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HOLIDAY YACHT CHARTER & --- SAILING COURSE
BOOKING CONDITIONS

Please Contact Us to let us know your basic requirements and dates. When you are ready to book please read our Terms and Conditions on this page and then complete a Booking Form once you submit your form you will have agreed to our Terms and Conditions and that you are fit and healthy.

All bookings are made and accepted subject to the terms set out in these conditions. This contract will be construed in accordance with English Law and it is agreed between us that each party will submit to the jurisdiction of the English Courts.

On occasions it may be necessary to charge an additional refundable deposit which will be required in cash at the beginning of the trip and will be refunded on successful completion of that event. The deposit may be required to cover repatriation, guarantee air fares or cover damage to the vessel.

See also:-  Safety and Security on Board Meniscus

All clients are responsible for arranging their own travel, health, medical, injury, third party liability and cancellation insurance.

PAYMENT

A deposit of 30% of the total holiday price is required to secure a booking.  We regret that no booking can be reserved until we have received a deposit or full payment. There are often several people trying to book the same place and we can only take your booking and confirm it once we have received your payment. We advise you to confirm your intention to book by email once/before you have reserved your flights and made whatever other arrangements may be necessary,  then send payment as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.We will endeavour to confirm your holiday within 7 days of receipt of your booking.Payment of the balance and the refundable security deposit is due 60 days before joining your Charter, Holiday, Course or Cruise.If payment is not received within this time scale or for any reason your payment is not confirmed we shall consider the booking cancelled. The cancellation charges set out below will apply.If your place is not filled before departure you may still be liable for full payment.We also reserve the right to take other bookings unless we receive your deposit and the balance as set out above.You are advised to make sure you have adequate insurance to cover yourself.

If you are making a bank transfer from overseas please complete the online Booking Form  let us know when you made the transfer so we can confirm receipt.

CANCELLATIONS

In the event that you cancel your holiday the following charges will apply with effect from the date that notification of your cancellation is received in writing or by email.

Period before joining your trip - Refund as a % of the total holiday cost -

More than 90 days     70%
60 days to 90 days     50%
0   days to 60 days     No Refund

Period before joining your trip - % charged to change dates

More than 90 days     10%
60 days to 90 days     30%
0   days to 60 days     50%

If you have to cancel your holiday more than 90 days before your holiday we will unfortunately have to make a 30% administration charge. If between 60 and 90 days there will be a 50% charge. If 60 days or less we regret that no refund can be made if your place cannot be filled. We will endeavour to re-sell your place and if successful we will refund your payment less the administration charge. In certain cases other costs or expenses (such as permits, equipment hire and special purchases) may apply and these will be added to the administration charge.

Should you wish to change your holiday rather than canceling, a charge, based on the cost of the holiday originally booked, will apply as outlined above. We will be happy to do this whenever it is possible.

When arranging travel insurance you are advised to ensure that you have adequate cancellation insurance to provide adequate cover should you need to change your plans. It is also your responsibility to insure yourself for any other risks such as health, injury, travel delays etc..

Should it be necessary for us to cancel your holiday, you may either transfer the funds paid to make another booking or receive a full refund. We regret that we cannot be responsible for additional expenses for travel or accommodation which might be incurred.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY?

It is very unlikely that we will need to make any changes to your holiday arrangements as plenty of time has been built into the itinerary for maintaining Meniscus, and for hold-ups resulting from unfavourable weather conditions or other unforeseen factors.

However, should it be necessary to make any significant changes to your booking, such as changes of greater than 24 hours in when you will be able to join/leave Meniscus, or location alterations which require arrival and/or departure from a different airport, we shall advise you as early as possible. In these circumstances, should you decide that you are no longer able to take your holiday, you may either transfer the full funds paid to make a booking for another date, or receive a full refund of payments already made to us. 

The itinerary sets out the intended route and ports of call along the way. Whilst we have sought to ensure that descriptions of destinations are accurate, this cannot be guaranteed.

All efforts will be made to adhere to the itinerary, and to accommodate any routing requests made by crew members, however the final decision about where and when Meniscus will travel lies with the skipper, Mark Holroyd. He will decide, on the basis of the safety of Meniscus and her crew, and using all relevant information available to him, whether a passage shall be made and whether under sail or power. If, for example due to adverse weather conditions, Meniscus is unable to call at one or more of the destinations outlined in the itinerary, it is regretted that no refunds can be made.

LIABILITY

We do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury suffered by persons and/or their property arising out of or during the course of their activities whilst sailing, training and/or coaching and/or instructing and/or being instructed.

SAIL TRAINING & CHARTER LIABILITY RELEASE FORM

When you complete your booking and join the vessel you will be deemed to have agreed to the following as well as any other terms and conditions.

You agree to complete the booking form accurately and that you will supply all relevant information. You must declare any medications being consumed as well as any medical issues which might affect your own and other persons health and/or safety. No illegal substances may be carried or consumed and all normal and local laws and regulations must be complied with.

That you understand that when you undertake a sail training program with Yacht Voyages and that there are potential risks and dangers involved with sailing which may, through the operation of the equipment by the people on board, result in breakage or damage to the vessel (other than normal wear and tear) or injury to yourself, members of your group, or others on board. You understand there are certain safety rules which you must obey and that you must follow the instructions of the Captain. In participating in sailing and any training, you waive any claim that you may have against Yacht Voyages, its staff or assistants from any personal or third party injury and/or property damage that may occur whilst undertaking the training and/or subsequent related activities. This waiver shall also apply to claims for your injury by your heirs, your estate or parent or guardian.

You agree to indemnify Yacht Voyages against claims and demands in respect of the operation of any vessel or equipment used by Yacht Voyages and operated by yourself and agree to pay and discharge all damages, losses, costs, charges and expenses which may be sustained by Yacht Voyages or other parties as a consequence of your actions. You understand that you will be liable to reimburse Yacht Voyages the new replacement or repair value of any equipment damaged by yourself through your actions or negligence throughout the training and/or subsequent use of the equipment.

YOU HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS DOCUMENT AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENTS AND AWARE THAT THIS IS A WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND AN ASSUMPTION OF RISK BY MYSELF. IT IS A CONTRACT BETWEEN YOURSELF AND YACHT VOYAGES AND THAT YOU HAVE AGREED TO THE SAME OF YOUR OWN FREE WILL.

PRICE CHANGES

We reserve the right to amend our prices at any time. You will be advised of any changes when you make your booking. Once a booking is confirmed the price is fully guaranteed and will not change.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY ON BOARD MENISCUS

The Captain is responsible for the safety of the whole crew. In certain circumstances a security bond (see Price Schedule) may be required in cash on arrival at the beginning of your voyage. This will be returned in full at the end of your trip provided that Customs/Immigration regulations are complied with, no wilful damage or dangerous situation has been caused to Meniscus or her crew, all reasonable instructions have been complied with, the safety of Meniscus and those on board has not been put at risk, and no illegal substance has been carried or consumed.You will be informed when you book if the deposit is required on your particular voyage.

REPATRIATION

The skipper is responsible for ensuring that all passengers have sufficient funds to leave any country we visit. In order to provide this assurance you will need, on joining Meniscus, to lodge with the skipper your return travel ticket or surety of sufficient funds to return to your home country.

COMMENTS AND COMPLAINTS

We hope that you will enjoy your trip with us and that everything will go to plan. We welcome positive comments and hope you will tell us what you enjoyed and sometimes what you did not. In the unlikely event that anything should not be as you would like it please raise the matter at the time as it is much easier to rectify problems then. If you would like to bring anything to our notice after your trip please do so as soon as you possibly can but in any event within 21 days of the end of your trip.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns and we will  be happy to assist you make travel and accommodation arrangements.

ENQUIRY FORM

Whether you wish to book a Yacht Charter, a Learn to Sail Crewed Sailing Holiday or a  RYA Practical and Theory Courses, If you wish to make an enquiry please fill out an Online Enquiry Form If for any reason the form does not work and you would like to know more contact Mark by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Normally you should receive a reply within 48 hours but do bear in mind that he may be out of range when sailing. Contact can also be made direct by mobile or text on +66 (0) 810772003.

Booking Form

Once you have agreed dates and confirmed price with Mark, please complete an online Booking Form.

  • Once you complete this form you will be deemed as having accepted our Terms and Conditions so to avoid any unnecessary problems please read these carefully.
  • Medical Declaration - The Booking Form requires details of all medical conditions and treatments including medications taken. We need details of any conditions in case anything should happen while on board.  Everyone in your party must be physically fit enough to sail and if there is any doubt a Doctor should be consulted to ensure that the individual or others on board are not put at risk.

STRICTLY FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY

All bookings and enquiries must be made direct by email or phone with Mark and we have no facility to acknowledge enquiries in the UK.

When you book you must supply an emergency contact who can help should some unforeseen emergency arise which may require urgent attention either at home or on board. You must provide them with contact details for the vessel. If contact cannot be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or another email address which you will already have received or +66 (0) 810772003. Then contact can be made through Kevin Usher on Tel: +44 (0)20 7515 0009 - EMERGENCIES ONLY. You will not be able to obtain any booking information from this number or address. Do NOT under any circumstances use this number unless it is an emergency.

Mark Holroyd
12 Julian Place,
London E14 3AT,
United Kingdom

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