Funding of each leg is provided by the participants. In other words, the contributions to costs must cover the actual costs incurred. Are covered: participation to the costs of operating the boat, maintenance and repair costs, insurance, nautical documents, provision- depreciation and amortization of property belonging to the association (safety equipment, dinghy).

The costs of the legs will be 120 CHF per day per person. Children up to 15 years inclusive receive a 50% discount, students up to 25 years inclusive a 25% discount. Crew members who do more than one leg in a season get a 20% discount on every additional leg. For reservation of a specific berth (e.g. double cabin) add 15 CHF/day.

The same costs apply to all crew members, boat owners and skipper included. These are real costs. The club does not make any profit. Given that the club must break even, the cost of the travel can only be known accurately at the end of the season when the final price of the trip can be computed and adjustments made.

To this price, one has to add the travel to reach the boat and to return home (see here below) plus expenses for food, drinks, harbour fees - together around ~15 CHF per day. Dining out, land activities, shopping, and the costs of individual communication are not supported by the association.

The down payment for reservation of a leg is 600 CHF, and 200 CHF for each additional leg. The advance is used by àCAPela to buy charts and other collective equipments needed for the expedition. The balance is payable one month before boarding.

Getting there

The Faroe Islands are accessible by plane, starting from 300 CHF one way.

Iceland is accessible by plane, starting from 400 CHF one way.

For Greenland, best connections are with Air Greenland starting from Copenhaguen or Air Iceland via Reykjavik. Costs range from 500 CHF to 1200 CHF one way depending on destination.

Carbon footprint

While traveling by sailboat can be considered as an environmentally friendly means of transport, it is not the same for return trips by plane!

Consider compensating for your carbon footprint, such as


  1. If you've not already done, please get in touch : contact
  2. Anyone directly or indirectly participating in the activities that are organized by the Association shall be a member of the Association. This is the time to become a member of the Association.
    To apply for membership: fill out, sign and send the application form, see link below.
  3. To make reservation for one or more legs : send the application form to the secretariat and make the subscription fee payment available to the Association (CHF 600.- + 200.- per additional leg).
    This amount is deducted from the participation fee.
  4. To take part : send the form for participation and make payment of the balance of the participation fee no later than two weeks prior to boarding.
    Prepare your marine-mountain-adventure duffle bag: see the equipment list below.
  5. Report to the port of embarkation in the morning before noon local time on the day of boarding.

The application forms may be found by following this link : download forms 2017 (f)

Personal equipment list

... or how to prepare you luggage :-)

It is highly recommended to travel with a duffel bag: it should be of reasonably size (about 60-90 liters) and SOFT, allowing easy cohabitation and storage (eg, a frameless rucksack or Base Camp Duffel from North Face, M or L size are good choices). A bag with wheels is NOT convenient. Reasonable weight is 20kg, supplemented by a small backpack 'hand luggage' (10-15 liters).

the JanSport duffel bag

In terms of conditions, you may expect a climate comparable to the Alps between 1500m to 3500m above sea level. The weather can be mild (> 15°C and sunshine), but there can also be fog, wind, rain and snow (last legs). Also, there is a big difference between walking in the cold or standing still at the helm for hours.

On land, the crew is moving under its own responsibility. If a walk is no problem, exiting ascents (most recommended) are possible. You must organize the necessary equipment depending on the purpose and itinerary: ropes, crampons, ice axes, belaying, shoes, food, autonomy. A tent, two mattresses and cooker are available on board.

Check list:

Head protection
1x Hat (covering ears/wind-stopper tech)
1x Balaclava (autumn)
1x Mask (winter option)
1x Winter hat (winter)

Hand protection
1x Windstopper gloves
1x Heavy winter mitts (-40°C)
1x Polypropylene glove liners (winter option)

Foot protection
1x Hiking shoes
1x Sailing boots (navigation)
1x Sandals / Crocs (summer)
1x Warm slipper (winter)
1x Winter boots (Sorel type -40°C)
1x Gaiters (winter)

(black soles are not to be used on board)

4x Thin socks (synthetic)
2x Thick warm socks (synthetic)

1x All weather sailing jacket (navigation)
1x Thin Windstopper jacket
1x Mountain jacket
1x Outdoor down suit - pants + jacket (winter -40°C)

1x All weather sailing pant (navigation)
1x Polyvalent mountain pants (stretch)
1x Overtrouser Gore-Tex

2x Pullover polar fleece
4x T-Shirt
2x Thermal shirts with long sleeves
2x Bottom Underwear (long)
4x Underwear
1x Bath suit

Other equipment
Sleeping Bag (summer comfort 5°C, winter comfort -10C)
Sleeping bag liner, fleece (option)
Pillow liner (40cm x 60cm)
Travel watch
Knife (e.g. swiss army knife)
Small food bag or box (used to store dried fruit, ...)

Body care
2 x Travel towel (1x big + 1x small)
Skin cream (cold)
Soap / shampoo
Personal Meds

Travel documents
As required (passport, visa, ...)
Credit card (VISA, Mastercard)

Waterproof bag (camera, phone, passport, …)
Thermos bottle
Compass / personal GPS / land maps (required for hiking)
Smart shirt to go out
Favourite music
Reading (reasonable)

... but keep it simple and light ! (25kg)

Do not forget to bring a piece of tasty cheese, cold cuts, wine, spirits, treats, home made marmelade, ... according to your tastes :-)

Welcome on board!


  • As a crew member you are involved in a team project. As such each crew member actively takes part in the project and participates in a positive and constructive manner. Although the skipper will try to meet any reasonable request, the decision of the skipper will be final at all times and on all matters. You must adhere to instructions issued to you by the skipper.
  • Sailing can be a dangerous activity and requires an average level of fitness and good health. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain proper and detailed medical advice before application (check with the skipper if necessary).
  • An insurance that covers, in the area being visited, SAR, accidents, health, and transport back home (e.g. REGA, CAF, TCS ...) is required. In case of a medical problem arising during the voyage, either onboard or on shore, which results in medical expense including but not limited to costs for evacuation with use of aircraft and repatriation, the payment of these costs belongs solely to the individual concerned.
  • Should you commit an illegal act or interfere with the wellbeing of the crew or other passengers through disruptive or difficult behavior, the skipper has full authority to dismiss you from the yacht. In such an event you will have no recourse to any refund or compensation, including costs for you and for repatriation.
  • The Association and the skipper make every reasonable effort to respect the calendar, but remains subject to weather, sea and ice conditions, damage or illness and may prompt a change in programme. Members must take this into account when planning their travel to and from the boat. Neither the association nor the skipper can be held responsible and the payment of any additional costs belongs solely to the individual concerned.
  • The down payment is reimbursed only if there is no place left for you on the boat, or if àCAPela rejects your membership application.
  • Should you for one reason or other not be able to take part in a leg for which you have already payed, then you may propose a replacement of your choice, who will need to be approved by àCAPela. Alternatively, you may ask to take part in a different leg, should there be places available.
  • Should the travel be cancelled, then an extraordinary general meeting will be called which will decide on the reimbursement of the members.
  • Land-based activities take place under the sole responsibility of the land-team members.


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acapela - May 2017