FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What age do I have to be to take part?
Sail training on Pelican is generally open to people between the age of 15-30. If you are outside of this remit, please do contact us to discuss your requirements as we may cater for 30+ voyages.
I’ve never been sailing before and I’m worried I won’t know what to do.
No experience is necessary, the majority of people who embark on a sail training voyage have never sailed before. Don't worry! The crew and mentors will explain things and guide you through everything you need to know to be able to sail the vessel.
I’m joining the vessel by myself and don’t know anyone on board
That’s great! You will all be in the same boat. Most people who join have never met before, and there’s no better way to get to know people who may have a completely different background to you than sailing the high seas on a tall ship or sail training vessel with them.
What’s the food like?
There is a cook on board Pelican for the duration of your voyage. As a trainee, there will be opportunities to assist the cook in preparation, serving and clearing. Don't worry if you can't cook, this is the opportunity to learn how! Main meals will consist of things like curries, jacket potatoes, pasta dishes, shepherd's pie and spaghetti bolognese. We provide three meals per day plus fresh fruit and snacks. You may bring your own snacks on board too!
I have special dietary requirements, will I be catered for?
Please be sure to tell us in advance (on your booking form) if you have any food allergies or any other dietary requirements. With prior knowledge, we will do our best to cater for you.
What clothes should I bring?
Consider the weather, location and time of year. It can be very cold at sea even in the summer so bring warm layers! Don't over pack. Bring your most comfortable clothes not your best ones. Pack everything into a soft, sports holdall or rucksack. Please do not bring hard suitcases, solid-framed or wheeled bags, your bag must be able to squash down into a small space. Please download our information pack, this includes a kit list.
NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SOMETHING ON THE LIST, PLEASE DO NOT SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON THESE ITEM/S, TRY TO BORROW THEM OR CONTACT US AS THERE MAY BE SPARES ON BOARD.
Are there toilets and showers?
Yes, trainee accommodation on-board consists mainly of four-berth cabins with an en-suite bathroom. For those cabins without a bathroom, there are seperate male and female facilties on the accommodation deck.
What if I get ill?
The Captain is trained in dealing with illness and/or injury at sea. If necessary, we'll get you to a doctor ashore as quickly as possible.
What if I get sea-sickness?
Sea-sickness is one of the most common concerns that first time trainees have before going on a voyage. Everyone worries about it before they go but not everyone will experience it. Obviously the rougher the sea is, the more likely you are to be affected, but there are a few things that can be done to reduce the likelihood of it occurring. Seasickness is most likely to affect you if you are hungry or tired so make sure you rest properly and eat frequently. Caffeine and nicotine also aggravate the condition so avoid them. Being too hot or too cold can have an impact so like all other personal care you should be proactive. This is most relevant with anti-seasickness tablets which should be taken well in advance of the conditions changing. Ask your pharmacist for advice.