July 18, 2016

Florida Vacation Feb-March 2021

Basic Cruising and Bareboat Chartering

American Sailing Association course

Prerequisite Certifications: ASA-101 is required for ASA-103 and ASA-104 certification. It is not required to participate in and complete the course, however.

Experience Level: “I’m looking for a challenging vacation with some learning on the side!”

Earn your Basic Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104) and your European boating license while enjoying a beautiful vacation in St. Petersburg, Florida! Our live-aboard yacht is a 37’ Jeanneau with 3 double cabins and 1 head. It is air-conditioned, complete with full galley, flat screen TV, and state-of-the-art GPS and electronics.

Arrive at 1:30PM Feb. 20 or March 6 for boat check-out and orientation. We sleep aboard at the dock the first night. In the morning we will practice motor drills and docking, then set sail in the afternoon. We will enjoy St. Petersburg's many restaurants within walking distance when we return to dock late afternoon the first 3 days. We will sail down the coast and anchor out the following 2 nights, visiting scenic beaches along the gulf coast. We will tow a motorized dinghy for sightseeing and dinner excursions. Throughout the week we will learn navigation, boat systems, diesel engine checks, crew overboard techniques, emergency procedures, reefing, anchoring. sail trim, advanced knots, cooking underway, and docking practice.

Upon successful completion of on-water skills and written exams, you will be certified to skipper your own charter yacht. You ASA certification serves as a boating license, required in many foreign countries to operate any boat with an engine. Snorkeling, swimming, and hiking time are included. All are welcome to participate and learn on this cruise, though ASA-101 is the prerequisite for ASA-103/ASA-104 certifications.

ITINERARY: Board Feb. 20 or March 6 at 1:30PM - Sleep aboard our yacht at the dock. Set sail the next morning. Live aboard while learning each day. We will explore different parks and beaches after we perfect our sailing skills each day. Return Feb. 26 or March 12 and disembark at 5PM.

Dates
Feb. 20 - 26, 2021
March 6 - 12, 2021

Cruising Catamaran course

American Sailing Association course

Prerequisite Certification: ASA-104 is required to earn your ASA-114 Certifications, but not required to enjoy the course!

Experience Level: “I’ve confidently sailed on my own and am ready for a challenging but fun vacation!”

Earn your Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114) certification or ASA 111 while enjoying a beautiful vacation in St. Petersburg, Florida. Our live-aboard yacht is a 40' 2019 Lucia Fountaine-Pajot with 4 double cabins and 2 heads. It is air-conditioned, complete with full galley, flat screen TV, and state of the art GPS and electronics.

We arrive at 1:30PM Feb. 27 for boat check-out and orientation. We sleep aboard at the dock that night. In the morning we will practice motor drills and docking, then sail in the afternoon. We will enjoy St. Petersburg's many restaurants within waling distance when we return to dock each afternoon the first 3 days. We will anchor out the last 2 nights, visiting beach destinations along the gulf coast. We will tow a motorized dinghy for sightseeing and dinner excursions. We will learn twin screw operation, diesel engine checks, crew overboard techniques, emergency procedures, reefing, anchoring, sail trim, liveaboard skils, and learn to expertly dock a twin-screw cat.

Upon successful completion of on-water skills and written exam, you will be certified to skipper your own charter catamaran. All are welcome on this cruise, though ASA 104 is the prerequisite for ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran certification.
Those not seeking certification are invited to join this course and participate as much as desired.

ITINERARY: Board Feb. 27 at 1:30PM - Sleep aboard, then set sail in the morning. Live aboard while learning each day. We will explore parks and beaches along the gulf coast. Return March 5 and disembark by 5PM.

Dates
Feb 27 - March 5, 2021
 

Details and Fees

Basic and Bareboat Chartering course: ASA 103/104: $1795/$3390 for 2. Included: Textbooks-Coastal Cruising Made Easy & Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, ASA certifications, free WiFi onboard, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, tropical drink nightly, snorkel, mask, fins. Shared double berth, bed linens, towels. Optional shore school in Minneapolis on February 1.  Packing list and textbooks will be sent upon registration. (ASA 101 is prerequisite for this course if you wish to be ASA Certified at the end, but not required to participate.) Non-students get a $60 discount, but may participate in sailing fully, if they wish.

Cruising Catamaran and Bareboat Chartering course: ASA 104/114: $2095/$3990 for 2. Included: Textbooks- Bareboat Cruising Made Easy & Cruising Catamarans Made Easy, ASA certifications, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, tropical drink nightly, snorkel, mask, fins. Shared double berth, bed linens, towels. Optional shore school in Minneapolis February 1. Packing list and textbooks will be sent upon registration. (ASA 103 is prerequisite for this course if you wish to be ASA Certified at the end, but not required to participate.) Non-students get a $60 discount, but may participate in sailing fully, if they wish.

Private Catamaran or Monohull charter for your group: Arrange a private charter for your family or group of friends. Participants may choose to be trained for ASA certifications, or just relax and enjoy a splendid vacation. Call with your dates and desired number of cabins for a personalized quote.

Not included: Airfare to BVI (airport code: EIS) or St. Thomas (airport code: STT), ferry from STT (about $45), taxi from EIS airport (about $20), BVI departure tax ($30), dinners ashore, taxi to The Baths (optional), personal beverages.

 *Contact Capt. Joan about hotel and flight suggestions.

There is no smoking while onboard our vessels. All public areas in the BVI are non-smoking.

Questions? Please Contact Captain Joan or call  612-871-8101

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