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Update to Terms and Conditions

By Core Info

On 27th March 2024, we updated our Terms and Conditions for EXPERIENCES, COURSES and BAREBOAT CHARTERS. All guests who have already booked with us for 2024 have been contacted via email informing them of the changes. Those with bookings scheduled have been given the option to OPT OUT of the changes as their bookings were secured based on the old T&Cs.

For guests who secure their bookings after 27th March, the new T&Cs will apply.

Why are you changing your T&Cs?

Changes to our Terms and Conditions are due to the increased number of late cancellations we are now receiving from our valued customers. This often results in loss of income for our small, family-run business when we do not have enough time to re-sell the sailing experience or charter that has been cancelled. An earlier payment and cancellation window will give us more time to re-sell the cancelled booking and may also provide us with a bigger chance of being in a position to refund part of your payment.

What are the changes?

Here is a link to our T&Cs for EXPERIENCES and COURSES

Here is a link to our T&Cs for BAREBOAT CHARTERS

In a nutshell, the changes are as follows:

Changes to paragraph 2: Payments
Where deposits have been paid, the balance will be due 8 weeks before commencement of the experience/course/charter instead of 4.

Changes to paragraph 4: If you wish to cancel
Requests for cancellation or alterations to bookings will need to be received 8 weeks before commencement of the experience/course/charter charter instead of 4.

What will happen next?

In our booking confirmations, we will continue to provide a direct link to our T&Cs and continue to recommend that our guests take out adequate insurance to cover any cancellation outside our terms and conditions, particularly in respect of medical conditions for you or close members of your family which may result in your cancellation.

We would like to thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you aboard in 2024.

Newsletter – Spring 2024

By Core Info

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2024, where we introduce you to the fantastic skippers who will be working with us this year, and we remind you about our current availability with our sailing experiences. As always, we encourage you to get in touch to ask questions or discuss your sailing requirements to ensure you and your crew have a wonderful sailing experience in Devon.

Meet our Skippers for 2024

We would like to introduce you to our skippers and instructors for the 2024 sailing season. You can find out a little more about each of them by clicking the links.

Tim Sunderland, RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Mick Chantler, RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Stewart Milne, RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Dominic Collins, RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Martin Jordan, RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Tony Bale, Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Giles Ridyard, Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Bon Voyage to Skipper and Instructor, Charlie Musgrove

We are sad to be waving goodbye to skipper/instructor Charlie Musgrove this year, but wish him the very best of luck with his new adventure – skippering the Caribbean. We hope he will return to skipper with us again in the future (when he has got fed up with all that sunshine!).

What’s happening in 2024?

Our sailing calendar for 2024 is filling up fast which is great news for us. Lots of events/sailing opportunities are scheduled on-demand, so if you can’t see dates or events on our sailing schedule that work for you, it is always worth getting in touch to ask – we will always do our very best to help.

In the meantime, we would like to draw your attention to a few sailing experiences that are currently available:

5-day Westcountry Sailing Experience
Monday 13th – Friday 17th May 2024

If you are looking for a sailing adventure in the Westcountry, our South West sailing experience is the ideal choice for you. We currently have 3 places remaining in May.

Possible sailing destinations (depending on wind direction) may include Salcombe, Fowey, Falmouth, Helford River, Dartmouth, Brixham, River Yealm.

A 20% deposit will secure your place, with the balance due 4 weeks before you sail.

Isles of Scilly Cruise (Group Sailing Experience)
Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th September 2024

Ever considered setting sail to the Isles of Scilly? If this is your ambition (and you have had previous sailing experience), this group sailing opportunity is the ideal choice for you. It is a hands-on sailing experience for those who have sailed before, but would prefer to be under the watchful eye of an experienced skipper.

Weekend and Day Sails
Various dates

Weekend sails and day sails are our most popular sailing experiences that are suitable for all levels of sailors. Whilst they offer a good introduction to sailing, they are useful to help build miles and develop skills. Due to the beauty of the southwest coast, our weekend sails are often used as mini-breaks to allow guests to explore fabulous close-by locations such as Salcombe, Fowey and Noss Mayo. Please visit our website to book yourself aboard.


Our exclusive sailing experiences offer a wonderful way to introduce your family to the water. They are also ideal for special occasions such as birthdays or meeting up with friends that you haven’t seen for some time. We offer single-day and multi-day exclusive charters. They are scheduled on demand, so please get in touch to discuss a date and your requirements.

RYA Courses (Competent Crew, Day Skipper and ICC)
Various dates

We will continue to schedule RYA courses on-demand, so if you can’t see a suitable date on our sailing schedule, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to schedule one for you (subject to availability).
Bookings for bareboat charters are coming in fast, so don’t leave it too late to book or you may be disappointed. A 20% deposit will secure your date with the balance due 4 weeks before you sail. The minimum qualification required for a yacht charter is Day Skipper with experience in tidal waters. Please get in touch to discuss availability.

Was your booking postponed in 2023?

We sail in all weather EXCEPT when high winds make it dangerous. When this happens, we may need to postpone your booking to keep you and our boats safe.
If your booking was postponed in 2023, please make sure you give yourself plenty of time to re-book your experience this year. You have 12 months from the date of cancellation to reschedule.

Follow us on Social Media

Keep up to date with last-minute availability and stories from our skippers and guests by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us in any of your own posts; we love to hear about your sailing adventures so if you have any photos you would like to share (or stories to tell) please get in touch.

Meet your Skipper 2024: Dominic Collins

By Core Info

Dom has been passionate about all things boating for the best part of 35 years.

Qualifying as a boat Cox’n during his long career with the Royal Marines he subsequently learned to sail on dinghies and Hobie Cats. He went on to learn to sail yachts and has taken part in expeditions off Norway during the winter, in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and more recently a circumnavigation of the UK.

Dom is a RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Meet your Skipper 2024: Martin Jordan

By Core Info

Martin started having sailing holidays with his wife in 2010, mostly in the Med but also chartered in Thailand, The Caribbean and The Whitsundays.

On retirement in 2016 his project was to pass his Yacht Master offshore exam, then he continued to achieve his commercial endorsement and cruising instructor qualifications. After that, he started volunteering as a skipper for a sailing charity based in The Solent.

He has now moved to Cornwall and whilst still volunteering for the sailing charity, he is now pleased to be skippering and instructing with Devon Sailing Experiences.

Martin is a RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Meet your Skipper 2024: Giles Ridyard

By Core Info

Giles is a specialist paramedic and skippers for Devon Sailing Experiences for fun in his spare time. In the past, he has taught young people outdoor adventure sports so loves passing his enthusiasm onto families as well as adult groups. He holds a YM Sail & Motor Commercial Certificate of Competence & has worked commercially in locations such as the UK, West Africa and Greenland. He is a dad to 3 children.

Giles is a Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Meet your Skipper 2024: Tony Bale

By Core Info

Tony has sailed offshore since the early eighties and has logged close to 50,000 passage miles. He started sailing commercially in 2008 with yacht deliveries and sailing tuition after a sea-going career in marine science.  He is very familiar with the waters of SW England, the Channel Islands and Brittany coast and has also undertaken Biscay crossings to destinations in Northern Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean. 

He stated that he loves the fact that being on the water is always fun, always different and he still gets a buzz every time the engine goes off and the sails take over.  A lunch stop or an evening at anchor with good company is the perfect way to wind down for Tony.

Tony is a Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Meet your Skipper 2024: Mick Chantler

By Core Info

Mick started working at sea from the age of 16 for 25 years as a seaman with the Royal Navy. During that time, he gained a huge respect for the sea and never underestimated its power.

It was through the Navy that Mick was introduced to sailing and quickly realised a love for the sport which he still enjoys.

Mick has been a freelance Sailing Instructor since around 2010. He admits that he still gets a sense of enjoyment from getting a yacht safely from A to B, from his students/crew having fun whilst learning during the many passages he has skippered.

Mick is a RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Meet your Skipper 2024: Tim Sunderland

By Core Info

Tim has been yacht sailing since he was a teenager, firstly as part of a racing crew for his friends at a local sailing club. He has been a Yachtmaster Offshore for many years and has spent many miles delivering yachts around the UK and across the Channel.

He became an RYA instructor some fifteen years ago and has also run his own sea school, which he gave up when he purchased a part of maritime history, in the guise of ‘Our Daddy’ a Looe-built fishing boat.

Tim has been the Chief Instructor at Devon Sailing Experiences since we became an RYA training centre. In addition to working with Nick and Katie, he also trains the officer cadets at Royal Navy Brittania, Dartmouth.

Tim has a huge passion for sailing and helping people achieve their goals and dreams aboard yachts and his enthusiasm is infectious. He also has a passion for great food.

Tim is a Chief Instructor, RYA Instructor and Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Bareboat Charter Agreement

By Core Info

Before we release a yacht to you for a bareboat charter, you will be required to sign our Bareboat Charter Agreement. In this blog post, you will find the terms and conditions in the agreement. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

1. Charter and Payment
1.1 The Operator shall let on bareboat charter and the Charterer shall hire the Vessel for the Charter Period for the Charter Fee.

1.2 The Advance Payment is paid by way of a deposit to secure the Vessel for the Charter Period and shall be paid to the Operator on the signing of this Agreement. On payment by the Charterer of the Advance Fee, the Operator agrees not to enter into any other agreement for the charter of the Vessel for the same period. The Balance Payment and the Security Deposit shall be paid to the Operator no later than the date stipulated herein. All monies payable hereunder are deemed due on the date hereof.

2. Security Deposit
2.1 The Operator may retain and apply the Security Deposit in part or in full to cover any liability of the Charterer to the Operator.

2.2 Such retention shall not prejudice the right of the Operator to recover any unsatisfied balance of such liability from the Charterer.

2.3 Subject to the preceding clauses of this section, the Security Deposit or any balance remaining shall be returned to the Charterer within 14 days after the Redelivery or, in the event of a dispute, upon the determination of such dispute.

3. Operator’s Obligations
3.1 Subject to the provisions of clause 3.3, the Operator shall at the beginning of the Charter Period deliver the Vessel to the Charterer, or his representative, in good and seaworthy condition in compliance with the MCA’s Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Motor or Sailing Vessels. Or, where handover takes place elsewhere than in the UK, its equivalent, approved by the appropriate authority in the country of handover and with the minimum equipment requirements of the Marine Leisure Association (MLA) (if and as applicable). At a time convenient to the Charterer and for a reasonable duration, the Charterer may inspect the Vessel before the start of the Charter Period in the company of a representative of the Operator.

3.2 Subject to the provisions of clause 3.3 the Operator will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver the Vessel to the Charterer in the aforesaid condition at the agreed time and place but in default, whether as a result of a breach of 3.1 or otherwise, its liability shall be limited to a pro rata return of the Charter Fee for each period of 12 hours for which delivery is delayed. If such delay exceeds 25% of the Charter Period, the Charterer shall be at liberty to treat the Charter as cancelled. The Operator shall thereupon return all sums paid but shall have no further liability to the Charterer in respect of the curtailment or cancellation of the Charter including without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing liability in respect of consequential or economic loss or loss of use or enjoyment.

3.3 The Operator will not be liable under clauses 3.1 or 3.2 if such failure is as a result of an event, circumstance or cause beyond its reasonable control (“a Relevant Event”). If The Operator asserts that a Relevant Event has prohibited it from performing any of its obligations then it shall notify the Charterer as soon as reasonably practicable and take reasonable steps to minimize the effect of the Relevant Event. Where delivery is delayed otherwise than by a Relevant Event the Operator’s maximum liability, in addition to the return of all sums paid, shall be limited to an amount equal to 50% of the Charter Fee.

4. Insurance and Liabilities
4.1 The Vessel and her equipment shall be insured on the terms of the Institute Yacht Clauses or on
comparable terms for her full value with third-party damage cover of no less than £2,000,000 subject to a policy deductible no greater than the Security Deposit.

4.2 The Charterer shall indemnify the Operator in respect of any loss or damage to the Vessel or her equipment or any other expense or liability arising out of any act or omission of the Charterer, his servants or agents or any member of his party which is not for any reason covered by the Vessel’s insurance.

4.3 The Operator shall have no liability for death or personal injury suffered by the Charterer, his servants, agents or any member of his party unless caused by its negligence or wilful default.

4.4 The Charterer shall neither take the Vessel outside the cruising limits nor do any other act which may vitiate the Vessel’s insurance or prejudice the Operator’s right to claim thereunder.

4.5 In the event of damage to or failure of the Vessel or any incident involving a third party, the Charterer shall at the earliest opportunity (and in any case within 12 hours) report such occurrence to the Operator or its local agent and shall comply with any reasonable instructions given.

4.6 In the event of major damage to the Vessel during the Charter Period involving a claim on the Vessel’s insurance or in the event of a breakdown of gear or machinery rendering the Vessel unseaworthy and/or unusable, a pro-rata credit will be made for the period during which the Vessel was unseaworthy or unusable provided that neither the Charterer nor any member of his party caused or contributed to the damage or breakdown and provided also that the Operator shall not be liable to the Charterer for any other compensation in respect of damage or breakdown whether in respect of consequential or financial loss or otherwise, save where damage or breakdown is caused by the negligence of the Operator and results in death or personal injury.

5. Charterer’s Obligations
5.1 The Charterer will restrict the navigation of the Vessel to the Cruising Limits and to those areas within the Cruising Limits in which the Vessel (i) is legally entitled to be navigated and (ii) can be safely navigated by the Crew in the prevailing conditions.

5.2 If the Charterer fails to accept delivery of the Vessel within 24 hours of the start of the Charter Period and has not by then notified the Operator of his intention to accept delivery later during the Charter Period, the Operator may treat this Agreement as terminated without prejudice to its rights to recover any unpaid portion of the Charter Fee.

5.3 The Charterer warrants that they and the Crew have the experience and competence described on the Operator’s Booking Request Form and that they are capable of safely handling the Vessel.

5.4 The Charterer shall pay all running expenses during the Charter Period and to the extent that on redelivery any consumables have not been restored to their handover levels, the Charterer shall be liable to the Operator for the cost thereof.

5.5 The Charterer shall not sub-charter or part with control of the Vessel without the prior written consent of the Operator.

5.6 The Charterer shall take care of and assume full responsibility for the safety and maintenance of the Vessel and its equipment at all times including when unattended. When the Charterer leaves the Vessel unattended, the Charterer shall remain fully responsible therefor and should take all reasonable precautions to secure the Vessel and the equipment and gear on board.

5.7 The Charterer shall not allow the Vessel to dry out or be stranded and shall ensure that the Vessel is moored only at a secure and well maintained mooring point. The Charterer shall not anchor the Vessel in a place where anchoring is restricted or that is not suitable for anchoring such a vessel.

5.8 The Charterer shall neither use the Vessel for any purpose other than private pleasure cruising for himself, his crew and guests nor race the Vessel without the prior written consent of the Operator.

5.9 The Charterer shall limit the number of persons in the party to not more than the number of berths on the Vessel, except by prior agreement with the Operator, such agreement to be contingent on the Charterer’s party not exceeding the number of places on the Vessel licensed by the appropriate authority.

5.10 The Charterer shall observe all applicable rules, regulations and laws whether of customs, harbour or other authorities or otherwise.

5.11 The Charterer shall not allow any animals on board the Vessel without the prior written consent of the Operator.

5.12 The Charterer shall provide the Operator with the full names ages and permanent addresses of all members of the crew and his guests as soon as reasonably possible and in any event not later than one week before the start of the Charter period, and shall not allow any third parties on board without the prior written consent of the Operator, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld.

5.13 The Charterer will not use the Vessel for a stag or hen group, nor for a school party or youth group nor for any commercial purpose without the Operator’s prior written consent. The Operator may withhold its consent in its absolute discretion.

5.14 The Charterer will not permit the Vessel to be navigated in any way while anyone on board is, or appears to be, under the influence of alcohol or prohibited substances.

5.15 The Charterer shall not do or permit any act or omission which may result in the seizure, arrest or distraint of the Vessel.

5.16 In the event of accident to or breakdown of the Vessel the Charterer shall obtain the name of any other vessel involved and the names and addresses of the people on board that vessel, take photographs of the vessels involved and of any damage that has occurred and contact the Operator or its appointed agent immediately and proceed in accordance with the Operator’s reasonable instructions.

5.17 If the Vessel breaks down at sea the Charterer shall act as a prudent uninsured and shall use best endeavours to contact the Operator for guidance and shall not permit the Vessel to be towed or take any other action that could lead to a claim for salvage unless advised to do by rescue or coastguard authorities.

5.18 The Charterer shall redeliver the Vessel to the Operator at the Port of Redelivery or at such other place as may be agreed between the parties at the end of the Charter Period cleaned, refuelled, in no worse condition as on delivery (fair wear and tear excepted) and with her inventory complete. If the Charterer fails so to redeliver the Vessel, he shall be liable for twice the pro rata Charter Fee for every day or part of a day by which redelivery is delayed unless such delay is caused by the operation of an insured peril or circumstances which are proven to be beyond the Charterer’s reasonable control.

5.19 The Charterer will get an accurate forecast before commencing a passage or any movement of the Vessel. If wind force 6 or above is forecast within the passage period the Vessel must remain in port, this includes moving the Vessel to another location within the port / marina UNLESS it is done so to protect the Vessel and Charterer. IF the charterer cannot obtain a forecast they must remain at their current location until a forecast can be acquired.

5.20 The Charterer’s obligations under this Agreement shall continue until redelivery.

6. Notice of withdrawal
6.1 Where the Charterer is not a Consumer, then if the Charterer gives notice of cancellation of this Agreement at any time on or before commencement of the Charter Period the Charterer will remain liable for all payments due to the Operator prior to and unpaid at the date of cancellation. Should notice of cancellation be given by the Charterer or should the Charterer fail after having been given notice to pay any amount due under this Agreement, then the Operator shall be entitled to treat this Agreement as having been repudiated by the Charterer and to retain the full amount of all payments received.

6.2 Where the Charterer is a Consumer:

6.2.1 Should the Charterer give written notice to the Operator more than ten weeks before the start of the Charter Period of its withdrawal from the Charter, no liability for any outstanding portion of the Charter Fee will remain (and if it and/or the Security Deposit have already been paid, it and/or they shall be refunded) but the Advance Payment shall be forfeit, save that half the Advance Payment will be refunded if the Operator re-charters the Vessel for the Charter Period for no less than the Charter Fee. In such circumstances the Operator shall use all reasonable endeavours to re-charter the Vessel.

6.2.2 Should the Charterer give written notice to the Operator within ten weeks of the start of the Charter Period of its withdrawal from the Charter the Charterer shall remain liable for all payments due to the Operator prior to and unpaid at the date of the cancellation, save for in the circumstances envisaged in Clause 6.3.

6.2.3 If prior to the commencement of the Charter Period the Operator gives notice to the Charterer of cancellation, the Charterer shall be entitled to repayment without interest of all sums paid by him to the Operator.

6.3 Notwithstanding the Operator’s right to receive or retain all payments referred to in Clauses 6.1 and 6.2.2 above, the Operator shall be under a duty to mitigate his loss and in the event that the Operator is able to re-charter the Vessel for all or part of the Charter Period, the Operator will give credit for the net amount of charter hire arising from the re-charter after deduction of all commissions and other consequential expenses arising from such re-charter. The intention is that the Operator shall receive the same in net proceeds from any re-charter as would have been received under this Agreement. The Operator shall use all reasonable endeavours to re-charter the Vessel and shall not unreasonably withhold his agreement to re-charter, although charters which may reasonably be considered detrimental to the Vessel, its reputation, or its schedule may be refused.

6.4 If prior to the date of cancellation the Vessel has taken on provisions for the Charter, then the Charterer shall reimburse these expenses unless all or part can either be refunded by the supplier or transferred to the next charter, in which case such expenses shall be adjusted accordingly. The Operator shall be under a duty to mitigate these expenses where possible.

7. General
7.1 References in this Agreement to a “Consumer” means any Charterer who is a natural person and is acting for purposes which are outside his trade, business or profession.

7.2 Prior to handover the Operator may require a sea trial of up to one hour’s duration and if the Operator is not reasonably satisfied as to the ability of the Charterer and his party to handle the Vessel safely it may terminate this Agreement as if the Charterer had given written notice of withdrawal at this time and the provisions of Clause 6.2.2 shall apply.

7.3 The Operator shall have the right to restrict the Cruising Limits in the light of the experience of the Charterer and members of his party, and/or the actual or anticipated weather conditions.

7.4 Save as otherwise provided in the terms of business of the Operator, and subject to the statutory rights of the Charterer if contracting as a Consumer, the provisions of this Agreement shall exhaustively and exclusively govern the rights and obligations of the parties.

7.5 This Agreement is subject to English law. In the event of a dispute arising under this Agreement, the parties agree to use reasonable endeavours to resolve such a dispute by negotiation and, if such negotiation fails, to consider referring the dispute to alternative dispute resolution under the dispute resolution procedures adopted from time to time by the British Marine Federation. Save as aforesaid, in the case of a Charterer contracting otherwise than as a Consumer, any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales; in the case of a Charterer contracting as a Consumer, any dispute shall be submitted to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.

7.6 If any provision of this Agreement is held by any court or other competent authority to be void or unenforceable in whole or part, this Agreement shall continue to be valid as to the other provisions thereof and the remainder of the affected provision.

THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE that they have read and understood the terms and conditions above and have caused this Agreement to be duly executed the day and year first above written.