FAST-TRACK TO ADVANCED COASTAL SKIPPER

Keen to bring your sailing to an advanced level? Would you like to learn these skills in a safe and relaxed environment? Then this advanced fast-track program is the course for you. The fast-track to Advanced Coastal Skipper course reaches the NauticEd Captain Rank or the ASA course 106 to become a Yachtmaster in a limited time frame. Through this course your sailing skills will be enhanced such that longer trips, night sailing and all-weather sailing become possible.  Click here if you’d like to check availability now.

 

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Successfully completing this course will result in an ASA or NauticEd certification to skipper a keelboat up to 50 feet in length during a multi-day cruise in any conditions with a night sailing element.

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With this advanced course your professional journey into the world of sailing continues. The course is designed to quickly progress intermediate sailors.   It is very practical and will let you experience the more technical, difficult elements of sailing. There is also theory involved.  Students will need to obtain the course manual before the course and are advised to do some pre-reading. This way there will be more time to focus on the practical side of the syllabus.

Our professional ASA, NauticEd and RYA certified instructors 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. At Sailing Virgins from Tortola 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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Image: Michael Vanarey & The Soul Sail

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.

COURSE DETAILS

The fast-track to Advanced Coastal 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 $2,620. There are no hidden fees; this includes all your tuition. It includes your accommodation aboard, seven breakfasts, eight 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.  Click here to purchase this course.

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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ITINERARY – BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Day 1 – Sunday 9.30AM: Arrive at Soper’s Hole Marina to meet your fellow students and instructor. For an additional extra fee we can provide accommodation the night before (please contact us for options). Once you have settled in on board 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 in a different bay every morning.  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 Marina. Once back ashore we will finish the course in the office. 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.

In summer we run our programs out of Le Marin, Martinique. It is cooler there, the wind is more reliable in the summer months and all things considered it makes for a very hospitable island.

WHAT TO BRING

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

CERTIFICATE LIMITATIONS

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 waters
  • in any hours and in any conditions

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