opportunity to sails a much bigger boat than I am used to but also dealing with much more challenging seas than I am used to. Thanks to the experienced knowledge the permanent crew we had the chance to sail MAYBE in 57 knots of wind and athough it was hairy at times the whole crew felt safe on the resiliant MAYBE.
This has been a life changer or aferminator, see you on the water." Sayed Almaghrabi, April 2017

Had a great time upon the maybe boat, trip of a lifetime that I shall never forget! Big thanks to all the crew members and for looking after us so well and teaching us so much!! And all the trainees for making it such a memorable trip! Highly recommend to all." Rodney Moorehead, Northern Ireland, Tall Ships Races 2015

"Had a brilliant time on board Maybe for the 2nd time!!  You didn't scare me away the first time and I hope to be back on board in the furture!  You have introduced me to a totally different experience and alternative lifestyle living on a boat.  Thanks for all your hard work and patient teaching.  Keep up the brilliant work as it is truly life changing." Matthew Ireland.  Liverpool.  Apprentice Ship Cup 2015. 26.06.2015

"At the end of this trip I was asked if there had been anything negative about the experience, I can only think of one, that is, the trip is over, I am no longer sailing aboard Maybe, and yet I so desperately which that I were. Till next time. P.s Thanks for rekindling my love of sailing and the oceans." Will Clutton, Cornwall, 20.10.2014

"Very nervous before the trip because I have not sailed before. Staff very experienced so made me feel safe and I could relax and enjoy a great experience. Highlights - millions of stars at night, dolphin pod, viewing land from another aspect, new and different experience. Thank you for a great trip 10/10." Jacqui Robinson, aged 53, Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta

"I really enjoyed my sail on Maybe, Seb Ben and Phil were fantastic. A great combination of knowledge, skill, enthusiasm, ability to teach, fun and patience - I can't fault those three guys. 

I learned so much and it was a pleasure and rewarding experience achieving my RYA Competent Crew cert. I didn't want the trip to end, I would have happily sailed on and enjoyed the beautiful ship Maybe with her crew and my new friends! Thank you for a wonderful experience, I hope to put my new skills to use soon." 

Hi everyone on Maybe! I loved my week sailing with you. Now that I'm home it all feels so special to have done this. The experience certainly changed my attitudes to so many things and I can see how the teamwork made everyone work beyond their usual comfort zones. We had so many laughs, I can hardly believe it was that much fun. Now I have to try to settle into 'normal' life but I can feel the pull of future voyages - Maybe? love to you all......Valerie S. 5 star facebook review 30 July 2018

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