Terms of Travel and Payment
GaySail, GaySail Special, GaySail Exclusive and GayNudeSail, GayNudeSail Special and GayNudeSail Exclusive are all labels of our Altercouse Sailing Company.
We require that you have a valid travel insurance. When you fill in reservation forms, you guarantee that you have such insurance. We also advises customers to buy cancellation insurance in case of possible unexpected circumstances (such as illness) before departure.
Sailing with us is not a dangerous pursuit. Nevertheless there is always some risk involved in sailing on the water. The circumstances on the water and the local weather situation are not always easy to predict and vary during a trip. A high wave, an unexpected movement, walking on a moving deck, can all be the cause of accidents or personal injuries. This also means that there is a limitation in the amount of alcohol you are allowed to drink during sailing. We serve wine for lunch, two glasses maximum and one drink in the afternoon, if we have a long sail. Once the yacht is moored in a port or bay for overnight, you can have some more drinks, but we do not accept drunk guests on board. We do not accept any liability for these risks, which we assume are well understood by all participants. Nor do we accept liability for the loss, damage, or theft of personal belongings, including cash. Individuals are wholly responsible for their personal safety and for the safety of their belongings. As a result of September 11th 2001, insurance coverage has become difficult to obtain. A small company like Altercourse, operating in diverse international locations cannot obtain adequate insurance. Therefore, we must make it very clear that we cannot accept liability for any risk, whatsoever, in connection to the trips or other activities that we offer. Nor can we accept liability for any activities that are connected with our trips. All our clients need to be aware of this and acquire their own insurance. All clients need to inform the Skipper before departure if the suffer from any health problem. If you book a sailing cruise we require that you are in good physical condition. The skipper has complete authority over the ship and those on board. He has the right, at any time, to change the plans or itinerary due to weather or other circumstances. For safety, security and social reasons, customers on board our yachts must follow the orders of the skipper and the rules as mentioned in the information provided and the terms and conditions, at all times. If not, the skipper has the right to ask you to leave the yacht. Altercourse holds the person who placed the order (confirmed the trip) with us responsible for payment and for notifying us of any changes. This is true even if the person has placed an order for other persons.
All countries we sail require a negative Covid test to enter and/or a proof of vaccination. That also means all guests on board are tested or vaccinated. You will sail on 40-56 feet/ 12-16 meter sailing yachts and catamarans in the company of maximum 11 other guests and 2 crew. So, it's not a cruise ship. During the day guys spread out over the yacht to stay in the sun on the front deck, stay in the shade on the back of yacht or hang around in the kitchen, cockpit or their own cabin. We are all together for breakfast, lunch and dinner, almost all the time in outside open air situations. But booking a sailing cruise at this time is still at your own risk regarding to Covid-19. We follow all health instructions of international, national and local authorities, and only sail in countries where the Covid/Corona is under control and where is permission to sail in small groups.
Cancellation by the client: Cancellations are possible; however there will be charges for cancellations. The cancellation charges are 50% of the price if you cancel earlier than eight weeks prior to departure. If you cancel within eight weeks of the departure date, the cost will be 100% of the total amount. Cancellation by the company: We will never cancel a trip as a result of low occupancy like other (gay) sailing company's do all the time, but even a GaySail skipper or cook can get ill and although we have 17 skippers, theoretical it is possible we cannot find any replacement. Nothing like this happened the last 30 years. In case it is necessary for us to cancel a trip for any reason, also because of Covid travel restrictions, you will always get a voucher for the full amount you paid to us, to join us on another trip, so you won't lose your payment. For all bookings made after March 1 2021, you can also choose for a full refund instead of a voucher when you can't travel, or we can't sail, due to governmental Covid restrictions (other than showing a negative Covid test and/or proof of vaccination). So either your goverment forbids to travel to the country your booked or the country you booked closed its borders to tourist from your county.
Information about you
We may from time to time contact you with information on offers of goods and services, brochures, new products, forthcoming events or competitions from Altercourse. Please note that our websites will assume you to agree to e-communications when you make a booking. You will be given the opportunity on every e-communication we send you to indicate that you no longer wish to receive our direct marketing material. Pictures taken on during our sailing cruises, or shared on the group what's app, may be posted on social media, our newsletter or website. The policy on board is "no dicks on picks". If you don't want any pictures of you posted on social media or in our newsletter or website, you specifically mention that by e-mail to us, and to the skipper, cook and all other guests. If do not wish to receive such information or would like to change your preference, please refer to point (2) of “Your Rights” below.
You have the right to ask in writing by contacting us to request a copy of the information we hold about you (for which we may charge a fee) and to correct any inaccuracies in your information. You have the right to ask in writing not to receive marketing material about our products and services. If the following facilities are available, you can amend your previous preference on our website(s), using our “unsubscribe e-mail”, in literature which you subsequently return to us or by writing or calling us. Once properly notified by you, we will take steps to stop using your information in this way.
Links to other websites
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CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
Any changes to this Policy will be either posted on our website, brochure and/or made available upon request.