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We know that you may never have gone on a big sailing adventure before and will have many questions. We have spent the last 10 years answering them, and these are the most common questions and answers. Thousands of people from all over the world have chosen Rubicon 3 for their first experience of sailing, drawn to us by the adventure, but also by our famous culture of support, patience, kindness and fun.
Except for the Skipper Masterclasses and some of the more extreme offshore adventures, no prior experience is required. Indeed, around a quarter of the crew will never have sailed before and most others will have no more than an (often very rusty) RYA Day Skipper (ASA 104). Our instructors will teach you everything you need to know at a pace that works for you and will encourage you to get involved from the very start.
Yes. On all of our trips lasting 5 days or more, you can earn the RYA Competent Crew certificate. There is no extra charge for this. If you wish to gain higher qualifications, you can look in our Courses section, for RYA practical and theory courses, and our own bespoke Rubicon 3 courses.
Yes. In fact, 90%+ of our crew join solo, making it famously good for individual travellers. It is fun, sociable and packed full of adventure, with no extras or supplements for those who travel solo.
Not very. So long as you are generally active through the day, then you should be fine. Below is our guide to what you should be capable of to be sure that you are in suitable condition.
Our average customer age is 49, and most crews are made up of people aged 30 to 75yrs. It is usually near a 50:50 male/female split. Typically, you will be sailing with architects, doctors, accountants, artists and such like. It is a fascinating, eclectic group of like minded people who usually leave having made long lasting friendships.
Once you have selected your trip, pay the deposit on the trip page. Make sure you have found flights in advance (we can advise you on this if you wish, so just call, email or use the live chat at the bottom of the screen). Once you have your flights, you should book travel insurance and then you are all set.
Very little. We provide the foul weather clothing (although you are very welcome to bring your own). We also provide the lifejacket (you must use ours). You need to bring suitable clothing, a sleeping bag, a single bed sheet and a pillow case, all in a foldable bag.