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Virgin Islands Sailing Program

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 8 people
Destination: US Virgin Island  
Category: Boating and sailing
Season: December - May
Min Price: 1495 US Dollar (USD) per trip
Max Price: 1695 US Dollar (USD) per trip

We operate in the Virgin Islands with sailing lessons running from early December through mid-May. Our sailing base is in St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands at the American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook, St. Thomas. Our Virgin Islands sailing instruction features our Instant Bareboater sailing lessons - a true sailing school at sea! Sailing lessons are weeklong live aboard cruises leaving St Thomas, Virgin Islands and sailing through both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands (BVI). Successful completion of our Instant Bareboater class provides students with ASA certification through Bareboat Chartering (ASA 101, 103, 104). The Instant Bareboater sailing instruction is an all inclusive class with all on boat expenses included in one fee (only exceptions are for alcoholic beverages and Captain’s tip if you think one is deserved).

Instant Bareboater sailing lessons begin on Saturday afternoon with orientation, safety checks, and meal provisioning. As part of the lesson plan, students will sleep aboard our yacht in St Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands on Saturday night (Friday night sleep aboard is also available). Then, on Sunday we set sail through the Virgin Islands. We believe the best way to learn how to sail is to maximize the time spent on the water sailing the boat. Our sailing instruction emphasizes boat handling and safety procedures (man over board, hove-to, emergency procedures, etc.) adn we spend 4-6 hours a day sailing and practicing sailing drills. In addition, we cover the boat systems required to live aboard a cruising yacht. You will learn the basics of marine electronics, plumbing, inboard diesel engines as well as water and power conservation. We will spend significant time learning the tough chores - anchoring, picking up mooring balls and docking. Finally, our sailing school is one of the few sailing schools that operates in both the U. S. and British Virgin Islands. This means our students learn proper yachting customs when sailing internationally and also learn how to clear customs in both the U. S. and British Virgin Islands. The sailing course returns back to St Thomas, US VIrgin Islands on Friday afternoon in time to catch flights out of the Virgin Islands back home.

Advanced Coastal Cruising

New for the sailing season, we offer Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) and Coastal Navitaion (ASA 105) in the Virgin Islands. This advanced sailing lessons begins in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands on Saturday afternoon and includes a 24 hour sailing passage to the tropical paradise of Anguilla. We'll perform night time man-over-board drills and practice other advanced sailing drills while still having time to explore the beautiful island of Anguilla before returning to St. Thomas on Thursday and Friday. We will also learn the techniques and tools of coastal navigation along both passages. Bareboat certification (ASA 104) is pre-requisite for the class.

In addition to lots of sailing, the Virgin Islands’ sailing infrastructure provides opportunity for unlimited fun. Our typical itinerary includes stops at different anchorage every night and may include a quiet anchorage off St. Thomas or a great beach bar or restaurant in the British Virgin Islands. Typical days allow for time snorkeling, hiking, exploring or just “liming” on a gorgeous white sand beach.

In addition to the Instant Bareboater curriculum, we also offer classes in Coastal Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Basic Sailing, Basic Cruising and Advanced Sailing at our Virgin Islands sailing school. Due to irregular demand for these sailing classes, they are scheduled upon request. Come join our sailing school - America's Best Sailing School.