What to expect on your voyage

Life at sea is very different to life ashore. 

Bright Star sails with two 'Sea Staff': a Skipper and a Mate. The Skipper is in charge of the vessel, crew and is responsible for everyone staying safe and having fun. To be an MST skipper you have to be an extremely experienced and qualified sailor with exceptional skills. 

When you join the boat, you will be assigned your own single bunk within a cabin containing up to three other people. We try and assign cabins based on age and gender, but please be aware this is not always possible. Within the cabin you will have a number of storage lockers in which to unpack your personal kit.

 

The crew are split into teams called watches. The watch system allows the domestic duties such as cooking to be evenly shared and is also used if the boat is sailing overnight to ensure everyone gets some sleep!

For your voyage we will provide you with a sailing waterproof jacket and trousers, also known as ‘oilskins’. We will also provide you with a lifejacket and safety harness. Before the boat leaves the berth on the first day, there will be a full safety briefing on how to use the equipment onboard, and what to do in an emergency.

 

There will be access to showers in most marinas we visit. Likewise, the mains electric sockets don’t work when we are sailing, so if you wish to bring your phone or other electronic equipment please be aware you may not be able to keep it charged.

 

Every voyage is different, but you can generally expect to spend some nights tied up in a marina with access to the shore, some nights anchored, and some nights sailing. It’s not all sailing, and there will normally be the chance to explore some of the towns or places we sail to, as well as do other activities such as using the boat’s small inflatable boat, or swimming if the conditions are right. The itinerary for each voyage is dependant on the weather, and the Skipper’s primary objective is always the safety of the vessel and everyone aboard.  

Top Tips

 

  • Space is very limited on board the boat, so bringing too many changes of clothes isn’t necessary. Please bring your kit in a soft kitbag or holdall that can be packed down small, not a suitcase or bag with a metal frame. We recommend also bringing some carrier bags or small drybags to organise your kit within your locker, and to keep dry and wet kit separate.  

  • Wear lots of layers, and clothes that will dry easily such as microfibre fleeces. We don't recommend jeans.

  • You may bring your mobile phone if you like, it should only be used when you are off-watch, and never on deck. The Sea Staff reserve the right to confiscate phones that are proving a distraction for reasons of safety. Boats can get very damp (even inside), and we are not liable for loss or damage to phones or any of your personal kit. 

  • Your feet may well get wet on board, so bring a second pair of shoes that you can get wet in, or a pair of wellies. Cheap ones from Sports Direct or similar shops are great. Please don’t bring walking boots, shoes with marking soles, or wellies with mud on the bottom!

  • If your voyage is marked as a ‘passport voyage’, then please bring your passport, EHIC and any travel documents such as visas that you require.

What you need to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow case. We provide pillows, but you can bring your own if you wish.

  • Clothes - there is limited space so bring a complete change of clothes for every 2 days you're on board.

  • Underwear - you'll need a fresh pair of underwear and socks for each day onboard.

  • Soft-soled trainers or plimsolls.

  • Waterproof boots/wellies or a second pair of soft shoes or beach shoes.

  • Windproof/waterproof jacket to wear ashore or when it’s too warm for your oilskins.

  • Warm hat and gloves

  • Towel and Wash kit – as much or as little as you want (within reason)! Include some wet wipes or flannel for hygiene for if water is limited.

  • Sun cream, sunglasses, sunhat with a brim.

  • Swimming kit – please note we don’t go swimming on every voyage

  • Book, cards or something to do when you are off-watch.

  • Spare glasses if needed

  • Sufficient prescription medication to last the full duration of your voyage - don't forget to bring the prescription script. 

 

The following items are prohibited on all MST voyages. They will be confiscated, and you may even be asked to leave if you are found to be violating the onboard rules:

  • Alcohol (even if over-18)

  • Drugs except prescription medication with a script

  • Knives or any kind of weapon

  • Torches

  • Large quantities of energy drinks or fizzy drinks

info@mst.org.uk

01243 908026

Morning Star Trust

Northney Marina

Northney Road

Hayling Island

Hampshire

PO11 0NH

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