July 18, 2016

BVI Vacation Courses 2023

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 the cruise, however.

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

Earn Basic Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104) while enjoying a beautiful vacation in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

On the first day at 4PM we move onto our yacht, and go through a thorough boat briefing and chart briefing of the cruising area. We will get used to handling the boat under power with MOB drills and docking practice, then set sail to learn the ropes of our sloop-rigged yacht. We spend the night moored or anchored off a different island each night. Besides liveaboard skills we will learn dead reckoning and GPS navigation, boat systems, diesel engine checks, crew overboard techniques, emergency procedures, reefing, double anchoring, sail trim, and advanced knots.

ITINERARY: Board at 4PM on first day. Sleep aboard each night. Return to dock and disembark by 10AM on the last day. Included: 2 Textbooks, breakfasts, lunches, towels and linens.

Feb. 12 - 18, 2023

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 Cruising Catamaran ASA 114 while enjoying a beautiful vacation in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Our live-aboard yacht is a 40' 2019 Lucia Fountaine-Pajot (photo above) with 4 double cabins and 4 heads. It is air-conditioned, complete with full galleylat screen TV, and state-of-the-art GPS, chartplotter and Wifi. Board our boat at Nanny Cay Marina in Tortola, BVI.
We will sail each morning and anchor off a different island by early afternoon each day. There will be plenty of time during the week for snorkeling, swimming, and enjoying all the sights of this magnicent group of islands. WE will tow a motorized dinghy for sightseeing and dinner excursions. We will learn navigation, twin screw operation, diesel engine checks, crew overboard techniques, emergency procedures, reefing, anchoring, sail trim, cooking underway, live-aboard skills and you will learn to expertly dock a twin-screw catamaran.

Upon successful completion of on-water skills and written exam, you will be certified to skipper your own charter catamaran. All are welcome to fully participate in all aspects of the course, though ASA 104 is the prerequisite for ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran certification.

Included: All breakfasts and lunches aboard, bottled water, coffee, tea, sundowner drink.
ITINERARY: Board at 4:00pm on February 19. Sleep aboard at dock. Set sail after orientation next morning. We wil anchor or moor off a different island each night, exploring 1-2 islands every day. Disembark February 24 at 10AM.

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.

Proof of Covid vaccinations required upon registration. No smoking onboard yacht, dinghy, or dock.

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

Have your bags packed!? Register now!