There is no doubt that sailing of this nature can be arduous and clients will need to assure themselves that they are physically and mentally capable. We ask all clients to undergo a medical with their GP prior to setting off. The medical report form is provided on booking. We only require this to ensure the Skippers are aware of any existing or potential health issues for awareness whilst at sea. Do not be put off, previous clients have had issues such as severe mobility problems or diabetes and have managed the trip with little inconvenience.

Previous Experience

There is no requirement for any previous experience but we do believe that clients would be unwise to undertake the Round Britain Experience without first being sure of their ability to live comfortably on board a yacht for 12-weeks. We recommend the equivalent of two weeks sailing and are happy to organise any introductory sailing for clients wishing to assure themselves that the Experience is for them. Previous clients' experience ranges from zero to Atlantic crossings and has included dinghy sailors and windsurfers.

Kit and Clothing

Sailing round Britain requires being prepared for anything! Bring a range of clothing including thermals, hats, gloves and shorts. Multiple layers are the most efficient and give flexibility. Good deck shoes, sea boots and waterproofs (the best you can afford) will also be needed. Clients supply their own sleeping bag but we provide all the safety equipment including lifejackets - ours are approved for commercial use and are likely to be of a higher grade than privately owned ones. Kit should be stowed in soft bags; there is nowhere to store a suitcase on board. Most people take more than they need! We are more than happy to advise on kit and comfort issues and pass on the experiences of previous clients.

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Documents and Money

The Round Britain Experience visits foreign shores therefore an up to date passport should be in your possession; we will almost certainly visit the Channel Islands and Ireland. Three passport-sized photographs are needed for RYA, MCA and ICC certification. All meals taken on board the yacht are included in the cost of the trip but money will be required for food and drink taken away from the boat and any visits to hostelries, yacht clubs or restaurants at the discretion of the crew.


Throughout the trip accommodation is provided on board the yacht, including the shore-based week in Brixham. Where convenient, however, you are free to arrange your own alternative accommodation at your own cost.

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