Coronavirus Policy

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Updated on 26th July 2020 at 09:00

Travel restrictions have been lifted and we are open and ready to deliver courses.  

You will be aware that from midnight on 25th July 2020 the UK Government announced that anyone returning from Spain will need to self isolate for 14 days.  With this in mind we have decided, that whilst we can still sail in Spanish waters, we will no longer be entering Spanish ports and will return to Gibraltar every night.   Gibraltar has an air bridge in place with the UK, so no quarantine period is necessary on return to the UK. 

We want you to have peace of mind when booking your course with us.  So if you are considering making a booking, please do!  Since 14th May, any deposits and balance payments made to us were fully refundable in the event of flight cancellation or government lockdown specifically due to Coronavirus.  We are continuing with this policy for all bookings made throughout July and August. 

Below you will find the measures we are putting in place.  Please do bear in mind that it is simply not possible to completely socially distance from fellow crew whilst on the training yacht.  

At the moment, we would only allow a maximum of 4 people from different households, plus the Instructor on board.  However, as soon as government guidelines allow, we will return to the normal 5 people, plus the Instructor as soon as is safely possible.  On our mile builder and racing events there may be more people on board. 

Please ensure you bring your own face mask.  Whilst it is personal choice to wear a face mask in Gibraltar, it is compulsory that face masks are worn all the times whilst in Spain.

 

Frequently asked questions: 

Can I have my own cabin?

The boat layout is generally 3 double cabins, and the saloon.  One of our boats has 3 double cabins and a bunk room.  You will either have a cabin or the saloon to yourself.  We do have an 'own cabin' option that you can select when booking, that will guarantee you your own cabin for the duration of your course. 

How many people will be on board? 

Currently we have reduced the number of people on board.  There will be a maximum of 4 people in most cases, plus the Instructor.  We will allow the following: 

  • 4 people from 4 different households, plus the Instructor
  • A couple from the same household who would share a cabin, plus 2 people from 2 different households and the Instructor
  • 2 couples from different households sharing a cabin, plus 1 other and the Instructor
  • 5 people from the same household, plus the Instructor

Do I have to sleep on the boat? 

No.  You can organise your own nearby accommodation if you wish.

Will food be prepared on the boat? 

Yes, as it usually would.  Extra attention should be paid to hand washing.  Liquid soap and hand sanitizer gel is provided. 

Can I use the toilet? 

Yes you can.  Plenty of liquid soap and hand sanitizer gel is provided, along with paper towels for drying hands.  Cleaning sprays are also provided to wipe down surfaces before and after each use. 

Do I have to wear a face covering? 

No, this is not required on the yacht or in Gibraltar.  However you should bring one to use.  It is compulsory in Spain to carry one at all times when in a public place. 

What happens if someone shows corona symptoms whilst on the course? 

Lets hope this doesn't happen, but it you were unlucky enough to show symptoms you would be asked to leave the yacht and self isolate.  

Will you still provide life jackets and wet weather gear?

Yes.  We will rotate life jackets and wet weather gear so you will not be wearing ones worn by people on the previous course. 

Will the boat be cleaned before I arrive? 

Each boat will get a thorough clean before and after your course by professional cleaners.  Jolly Parrot boats have always been cleaned to a high standard, so no change in procedure here.