Frequently Asked Questions
1. What type of boat will I be sailing on?
If you are taking one of our 3 hour Leisure Lessons, you'll be sailing on a Hunter 38, "Sea Gypsy", a wheel steered monohull located on Pensacola Beach. If you are on a Luxury Charter, you'll be sailing on our beautiful Leopard 47' cruising catamaran, "Southern Star" located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. She is wheel steered and rigged with a roller furling jib and a mainsail with two reef points. When under power, she uses two inboard diesel engines. Southern Star was designed and created with space, comfort, speed, and ease of sailing in mind, offering an exciting and comfortable sailing experience. The interior offers comfortable seating areas and a full private bathroom.
2. What should I bring/wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in and bring along a swimsuit if you'd like to swim. Flip flops, sandals or sneakers are totally acceptable footwear, and barefoot is good, too. Also bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel, and camera. We provide water and ice and small snacks, but if you'd like to bring a cooler full of your favorites please feel free to do so. And if you are interested in us providing a catering package for that special event, please let us know.
3. Do you have a minimum age requirement for children?
We welcome passengers of all ages aboard our captained charters, sunset sails and Blue Angel cruises. Our Leisure Lessons do not have a minimum age requirement, however kids older than 10 will get the most our of the sailing lessons. Our boats are safe, comfortable and fun for all ages. We have many safety measures in place, including lifelines, a throwable life-sling, and both kid and adult-sized life jackets. We encourage all to move around deck while we are sailing, explore the spacious cabin down below deck, and even steer the boat!
4. How much does the boat rock and will I get seasick?
We sail in the protected waters of Pensacola Bay, where the generally smooth and protected waters are quite favorable for boating. Seasickness is highly unlikely to occur while sailing, as our boat has two hulls and therefore provides a very stable platform. Also, it is generally a much smoother ride than on a powerboat, mainly because the sails stabilize the boat and keep it from rolling and pitching. Also there are no noxious engine fumes to contend with, which often contributes to the problem. To date, none of our passengers have experienced seasickness on our sailboat.
5. Do you offer women's sailing lessons?
Yes, Captain Linda has introduced many women to the sport of sailing and continues to do so with her calm, patient demeanor. Join our mailing list to keep posted on upcoming women only sailing classes and vacation charters.