Shearwater Journeys, Inc. is pleased to have you join us on our
exciting nature trip to observe some of the most fascinating wildlife, offshore Half Moon
Bay. Please read the following information carefully as it will add to your enjoyment of
Please meet Debi at H Dock, Johnson Pier
at Pillar Point Harbor on Half Moon Bay, El Granada for
boarding of the New Captain Pete at 7:00 a.m. SHARP. The boat will depart
immediately after the pre-trip briefing. Please be PROMPT. The boat will NOT wait for
latecomers. Return times are variable, ranging from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Allow for delays, if
unusual wildlife is encountered.
should be brought in large quantities, including rain gear, headwear,
gloves and non-skid shoes or boots. Persons in open-toed shoes will not be admitted to
the boat. A large man's handkerchief is good for wiping spray from glasses. The boat
will go out in rain or small craft warnings, at the captain's discretion, so be prepared.
Ponchos must be secured about the waist with a belt. Bring sunscreen. It can be cool
any time of the year, including summer, on the ocean.
are NOT available, as there is no galley on board. Bring ample food, crackers
and liquids. There is a working microwave on board which you may use.
CAMERAS and BINOCULARS
are essential, however, telescopes, tripods, folding
chairs or stools, are not permitted on the boat. Bring plastic bags to protect your
equipment from spray. Bring field guides, too. Shearwater Journeys cannot be liable for
loss or damage to your personal property while on the trip.
are highly recommended, and to be effective, they must be taken one
hour prior to boarding. If you have never taken them before, check with your doctor first,
and be sure to read the warnings on the label. There is no need to be embarrassed
about this common problem, but it does require your attention. The best cure for
seasickness is prevention. Eat a non-greasy, high protein breakfast (A full stomach is
less likely to betray you). DO NOT drink alcoholic beverages the night prior to your trip.
Pretzels and carbonated beverages during the trip can be helpful to settle your
stomach. Avoid the use of colognes and perfumes. Go to bed early. The number one
cause of seasickness is lack of sleep.
Ginger and wrist bands generally do NOT work.
Take a pill. Remember, the key to avoiding seasickness is to take preventative
measures PRIOR to your trip.
can be a problem offshore. If it is raining (unlikely), or foggy (likely), do NOT
assume that the trip is canceled. Please do not call me the night prior to the trip, as I will
not be there. We usually do not make decisions regarding cancellation until the morning
of the trip. Sometimes, the wind will kick up in the afternoon, forcing an earlier return.
The trip may proceed for several hours and need to be canceled before completion.
This may cause a pro-rated fee to be charged. If the trip is more than 4 hours complete,
the full rate will be charged. Be prepared for windy and wet conditions. If the trip is
weathered out, a $10 processing fee will be deducted from your refund.
can ONLY be made if Shearwater Journeys is notified THIRTY DAYS (30), in
before the date of your trip, using the postmark date of your letter as the
NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE FOR ANY REASON SHOULD
YOU CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION AFTER THE THIRTY DAY CUT-OFF PERIOD.
There are NO exceptions to this policy. You must cancel in writing as answering
machines, and email are unreliable. If you cancel your reservation thirty days before
your trip, you will receive a refund in 30 days. There is a $20 processing fee for EACH
canceled reservation. You may reschedule (switch to another date) on another trip 30
days in advance in writing. There is a $20 rescheduling fee. Trips may be canceled by
Shearwater Journeys, Inc. due to undersubscription, hazardous weather conditions or
Acts of God. If the trip is canceled due to weather or terrorists, by the captain you will
receive a refund, less a $10 processing fee, within 30 days. In no event, however shall
our liability exceed the obligation to refund more than the amount you paid to us. If you
should miss your trip due to airline changes, cancellations, terrorist acts, acts of war, or
related incidents, your fee will not be refundable unless Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
cancels the entire trip. See your travel agent for trip cancellation insurance which
we highly recommend purchasing.
reasons prevent pregnant women from being admitted to the boat. The
facilities cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Please consult with Debra Shearwater for
making a reservation for anyone under the age of 12 years.
is NOT permitted on the boat. This is for everyone's comfort. To improve
the quality of your pelagic trip, we request that you please turn off CELL PHONES and
pagers while on the boat. Soliciting of any sort is not permitted without the express
permission of Debra Shearwater.
is available in the lot near the dock. However, do NOT park in the two rows
labeled as two hour parking. You will be ticketed. Please note that some areas are
designated as permit parking. Parking is free.
in the surrounding area can be very expensive. It is wise to reserve rooms in
Receipt of this contract acknowledges your acceptance of the above conditions. The
leaders and Shearwater Journeys, Inc. assume no responsibility for personal injury. Our
trips typically have several experienced leaders. If you have questions, please be sure
to ask them. IF weather conditions allow, we will head offshore to the edge of the
continental shelf, where we hope to find albatrosses and other seabirds. Come well rested
and be prepared for excitement!
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024