Coronavirus – Covid 19 Update

Sailing with Yachtforce in 2020

(Update 4/7/20)

Coronavirus – Covid 19 Policy Update

We understand that the Coronavirus may be causing some uncertainty when booking or planning your holiday plans for this year. To help our customers continue to enjoy their sailing plans, we have updated our booking terms and conditions. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will adhere to any Government rules, as and when they are announced. Please contact us if you have any further questions. At the present time we are looking forward to the opportunity to re-open our business delivering skippered (for family bubbles) and bare-boat charter from Hamble from July 4th 2020

I am planning on booking a charter with Yachtforce during 2020. What are my options?

For any future bookings made with Yachtforce Sailing from the date of this notice (4th July 2020) – please see below

Charter and Sailing Event Flexibility

Given the current unique circumstances we are making additional adjustments to our booking policies to give you extra peace of mind. For bookings made from now until further notice:

  • If your family unit who book are affected by Coronavirus, by quarantine,  by local postcode ‘lockdown’ or by border closures then you may re-book your charter or event to another date providing that the revised departure date is within 12 months of the original departure date. If the rescheduled booking period is more expensive, then the price difference will be due; otherwise the price will remain unchanged.
  • For booking departure date changes made more than two weeks in advance of your original departure date, there will be no charge to re-book your charter to another date. For modifications within two weeks of departure, a £100 admin fee will be charged. For modifications within 48 hours of departure, a £250 admin fee will be charged. (The difficult bit for us is to try and sell out a charter at short notice / cancel Skippers so  we are afraid there has to be this fee for short notice).
  • Should you choose to cancel your charter rather than defer it to a later date – although our booking terms state that the balance of your charter is due 45 days prior to your event  – should you chose to cancel your charter within 45 days of departure we will not be enforcing this clause and would simply retain your charter deposit.
  • If there should be a ‘lockdown’ in Hamble / Brighton area postcode,  we will not bring the boats back to the marina within the ‘lockdown’ zone and move the boats to another marina outside of the postcode – simply change the departure marina –  say do a pick up and depart Portsmouth / Lymington etc if the Hamble area was closed (Our Skippers live outside of the postcode of the marina bases).
Government Advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Marina Information:

BMF / TYHA have advised that at the present time most marinas are open for leisure activity. Each marina will develop its own risk assessment relative to its environment. Please see individual marina websites for up to date information.

Some UK ports have introduced requirements for vessels (including recreational boats) arriving from outside the UK to complete and submit a health declaration on arrival. The requirements have been notified via local notices to mariners. Check local notices to mariners regularly for updated instructions.

For the latest guidance on international travel, please refer to the UK Government Foreign Travel Advice Website and Coronavirus specific travel advice. This is being updated on an ongoing basis.

Arriving in the UK by recreational boat

Unlike many other countries, there is so far no blanket ban on arriving in the UK by recreational boat but if you try to do so you may none the less find your arrival problematic. Port facilities and marinas are closing and other authorities are taking whatever steps they have within their powers to stop or restrict recreational boating.

Some UK ports have introduced requirements for vessels (including recreational boats) arriving from outside the UK to complete and submit a health declaration on arrival. The requirements have been notified via local notices to mariners. Check local notices to mariners regularly for updated instructions and closures.