What are the age requirements?

For Day Sails people 15-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will need to sign a release form. 15-18 year olds can attend overnight voyages with a responsible adult. Unaccompanied Passengers for the overnight sails must be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit. For passengers over the age of 80 we would request a note from your doctor.

Do I have to have previous sailing experience?

No. Previous experience is not necessary as all training is included.

What should I expect for overnight voyages?

Life on board really is about getting stuck in and involved in all aspects of sailing the ship. Don’t worry if you have not sailed before – many passengers have no previous sailing experience, so you will not be alone. The permanent crew are always on hand to support you through all the tasks involved and you will always have an experienced permanent crew member with you on watch to show you what to do and answer any questions. You will be encouraged to get involved in all aspects of the voyage from hauling sails, taking the helm, and even peeling potatoes if needed. Coming together as a team is what makes our overnight trips so memorable.

What should my fitness and agility level be?

While some of the sails requite a bit of strength to pull up, there are a variety of tasks on board that need doing so there is something for everyone.

In general, we suggest that our passengers are able to comfortably climb a 2 metre ladder. This is for access to the ship as well as in case of emergency. If you have concerns and would like to discuss this please email us.

What time should I arrive?

Your embarkation details will be sent to you at least 2 weeks before your departure. In general you can expect to begin safety briefings around 9:30 am. Day Sails will typically return to port by 5pm. For some overnight trips there may be accommodation available on the ship before/after your trip dates.

How do I get to Blyth Quayside? Where can I park? Where do we meet?

Our Address is: Blyth Tall Ship, Apprenticeship Workshop, Quayside, South Harbour, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3PA

By Car: Parking should be freely available near the Blyth Tall Ship workshop at Blyth Quayside.

By Train: The nearest train station at at Cramlington. From there you can either catch a bus from Manorwalks or get a taxi.

By Bus: Blyth bus station is within easy walking distance to the quayside

We will meet at the gate outside the Blyth Tall Ship workshops, just a few doors to the right of the ship.

Will I be seasick?

Not everyone is prone to seasickness. Some people may feel queasy or seasick in the first part of the voyage but this usually passes. If you are worried you can buy seasickness tablets but be aware they usually need to be taken at least two hours before the voyage and may make you drowsy depending on the type. Be sure to eat a good breakfast before your voyage and try to limit your time below decks.

What will we be eating?

Freshly prepared food will be provided. Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be freely available. We will ask about any food allergies and preferences when you fill out your digital health form before your voyage. We have a very small galley so if you have extreme food allergies please get in touch to discuss.

What is the accommodation like for overnight voyages?

Sleeping facilities onboard are modest but comfortable. Prepare for a cozy glamping trip rather than a luxurious hotel room and you will have a grand time. Each bunk has a thick foam mattress covered in waterproof fabric. The bunks have curtains for privacy and lights. We provide pillows and a knitted blanket but you need to bring a pillowcase, single twin sheet, and your sleeping bag. For longer voyages we will arrange access to showers at various ports that we visit. There is one 4 berth cabin onboard as well as two 2 berth cabins available for passengers. There are 8 berths in the main saloon. Your accommodation will be allocated according to your party size. If you have any concerns please feel free to email us.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to drop us a line: adventure@williams-sailing.co.uk