Guidelines & Packing List

Guidelines & Important Information

  1. It is imperative that you return to us a current medical form (either a copy of your most recent physical or the Tabor Academy form that can be found in the parent portal). This needs to be sent in, along with liability, and swim test forms. If you have not yet done so, please send them in immediately so that we can make copies for on board.
  2. Ponchos are NOT appropriate for sailing. Don’t forget warm clothing for cooler days and nights. Layers are more effective than heavy garments.
  3. We will be sailing mostly in sheltered waters, but if you know that you are particularly prone to seasickness, you may want to bring medication that works for you or that your doctor has prescribed. Avoid types that cause drowsiness.
  4. Please understand that ALCOHOL AND DRUGS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Tabor Boy follows the U.S. Coast Guard Zero Tolerance Policy. Students who use or possess drugs or alcohol will be put ashore, and their acceptance to Tabor will be rescinded. Tobacco is also strictly prohibited, as well as knives, sharp objects, or any other form of weapon. Personal music and gaming devices, hair dryers or straighteners, and any other electrical appliances are also not allowed on board.
  5. Travel as lightly as possible. Storage space is limited. Bring what you need but NO MORE! Do not bring a suitcase. Pack your gear in one duffel bag (approx. 30″x12″x15″) and avoid items that need to be hung up. You do not need life vests, as the vessel is Coast Guard certificated and equipped with proper safety gear. Food and all necessary sailing equipment will be provided by the school.

Packing List

  • 1 duffel bag (approx. 30″x12″x15″)
  • socks
  • underwear
  • 5-6 t-shirts
  • 1 pair of long pants or jeans
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of boat shoes or sneakers
  • 1 fleece or sweatshirt
  • 2 bathing suits (girls 1-piece only)
  • 1 pair of water shoes that can get wet (these are a must for landing on beaches and shorelines)
  • 2 towels
  • 1 laundry bag
  • 1 lightweight sleeping bag or blanket (pillow & bottom sheet provided)
  • insect repellant
  • sunscreen
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • spending money ($50-$70)
  • 1 rain jacket (ponchos are not  appropriate for sailing)
  • personal items: camera, book, sunglasses, toiletries, hat, etc…

When packing for your Orientation at Sea trip it is important to keep in mind that space aboard the schooner is very limited. Your gear should be packed in a duffle bag, not a suitcase.  Also, do not bring fancy or expensive clothing; casual dress is appropriate. Please contact Leslie Geil (508) 291-8300 with any questions or concerns.