Sail the Virgin Islands while learning to skipper a large cruising charter boat. You will spend seven nights and six days mastering all the skills needed to be a bareboat skipper. Candidates will rotate through various operating positions: Watch Commander, Navigator, Helmsman, and Engineer. You will learn the tricks to successful provision a bareboat charter, route planning, menu planning, regularly taking a fix to know where you are, a running fix, docking, multiple anchoring methods, advanced sail trim, crew overboard recovery both under power and under sail.
The Virgin Islands are an ideal charter destination with steady easterly trade winds, clear waters, boulder formed caves, picture perfect beaches. Unique waterfront restaurants and numerous safe anchorages make these islands a great training ground.
COSTS: $3,100 all inclusive – private berth with a queen size bed, private bathroom (head), food cooked on board (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners), boat rental, hull damage insurance, charts, cruising fees, mooring ball charges, Bitter End docking charges, water, ice, cold drinks, dinghy, linens, VISAR fees, ASA student text and two (2) ASA certifications.
1) You can bring a companion to share your berth for an additional $200.
2) Payment Plan: $775 non-refundable deposit to reserve your berth, payment two of $775 due 5/15, and final payment of $1,550 due 9/15.
What is not included? The following items are not included in the class fee; airfare, dining ashore, alcoholic beverages, airport transfers, BVI departure tax, souvenirs, personal incidentals, trip insurance and hotel the first night.
Prerequisites: ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing – classes are available through the Austin Yacht Club on Lake Travis. Experienced sailors can challenge the ASA101 Standard while sailing with us in the islands for an additional $400 fee.
By special arrangements, one can take the ASA105 Coastal Navigation and ASA106 Advanced Coastal Cruising in lieu of ASA104.
Arrival Deadline: Students MUST be at the Moorings Base by noon, the day before the chater for lunch and crew briefing and then spend the afternoon provisioning their boat.
Traveling to the BVIs: You can fly to the BVIs directly by flying to Beef Island (airport code EIS) or you can fly to St. Thomas (airport code STT) and catch a ferry to the Moorings Base in Road Town, Tortola, BVI. If you fly to St. Thomas, you will have to take the ferry to Road Town. The last ferry leaves St. Thomas at 4:15 p.m. There is an 8:30 a.m. ferry.
ASA Combo 103 & 104 or 104 & 105
Two ASA Certifications Offered by Captain Harry Polly and Rusty Pete Flotillas.