Always wanted to charter and command your own sailing boat for your private sailing vacation with family and friends? Would you like to learn these skills in a safe and relaxed environment? Then this is the course for you! The fast-track to Bareboat Cruising course is designed to help you become a certified skipper in a limited time frame. Through the fast-track to Bareboat Cruising course you will learn how to become a competent captain in a fun and safe environment.  Click here if you’d like to check availability now.




Successfully completing this course will result in an ASA certification or NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master rank to skipper a keelboat up to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise.

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With this course your professional journey into the world of sailing continues. The course is designed to quickly progress novices as it is very practical and will let you experience all aspects of sailing. There is also theory involved.  Students will receive the course manual before the course and are advised to do some studying before the start. This way there will be more time to focus on the practical side of the syllabus.

Our professional instructors, certified to RYA, NauticEd and ASA standards, are patient and have a lot of experience.  They will teach you the jargon, coursework and sailing tips & tricks in a relaxed and friendly way. From the moment you step aboard you will be encouraged to play an active part on the boat together with the other students.

Our Sailing Grounds

The British Virgin Islands are among the world’s best locations for sailing and cruising. The tropical climate has constant trade winds and a low humidity in the winter season, especially between October and June. On our learn to sail courses at Sailing Virgins you will visit beautiful islands like Jost van Dyke, Norman Island and Virgin Gorda. Each one has its own charm and history.  Combined with the legendary sailing conditions it will make any course you do a unique experience.

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The island of Tortola is where you will most likely enter the BVI. If you have some spare time it is well worth exploring the island itself, with surprisingly forested places such as Sage Mountain offering cooler air, brilliant views and a welcome slice of relatively untouched natural forest.


The fast-track to Bareboat Cruising comprises of 7 sailing days and 6 nights aboard. You will be sailing during the day around the islands located close to Tortola. You will experience the freedom of living aboard a boat. Single cabin occupancy is available, though we do have a two person minimum for the course.  The facilities aboard are shared. Our boat is a Beneteau First 40 with electric toilet and watermaker. In the evening we will moor or anchor near shore, with plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Course fees are $2,670. There are no hidden fees; this includes all your tuition. It includes your accommodation aboard, six breakfasts, seven lunches, snacks and drinks and two evening meals aboard. We usually go out for dinner ashore on most nights and enjoy the atmosphere of the local restaurants in a marina or on a beach, depending on our location. These are the only meals not included in the price. All other costs like mooring, ASA certificates, safety equipment, fuel and such are covered in the price. NauticEd comes at a $150 premium for lifetime online access to their courses.  Click here to purchase this course now.

You will be sailing aboard our Beneteau First 40, a legendary racer-cruiser designed by Bruce Farr.  Not only comfortable, the First 40 is regatta-winning fast.  As such she is a dream to sail. The instructor to student ratio will not be more than 1 to 5.

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Day 1 – Sunday 9.30AM: Arrive at Fish N Lime Inn, West End, Tortola to meet your fellow students and instructor. As well as being a great restaurant, Fish N Lime also provide accommodation the night before and after the course should you require it (ask Heather there for a Sailing Virgins discount). Once you have settled in your instructor will conduct a safety briefing and take you through the course plan.  Shortly afterwards you will be on your way! A popular first stop is at Sandy Cay where you will be able to have some lunch and a swim. Every day you will moor or anchor up for the night, finish the official course activities at around 5pm and either cook aboard or go ashore to have dinner.

Day 2 – Day 6: Wake up to the sounds of the sea. You will get your sea legs as your instructor continues to teach you going through the course syllabus. All the modules in the course outline will be covered. The instructor will take time with every student to make sure they have a good level of competency at the end of the week. The locations visited during the course can change on short notice due to weather and other conditions, but for your reference they will most likely include: Cane Garden Bay, Norman Island, Jost van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. There is a written test that will be taken by every student.

Day 7: On the last day we sail back to Soper’s Hole, West End. Once back ashore we will finish the course at the Fish n Lime. There will be a debrief with your instructor.

We can provide accommodation for the nights surrounding your course for an extra fee.  Contact us for options.


Sailing means living in close quarters so please try to travel light, please do not bring any hard, big suitcases with wheels that are difficult to store. A backpack or sports/duffel bag would be best. Some recommendations on what to bring aboard:

  • Comfortable airy clothes – t-shirt and shorts advised
  • Deck or soft shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen/block
  • Bathing suit
  • Wash kit
  • Towel
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended!


Once you have completed this course and have achieved a good level of competence at the end of the week and have passed the written exam, you will receive the ASA certificate Bareboat Cruising Standard. This means you are certified for the following:

  • Skipper on a vessel up to a maximum length of 45 ft
  • in coastal and inland waters
  • in daylight hours and with moderate to heavy wind (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions


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