Gaff Ketch - Maybe
Maybe sailing voyages are from short sails of 1-4 days to longer sails including taking part in the prestigious Tall Ships Races. The short sails are great for a taster voyage.
There are 12 places available on every voyage. Most of our crew members have never sailed before while others may have some sailing experience but whatever your level of experience, you can have a great time sailing with Maybe.
We truly believe that sailing on ‘Maybe’ as part of a small crew of 16 in total makes it possible for every one to get fully involved in all areas of sailing a tall ship.
Maybe - History
Maybe was built as a traditional Dutch Ketch but built as a private tall ship to sail around the world for her owner Jan Jacob Van Reitschoten in 1929.
He had her built with extra strength by using steel frames, a hardwood hull and teak decking.
During the Second World War ‘Maybe’ was taken to the Dutch town of Jut where she was hidden in the mud in a remote backwater. After the war ‘Maybe’ was completely restored at the same boat yard where she had originally been built but with a new rig replacing the original gaff rig.
Many happy years of sailing were enjoyed by the van Reitschoten family during the time ‘Maybe’ was in their ownership.
A major milestone in ‘Maybe’s history is that she took part in the first ever Tall Ships Race in 1956. In 1962 ‘Maybe’ was bought by the Swiss family of Hans Fehr, who were experienced sailors and enjoyed sailing in warmer climates.
She sailed mainly around the Mediterranean and in the 1970’s regularly crossed the Atlantic between the West Indies and the Mediterranean.
In the 1980’s she also sailed through the Panama Canal and up the east coast of the USA to Canada.
‘Maybe’ was sold to her present owners in 1989 and underwent another complete restoration returning to sailing in 2007. She returned to the Tall Ships Races in the Baltic's in 2009 and successfully completed a full season of Tall Ships Races and Regatta’s in 2010.
During the winter months of 2010/11, ‘Maybe’ underwent a further facelift to transform her back to her former glory, sailing with an original gaff rig again for the 2011 sailing season.
In the winter months of 2011/2012 refurbishment continued with improvements to the cabins and a new gaff for the mizzen.
Since then Maybe has participated in the 2013 and 2014 Tall Ships Race coming third in her class in 2014.
New Friends and never boring!
We believe sailing Maybe gives you a rewarding and exciting adventure.
- Increasing self-confidence and building self esteem
- Developing teamwork and mutual trust
- Take responsibility
- Gain respect for yourself
- Work with new people
- Learn from ‘hands-on’ experiences
- Overcome challenges
- Solve problems
- Build your leadership skills
- Improve how you communicate
Maybe and Tall Ships Races
The Tall Ships Races are an internationally acclaimed annual competition held every summer in European waters.
Each year approximately 100 vessels crewed by some 6-8000 young people from over 30 countries worldwide take part. (There are some adults too.)
The main aim of the event is to provide the opportunity for young people to develop their personal skills in a challenging and memorable sail experience and hence at least 50% of a Tall Ship’s crew must be aged between 15-25 years old.
The Tall Ships Races consist of a number of racing legs and a cruise in company. The Cruise in Company offers a break from the racing and is a chance to explore different ports and enjoy some relaxing sailing time with some other vessels taking part.
During the in-port dates at the host ports there is a fantastic atmosphere and the host ports lay on superb hospitality for visiting crews providing many events and activities. There are opportunities to play sports against the crews from other vessels, go on Cultural tours, join in the crew parade and attend the crew party which is always amazing fun.
“We had a great time – good sailing, good company. Thanks to all concerned and look forward to coming onboard again soon,” Roger
What’s it like on Board
Life on board really is about getting stuck in and involved in all aspects of sailing the ship. Don't worry if you have not sailed before - most crew have no previous sailing experience, so you will not be alone.
The permanent crew are always on hand to support you through all the tasks involved and you will always have an experienced permanent crew member with you on watch to show you what to do and answer any questions.
You will be put into one of three teams, called Watches that take it in turn to be responsible for various tasks on board including keeping watch, even at night.
Every trainee steers the boat, keeps look-out, and takes down log entries. When we trim the sheets or do a manoeuvre such as tacking or gibing, hoisting or dropping a sail, everyone helps. The permanent crew will allocate jobs to everyone so that no-one is left out.
Each watch takes it in turn to prepare and cook the meals. It can be fun and relaxing to cook a big meal for everyone - or it can be a real challenge when the weather isn’t so nice and the boat is moving around a lot! It’s not all hard work on board. We want trainees to enjoy the experience and have fun.
When each watch is not on duty, the permanent crew members can provide activities, there is also a TV and DVD player on board so the watches can sit and relax together.
“Had a great time sailing with you, it’s gone past so fast. Hope we can sail with you again. Thanks."
Night Time Sailing
The watch system allows Maybe to sail through the night with everybody getting a chance to sleep and experience night sailing, one of the most awesome parts of the voyage!
The safety of everyone on board is of paramount importance and Maybe’s obligations in this respect are taken very seriously. ‘Maybe’ is maintained in accordance with the Maritime Coastguard Agency’s Code of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels.
Annual surveys by an independent assessor and regular maintenance ensure that all the safety equipment meets or exceeds the legal requirements to operate Maybe.
The Skipper and his crew are responsible for the safety of the vessel and everyone on board. Every voyage starts with a safety briefing. There are specific points that must be covered during these briefing sessions and the crew need to satisfy themselves that all members of trainee crew understand these points.
These include fire alarms/drills, man overboard and most importantly the wearing and use of life saving equipment. All crew members wear integrated lifejacket/harnesses while on deck at sea.
The permanent crew on board ‘Maybe’ are trained and qualified to meet or exceed the regulations laid down by the Department for Transport, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
The Skipper is qualified as a Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster with Commercial Endorsement. The permanent crew are required to gain certificates in radio communications, first aid and sea survival.
All the permanent crew on ‘Maybe’ with responsibility for young people have been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau.
Child Protection Policy
We have a comprehensive Child Protection Policy in place that specifies a CRB clearance and appropriate references are a requirement for employment.
Maybe assumes responsibility for members of the voyage crew only when sailing on board ‘Maybe’ or her tender. This also covers Maybe’s legal liability in the event of injury or mishaps only during these periods.
In this respect we insist that trainee crew members take out personal travel insurance cover to meet any medical needs, for loss or damage to personal property and when off the vessel.
“Thank you for an amazing time and will hope to see you in the near future.” Chloe 2014
“Thank you so much, it was such fun! I learnt a lot and the food was amazing.”
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