What can I expect? / What’s expected of me?
When You Arrive
Although you may be flying on your own, once you reach the boat you can feel right at home. Your skipper will be there to meet you and to help you settle in on board. Whether you’ve chosen to share a twin cabin with someone else, or to have a cabin to yourself, you’ll find our boats large, airy and comfortable with lots of space for your belongings… not that you’ll need very much for sailing in the tropics 🙂 For people returning on a second trip, arriving back on board is like visiting friends. With so many people returning time and again, you’re likely to meet someone who’s sailed with us before and they’ll be more than happy to help show you the ropes and get you a cold beer or glass of wine out of the fridge. The friendships made on board can, and often do, last a lifetime.
We’ll never ask you to share a bed with someone else, or, if you’ve chosen to share a cabin, to share a room with someone of the opposite sex. You can read more about our boats and their cabin arrangements here. The cabin you choose when you make a booking is the one you’ll have when you arrive .
The First Day
Our first afternoon together is spent getting familiar with the boat, going through a safety briefing and our plans for the week, getting to know your fellow shipmates and provisioning with drinks and anything else you might need. The food shopping will already have been done for the duration of your trip; meals are planned based on local provisions available and taking into account any dietary necessities. Our galley is small so we’re not able to provide a la carte meal choices.
If there’s time and the weather allows, we’ll take the boat our for a spin round the harbour to get you started!
On A Typical Day
On a typical day your skipper will prepare tea/coffee and breakfast between 7.30 to 9.00 am. Breakfast choices include fresh local fruit, yoghurt, granola, toast etc, and there is always one cooked option daily.
After breakfast, we clear up – guests are asked to take a turn at washing the dishes during their holiday in order to help out the chef – and stow our things away before heading out sailing. Depending on the itinerary for the trip, we might sail for 2 hours to a lunch stop for snorkelling and swimming, or possibly sail for the whole day on a Milebuilder trip. Either a lunch or a dinner is provided for you every day, and the other meal we take ashore as a group. Your skipper will recommend a local restaurant based on quality and value for money; we don’t have any affiliations with any of the restaurants we recommend and guests are welcome to make alternative suggestions as we go. The meals your skipper cooks on board are cooked from scratch with fresh local ingredients as far as possible; they aren’t fine dining, but they are made with love and we describe our meals as “good, healthy, home cooked food”.
After lunch we may sail on a bit further to our evening stop, or we might take some time to explore ashore. Each sailing leg and the daily amount of sailing we do is based on the itinerary planned for each particular trip, and takes into account the weather conditions arising and the abilities off each member of our crew.
A certain level of fitness is necessary to get the most out of your holiday, and while you may choose to be more active some days and less on others, you should be able to handle your own body weight comfortably. This is particularly important for getting in and out of the water using the swim ladder when you go swimming, and for getting in and out of the dinghy going ashore. All guest crew are expected to help sail the boat, and that includes pulling ropes, winching and steering, you’re also asked to help in keeping the communal areas tidy and to take a turn at being barman/woman at sundowner time… Depending on the weather conditions we encounter when sailing, some days can be physically more demanding than others.
We don’t stipulate that you must be able to mount our inflatable unicorn from the water… it’s a rare few who’ve managed this 🙂
The Caribbean is HOT! Expect temperatures to be 26 degrees Centigrade or higher for the duration of your stay. Make sure you use factor 30 sunscreen or higher and don’t ever think that you won’t need it, even if it looks overcast. Expect to go to bed at night glowing from the day’s exertions and a little sun on your face.
When we arrive in a new place, your skipper will recommend some places to see or things to do… these are entirely at your discretion and if you’d prefer to laze on deck and read a book that’s just perfect too! Some guests like to make the most of exploring their destinations, others less so. We will certainly say if there’s something not to miss or that embraces the nature of a particular island; this might be:
- Hiking through the rainforest
- Swimming under a waterfall – you might need to be a bit of a mountain goat to get there
- Picking and tasting local tropical fruit
- Swimming with turtles or watching them nest
- Taking a riverboat trip
- Enjoying a game of dominoes with the locals
- Exploring a fort or museum
- Tasting local street food or rum cocktails
What makes you different?
Why Singles Sailing with Yacht Ibis
Mi casa, su casa! At Yacht Ibis we don’t expect you to sleep in pipecots or live out of a cubbyhole the size of a shoebox; we don’t ask you to share a toilet with 7 other people; we don’t ask you to take pot luck on your boat or your bed allocation! We won’t feed you soup and sandwiches and we don’t expect you to cook your own meals or provision the boat. We don’t add in any extra costs…ever.
We do offer you an escape to a different, simpler world; a world that’s more in touch with nature and the elements and we do ask that you embrace everything that goes along with that. We’ll sail every day, we’ll swim in the ocean, we’ll explore and discover; we’ll make new friends; we’ll feel alive and time will slow down.
You’re In Safe Hands
As Yacht Ibis owner and skipper, Sam has owned a boat since the age of 23. She’s sailed in many different weather conditions and in many different parts of the world. She’s had adventures at sea, and been through pretty much every gear failure scenario you can think of…for real! She loves and lives her boats. When you sail with her she’ll keep you safe, she’ll share her enthusiasm and love for sailing and the beautiful parts of the world we travel in; she’ll share her home and her heart.
 in exceptional circumstances we may need to upgrade your cabin at no extra charge but we will never downgrade you
 By booking with us, you accept that there are certain risks attached to sailing, as there are to any adventure sport, and you agree to take appropriate health and travel insurance to cover these risks.