Trips on Alyosha depart promptly at the scheduled time from the berth alongside of Pier 23 restaurant in Ocean City Harbor. (Actual address is 12817 Harbor Road, Ocean City 21842) Hands On Sailing day trips will generally last at least 4 hours- it is one of our longest experiences. We will go through the OC Inlet (often the roughest part of the entire journey) and then let the wind dictate the triangular shape we will sail. We do make an effort on the Hands On Sailing trips to try to get all of the sails working.
Ocean Sailing is something that can be a once in a lifetime experience and even a gateway into the sport of sailing. Join us and experience an incredible way to see "the other side" of Ocean City.
What to expect:
Keep in mind that this experience is real open ocean sailing! The Captain and Crew have yet to be able to control the wind and seas...although there is no lack of effort on that account! Typically June, July and August on the Atlantic Coast features gentle, rolling swells as a "seabreeze" builds throughout the day. But not everyday is "typical."
Alyosha is a big, stable sailing catamaran, and she sails flat. But there is plenty of motion in ocean sailing and if you are prone to seasickness then you should plan to take some preventative medicine BEFORE we leave the dock. (If you get sick, it is too late!) We recommend "Bonine" or "Dramamine". If you are on the fence after reading this: Please take a look at our “Seasickness Guide!”
This trip is, of course, weather dependent. If the captain feels that there is any risk given the conditions of a particular day, including a forecast that doesn't look promising, then the trip will be cancelled. You will receive a full refund in the event of any cancellation.
Hands On Sailing Expectations
People choosing this "Hands On" sailing experience are expected to be in good physical shape and be willing to sign a fitness waiver before participating. Participants will be given a chance to "re-confirm" their desire for a "Hands On" experience at the onset of the trip. It is no problem at all if participants decide, based on the conditions, to participate a bit less than they had planned. Additionally, we understand that some participants are choosing the "Hands On" experience to accompany a friend- again, no worries at all if this is the case.
Hands On Sailing Extra: Sailing gloves. If you have them, bring them. We do have a few extra pairs onboard as well.
What to bring:
Alyosha has plenty of bottled water for customers. Feel free to bring any food or drinks you would like onboard. There is plenty of room for everyone.