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You can become a sailing skipper in one week. This course is conducted by a qualified instructor and set to the syllabus of the American Sailing Association (ASA) and NauticEd.The fast-track skipper course commences in West End on the island of Tortola, sails for seven days around the legendary waters of the British Virgin Islands, and returns the following Saturday at midday.Students live on board a fast, comfortable Beneteau First 40 yacht for the entire week. All meals on board (breakfast, lunch and two dinners) are included, as is instruction and your accommodation on board.

A typical itinerary for your fast-track Sailing Virgins skipper course (which may change according to conditions) looks like this:

Sunday - Boat Familiarisation, Mooring Techniques

At 9.30am everyone will meet at the Fish n Lime Inn, West End, Tortola. Boat safety briefings, food is put away, you're off! You sail to Sandy Cay and perfect your ball-mooring techniques. After lunch you have a swim in the perfectly clear water, explore the beautiful island and sail to the island of Jost van Dyke.

Monday - Sailing Upwind I, Passage Plans

This morning you have your introduction to passage plans and upwind sailing. Guided by your instructor you will write your first passage plan and then adopt it to sail upwind to Cane Garden Bay, known for its legendary sunsets.

Tuesday - Sailing Upwind II, Navigation

You work on some handy navigation techniques and as a team create your second passage plan. This passage will take you through some fascinating, reef-strewn water to Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. On the way you stop at Marina Cay for lunch and possibly one of their famous "Painkiller" cocktails.

Wednesday - Man Over-Board Procedures, Docking

With a very early start, you leave Spanish Town and head to the world famous rock formations of The Baths. Exploring the Baths early allows you to see it at its best: without other tourists. Plus it affords you plenty of time in the day to work on your sailing skills. Today you sail to the Bitter End Yacht Club, refining your alongside docking practice. On the way you learn a couple of techniques for Man Over-Board drills.

Thursday - Sailing Downwind, Weather, Reefing

Understanding weather is a crucial part of a sailor's skill-set. This morning starts with discussions around meteorology theory and how it is applied in real-life situations. This includes techniques to reduce your sail size (reefing), and how to do it fast, should you ever be surprised by a squall. Then you will have a lovely downwind sail to Trellis Bay.

Friday - Exam day!

Another Sailing Virgins examiner will board the boat in the morning and take you through your paces. All in the comfort of the Cooper Island Resort. This separation of instructor and examiner means you can receive tuition about areas that you may not quite have understood during the week. It makes for very thorough learning.  It is unique to Sailing Virgins. Tonight is a post-exam celebration at the legendary (notorious?!) floating bar in Norman Island called Willy T.

Saturday - Snorkel and back to base

A lazy morning, gentle snorkel and lovely sail back to the base, West End. Debrief and you're done! You are now an ASA 104 (or equivalent) qualified skipper.


    Location: British Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands

    Duration: 7 days

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      Operates: Courses begin on Sunday morning at 9:30am and end on the following Saturday midday.

      Departure Point:
      Fish n Lime Inn, West End, Tortola

      Departure Time: 9:30am Sundays

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      Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

    • Inclusions:
      • Accommodation as per itinerary
      • Entrance fees
      • Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
      • Fuel surcharge
      • Local taxes
      • National Park fees
      • Viator brokerage fee
      • Bottled water
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Two dinners on board
      • Light refreshments
      • Snacks
      • Professional guide

    • Exclusions:
      • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
      • Gratuities (10-20% is customary)

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
      • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible

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