Frequently Asked Questions
If you are considering the Alyosha “Party on a Catamaran,” “Happy Hour,” and/or the “Assateague Island Sunset Cruise” then no worries- you will not have an issue.
We have run hundreds of trips touring along the West OC Commercial Harbor and in the Sinepuxent Bay inland of Assateague Island and we have not had anyone get sick. The fact of the matter is that Alyosha is a 50’ Catamaran and the small waves that could possibly kick up on the inland waterway don’t move the boat at all. Waves from passing vessels may temporarily rock the boat but the motion quickly subsides….
Out on the Atlantic Ocean… that’s a different story. And so the below advice is offered to anyone booked or considering booking an Ocean Sailing Adventure.
Depending on the conditions, sailing Alyosha out on the Atlantic Ocean can be anything from a chill ride to an absolute thrill ride- largely dependent on the winds and waves. In 2022, we are going to add a “conditions” update to our website- including automatic messaging- to try and prepare people on what to expect on their particular trip. (and if it is too rough out there, we just don’t go out!)
With the idea that knowledge is power, we offer several “Do’s and Dont’s” related to seasickness on Alyosha:
- Do take anti-motion sickness drugs about 30 minutes before your trip on Alyosha if you are susceptible to motion sickness;
- Don’t use Alyosha as a “testing ground” to see if your already-prone-to-motion-sickness child will get seasick- odds are they probably will…
- Do know that there are plenty of places to sit on the deck of Alyosha during the entire experience- all outside and in fresh air! Clear visibility of the horizon and a fresh breeze are immensely helpful in preventing seasickness;
- Don’t make Alyosha your “second day after a night of partying” event! We saw this happen quite a few times last year…. A nice hangover will substantially increase your odds of feeling nausea out on the ocean- trust us on this!
- Do trust your gut about whether you are going to be susceptible to motion sickness- if you “think” you are susceptible, then you likely are- take the drugs!
- Don’t worry if you end up getting sick. It happens to the best sailors. Captain Steve and his crew will help you get through it.
- Do know that we have yet to find a motion sickness drug that is really effective after someone starts feeling sick- see #1 above;
- Don’t think that the captain and crew are going to be upset if someone does get sick- nope, not even a little… We just can’t stand the idea of people (who are prone to seasickness) paying for agony.
We are very invested in making sure everyone has a quality experience on Alyosha- and we know what a large role weather can play in the overall experience! The following policy is offered as a guide for how we handle refunds and communication about the weather:
- If the trip does not run because of unsafe conditions, then you will be fully refunded. We don’t try to keep your money as an exchange for a future trip, we just refund. Unsafe conditions are lightning, thunderstorms and extremely high winds/waves for trips planned out on the ocean. (We can run our assateague experiences on Alyosha just fine with high winds/waves.)
- Quite often, there will be the “chance of a thunderstorm” during the summer months. We don’t cancel trips because of the chance of a thunderstorm (we would run about ½ of our trips!!!). If we have strong certainty that the weather may impact your trip, then you will hear from us via email/text the morning of the trip. Usually, we don’t consider a weather cancellation until we are within 1 hour of the trip departure time and can see weather coming on the radar. We will make sure you hear from us then. (Many of our favorite trips have happened just after storms have gone through!)
- If you are on a Sunset cruise and you don’t have a great sunset, we are sorry. But we don’t refund.
- If you have logistics issues that keep you from attending the trip, you may be refunded if you both give us plenty of warning (ie 2-3 days) and if we are able to resell the seat. This sometimes happens. We won’t refund at all for day before or day of cancellations. Our recommendation: If you have doubt about whether everyone can make it for the trip, etc… then do not book it!
- Very rarely, we run a trip which is safe but where the weather really impacts the experience in a negative way (heavy fog, a trip cut short by a thunderstorm, etc…). We try to make accommodations for this by offering heavily discounted tickets for you next experience and/or working something out with OC Bay Hopper.
Please don’t call about the chance of a thunderstorm 2 or 3 days before your trip. Everything we can tell you is right up there in #2, above!
We really do want everyone to have a great time on Alyosha and we largely succeed- check the reviews!!!
In an effort to set expectations for your sailing adventure on Alyosha, Captain Steve is committed to setting a quick little “take” on the weather and sea conditions that will impact trips on Sail Alyosha. Keep in mind that after doing this for three years, there are a couple of things that can be taken for granted:
- Prevailing summer conditions are for a south to southwest breeze that builds throughout the day but diminishes as the sun sets. These conditions exist for about 50% of the summer season;
- The more east in the breeze, and the longer we have a southeast breeze, the bigger the seas will build;
- The most unpredictable conditions usually come with a strong north/ northeast breeze. We have had fantastic sails in these conditions, but have also had some larger waves/rougher seas;
- West wind= calmer seas. Even big west winds are welcome! The shoreline blocks the development of the seas and so Alyosha moves fast but with much less motion.
There is absolutely no smoking on board our vessels during normal operation. We also do not permit vaping or the use of other nicotine products onboard.
Please don’t ask, because we hate to say no (but we will).
Customers are able to bring their own food, snacks, and alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption during a trip on Alyosha.
Alyosha has a refrigerator and cold box available but there is plenty of room for your coolers if you’d like to bring something on ice.
The captain of Alyosha shall ensure that no one under 21 years of age is consuming alcohol and also that customers consume alcoholic beverages responsibly.
The captain of Alyosha shall have full power to ask a customer to stop drinking alcoholic beverages for any reason.
Remember, not all sailing adventures are conducive to a full meal onboard. It is much easier to enjoy a catered meal or your own food on our “Chill” trips.