It's completely normal to want to know who else is likely to be on the boat with you. If you're going to spend two weeks or more with eight other people, it's important to know that you're likely going to have a great time with them. Rest assured, the camaraderie and friendships made on these trips is legendary. We've got some generic crew information here and below, some profiles of actual crew members who have sailed with us in the past.
Most of our customers are aged between 30 and 65, with the average age being 47. That said, our youngest crew member was 18 and our eldest 76!
We average a 50:50 mix of men and women on board. It's impossible to know in advance, but it would be unusual not to have a fairly even mix.
The vast majority of our voyages are open to everyone, even if you have no sailing experience at all. Our raison d'etre is to help you have a holiday that is a true sailing adventure and for you to experience the magic of the open ocean. Most of our crew have a limited amount of prior experience. A (very!) common phrase might be, "I did Competent Crew / Day Skipper a few years ago but I've hardly sailed since then and I'm very rusty and probably forgotten most of it".
On a Passage Making Masterclass, all crew members have to be at RYA Day Skipper level or above (or have equivalent skills and experience. To we a watch leader on an ocean crossing masterclass, you have to have RYA Coastal Skipper or above (or equivalent skills or experience).
Meet three of our past customers, who we think are really representative of who you could be sailing with. In their own words...
I joined a Rubicon 3 voyage the first time 3 years ago. I loved it so much that I came back time after time. I picked the voyage from Iceland to Scotland as my YM Ocean passage. From my opinion, Rubicons 3’s training system is the best one I have ever had. The training manual is detailed and practical. If I joined their celestial navigation class earlier, I would have saved a huge effort teaching myself. Sailing on the open sea, under clear and patient instruction, you can meet and deal with all kinds of conditions and develop yourself really quickly. After the YM Ocean passage, I found myself so well prepared that I felt no anxiety in the exam and passed successfully.
I have sailed the Atlantic Ocean and into the Arctic on Hummingbird. I love my visits to those remote lands, where the only approach is by a boat. I enjoy meeting the like-minded crew members and the boat is such a nice home. They exceed all my expectations about sailing training. I am looking forward my next passage in Cuba!
I'm someone who needs "the tonic of wilderness" and who loves sailing, and Rubicon 3's unique expeditions tick both boxes. I've been able to sail offshore on ocean passages that most sailors will only dream of doing, and have visited parts of the world where few will ever set foot. What a privilege! I'll never forget seeing the Northern Lights while sailing from Iceland to Scotland, exploring glaciers on Spitsbergen, or sailing down a fjord in the company of a pod of beluga whales. What's more, these trips have helped me become a better sailor, be it via direct tuition or simply by working under and observing the excellent skipper and mate. Is it any surprise that I've already signed up for more?
One click booked me onto a sailing trip from Gibraltar to Morocco. It was the best click I had made in a long time! Sailing on these big boats is different. It is safe. It is stimulating, it is exciting and it really stretches your capabilities and senses. Working on deck, integrated into a team and sometimes coated in saltwater – it puts you back in touch with the real world. Muscles flex and re-waken, the appetite sharpens and your eyes are bombarded with stunning seas and skies. Stepping ashore into Tangier or Cadiz, I was a true explorer not a tourist. When it said “adventure” I got it in spades. I came away wiser, fitter, happier and possibly more boring at dinner parties…
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The smoking of any form of tobacco is forbidden on board or on the dock next to the boat. We also very strongly discourage the smoking of any tobacco at any time between the start and end date as the smell comes on-board into confined living space. The use of e-cigarettes is fine.
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