Frequently Asked Questions relating to your Sailing Holiday
We get asked lots of questions and you can find the answers to many here. I hope these help and if not feel free to Contact Us and ask:
What makes your Five Star Courses special?
We think our courses are very different and special compared to other sailing schools. We try to create a special experience where you can learn in a relaxed environment and really enjoy yourself - its a learn to sail holiday! We try to do everything that bit better aiming for the highest standards. We do not think that we can be beaten on most of the points listed below.
- We believe in having fun enjoying, not just the sailing, but the places we visit, the people and their culture.
- Our courses last 7 days not five and we have a very high pass rate because of this.
- We make time to enjoy other excursions and experiences outside the sailing curriculum.
- We usually have 4 or less students with an absolute maximum of five.
- You will not be asked to share a cabin with someone else.
- We pride ourselves on providing the freshest natural food available. Hearty international and local dishes are prepared for you - you will not have to cook the main meals nor will you be given baked beans or pre cooked meals (unless you request them).
- We provide good quality linen, cutlery and crockery - you do not need to bring a sleeping bag or use plastic plates and glasses.
- The boat is well maintained and serviced and whilst boats are boats we do not expect it to break down.
- Your instructor has world wide extensive experience and the highest qualifications.
- We really hope that you will be impressed enough to join our growing number of regular guests.
Is it safe to travel in Asia?
You should of course take the same precautions against theft etc. that you would take at home or anywhere else. I have no hesitation in recommending the area as a holiday destination but do check when booking.
What is the weather like?
What will I have to do on board?
What sort of food is served?
We serve alcoholic drinks and sodas at an extra charge. Please let us know before hand if you would like something special to drink onboard.
What sort of people will I meet on board?
How do I know that the yacht is safe?
What do I need to bring with me?
- Please bring as little as possible, you will not need much unless you have other travel plans
- Please use a soft light weight travel bag it will be easier to stow
- Local currency for meals ashore, local fees, drinks aboard etc.
- Meniscus is a bare foot boat but if you want to wear shoes on board they must be light weight, clean, white soled and only for wearing on deck
- small personal medical kit: painkillers, sea sickness, stomach, antiseptic, plasters, etc..
- sailing gloves for tender hands
- light waterproofs for normal trips - check if warm clothing is needed if joining for a potentially cold passage
- 12 Volt charger for your phone and other accessories
- sun glasses
- sun hat
- swimming costume
- long sleeved top or body suit for swimming in case of jelly fish
- beach towel
- your favourite cassettes or CD?s or Ipod
- note pad and pencil if doing a course
- anti malarial's if appropriate
- mosquito repellant - please bring roll on or creams - not the highly flammable jungle formula sprays or the swabs which both strip paint and varnish.
What is included in the price?
- All meals taken on board Meniscus (full board is available unless you choose to eat ashore).
- General sailing instruction and involvement in the day to day sailing and other activities aboard Meniscus.
- RYA practical courses and certificates as appropriate (if requested).
- Use of snorkeling and fishing equipment. (Divers need to be qualified and arrange their own insurance.)
- Use of bed linen and towels (but please bring a beach towel).
- Use of wet weather clothing if required.
- Use of safety equipment as appropriate. Meniscus is equipped to DoT requirements for category "0" - unlimited passage making
What do I need to arrange?
- Return travel arrangements at the beginning and end of your holiday plus any visas required.
- Current Valid passport
- Any necessary vaccinations/medication e.g. malaria tablets in some parts of the world.
- Spending money for drinks onboard and ashore, excursions ashore, restaurant meals, souvenirs, local taxes, port clearance and immigration etc..
- Personal travel insurance and cancellation insurance
- Transfers to and from airport
Do I need to Worry about Malaria?
Malaria is not normally a problem in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Mergui, Andaman. Please request more information if booking for destinations in Borneo or Indonesia.
What is the cruising area?