A yachting program is unique. Most people have never done it before. Because of this, you undoubtely have some questions that stem from not really knowing how things work. Here are some common questions and concerns that we hear.
Concern #1: The group will be too separate.
Reality: The group is usually together more on a yachting program than they would be in a resort. Because people are together in an intimate environment exclusively for their group, there's a tremendous amount of bonding and camaraderie that occurs. This is the concern we hear the most - it stems from not understanding how our programs operate.
We sail on large, stable yachts in calm, protected waters. We sail for only an hour or two at a time, never out of sight of land, anchoring in sheltered bays where the yachts are virtually motionless. Plus with all of the new seasickness medications, there's no reason to be seasick in the waters that we sail.
Concern #3: Some people are just not water people.
Reality: There's no one incentive destination that appeals to everyone so we're really no different from a cruise or any other "sun and fun" destination in this area.We've had people aboard who never got wet! What they told us was they appreciated the escape...the opportunity to relax on a luxurious floating hideaway and see islands that can only be accessed by yachts of this size. They enjoyed the camaraderie of the other guests and crew. Theyloved the meals and the never‑ ending pampering. Instead of in‑the‑water activities, they went off exploring the islands, golfing and shopping. And some people found they became a water lover due to the relaxed, supportive nature of the crew and the gentle, clear waters.
Concern #4: People may not like someone else that they have to share a yacht with.
Reality: Because of careful pre-program planning, this has never been an operational issue for us. In fact, our clients find the "togetherness" of yachts to be a positive, teambuilding experience. Additionally, our crews are excellent hosts and generate a wonderful onboard camaraderie.
Typically, the client will decide how to do yacht assignments; usually, it's a combination of 1) what relationships they want to foster and 2) responses to our pre-program questionnaire that asks for activity interests.