Hey guys, I started looking into sailing schools a few days ago. It's something I really want to learn how to do and I found a course through Offshore Sailing School that does lessons in the British Virgin Islands. I've heard it's sailor's paradise, plus I've always wanted to go to the Soggy Dollar Bar in Jost Van Dyke. The course I'm looking at is the "Fast-Track to Cruising", which includes:
Tuition for two courses: Learn to Sail and Bareboat Cruising Preparation or Live Aboard Cruising
2 or 3 nights onshore accommodations (including applicable tax) and five onboard your yacht with Live Aboard Cruising
7 or 8 nights onshore accommodations (including applicable tax) with Bareboat Cruising Preparation
Training aboard the Colgate 26 and a 43-50 foot monohull or 43' to 47' catamaran cruising yacht
A monohull or catamaran cabin (shared or private) with Live Aboard Cruising option
All breakfasts, lunches and three dinners aboard plus snacks for seven days with Live Aboard Cruising option
Steve and Doris Colgate’s comprehensive Fast Track to Cruising textbook, published by McGraw-Hill
Three Sailing Certifications (Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising,Bareboat Cruising)
Test cruise without the instructor
A one-year subscription to Sailing World or Cruising World magazines
Sounds good, but the price for the whole venture is $4800.
Is this about right? Do any of you sailors have any experience with this particular outfit? I've never sailed a day in my life, but I think this would be a once in a lifetime deal and want to do it right. Plus the three certifications would allow me to charter a boat anywhere in the world.
Anyone want to come with?
This post was edited on 1/30 at 1:15 am