Life Onboard

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For those who haven't sailed on Challenge Wales before you may have a few questions. If you can't find the answers below then please contact us by post at:

Challenge Wales,
12 Coopers Yard,
Curran Road,
CF10 5NB
Tel: 029 20 704 657

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What should I expect?

Some trips on Challenge Wales are just for a few hours, while other trips could include long cruising passages so what you can expect really does depend on your selected voyage itinerary:

  • Food:
    Your meals away from port are included in the cost of your trip and there is no need to take your own provisions. However, you may wish to bring your own sweets/chocolates/nibbles. Dietary requirements are catered for and you will need to advise us in advance on your booking form together with any information on food allergies and intolerances. If your trip is longer than a day then you will be required to help cook food for your fellow crew members. If you need help with menu planning then Challenge Wales can help you with some suggested meal plans. It is strongly suggested that you use the Challenge Wales meal plans to help you.
  • Personal Safety Equipment:
    We will provide you with wet weather gear to ensure that you remain dry while sailing. All guests will be allocated with a personal life jacket / harness.
  • Onboard:
    The central saloon is where you will have your meals or sit down to discuss the days sailing, weather conditions and plan your route. Guests will sleep in pipe-cots with most of the sleeping quarters towards the stern of the boat.
  • Alcohol and smoking:
    Due to the nature of the activity there is a strict policy on smoking and is not allowed while the yacht is under sail or motor. Alcohol is not normally provided and alcohol consumption will be in accordance with our Drug and Alcohol Policy.
  • Offshore:
    When sailing offshore, which includes night passages, we will operate a watch system. This helps maintain a constant watch on deck while giving each crew member as much sleep as possible.

What to bring with you

Space is very limited in a sailing yacht and although there are items you need to bring, you will need to pack as lightly as possible. We will provide you with a small crate so that all your personal items can be stored safely.

  • Canvas luggage bag (no hard suitcases can be accommodated on board)
  • Warm Sleeping Bag/pillow
  • Towels
  • Appropriate Footwear – soft shoes with light coloured soles. Don't bring black soled shoes for use on board as they mark the deck.If you have sea boots please bring these with you
  • Spare pair of shoes for going ashore/wearing onboard in the evening
  • Warm clothing – it is best to wear layers of clothes i.e. t-shirt/long sleeved t-shirt/sweater/fleece/wind proof jacket/2 pairs of socks, gloves, hat (i.e. beanie not baseball cap). Foul weather gear (trousers and jacket) will be provided if you need it by PRIOR ARRANGEMENT
  • Sunscreen / sunglasses
  • Spare pair of glasses / contact lenses
  • Hair band to tie back long hair
  • RYA log book
  • Clothes to wear in port
  • Medication (if you have medication on board please advise the Skipper on your arrival and indicate this on your booking form)
  • Treats/food. Although meals and snacks are provided you may want to bring a bar of chocolate/crisps or similar for the journey

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