Terms and Conditions
In paying your deposit you are deemed to have read and accepted the following terms and conditions which form the contract between you, the Charterer and Ionian Blue Sailing (hereinafter called ‘the Company’).
A deposit of 25% of the holiday cost (excluding security deposit) is required to confirm the booking. The balance of the holiday cost must be paid to the Company by cheque or bank transfer no later than eight weeks prior to the holiday start date. If the balance is not received on time then the Company reserves the right to cancel the holiday and retain the deposit. The full holiday cost must be paid immediately if the booking is made within eight weeks of departure.
Must be made by the signatory who booked the holiday. The cancellation fee will depend on the period of time between cancellation date and your departure date. The charges listed below will apply from the date that the Charterer’s instruction to cancel is received by the Company.
|Period prior to departure||Cancellation Charge|
|8 weeks||Deposit only|
|4-8 weeks||60% of holiday price|
|2-4 weeks||80% of holiday price|
|Less than 2 weeks||100% of holiday price|
Wherever possible, the Company will do all it can to accommodate changes made to a confirmed booking.
All members of the charter party must take out personal holiday/travel insurance. This is a sporting activity holiday so you should purchase a policy that offers the appropriate level of cover. The Company will not be liable for any cover it may not provide.
The Company shall have no liability for death or personal injury suffered by the Charterer or any members of the charter party, unless this is caused by the Company’s negligence.
Yacht Insurance and Security Deposit
The yacht is comprehensively insured including cover to third parties. However, the Company requires a security deposit of £1000 (or Euro equivalent), paid for in cash, credit card or travellers cheques to cover the excess charged on an insurance claim to make good any damage or loss occurring during the charter period to the yacht, her equipment and/or to any third parties.
The security deposit is paid locally to the Company representative at handover of the yacht.
Neither the security deposit nor insurance will cover any acts of gross negligence, wilful damage, night sailing, racing against a third party and sailing under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Should the Charterer damage or lose minor items of equipment, we ask that the Charterer replace these locally.
The security deposit, or any remaining balance, will be returned to the Charterer upon return of the yacht to the Company (in the same condition as it was chartered), or in the event of a dispute, upon the determination of such dispute.
The Company’s Responsibilities
The yacht will be provided fully equipped in accordance with the specification described and will be delivered to the Charterer in a safe and seaworthy condition. The Company will demonstrate all areas of the yacht to the charter party and complete any formalities required by the Port Authorities. Free use of the yacht will be given after the Charterer has signed the handover form, thereafter assuming full responsibility for its safety and upkeep. The Charterer should therefore take some time to inspect the yacht, her gear and inventory prior to signing.
If the yacht is not available upon your arrival and a suitable alternative cannot be provided, then hotel accommodation will be made available if necessary, by the Company, until it is ready to board. If the delay exceeds 25% of the charter period, the Charterer or Company will be at liberty to treat the charter as terminated and a full refund of the holiday payment will be made by the Company. Thereafter, the Company will not be liable for any other compensation resulting from curtailment of the charter.
Should failure or breakage occur during your charter, the Company will do everything it can to remedy the problem quickly and efficiently. However, the Company shall not be liable for any loss, delay or inconvenience caused to the charter party due to any reason beyond its control.
If the Company cannot provide the contracted facilities it will contact the Charterer to discuss alternative arrangements. If it is unable to provide an acceptable alternative, or if circumstances arise beyond its control, it may be necessary to cancel the holiday before departure. In this case it will refund in full all monies paid by the Charterer.
Bookings for bareboat charter are accepted on the basis of details provided by the Charterer with regard to previous sailing experience. It is a legal requirement for the skipper to have with him or her an appropriate certificate of competence. It is the skipper’s responsibility to ensure that at least one other member of the crew has sailed a similar yacht and could operate the boat in the event of an emergency.
If the skipper is found to be so incompetent as to risk the safety of the vessel and/or other people, having previously stated that they were competent, then the Company will allocate a skipper at the Charterer’s expense.
No previous sailing experience is required for skippered charter holidays although at least one member of the crew will be expected to assist in handling the yacht according to the skipper’s instructions.
In booking this holiday the Charterer and charter party members accept that sailing holidays contain an element of risk, and participation in this activity is your decision. The skipper is responsible for the safety of the vessel and its crew at all times.
For safety reasons, the Charterer must not take part in any third party races or sail at night time.
The Charterer will assume full responsibility for the safety and maintenance of the yacht at all times, including periods when the yacht is unattended. The Charterer must inform the Company in all instances of loss or damage to the yacht or her equipment and of any incidents involving a third party.
The yacht must be returned to the yacht base designated by the Company in a similar condition as delivered (reasonable wear and tear excepted), no later than 18:00 on the final night of the charter and vacated by 10:00 the following day.
The Company will do all it can to make sure its Charterers have the best possible holiday. Any complaints should be raised the same day so that they can be handled immediately.
If a complaint has not been satisfactorily dealt with or has not been raised during the holiday, then it should be made in writing to the Company not more than fourteen days following the end of the holiday. Complaints sent to the Company beyond this fourteen day period cannot be entertained.
This agreement is made subject to English Law