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Volvo 70 Telefonica Black

Volvo 70 Telefonica Black

225.005,500.00

Now you can have the opportunity to charter her for either a day, weekend or for a race series or book as an individual.

The boat comes with a professional skipper, mate and up to 3 crew members depending on your needs. She can take up to 12 guests and is located in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. However, the boat can be relocated anywhere to suit your requirements. There are many different options for boat charter, from days out on the Solent to race campaigns all over the world.

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SKU: V-70-TB Category:

Product Description

Telefonica Black

The Volvo 70 Ocean Race Yacht is a class of racing yachts designed for the Volvo Ocean Race. It was first used in the 2005–06 race and replaced the Volvo Ocean 60 Yachts, which were first raced in 1993.

The Volvo Ocean 70 uses a Canting keel which is capable of canting transversely up to an angle of 40 degrees. According to the VO70 rule, the yachts can be made from glass fibres, aramid fibres, or carbon fibres. Kraken is made of Carbon Fibre.

The Volvo Open 70 race rules are similar to those of a Formula One race team, as there is not a specific yacht design but a set of rules which competing yachts need to adhere to.

Originally known as Telefonica Black or Black Jack, she competed in the 08/09 Volvo Ocean Race and finished overall in 6th position, winning the final leg into St Petersburg and skippered by Fernando Echávarri.

She was then bought with a view to complete the Westabout Race, but unfortunately, the project did not get off the ground and she has been berthed in Portland Marina for the last few years.

Specifications

Builder: Southern Ocean
Hull Designer: Farr Yacht Design
Model: Volvo 70
Year Built: 2008
LOA: 21.50m / 70.54ft
Beam: 5.70m / 18.70ft
Draft: 4.50m / 14.76ft
Displacement: 14,000kg / 30,865lbs
Engine: 1 Volvo D2 (75hp) Diesel

About the boat

It’s our goal to help as many people to experience life on the ocean as we can. Live your dreams and get involved.

In January 2019 Lance picked up Telefonica Black and berthed her in her new home Gunwharf quays. She needed a full refurb to get her up and running and has been a labour of love! Bringing her back to her former glory is our ambition and by booking on to sail her you are helping us with our mission as everything we earn goes back into the boat.

We are trying to recycle, re-purpose, swap with other Volvo 70s and maintain as much as we can. However, there are certain things – especially all the safety equipment – we have had to buy new. We are proud that we have got her to Category 0 status and we are constantly trying to improve the boat as well as give people memorable experiences on her.

You’ll be a key member of the team and get involved in every aspect of the experience.

What is required of you

  • You don’t have to have any sailing experience, but we do guarantee that after a trip like this, you’ll be hooked!
  • We can take guests from age 14 and above, but anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • We are often offshore and not near-immediate medical help, so you should have a reasonable degree of fitness, the ability to move around the boat safely and not have any medical conditions that require active treatment or are likely to be exacerbated during the expedition.
  • You need to have a valid passport, any visas required to travel and adequate travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
  • A can-do attitude and a stash of banter are a definite bonus!

Kit List

  • Waterproof or soft kit bag (no hard cases with wheels)
  • 1 complete set of dry clothes
  • Passport
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sun cream
  • Any medication you require
  • Seasickness pills, if needed
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers as required
  • Safety knife (for racing, or offshore only)
  • Head torch
  • Sailing boots (optional), for daysailing or warmer expeditions, trainer will be fine

If you do not have any of the items on the kit list, please get in touch for advice.

What we provide

  • Foulies
  • Lifejackets
  • All food on board
  • A bunk on board
  • Berthing fees

Menu example

  • Breakfast – cereal, porridge, fruit, cold meats, yoghurts
  • Lunch – A mix of sandwiches, wraps, salads with crisps, cereal bars, chocolate
  • Dinner – freeze-dried meals
  • Midnight – soup and noodles
  • Snacks available all-day

The Boat Kraken is a stripped-out racing boat with very few luxuries, so please expect high side hot bunking, freeze-dried food – as the galley consists of a sink and 1 camping stove for boiling water and a very exciting gimbled heads! On Kraken we like to be fully inclusive and give amateur sailors the chance to participate in all aspects of sailing the boat – we can assure you; you will not just be sitting on the rail.

She is coded to Cat 0 so she has all the goodies for her to be safe at sea. From a Sat phone for calls and to download weather, email in case your people need to get hold of you, a watermaker and liferafts for up to 32 people.

The ‘heads’ experience

We may have mentioned once or more, that on-board a Volvo Open 70 you’ll get a very real experience of ocean racing. Conditions are cramped, the ‘galley’ is a kettle and the heads are definitely an experience… Here’s the lovely Kim giving you a taste of what you can expect.

Safety first – skills drilling for MOB

Knowing how to recover a man overboard quickly and safely is one of our top priorities in safety. This is not a boat that can stop on a dime, especially when she is fully powered up. Watch how we have been practising our casualty recovery skills, so if it ever happens we can act fast.

Professional collaboration in safety

The UK Coast Guard has global recognition for their skills, so we were proud to be asked if we could help them with training for their helicopter high-line casualty recovery training. With no fixed backstays, our yacht poses specific challenges for them and it’s vital that they practice for all eventualities. In this case, they were happily just relieving us of a packet of custard creams, but it was a fantastic experience for all involved.

Lance ShephardLance Shepherd

Skipper
Lance comes from an outstanding sailing background. He started sailing in the scouts (too many years ago to count), joined the Marines, worked on the Lytham lifeboats and then moved to the Solent teaching for Sunsail and UKSA. In 2017/18 he skippered the Clipper Round the World Race on the Liverpool boat, circumnavigating with a team of amateur sailors. Lance is the driving force behind Telefonica Black, developing the mantra of allowing the crew to learn and develop in all areas of the race.

 

Claire FultonClaire Fulton

Claire grew up sailing on the west coast of Scotland. She circumnavigated the world on the Clipper Round the World Race and reigniting her love of sailing. Having worked in events and hospitality for over 20 years, Claire is excited to combine both these worlds.

 

John NapneyJon Nabney

Nabs starting sailing at the tender age of 4, so was born and bred racing on the Solent. He has over 10 years of experience as a professional skipper, with numerous Cowes Week and RTI class victories. He has strong tactician and navigational skills and excellent teaching experience – so can guide you through the ‘brains’ behind the sailing. He also comes equipped with his own personal wind vane, with his gorgeous locks of flowing hair.

 

James McFeeJames MacFee

James’ sailing medical training earned him the nickname ‘Doctor Dreamboat’ but he’s not just a pretty face. He was raised in the Caribbean and after an illustrious career as a chartered accountant, he saw the light (on the waves) and has since logged over 50,000 Nm in offshore racing. His cv includes a season in Bosun role on 188ft racing schooner “Adela”. He is Yacht Master Offshore commercially endorsed and is a CYA dinghy instructor.

 

Nano AntiaNano Antía

Nano was born in Punta del Este, Uruguay. He began surfing at the age of 8 and was a professional swimmer until 18, being the Uruguayan champion in 50,100 and 200 butterfly. He stopped swimming professionally when he went to University and then embarked on a career as an accountant. When he was 27 he quit his job, rented his house, sold his car and started seeking a life at sea. He has gained over 50,000 Nm and is Yacht Master Offshore qualified.

With our Team Building & Corporate Days, we can tailor-make a package to suit your exact needs on and off the water. Our in-house event team can organise everything from travel, accommodation, entertainment and dining experiences.

3 Reasons to go sailing with your team

Of course, you want to be the best boss ever – you won’t achieve that by sending your team on another day full of ice breakers and worksheets. How about giving them the opportunity to learn a new skill while experiencing some adrenaline and fresh air as you compete to battle for the title of fastest race team onboard Kraken. If you are not already sold, here are three more reasons why you should take your team sailing.

1. You will build a sense of team and trust

Operating a 70ft racing yacht is not a one-man job, it will take your entire team working together to hoist sails, trim, navigate and helm to get some speed going. To do this you all must communicate and work together to make sure everything is done to complement each other. Everyone’s job is important and you will all depend on each other to keep things going smoothly as the wind changes.

Spending the whole day onboard means you can all try out the different positions and share your knowledge with each other as you pass along your jobs – and don’t worry if you can’t remember everything our team will be there to guide you along and keep you safe.

2. Encourage healthy competition

As part of your team building day, you will use your newly acquired skills to take on a challenge. Your team will sail a preset course where you can compete against previous teams for the best time. This definitely brings out the competitive edge as you work together to tack and gybe around the cans, making the boat build speed as you go.

You will witness your team grow in confidence as they manage to perfect each manoeuvre with every practice. There will be lots to compare back in the office.

3. Revels hidden talents

With such a variety of people taking part in sailing and with no special skills required people often surprise themselves at the things they are capable of. Your team will have the opportunity to perfect their leadership skills, communication ability and organisation as you get to grips with the running of the boat. These skills can all be brought back to the office and applied to a wide variety of situations.

You will be happy to hear that no prior sailing experience is required from any of your team as our professional team will be on board for the duration of your trip to help and guide you where we can. We will go at a pace the team is comfortable with and each individual can do as much or as little as they wish.

Just get in touch to get your team building adventure started – your team will thank you for it!

Terms & Conditions Westabout Ltd

Sailing Yacht Volvo 70 Telefonica Black/Kraken

Please ensure you read all of this document before completing and submitting your Booking Form.

If you have any queries relating to these Terms and Conditions, please contact us in advance of submitting your Booking Form so we can resolve these queries with you, as by signing and submitting the Booking Form, you (or if you are under 18, your parents or guardian acting on your behalf) will be declaring that you have read, understood and agree to these Terms and Conditions.

These Terms and Conditions will form a binding contract between us and they will apply to the Voyage, Race or Day Sail to the exclusion of any other terms (unless we expressly agree otherwise in writing). If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, please do not submit a Booking Form.

1. Definitions

1.1) The following defined terms are used in these Terms and Conditions:

“Booking Form” means the booking form set out on our website;

“Day Sail” means a one day/Corporate sailing trip on Telefonica Black/Kraken departing from and returning to a port on the same calendar day;

“Us/We” means the Westabout Ltd of 5 Withy Close, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 4SQ

“Telefonica Black/Kraken” means our Volvo 70 Racing Yacht.

“Skipper” means the Master or Person in overall charge of the yacht “Telefonica Black/Kraken” as applicable;

“Passenger” means any person booking a Day Sail;

“Personal Information” means information that refers to you, including your name, contact details, medical information and disability (if any);

“Ship(s)” means the Yacht “Telefonica Black/Kraken” as the case may be;

“Trainee Crew” means any person booking a Voyage, and the term may be used to describe a group of people who will make up such voyage crew on a Ship;

“Voyage” means a voyage of two days or more on a Ship, including at least one night on board the Ship; and “You” means you as one of our Trainee Crew (on Voyages) or one of our Passengers (on Day Sails), as applicable to the circumstances.

“Race” means a competitive race between two or more sailing yachts.

1.2) References to “in writing” shall include communications sent by email.

1.3) Clause headings are used in these Terms and Conditions for ease of reference only and shall not affect interpretation.

1.4) Words which denote the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.

1.5) References to a statute, enactment, order or regulation or other similar instruments shall be construed as a reference to it as from time to time amended, consolidated or re-enacted and includes all instruments or orders made under such enactment.

1.6) References to “includes”, “including”, “in particular” and any like words or expressions shall be

followed by “without limitation” and shall not limit the meaning of the preceding words.

1.7) Any obligation in these Terms and Conditions on a person not to do something includes an obligation not to agree to, permit, allow or acquiesce in that thing being done.

2. Introductory information on sailing with Westabout Ltd

2.1) Westabouts voyages are for crews of mixed abilities, both in sailing experience and degree of physical and sensory ability. It is our philosophy is that everyone has a part to play in sailing and working the ships to the best of their ability. 

2.2) The nature of our Voyages and Day Sails means that we ask that all Trainee Crew and Passengers show a flexible approach at all times. For example, plans may change due to local circumstances, weather conditions and the tides, and for a variety of other reasons. We endeavour to provide you with life-changing experiences and we encourage you to participate at all times.

2.3) Given the unpredictable nature of any sailing experience we need you to be absolutely open about any problems you may have. We have great experience of a wide range of disabilities and we are keen to accept everyone but if you are to get the most out of this experience, we must be able to plan for all eventualities whilst at sea.

3. Submitting a Booking Form

3.1) To submit an order for a Voyage, Race or a Day Sail you must complete a Booking Form and submit this to us. Submission of a Booking Form constitutes an offer by you to purchase a Voyage, Race and/or a Day Sail in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. By submitting a Booking Form you are acknowledging and agreeing that you have read, understood and agreed to these Terms and Conditions. Please note that conditions on the longer passages/transatlantic crossings can be arduous. Applicants with little sailing experience must take this into consideration when submitting a Booking Form.

3.2) Age Restriction – We are unable to accept bookings on Voyages for Trainee Crew under the age of 16. Day Sails are subject to a lower age limit of 14 years. There is no upper age limit on our Voyages, Races or Day Sails.

4. Acceptance of your booking by us

Our initial response

4.1) Once you have submitted a Booking Form, we can either

• Accept the booking by confirming this in writing to you.

• Reject the booking by notice in writing to you in our sole discretion and without liability to you or any obligation to give reasons/explanations.

• Request further information from you (see below) and/or require an on board assessment before we are able to either accept or reject the booking.

4.2) Your Booking will only be deemed accepted at the point at which we issue written acceptance of the Booking Form at which point and on which date the contract between us shall come into existence. These Terms and Conditions will constitute the entire agreement between us and you and you acknowledge that you have not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of Westabout Ltd which is not set out in these Terms and Conditions. 

Request for further information from you

4.3) We cannot confirm any booking until you have completed and returned the “Medical/Disability

Information” section on our Booking Form. When completing this section on the Booking Form, you must include any significant medical condition occurring anytime during your past, as well as any current medical condition/illness. For the purposes of sailing on board our Ships, please note that epilepsy and diabetes are considered to be physical disabilities. We may also ask you to complete and return an additional medical form providing further details of your medical condition(s) and/or any disability before we are able to respond to your booking. Please note that all potential Trainee Crew or Passengers who are over the age of 70 are required to complete this additional medical form, which will be supplied to you after you have remitted your Booking Form to us. In submitting any Booking Form and/or medical form to us, you consent to the sharing of the information on the form with (a) our Medical Officer; and (b) the permanent crew on the Ship on which you wish to sail;

and (c) the booking staff at our head office who are handling your booking.

Other travel arrangements (including å)

4.4) We suggest that you do not confirm flight reservations and other travel arrangements until you receive written confirmation of our acceptance of your Booking Form.

5. Joining the Ship and life on board

5.1) Joining instructions will be provided to you when we receive full payment from you for your

Voyage or Day Sail, and will give date, time and place for joining the Ship.

5.2) On Voyages, you may hear the term ‘voyage crew’ being used. This means members of the Training crew employed by Westabout Ltd

Trainee Crew. When you board the Ship on the date of departure, you will be asked to sign on as Trainee Crew.

5.3) Members of the Trainee Crew will be expected to carry out the duties assigned to them by the Skipper, who shall have a due regard for any disability that Trainee Crew members may have, as well as all Trainee Crew’s sailing experience.

5.4) All Trainee Crew may be allocated a buddy when they join a Voyage/Race. The pairings will be determined by the Skipper/First Mate. Trainee Crew who are over 70 may not initially be buddied with another member of the Trainee Crew until an on board assessment has been undertaken.

5.5) The decision of the Skipper is final on all matters that are likely to affect the safety and enjoyment of members of the Trainee Crew or Passengers. If you do not comply with a decision made by the Skipper, he/she may decide to offload you at the next available port stop. The Skippers decision on this is final.

5.6) English is the working language on board our Ships. For safety reasons, you must have a good working knowledge of the English language. We reserve the right to decline passage at any time, without liability, to anyone considered not to have adequate language skills.

5.7) During your Voyage you may wish to book an excursion or activity provided by a local operator.

Please note that your contract will be with the supplier and the Westabout Ltd accepts no responsibility for their acts or omissions, but we may offer assistance to anyone in difficulty.

6. Making amendments to Voyages/Race/Day Sails by Trainee Crew or Passengers

6.1) Any change in Voyage choice made at the request of Trainee Crew at least 12 weeks or more before departure (in the case of a Voyage of 25 days or less), or 6 months or more before departure (in the case of a Voyage of 26 days or more), will incur an administration charge of £50 per person and will be subject to availability. Thereafter the cancellation charges at clauses 11.2 and 11.3 will apply.

6.2) Any change in Day Sail choice made at the request of a Passenger at least 14 days or more before departure will incur an administration charge of £50 per person and will be subject to availability. Thereafter amendments to Day Sails will not be accepted.

7. Change of itinerary by us

7.1 All of our voyages and days sails have no fixed itinerary, which given the unpredictability of the weather, especially the wind, is the best way to go sailing. The departure point, arrival point and stop off points described in our promotional materials are not an itinerary, just an indication of the intended route. ​We will aim to achieve that route, but we cannot guarantee that we will do so. On occasion, it may be necessary to change the route, sometimes at short notice, sometimes before departure and sometimes after the voyage or day sail has commenced. The weather and the wind are the main factors, but other factors may also need to be considered, including (but not limited to) the safety of the crew and the ship and our compliance with our obligations to the authorities in the places we visit. We do not take decisions to change our itineraries lightly.

7.2 Whenever possible we will provide you with advance notice of any change to the itinerary for a voyage or day sail. However, we reserve the right to do so without giving prior notice to you. If changes are made during the voyage or day sail, the ship’s permanent crew will update you as soon as it is reasonably practicable to do so.

7.3 If the itinerary of the voyage or day sail is changed (whether pre-departure or after the voyage or day sail has commenced) due to local circumstances or events outside our control, Westabout Ltd is not responsible for any costs that you may incur as a result of the change.

7.4 If the itinerary is changed (whether pre-departure or after the voyage or day sail has commenced) due to a failure of the Westabout Ltd to perform its obligations under our agreement with you, Westabout Ltd will (1) if there is a change to the departure (embarkation) point, assume responsibility for any reasonable additional travel costs incurred by you to enable you to join the Ship at the new departure point; or (2) if there is a post-departure change to the arrival (disembarkation) point, assume responsibility for any reasonable additional travel costs incurred by you to enable you to return to the originally planned point of departure (embarkation)

8. Medical/disability information

8.1) On our Voyages, Race and Day Sails, the permanent crew includes a Medical Trained member of Crew. The Medical trained crew will help and support our Trainee Crew/Passengers. Whilst we will do our best if an accident or an illness occurs, the treatment available may not be the same as if you were ashore in the UK with access to your GP or local hospital.

8.2) Any medical information not declared to us prior to sailing could result in us cancelling your Voyage or Day Sail with no recourse for refund or compensation. Please see clause 12.4 for more information.

8.3) Any subsequent changes in medical condition or medication following submission of a Booking Form and/or medical form must be advised to us immediately. If you did not submit a medical form to us at the time of booking but subsequently develop a medical condition or start to take medication, this must be advised to us immediately.

8.4) Any medical condition you have must be managed by you yourself and you should not rely on there being sophisticated medical capability during a Voyage, Race or Day Sail. You must bring your own medication with adequate supply beyond your expected time on the Ship; our Ships cannot reasonably be expected to stock and supply an extensive range of medication.

8.5) Trainee Crew and Passengers must be free of contact with known infectious diseases within one calendar month prior to their Voyage, Race or Day Sail.

8.6) Anyone booking a Voyage, Race or Day Sail and who is (a) severely physically disabled; and/or (b) has learning disabilities; and/or (c) needs personal care, is required to bring an able-bodied friend (buddy) with them. The buddy should have experience of helping with their particular needs and he/she must be over the age of 18.

8.7) Westabout Ltd regrets that for safety reasons we are unable to accommodate anyone on board our Ships who has profound learning disabilities, or wheelchair users due to the nature of the vessel layout.

8.8) Vaccinations – It is your responsibility to ensure that any vaccinations you may need are up to date for the countries you will be visiting. Certain countries require proof of vaccination against certain diseases (e.g. yellow fever) and you must ensure you carry all necessary documentation to show to relevant authorities who may demand to see it. If you do not have this documentation, you may be denied entry to port and may not be permitted to disembark from the Ship.

9. Your obligations and acceptance of risk

9.1) You are personally responsible for ensuring that you comply with all laws, regulations, and customs (including foreign exchange restrictions and drug/medicine regulations) of all countries visited on the Voyage or Day Sail. It should be remembered that certain countries impose severe penalties for the use of opiate-based medicines, including any medicine containing codeine (such as some Nurofen products), and certain countries (such as Australia) impose restrictions on the importation of plant, animal, milk and food products.

9.2) Travel insurance – It is strongly advised that you satisfy yourself with sufficient travel insurance prior to your Voyage, Race or Day sail prior to departure. We recommend that you ensure that your travel insurance covers the eventualities described in these Terms and Conditions.

9.3) Passports, visas and permits – Save for any Day Sail, Race or Voyage that is advertised by Westabout Ltd as not needing a passport, you will require a full passport that is valid for 6 months after the end of the Voyage, Race or Day Sail and you will be responsible for all necessary visas, permits and other travel documents for the countries which you will visit during your Voyage or Day Sail.

9.4) Prohibited items – You are not permitted to bring on board our Ships, and you agree you will not bring on board our Ships, any goods or articles of an inflammable or dangerous nature, weapons, controlled or prohibited substances, illicit drugs, or any living creatures or plants. The Skipper shall be entitled at all times to search a member of the Trainee Crew or a Passenger, and/or their personal luggage if the Master reasonably believes they may be in breach of this clause. Since the introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (The ISPS Code), you may be requested to produce photo ID or be subject to searches per the individual port security plan. Westabout Ltd works closely with ports on security matters but has no control over any additional security measures that may be required.

9.5) Risk – All travel involves risk and by submitting the Booking Form you acknowledge and accept that tall ship sailing carries an element of personal risk. We endeavour to minimise risks wherever possible by implementing stringent safety measures and procedures on our Ships, by using advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Health and Safety Executive, as well as advice from our own local contacts when assessing whether our itineraries should operate. Safety and evacuation drills are the first activity you will engage in upon coming on board our Ships. In submitting the Booking Form to us, you accept that it is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with all relevant travel information (such as the FCO’s travel advisories), that you will acquaint yourself with all safety/evacuation procedures once on board the Ship, and that you have assessed your willingness to take the sort of risks that tall ship sailing may entail. You accept that you have decided to travel in the knowledge that there are risks involved in taking a Voyage or Day Sail.

10. Payments and fees Voyage, Race fees

10.1) When booking a Voyage or Race of 25 days or less, you are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the voyage, Race fee in order for your booking to be confirmed by us. The balance of the voyage, Race fee must be paid at least 12 weeks prior to the date of departure of your Voyage/Race. If your booking is made within 12 weeks of the date of departure of the Voyage/Race, the full voyage/race fee is payable at the time of booking.

10.3) If you do not pay the voyage/race fees by the date on which they are due, we reserve the right to treat your booking as having been cancelled by you on the relevant due date, and you agree that we may offer your berth on the Voyage/Race to someone else.

Day Sail fees

10.4) When booking a Day Sail, full payment is required at the time of booking. You should note that payments for Day Sails are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by the Passenger or in the event of cancellation by Westabout Ltd due to weather conditions which prevent the Ship from sailing.

Inclusions and exclusions

10.5) The fee paid by you to Westabout Ltd includes the following:

• For Voyages, a berth on board one of our Ships in a shared cabin 

• Instruction and information on V70 Racing sailing;

• Food, tea, coffee and cordials while on board; and

• Port taxes.

10.6) The fee paid by you to Westabout Ltd does not include the following:

• International or domestic flights at the start/end of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail and ground transportation to/from the Ship at the start/end of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail. Most of our joining and finishing points are serviced by either international or internal airlines. Flights and ground transportation to enable you to get to our Ships are your responsibility. Until you have received written confirmation from us of our acceptance of your booking on one of our Voyages, Race or Day Sails, we recommend that you DO NOT book any travel arrangements to and from the Ships. We cannot be held responsible for any loss of travel expenses in the event that you are unable to sail with us, for whatever reason. Please ensure that your insurance will cover you in this eventuality;

• Departure taxes levied at the point of departure at the end of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail;

• Visa/ permit/ immigration fees (whether incurred during Voyage, Race/Day Sail or obtained in advance);

• Travel insurance; and

• Optional activities, sightseeing and all items of personal expenditure.

11. Cancellation or curtailment by you

11.1) If having booked, a member of the Trainee Crew is unable to take part in a Voyage, Race or Day sail for any reason whatsoever, he/she shall ensure that Westabout Ltd is notified at once and must ensure cancellation is confirmed in writing to Westabout Ltd registered office.

11.2) The following cancellation charges will apply in the event of a member of the Trainee Crew cancelling their booking on a Voyage, Race of 25 days or less:

Period before departure within which written notice is received by Westabout Ltd.

Cancellation charge

12 weeks or more Loss of 25% deposit

Less than 12 weeks Trainee crew member liable for all voyage fee

11.4) If you decide to curtail a Voyage, Race for any reason after it has commenced, Westabout Ltd shall not be obliged to make any refund for unused services.

By Passengers on Day Sails

11.5) Bookings for Day Sails are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by a Passenger.

11.6) If you decide to curtail a Day Sail for any reason after it has commenced, Westabout Ltd shall not be obliged to make any refund for unused services.

General

11.7) We recommend you ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellation or curtailment by you of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail.

12. Cancellation or curtailment by Westabout Ltd

Cancellation by the Westabout Ltd – Voyages, Races

12.1) Westabout Ltd may cancel a Voyage up to two weeks before its departure date if bookings are 50% or less. In these circumstances, Westabout Ltd will offer Trainee Crew either an alternative Voyage or a full refund of the voyage fee, however Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by Trainee Crew who were due to sail on the cancelled Voyage, including (but not limited to) flights and hotel accommodation.

Cancellation by the Westabout Ltd – Day Sails

12.2) Westabout Ltd may cancel a Day Sail at any time up to the date of departure. Please note that this happens rarely and cancellation is not a decision we take lightly. Please see clause 10.4 for further information. In the event of cancellation due to weather conditions, Westabout Ltd will offer 50% off a future Day Sail (to be taken within one year) or will set the amount paid by the Passenger for the Day Sail against a future Voyage (to be taken within one year). Except in the circumstances set out in clauses 12.3, 12.4 and 12.5, in the event that the Westabout Ltd cancels a Day Sail for any reason other than due to weather conditions, the Westabout Ltd will offer Passengers either an alternative Day Sail or a full refund. In all circumstances, the Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by Passengers who were due to sail on any cancelled Day Sail, including (but not limited to) transportation and accommodation costs.

Cancellation and curtailment by Westabout Ltd – Voyages, Races and/or Day Sails

12.3) Westabout Ltd may cancel or curtail a Voyage or Day Sail at any time if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, industrial action, political instability or other external events or circumstances beyond our reasonable control, it is not viable for us to operate or continue to operate the Voyage, Race or Day Sail (or any part thereof). In these circumstances, Westabout Ltd is not obliged to refund monies paid by Trainee Crew or Passengers, nor offer an alternative Voyage or Day Sail. The Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by Trainee Crew/Passengers in relation to the cancelled/curtailed Voyage or Day Sail, or who were sailing on the cancelled/curtailed Voyage, Race or Day Sail, including (but not limited to) flights and hotel accommodation.

12.4) Westabout Ltd may cancel your booking on a Voyage, Race or Day Sail at any time if you are in breach of any of these Terms and Conditions (including if you have not disclosed (whether deliberately or not) a medical condition or disability which, in the opinion of our Medical Trained Crew member., means that your booking would not have been accepted by Westabout Ltd at the time you submitted your Booking Form to us). In these circumstances (ie breach of these Terms and Conditions), Westabout Ltd is not obliged to refund monies paid, nor offer an alternative Voyage, Race or Day Sail. Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by potential Trainee Crew/Passengers who were due to sail on the Voyage, Race or Day Sail but who Westabout Ltd has declined to accept as a result of breach of these Terms and Conditions, including (but not limited to) flights and hotel accommodation.

12.5) Westabout Ltd may cancel/curtail your Voyage, Race or Day Sail at any time if the Skipper deems that your behaviour on the Voyage/Day Sail is likely to endanger your safety, the safety of the permanent crew, the safety and enjoyment of other Trainee Crew or Passengers, or if you are found to be in possession of prohibited items (as set out in clause 9.4). In these circumstances, Westabout Ltd is not obliged to refund monies paid, nor offer an alternative Voyage or Day Sail. Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by Trainee Crew/Passengers who have been offloaded, including (but not limited to) flights and hotel accommodation.

12.6) We recommend you ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellation or curtailment by Westabout Ltd of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail.

13. Limitation of liability

13.1) Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall limit or exclude our liability for:

• death or personal injury caused by our negligence, or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors; or

• fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or

• any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by law.

13.2) Subject to clause 13.1, Westabout Ltd total liability to you in respect of all losses arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions and/or any Day Sail, Race or Voyage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed the amount that you have paid to Westabout Ltd for your Day Sail, Race or Voyage.

13.3) Subject to clause 13.1, under no circumstances whatever shall Westabout Ltd be liable to you, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any of the following losses, damages, expenses, liabilities:

• losses, damages, expenses, liabilities attributable to you;

• losses, damages, expenses, liabilities attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and the event is unforeseeable or unavoidable;

• due to unforeseen or unusual circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if foreseen and even if all due care had been exercised;

• due to political upheaval, refusal of visas or permits, industrial action, tides, climate or other matters of a similar nature and any other force majeure.

13.4) You agree that Westabout Ltd will not be liable for any loss or damage to your personal property nor shall we be liable for indirect and consequential losses or expenses including loss of earnings or profits.

13.5) Our acceptance of liability in these Terms and Conditions is subject to assignment by you of your rights against any agent, supplier or subcontractor who is responsible for the unsatisfactory arrangements or your death or personal injury to you.

13.6) You undertake that you will not hold the Skipper or Crew of our Ships legally responsible for any accident or misadventure that may occur during or as a result of the Voyage, Race or Day Sail, or for the Ship not fulfilling the programme for any other reason.

14. Data protection

14.1) Westabout Ltd will hold all Personal Information supplied to us in connection with your booking, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal Information is collected by us when you request information from us, contact us (or when we contact you) or when you make or update a booking with us. Some of your Personal Information may be considered “sensitive personal data” under the Data Protection Act 1998 (for example, information relating to health). We collect Personal Information to enable us to best cater for your needs and act in your interests.

14.2) By submitting your Booking Form you agree to Westabout Ltd sharing your Personal Information with any third party involved with the operation and/or management of the Day Sail, Race or Voyage. You agree that any such entities may process your Personal Information including sensitive medical data for the purpose of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail.

14.3) We may disclose your Personal Information to service providers for the purpose of providing you with a service. Only Personal Information necessary for this purpose will be disclosed to them.

For overseas travel, it may be a mandatory requirement imposed on us by governments at the point(s) of departure and/or destination to disclose your Personal Information for security and anti-terrorism purposes, or any other purposes which they determine appropriate. We may also disclose your Personal Information to companies who act as “data processors” on our behalf for the purpose of administration, providing services, contacting you where necessary, security and crime prevention/detection.

14.4) You agree that we may transfer and/or disclose your Personal Information outside of the UK for the purposes referenced in these Terms and Conditions.

15. Photography

15.1) By joining the Voyage or Day Sail you consent to the Westabout Ltd using images of you taken during your Voyage or Day Sail in any medium we choose. You grant all entities in the Westabout Ltd a non-exclusive perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, fully transferable licence to use such images for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes and related purposes.

Should you provide any entities in Westabout Ltd with copies of images that you have created yourself, you hereby grant all entities in Westabout Ltd a non-exclusive perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, fully transferable licence to use such images for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes and related purposes.

16. Marketing

16.1) By submitting a Booking Form, you agree we may from time to time contact you by post or email with information on goods and services, brochures, forthcoming events, competitions or for fundraising purposes.

16.2) Westabout Ltd does not rent its lists of names and addresses to anyone for marketing purposes.

16.3) If you are on Westabout mailing list, but no longer wish to receive information and/or material from Westabout Ltd please write to us at our registered office or email us on hello@fearlessprojects.co.uk

17. Errors, omissions and disclaimer

17.1) We endeavour to provide accurate and up to date information at all times and we make a concerted effort to verify statements that we make in our brochures, on our website and in our pre-departure documentation. Information in our promotional materials and on our website is subject

to alteration with or without notification. We cannot be held liable for any errors, omissions or unintentional misrepresentations that we have made, nor for any loss that you may occasion as a result of relying on the same.

17.2) Save to the extent expressly set out in these Terms and Conditions, we disclaim all representations, warranties, terms and conditions whether oral or written, express or implied by law, custom, statute or otherwise to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.

18. General

18.1) We may at any time assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of our rights under these Terms and Conditions and may subcontract or delegate in any manner any or all of our obligations to any third party or agent.

18.2) A person who is not a party to the Booking Form and these Terms and Conditions shall have no rights under or in connection with them.

18.3) A waiver of any right under these Terms and Conditions is only effective if it is in writing and shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default. No failure or delay by a party in exercising any right or remedy under these Terms and Conditions or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor preclude or restrict its further exercise. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. Unless specifically provided otherwise, rights arising under these Terms and Conditions are cumulative and do not exclude rights provided by law.

18.4) Should any of these Terms or Conditions be deemed or found to be unenforceable or void for whatever reason (for example, by operation of law or on public policy grounds), such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from these Terms and Conditions or amended to such extent necessary to allow all remaining Terms and Conditions to remain and continue to bind you and Westabout Ltd.

18.5) These Terms and Conditions and the Booking Form contain the entire agreement between you and us in relation to the subject matter thereof and supersede any previous arrangements, agreements, undertakings or proposal written or oral between you and us in relation to such.

19. Law and jurisdiction

19.1) These Terms and Conditions and the Booking Form and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them (including any non-contractual disputes or claims) will be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

19.2) In the event of a dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions and the Booking Form (including any non-contractual disputes or claims) you and we agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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Telefonica Black

The Volvo 70 Ocean Race Yacht is a class of racing yachts designed for the Volvo Ocean Race. It was first used in the 2005–06 race and replaced the Volvo Ocean 60 Yachts, which were first raced in 1993.

The Volvo Ocean 70 uses a Canting keel which is capable of canting transversely up to an angle of 40 degrees. According to the VO70 rule, the yachts can be made from glass fibres, aramid fibres, or carbon fibres. Kraken is made of Carbon Fibre.

The Volvo Open 70 race rules are similar to those of a Formula One race team, as there is not a specific yacht design but a set of rules which competing yachts need to adhere to.

Originally known as Telefonica Black or Black Jack, she competed in the 08/09 Volvo Ocean Race and finished overall in 6th position, winning the final leg into St Petersburg and skippered by Fernando Echávarri.

She was then bought with a view to complete the Westabout Race, but unfortunately, the project did not get off the ground and she has been berthed in Portland Marina for the last few years.

Specifications

Builder: Southern Ocean
Hull Designer: Farr Yacht Design
Model: Volvo 70
Year Built: 2008
LOA: 21.50m / 70.54ft
Beam: 5.70m / 18.70ft
Draft: 4.50m / 14.76ft
Displacement: 14,000kg / 30,865lbs
Engine: 1 Volvo D2 (75hp) Diesel

About the boat

It’s our goal to help as many people to experience life on the ocean as we can. Live your dreams and get involved.

In January 2019 Lance picked up Telefonica Black and berthed her in her new home Gunwharf quays. She needed a full refurb to get her up and running and has been a labour of love! Bringing her back to her former glory is our ambition and by booking on to sail her you are helping us with our mission as everything we earn goes back into the boat.

We are trying to recycle, re-purpose, swap with other Volvo 70s and maintain as much as we can. However, there are certain things – especially all the safety equipment – we have had to buy new. We are proud that we have got her to Category 0 status and we are constantly trying to improve the boat as well as give people memorable experiences on her.

About you

You’ll be a key member of the team and get involved in every aspect of the experience.

What is required of you

  • You don’t have to have any sailing experience, but we do guarantee that after a trip like this, you’ll be hooked!
  • We can take guests from age 14 and above, but anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • We are often offshore and not near-immediate medical help, so you should have a reasonable degree of fitness, the ability to move around the boat safely and not have any medical conditions that require active treatment or are likely to be exacerbated during the expedition.
  • You need to have a valid passport, any visas required to travel and adequate travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
  • A can-do attitude and a stash of banter are a definite bonus!
Kit list

Kit List

  • Waterproof or soft kit bag (no hard cases with wheels)
  • 1 complete set of dry clothes
  • Passport
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sun cream
  • Any medication you require
  • Seasickness pills, if needed
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers as required
  • Safety knife (for racing, or offshore only)
  • Head torch
  • Sailing boots (optional), for daysailing or warmer expeditions, trainer will be fine

If you do not have any of the items on the kit list, please get in touch for advice.

Included

What we provide

  • Foulies
  • Lifejackets
  • All food on board
  • A bunk on board
  • Berthing fees

Menu example

  • Breakfast – cereal, porridge, fruit, cold meats, yoghurts
  • Lunch – A mix of sandwiches, wraps, salads with crisps, cereal bars, chocolate
  • Dinner – freeze-dried meals
  • Midnight – soup and noodles
  • Snacks available all-day
Life onboard

The Boat Kraken is a stripped-out racing boat with very few luxuries, so please expect high side hot bunking, freeze-dried food – as the galley consists of a sink and 1 camping stove for boiling water and a very exciting gimbled heads! On Kraken we like to be fully inclusive and give amateur sailors the chance to participate in all aspects of sailing the boat – we can assure you; you will not just be sitting on the rail.

She is coded to Cat 0 so she has all the goodies for her to be safe at sea. From a Sat phone for calls and to download weather, email in case your people need to get hold of you, a watermaker and liferafts for up to 32 people.

The ‘heads’ experience

We may have mentioned once or more, that on-board a Volvo Open 70 you’ll get a very real experience of ocean racing. Conditions are cramped, the ‘galley’ is a kettle and the heads are definitely an experience… Here’s the lovely Kim giving you a taste of what you can expect.

Safety first – skills drilling for MOB

Knowing how to recover a man overboard quickly and safely is one of our top priorities in safety. This is not a boat that can stop on a dime, especially when she is fully powered up. Watch how we have been practising our casualty recovery skills, so if it ever happens we can act fast.

Professional collaboration in safety

The UK Coast Guard has global recognition for their skills, so we were proud to be asked if we could help them with training for their helicopter high-line casualty recovery training. With no fixed backstays, our yacht poses specific challenges for them and it’s vital that they practice for all eventualities. In this case, they were happily just relieving us of a packet of custard creams, but it was a fantastic experience for all involved.

The Skipper and Crew

Lance ShephardLance Shepherd

Skipper
Lance comes from an outstanding sailing background. He started sailing in the scouts (too many years ago to count), joined the Marines, worked on the Lytham lifeboats and then moved to the Solent teaching for Sunsail and UKSA. In 2017/18 he skippered the Clipper Round the World Race on the Liverpool boat, circumnavigating with a team of amateur sailors. Lance is the driving force behind Telefonica Black, developing the mantra of allowing the crew to learn and develop in all areas of the race.

 

Claire FultonClaire Fulton

Claire grew up sailing on the west coast of Scotland. She circumnavigated the world on the Clipper Round the World Race and reigniting her love of sailing. Having worked in events and hospitality for over 20 years, Claire is excited to combine both these worlds.

 

John NapneyJon Nabney

Nabs starting sailing at the tender age of 4, so was born and bred racing on the Solent. He has over 10 years of experience as a professional skipper, with numerous Cowes Week and RTI class victories. He has strong tactician and navigational skills and excellent teaching experience – so can guide you through the ‘brains’ behind the sailing. He also comes equipped with his own personal wind vane, with his gorgeous locks of flowing hair.

 

James McFeeJames MacFee

James’ sailing medical training earned him the nickname ‘Doctor Dreamboat’ but he’s not just a pretty face. He was raised in the Caribbean and after an illustrious career as a chartered accountant, he saw the light (on the waves) and has since logged over 50,000 Nm in offshore racing. His cv includes a season in Bosun role on 188ft racing schooner “Adela”. He is Yacht Master Offshore commercially endorsed and is a CYA dinghy instructor.

 

Nano AntiaNano Antía

Nano was born in Punta del Este, Uruguay. He began surfing at the age of 8 and was a professional swimmer until 18, being the Uruguayan champion in 50,100 and 200 butterfly. He stopped swimming professionally when he went to University and then embarked on a career as an accountant. When he was 27 he quit his job, rented his house, sold his car and started seeking a life at sea. He has gained over 50,000 Nm and is Yacht Master Offshore qualified.

Corporate Sailing

With our Team Building & Corporate Days, we can tailor-make a package to suit your exact needs on and off the water. Our in-house event team can organise everything from travel, accommodation, entertainment and dining experiences.

3 Reasons to go sailing with your team

Of course, you want to be the best boss ever – you won’t achieve that by sending your team on another day full of ice breakers and worksheets. How about giving them the opportunity to learn a new skill while experiencing some adrenaline and fresh air as you compete to battle for the title of fastest race team onboard Kraken. If you are not already sold, here are three more reasons why you should take your team sailing.

1. You will build a sense of team and trust

Operating a 70ft racing yacht is not a one-man job, it will take your entire team working together to hoist sails, trim, navigate and helm to get some speed going. To do this you all must communicate and work together to make sure everything is done to complement each other. Everyone’s job is important and you will all depend on each other to keep things going smoothly as the wind changes.

Spending the whole day onboard means you can all try out the different positions and share your knowledge with each other as you pass along your jobs – and don’t worry if you can’t remember everything our team will be there to guide you along and keep you safe.

2. Encourage healthy competition

As part of your team building day, you will use your newly acquired skills to take on a challenge. Your team will sail a preset course where you can compete against previous teams for the best time. This definitely brings out the competitive edge as you work together to tack and gybe around the cans, making the boat build speed as you go.

You will witness your team grow in confidence as they manage to perfect each manoeuvre with every practice. There will be lots to compare back in the office.

3. Revels hidden talents

With such a variety of people taking part in sailing and with no special skills required people often surprise themselves at the things they are capable of. Your team will have the opportunity to perfect their leadership skills, communication ability and organisation as you get to grips with the running of the boat. These skills can all be brought back to the office and applied to a wide variety of situations.

You will be happy to hear that no prior sailing experience is required from any of your team as our professional team will be on board for the duration of your trip to help and guide you where we can. We will go at a pace the team is comfortable with and each individual can do as much or as little as they wish.

Just get in touch to get your team building adventure started – your team will thank you for it!

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions Westabout Ltd

Sailing Yacht Volvo 70 Telefonica Black/Kraken

Please ensure you read all of this document before completing and submitting your Booking Form.

If you have any queries relating to these Terms and Conditions, please contact us in advance of submitting your Booking Form so we can resolve these queries with you, as by signing and submitting the Booking Form, you (or if you are under 18, your parents or guardian acting on your behalf) will be declaring that you have read, understood and agree to these Terms and Conditions.

These Terms and Conditions will form a binding contract between us and they will apply to the Voyage, Race or Day Sail to the exclusion of any other terms (unless we expressly agree otherwise in writing). If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, please do not submit a Booking Form.

1. Definitions

1.1) The following defined terms are used in these Terms and Conditions:

“Booking Form” means the booking form set out on our website;

“Day Sail” means a one day/Corporate sailing trip on Telefonica Black/Kraken departing from and returning to a port on the same calendar day;

“Us/We” means the Westabout Ltd of 5 Withy Close, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 4SQ

“Telefonica Black/Kraken” means our Volvo 70 Racing Yacht.

“Skipper” means the Master or Person in overall charge of the yacht “Telefonica Black/Kraken” as applicable;

“Passenger” means any person booking a Day Sail;

“Personal Information” means information that refers to you, including your name, contact details, medical information and disability (if any);

“Ship(s)” means the Yacht “Telefonica Black/Kraken” as the case may be;

“Trainee Crew” means any person booking a Voyage, and the term may be used to describe a group of people who will make up such voyage crew on a Ship;

“Voyage” means a voyage of two days or more on a Ship, including at least one night on board the Ship; and “You” means you as one of our Trainee Crew (on Voyages) or one of our Passengers (on Day Sails), as applicable to the circumstances.

“Race” means a competitive race between two or more sailing yachts.

1.2) References to “in writing” shall include communications sent by email.

1.3) Clause headings are used in these Terms and Conditions for ease of reference only and shall not affect interpretation.

1.4) Words which denote the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.

1.5) References to a statute, enactment, order or regulation or other similar instruments shall be construed as a reference to it as from time to time amended, consolidated or re-enacted and includes all instruments or orders made under such enactment.

1.6) References to “includes”, “including”, “in particular” and any like words or expressions shall be

followed by “without limitation” and shall not limit the meaning of the preceding words.

1.7) Any obligation in these Terms and Conditions on a person not to do something includes an obligation not to agree to, permit, allow or acquiesce in that thing being done.

2. Introductory information on sailing with Westabout Ltd

2.1) Westabouts voyages are for crews of mixed abilities, both in sailing experience and degree of physical and sensory ability. It is our philosophy is that everyone has a part to play in sailing and working the ships to the best of their ability. 

2.2) The nature of our Voyages and Day Sails means that we ask that all Trainee Crew and Passengers show a flexible approach at all times. For example, plans may change due to local circumstances, weather conditions and the tides, and for a variety of other reasons. We endeavour to provide you with life-changing experiences and we encourage you to participate at all times.

2.3) Given the unpredictable nature of any sailing experience we need you to be absolutely open about any problems you may have. We have great experience of a wide range of disabilities and we are keen to accept everyone but if you are to get the most out of this experience, we must be able to plan for all eventualities whilst at sea.

3. Submitting a Booking Form

3.1) To submit an order for a Voyage, Race or a Day Sail you must complete a Booking Form and submit this to us. Submission of a Booking Form constitutes an offer by you to purchase a Voyage, Race and/or a Day Sail in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. By submitting a Booking Form you are acknowledging and agreeing that you have read, understood and agreed to these Terms and Conditions. Please note that conditions on the longer passages/transatlantic crossings can be arduous. Applicants with little sailing experience must take this into consideration when submitting a Booking Form.

3.2) Age Restriction – We are unable to accept bookings on Voyages for Trainee Crew under the age of 16. Day Sails are subject to a lower age limit of 14 years. There is no upper age limit on our Voyages, Races or Day Sails.

4. Acceptance of your booking by us

Our initial response

4.1) Once you have submitted a Booking Form, we can either

• Accept the booking by confirming this in writing to you.

• Reject the booking by notice in writing to you in our sole discretion and without liability to you or any obligation to give reasons/explanations.

• Request further information from you (see below) and/or require an on board assessment before we are able to either accept or reject the booking.

4.2) Your Booking will only be deemed accepted at the point at which we issue written acceptance of the Booking Form at which point and on which date the contract between us shall come into existence. These Terms and Conditions will constitute the entire agreement between us and you and you acknowledge that you have not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of Westabout Ltd which is not set out in these Terms and Conditions. 

Request for further information from you

4.3) We cannot confirm any booking until you have completed and returned the “Medical/Disability

Information” section on our Booking Form. When completing this section on the Booking Form, you must include any significant medical condition occurring anytime during your past, as well as any current medical condition/illness. For the purposes of sailing on board our Ships, please note that epilepsy and diabetes are considered to be physical disabilities. We may also ask you to complete and return an additional medical form providing further details of your medical condition(s) and/or any disability before we are able to respond to your booking. Please note that all potential Trainee Crew or Passengers who are over the age of 70 are required to complete this additional medical form, which will be supplied to you after you have remitted your Booking Form to us. In submitting any Booking Form and/or medical form to us, you consent to the sharing of the information on the form with (a) our Medical Officer; and (b) the permanent crew on the Ship on which you wish to sail;

and (c) the booking staff at our head office who are handling your booking.

Other travel arrangements (including å)

4.4) We suggest that you do not confirm flight reservations and other travel arrangements until you receive written confirmation of our acceptance of your Booking Form.

5. Joining the Ship and life on board

5.1) Joining instructions will be provided to you when we receive full payment from you for your

Voyage or Day Sail, and will give date, time and place for joining the Ship.

5.2) On Voyages, you may hear the term ‘voyage crew’ being used. This means members of the Training crew employed by Westabout Ltd

Trainee Crew. When you board the Ship on the date of departure, you will be asked to sign on as Trainee Crew.

5.3) Members of the Trainee Crew will be expected to carry out the duties assigned to them by the Skipper, who shall have a due regard for any disability that Trainee Crew members may have, as well as all Trainee Crew’s sailing experience.

5.4) All Trainee Crew may be allocated a buddy when they join a Voyage/Race. The pairings will be determined by the Skipper/First Mate. Trainee Crew who are over 70 may not initially be buddied with another member of the Trainee Crew until an on board assessment has been undertaken.

5.5) The decision of the Skipper is final on all matters that are likely to affect the safety and enjoyment of members of the Trainee Crew or Passengers. If you do not comply with a decision made by the Skipper, he/she may decide to offload you at the next available port stop. The Skippers decision on this is final.

5.6) English is the working language on board our Ships. For safety reasons, you must have a good working knowledge of the English language. We reserve the right to decline passage at any time, without liability, to anyone considered not to have adequate language skills.

5.7) During your Voyage you may wish to book an excursion or activity provided by a local operator.

Please note that your contract will be with the supplier and the Westabout Ltd accepts no responsibility for their acts or omissions, but we may offer assistance to anyone in difficulty.

6. Making amendments to Voyages/Race/Day Sails by Trainee Crew or Passengers

6.1) Any change in Voyage choice made at the request of Trainee Crew at least 12 weeks or more before departure (in the case of a Voyage of 25 days or less), or 6 months or more before departure (in the case of a Voyage of 26 days or more), will incur an administration charge of £50 per person and will be subject to availability. Thereafter the cancellation charges at clauses 11.2 and 11.3 will apply.

6.2) Any change in Day Sail choice made at the request of a Passenger at least 14 days or more before departure will incur an administration charge of £50 per person and will be subject to availability. Thereafter amendments to Day Sails will not be accepted.

7. Change of itinerary by us

7.1 All of our voyages and days sails have no fixed itinerary, which given the unpredictability of the weather, especially the wind, is the best way to go sailing. The departure point, arrival point and stop off points described in our promotional materials are not an itinerary, just an indication of the intended route. ​We will aim to achieve that route, but we cannot guarantee that we will do so. On occasion, it may be necessary to change the route, sometimes at short notice, sometimes before departure and sometimes after the voyage or day sail has commenced. The weather and the wind are the main factors, but other factors may also need to be considered, including (but not limited to) the safety of the crew and the ship and our compliance with our obligations to the authorities in the places we visit. We do not take decisions to change our itineraries lightly.

7.2 Whenever possible we will provide you with advance notice of any change to the itinerary for a voyage or day sail. However, we reserve the right to do so without giving prior notice to you. If changes are made during the voyage or day sail, the ship’s permanent crew will update you as soon as it is reasonably practicable to do so.

7.3 If the itinerary of the voyage or day sail is changed (whether pre-departure or after the voyage or day sail has commenced) due to local circumstances or events outside our control, Westabout Ltd is not responsible for any costs that you may incur as a result of the change.

7.4 If the itinerary is changed (whether pre-departure or after the voyage or day sail has commenced) due to a failure of the Westabout Ltd to perform its obligations under our agreement with you, Westabout Ltd will (1) if there is a change to the departure (embarkation) point, assume responsibility for any reasonable additional travel costs incurred by you to enable you to join the Ship at the new departure point; or (2) if there is a post-departure change to the arrival (disembarkation) point, assume responsibility for any reasonable additional travel costs incurred by you to enable you to return to the originally planned point of departure (embarkation)

8. Medical/disability information

8.1) On our Voyages, Race and Day Sails, the permanent crew includes a Medical Trained member of Crew. The Medical trained crew will help and support our Trainee Crew/Passengers. Whilst we will do our best if an accident or an illness occurs, the treatment available may not be the same as if you were ashore in the UK with access to your GP or local hospital.

8.2) Any medical information not declared to us prior to sailing could result in us cancelling your Voyage or Day Sail with no recourse for refund or compensation. Please see clause 12.4 for more information.

8.3) Any subsequent changes in medical condition or medication following submission of a Booking Form and/or medical form must be advised to us immediately. If you did not submit a medical form to us at the time of booking but subsequently develop a medical condition or start to take medication, this must be advised to us immediately.

8.4) Any medical condition you have must be managed by you yourself and you should not rely on there being sophisticated medical capability during a Voyage, Race or Day Sail. You must bring your own medication with adequate supply beyond your expected time on the Ship; our Ships cannot reasonably be expected to stock and supply an extensive range of medication.

8.5) Trainee Crew and Passengers must be free of contact with known infectious diseases within one calendar month prior to their Voyage, Race or Day Sail.

8.6) Anyone booking a Voyage, Race or Day Sail and who is (a) severely physically disabled; and/or (b) has learning disabilities; and/or (c) needs personal care, is required to bring an able-bodied friend (buddy) with them. The buddy should have experience of helping with their particular needs and he/she must be over the age of 18.

8.7) Westabout Ltd regrets that for safety reasons we are unable to accommodate anyone on board our Ships who has profound learning disabilities, or wheelchair users due to the nature of the vessel layout.

8.8) Vaccinations – It is your responsibility to ensure that any vaccinations you may need are up to date for the countries you will be visiting. Certain countries require proof of vaccination against certain diseases (e.g. yellow fever) and you must ensure you carry all necessary documentation to show to relevant authorities who may demand to see it. If you do not have this documentation, you may be denied entry to port and may not be permitted to disembark from the Ship.

9. Your obligations and acceptance of risk

9.1) You are personally responsible for ensuring that you comply with all laws, regulations, and customs (including foreign exchange restrictions and drug/medicine regulations) of all countries visited on the Voyage or Day Sail. It should be remembered that certain countries impose severe penalties for the use of opiate-based medicines, including any medicine containing codeine (such as some Nurofen products), and certain countries (such as Australia) impose restrictions on the importation of plant, animal, milk and food products.

9.2) Travel insurance – It is strongly advised that you satisfy yourself with sufficient travel insurance prior to your Voyage, Race or Day sail prior to departure. We recommend that you ensure that your travel insurance covers the eventualities described in these Terms and Conditions.

9.3) Passports, visas and permits – Save for any Day Sail, Race or Voyage that is advertised by Westabout Ltd as not needing a passport, you will require a full passport that is valid for 6 months after the end of the Voyage, Race or Day Sail and you will be responsible for all necessary visas, permits and other travel documents for the countries which you will visit during your Voyage or Day Sail.

9.4) Prohibited items – You are not permitted to bring on board our Ships, and you agree you will not bring on board our Ships, any goods or articles of an inflammable or dangerous nature, weapons, controlled or prohibited substances, illicit drugs, or any living creatures or plants. The Skipper shall be entitled at all times to search a member of the Trainee Crew or a Passenger, and/or their personal luggage if the Master reasonably believes they may be in breach of this clause. Since the introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (The ISPS Code), you may be requested to produce photo ID or be subject to searches per the individual port security plan. Westabout Ltd works closely with ports on security matters but has no control over any additional security measures that may be required.

9.5) Risk – All travel involves risk and by submitting the Booking Form you acknowledge and accept that tall ship sailing carries an element of personal risk. We endeavour to minimise risks wherever possible by implementing stringent safety measures and procedures on our Ships, by using advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Health and Safety Executive, as well as advice from our own local contacts when assessing whether our itineraries should operate. Safety and evacuation drills are the first activity you will engage in upon coming on board our Ships. In submitting the Booking Form to us, you accept that it is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with all relevant travel information (such as the FCO’s travel advisories), that you will acquaint yourself with all safety/evacuation procedures once on board the Ship, and that you have assessed your willingness to take the sort of risks that tall ship sailing may entail. You accept that you have decided to travel in the knowledge that there are risks involved in taking a Voyage or Day Sail.

10. Payments and fees Voyage, Race fees

10.1) When booking a Voyage or Race of 25 days or less, you are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the voyage, Race fee in order for your booking to be confirmed by us. The balance of the voyage, Race fee must be paid at least 12 weeks prior to the date of departure of your Voyage/Race. If your booking is made within 12 weeks of the date of departure of the Voyage/Race, the full voyage/race fee is payable at the time of booking.

10.3) If you do not pay the voyage/race fees by the date on which they are due, we reserve the right to treat your booking as having been cancelled by you on the relevant due date, and you agree that we may offer your berth on the Voyage/Race to someone else.

Day Sail fees

10.4) When booking a Day Sail, full payment is required at the time of booking. You should note that payments for Day Sails are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by the Passenger or in the event of cancellation by Westabout Ltd due to weather conditions which prevent the Ship from sailing.

Inclusions and exclusions

10.5) The fee paid by you to Westabout Ltd includes the following:

• For Voyages, a berth on board one of our Ships in a shared cabin 

• Instruction and information on V70 Racing sailing;

• Food, tea, coffee and cordials while on board; and

• Port taxes.

10.6) The fee paid by you to Westabout Ltd does not include the following:

• International or domestic flights at the start/end of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail and ground transportation to/from the Ship at the start/end of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail. Most of our joining and finishing points are serviced by either international or internal airlines. Flights and ground transportation to enable you to get to our Ships are your responsibility. Until you have received written confirmation from us of our acceptance of your booking on one of our Voyages, Race or Day Sails, we recommend that you DO NOT book any travel arrangements to and from the Ships. We cannot be held responsible for any loss of travel expenses in the event that you are unable to sail with us, for whatever reason. Please ensure that your insurance will cover you in this eventuality;

• Departure taxes levied at the point of departure at the end of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail;

• Visa/ permit/ immigration fees (whether incurred during Voyage, Race/Day Sail or obtained in advance);

• Travel insurance; and

• Optional activities, sightseeing and all items of personal expenditure.

11. Cancellation or curtailment by you

11.1) If having booked, a member of the Trainee Crew is unable to take part in a Voyage, Race or Day sail for any reason whatsoever, he/she shall ensure that Westabout Ltd is notified at once and must ensure cancellation is confirmed in writing to Westabout Ltd registered office.

11.2) The following cancellation charges will apply in the event of a member of the Trainee Crew cancelling their booking on a Voyage, Race of 25 days or less:

Period before departure within which written notice is received by Westabout Ltd.

Cancellation charge

12 weeks or more Loss of 25% deposit

Less than 12 weeks Trainee crew member liable for all voyage fee

11.4) If you decide to curtail a Voyage, Race for any reason after it has commenced, Westabout Ltd shall not be obliged to make any refund for unused services.

By Passengers on Day Sails

11.5) Bookings for Day Sails are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by a Passenger.

11.6) If you decide to curtail a Day Sail for any reason after it has commenced, Westabout Ltd shall not be obliged to make any refund for unused services.

General

11.7) We recommend you ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellation or curtailment by you of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail.

12. Cancellation or curtailment by Westabout Ltd

Cancellation by the Westabout Ltd – Voyages, Races

12.1) Westabout Ltd may cancel a Voyage up to two weeks before its departure date if bookings are 50% or less. In these circumstances, Westabout Ltd will offer Trainee Crew either an alternative Voyage or a full refund of the voyage fee, however Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by Trainee Crew who were due to sail on the cancelled Voyage, including (but not limited to) flights and hotel accommodation.

Cancellation by the Westabout Ltd – Day Sails

12.2) Westabout Ltd may cancel a Day Sail at any time up to the date of departure. Please note that this happens rarely and cancellation is not a decision we take lightly. Please see clause 10.4 for further information. In the event of cancellation due to weather conditions, Westabout Ltd will offer 50% off a future Day Sail (to be taken within one year) or will set the amount paid by the Passenger for the Day Sail against a future Voyage (to be taken within one year). Except in the circumstances set out in clauses 12.3, 12.4 and 12.5, in the event that the Westabout Ltd cancels a Day Sail for any reason other than due to weather conditions, the Westabout Ltd will offer Passengers either an alternative Day Sail or a full refund. In all circumstances, the Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by Passengers who were due to sail on any cancelled Day Sail, including (but not limited to) transportation and accommodation costs.

Cancellation and curtailment by Westabout Ltd – Voyages, Races and/or Day Sails

12.3) Westabout Ltd may cancel or curtail a Voyage or Day Sail at any time if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, industrial action, political instability or other external events or circumstances beyond our reasonable control, it is not viable for us to operate or continue to operate the Voyage, Race or Day Sail (or any part thereof). In these circumstances, Westabout Ltd is not obliged to refund monies paid by Trainee Crew or Passengers, nor offer an alternative Voyage or Day Sail. The Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by Trainee Crew/Passengers in relation to the cancelled/curtailed Voyage or Day Sail, or who were sailing on the cancelled/curtailed Voyage, Race or Day Sail, including (but not limited to) flights and hotel accommodation.

12.4) Westabout Ltd may cancel your booking on a Voyage, Race or Day Sail at any time if you are in breach of any of these Terms and Conditions (including if you have not disclosed (whether deliberately or not) a medical condition or disability which, in the opinion of our Medical Trained Crew member., means that your booking would not have been accepted by Westabout Ltd at the time you submitted your Booking Form to us). In these circumstances (ie breach of these Terms and Conditions), Westabout Ltd is not obliged to refund monies paid, nor offer an alternative Voyage, Race or Day Sail. Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by potential Trainee Crew/Passengers who were due to sail on the Voyage, Race or Day Sail but who Westabout Ltd has declined to accept as a result of breach of these Terms and Conditions, including (but not limited to) flights and hotel accommodation.

12.5) Westabout Ltd may cancel/curtail your Voyage, Race or Day Sail at any time if the Skipper deems that your behaviour on the Voyage/Day Sail is likely to endanger your safety, the safety of the permanent crew, the safety and enjoyment of other Trainee Crew or Passengers, or if you are found to be in possession of prohibited items (as set out in clause 9.4). In these circumstances, Westabout Ltd is not obliged to refund monies paid, nor offer an alternative Voyage or Day Sail. Westabout Ltd shall not be liable for any incidental costs and expenses incurred by Trainee Crew/Passengers who have been offloaded, including (but not limited to) flights and hotel accommodation.

12.6) We recommend you ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellation or curtailment by Westabout Ltd of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail.

13. Limitation of liability

13.1) Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall limit or exclude our liability for:

• death or personal injury caused by our negligence, or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors; or

• fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or

• any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by law.

13.2) Subject to clause 13.1, Westabout Ltd total liability to you in respect of all losses arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions and/or any Day Sail, Race or Voyage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed the amount that you have paid to Westabout Ltd for your Day Sail, Race or Voyage.

13.3) Subject to clause 13.1, under no circumstances whatever shall Westabout Ltd be liable to you, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any of the following losses, damages, expenses, liabilities:

• losses, damages, expenses, liabilities attributable to you;

• losses, damages, expenses, liabilities attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and the event is unforeseeable or unavoidable;

• due to unforeseen or unusual circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if foreseen and even if all due care had been exercised;

• due to political upheaval, refusal of visas or permits, industrial action, tides, climate or other matters of a similar nature and any other force majeure.

13.4) You agree that Westabout Ltd will not be liable for any loss or damage to your personal property nor shall we be liable for indirect and consequential losses or expenses including loss of earnings or profits.

13.5) Our acceptance of liability in these Terms and Conditions is subject to assignment by you of your rights against any agent, supplier or subcontractor who is responsible for the unsatisfactory arrangements or your death or personal injury to you.

13.6) You undertake that you will not hold the Skipper or Crew of our Ships legally responsible for any accident or misadventure that may occur during or as a result of the Voyage, Race or Day Sail, or for the Ship not fulfilling the programme for any other reason.

14. Data protection

14.1) Westabout Ltd will hold all Personal Information supplied to us in connection with your booking, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal Information is collected by us when you request information from us, contact us (or when we contact you) or when you make or update a booking with us. Some of your Personal Information may be considered “sensitive personal data” under the Data Protection Act 1998 (for example, information relating to health). We collect Personal Information to enable us to best cater for your needs and act in your interests.

14.2) By submitting your Booking Form you agree to Westabout Ltd sharing your Personal Information with any third party involved with the operation and/or management of the Day Sail, Race or Voyage. You agree that any such entities may process your Personal Information including sensitive medical data for the purpose of your Voyage, Race or Day Sail.

14.3) We may disclose your Personal Information to service providers for the purpose of providing you with a service. Only Personal Information necessary for this purpose will be disclosed to them.

For overseas travel, it may be a mandatory requirement imposed on us by governments at the point(s) of departure and/or destination to disclose your Personal Information for security and anti-terrorism purposes, or any other purposes which they determine appropriate. We may also disclose your Personal Information to companies who act as “data processors” on our behalf for the purpose of administration, providing services, contacting you where necessary, security and crime prevention/detection.

14.4) You agree that we may transfer and/or disclose your Personal Information outside of the UK for the purposes referenced in these Terms and Conditions.

15. Photography

15.1) By joining the Voyage or Day Sail you consent to the Westabout Ltd using images of you taken during your Voyage or Day Sail in any medium we choose. You grant all entities in the Westabout Ltd a non-exclusive perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, fully transferable licence to use such images for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes and related purposes.

Should you provide any entities in Westabout Ltd with copies of images that you have created yourself, you hereby grant all entities in Westabout Ltd a non-exclusive perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, fully transferable licence to use such images for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes and related purposes.

16. Marketing

16.1) By submitting a Booking Form, you agree we may from time to time contact you by post or email with information on goods and services, brochures, forthcoming events, competitions or for fundraising purposes.

16.2) Westabout Ltd does not rent its lists of names and addresses to anyone for marketing purposes.

16.3) If you are on Westabout mailing list, but no longer wish to receive information and/or material from Westabout Ltd please write to us at our registered office or email us on hello@fearlessprojects.co.uk

17. Errors, omissions and disclaimer

17.1) We endeavour to provide accurate and up to date information at all times and we make a concerted effort to verify statements that we make in our brochures, on our website and in our pre-departure documentation. Information in our promotional materials and on our website is subject

to alteration with or without notification. We cannot be held liable for any errors, omissions or unintentional misrepresentations that we have made, nor for any loss that you may occasion as a result of relying on the same.

17.2) Save to the extent expressly set out in these Terms and Conditions, we disclaim all representations, warranties, terms and conditions whether oral or written, express or implied by law, custom, statute or otherwise to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.

18. General

18.1) We may at any time assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of our rights under these Terms and Conditions and may subcontract or delegate in any manner any or all of our obligations to any third party or agent.

18.2) A person who is not a party to the Booking Form and these Terms and Conditions shall have no rights under or in connection with them.

18.3) A waiver of any right under these Terms and Conditions is only effective if it is in writing and shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default. No failure or delay by a party in exercising any right or remedy under these Terms and Conditions or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor preclude or restrict its further exercise. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. Unless specifically provided otherwise, rights arising under these Terms and Conditions are cumulative and do not exclude rights provided by law.

18.4) Should any of these Terms or Conditions be deemed or found to be unenforceable or void for whatever reason (for example, by operation of law or on public policy grounds), such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from these Terms and Conditions or amended to such extent necessary to allow all remaining Terms and Conditions to remain and continue to bind you and Westabout Ltd.

18.5) These Terms and Conditions and the Booking Form contain the entire agreement between you and us in relation to the subject matter thereof and supersede any previous arrangements, agreements, undertakings or proposal written or oral between you and us in relation to such.

19. Law and jurisdiction

19.1) These Terms and Conditions and the Booking Form and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them (including any non-contractual disputes or claims) will be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

19.2) In the event of a dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions and the Booking Form (including any non-contractual disputes or claims) you and we agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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