The trick to looking smooth on a yacht is rolling and not folding your clothes. Creased linen looks good, but the rest of your clothes need to be as crease free as possible, ironing on board is not done.
Choose your clothes, remember layers, you’ll be able to rinse trunks out but take enough t-shirts and shirt to change a couple of times a day; you may go on land for dinner or another boat. You should always dress for food, even if it is the middle of the day on ‘your’ boat. T-shirt and shorts will suffice, but no bare bits at the table please. This goes for female company too. Sorry.
Put shoes, books, and anything heavy at the bottom of your bag.
Lay the clothes flat on top of each other and then once the whole pile is prepared, fold in any sleeves etc that are outside of the boundaries of the bag you are taking and roll the whole lot as if a snowball.
Lift the bundle and place in the bag and fill gaps with socks, boxers, scarves and other small items.
As soon as you arrive and are shown your cabin, take the bundle from your bag and simply unroll, hanging up what you can and squishing down the bag and stowing it away for the duration of your trip.
It is tempting to keep sinking the gins, but a hangover at sea is worse than ten toothaches, take my word for it. Drink water between each alcoholic beverage.
The ‘pass the port left’ saying you will have heard at every formal dinner, is a good way to remember the left side of the boat when it is facing forwards, is the Port Side. It will have a red light. The other is Starboard, and will have a green light.
Winches are wound to control the sails, clockwise for a fast wind and anticlockwise for slower.
If you hear the skipper shouting GYBING, duck / hold on to something. It’s just a turn but the main sail can whack across with ferocity, many a sailor’s scar is the fault of this fella.