7 days
British Virgin Islands, Martinique
Easy, Medium

By popular demand, this 7-day fast-track intermediate catamaran course turns monohull skippers into catamaran-endorsed skippers.

RETURN TIMESaturday at noon
WEARComfortable athletic clothing, boating shoes, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen
Professional instructorMeals & drinks on board
On board accomodationsCertifications fees
Food & drinks off the boat
Instructor gratuity

Course Preperation

PREREQUISITESASA 104, NauticEd Bareboat, RYA Dayskipper or comparable sailing experience
ONLINE COURSE PREPERATIONAbout 20-40 hours, course material will be provided after booking your course.
NauticEd – Catamaran Endorsement, or
ASA – 114



Additional information

MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, November, December

Day 1 – Sunday 9.30AM

Arrive at Village Cay, Road Town, Tortola to meet your fellow students and instructor.  Village Cay also provides accommodation the night before and after the course should you require it. 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 Peter Island where you will be able to have some lunch and a swim. Every day brings a different bay: the formal courser activities finish at around 5pm.  For dinner you will either cook aboard (two nights in the week) or go ashore to enjoy a local restaurant.

Day 2 – Day 6

Wake up to the sounds of the Caribbean sea, and if you feel like it, have a pre-breakfast swim straight off the boat. You will find your sea legs as your instructor continues to teach you going through the course syllabus. Each day you will progress further through the course outline. 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. As a guide they will most likely include: Tortola (including Cane Garden Bay), Cooper Island, Virgin Gorda and Jost van Dyke. If you are doing the ASA program there is a written test to be taken towards the end of the week. If you are doing the NauticEd program you will do all exams online prior to joining the boat.

Day 7

On the last day (Saturday) we sail back to Village Cay, Road Town. The course finishes on or before midday on the Saturday. You will receive a debrief and be anointed an ex-Virgin! Ex-Virgins receive great benefits such as discounts on Sailing Virgins branded Zhik sailing gear and on charter rates worldwide.

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British Virgin Islands

Your catamaran is a Lagoon 39 or its nearest equivalent. All of the catamarans used by Sailing Virgins are less than five years old.

The catamaran includes:

  • 3-4 cabins
  • Bed linens
  • 2-4 heads
  • Central galley area
  • Swim platforms

You can see the layout of the Lagoon 39 below:

lagoon 39 layout

Typical cabins look like this:

Here are two shots of the the Lagoon 39 under way

lagoon 39 catamaran sailing

lagoon 39
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lagoon 39 catamaran sailing
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lagoon 39 layout
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