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weaveballs1
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Sailing School in the BVIs



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)

Logbook

Diploma

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.

ETA: LINK

Anyone want to come with?



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or...

learn to sail here (or where you live) then go to the bvi and just rent a boat and live it up instead of being in school for your vacation.






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Or get something powered by cats or Yamahas – f’n blow boats this is the outdoor board w/ a bunch of rednecks and coona**es you think anyone of us knows or cares about learning to sail. This post goes right beside the disc golf thread – probably should go to the more sports board or maybe we should establish a wool socks and Birkenstocks board.





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I have heard that sailing vacations in the BVIs are an incredible trip. It is on my bucket list.





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Capt ST
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Damn,

Check out Moorings in BVI.






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faxis
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Shut up idiot. Some of us are capable of both without bumping our protruding brow ridge.

Weave that's a bit steep IMHO. If you live around Pontchartrain or on the coast there's plenty of schools you can take along the coast to get a six pack. You're going to need some time on a boat though. And while getting an education in it is great because you learn to do it right the first time, you aren't going to be comfortable with it till you've done it for awhile yourself.

I'd recommend you find the local yacht club and offer to crew. Someone will take you aboard and you'll get some experience racing under a skipper that knows his shite. Sailing is something that takes a long arse time to truly be good at it and learn the subtleties of it. Every boat has compromises you have to learn to deal with so there is no one size fits all solution to learning to sail.

That said, sailboats are similar enough that once you learn it well, you can step on any boat and sail it. I know that sounds contradictory but once you get there, you'll understand. And that's why if you've got the time in sailing, most charter companies in the BVI will let you take their boat after a checkout ride the first afternoon. If you've got enough experience some will even let you take it without the license. And for way the hell less than what you're spending on that school. Get a few friends and you're cruising around the BVI's for less than a trip to Destin.







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Drop4Loss
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Dont need a school. Book a 7 day trip with the Moorings with a captain. They will teach ya all ya need to know, after 2 days they will leave your boat and your good to go.

Then ya can Soggy, Anegada, Foxys' or Bitter End it all ya want.

This is a vid of a stink pot we were on goin to Anegada. (42 motor Cat)

Best VaCa there is.
LINK



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OntarioTiger
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Faxis

Maybe its just me or I missed something here – looking at the OB page I see 19 topics
Guns and shooting something – 12 threads
Fishing – 2
Misc redneck activities – 4
Sailing school questions – 1

One of these things is not like the other

And I bet if I went back 20 pages I would still have one thread on sailing schools – just sayin






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wickowick
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quote:

And I bet if I went back 20 pages I would still have one thread on sailing schools – just sayin


Why did you start a thread on tires on the OB? - just saying...






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OntarioTiger
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Wick - I wanted a redneck opionion on tires - just sayin and if you did a search you would find many many tire threads






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faxis
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Yeah and if we went back twenty pages you would still be just as irrelevant to the OB so shut the frick up. Nobody cares what your dumb arse thinks.

Fact is nobody knows more about boats and boating than a sailor. And guess where that takes place.






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There's plenty of tire threads.


Anyway to the OP, I've heard that sailing in the Virgin Islands is a great experience, I'd go for it.






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My folks did a trip with The Moorings last year, they and some friends bareboated a 46' Cat. They absolutely loved it. They are talking about going again in 2014 and getting a bigger cat with their same group. I myself am trying to put a crew together to go with them and get a mid 30s to 40ish mono.

With that said, I got into sailing here locally. I joined our local club, and started crewing for races and ended up with a boat after some time. Sailing is a lot of fun, whether you like to race or just cruise around. Go up to your local yacht club, get some information, start hanging around. People usually need crew for local races! Goodluck






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Or get something powered by cats or Yamahas – f’n blow boats this is the outdoor board w/ a bunch of rednecks and coona**es you think anyone of us knows or cares about learning to sail.


quote:

This post goes right beside the disc golf thread

frick you






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faxis
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Yeah if the money is no problem, and you want to learn, I can't think of a better place to do it.

It's getting crowded as hell there nowadays. Getting a mooring is getting hard from what I'm hearing and anchoring in a lot of places is forbidden, you have to pick up a mooring so you've got to time your passages so you can make it to the mooring fields early enough to pick up one or you'll find yourself sailing on to the next one. Trust the locals and work out your itinerary beforehand and you'll be fine if you're chartering without a captain.

But back to the subject at hand, personally, I'd want some experience before I went so it wouldn't be such a huge load to learn all at once. You'll understand it better if you've got some miles under your keel before you get there.

Either buy a dinghy and sail it around for a few months or get on a crew at the yacht club and learn it that way first. Don't cost nothin but beer and time and whatever personal gear the skipper requires which you'll need anyway.






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But back to the subject at hand, personally, I'd want some experience before I went so it wouldn't be such a huge load to learn all at once


quote:

Benjamin Harvey: Two .45's and a Mac-10.
Caroline Harvey: It's this total macho trip, Dad, just ignore it.
Martin Harvey: Where'd they come from?
Benjamin Harvey: Captain Ron traded the Guerrillas for 'em.
Captain Ron: Yeah, I thought we'd ought to have them, Boss. Cause, you know, we're gettin' into pirate waters, here, pretty quick.
Martin Harvey: What pirates?
Captain Ron: Pirates, of the Caribbean.
Martin Harvey: Been to Disney World, one too many times? Have we, Captain Ron?






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WildTchoupitoulas
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Sounds good, but the price for the whole venture is $4800.

"$4,800"?

Save yourself $800 and just buy this:



25' - Catalina 25
•Year: 1981
•Current Price: US $4,000
•Located In New Orleans, LA
•Hull Material: Fiberglass
•Engine/Fuel Type: Single Gas/Petrol


LINK

Learning how to sail is EASY. Mastering how to sail is HARD.




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NimbleCat
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You could come take the same classes in Kemah, TX. Save your money and go on a charter through the Moorings with your friends.

There is a sailing school down at my marina. They teach on a Colgate 26 and offshore on my buddy's 45' in the Gulf of Bay.

Not the same as the BVI trip you are talking about, but I would prefer to go charter down there with my friends and have a "Skipper" on the boat. Count on 2,300 per person for 10 days including airfare. We go every year, but have Captain Licenses and don't need the skipper.






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weaveballs1
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I appreciate all the advice, still haven't quite made up my mind yet. Faxis, do you know of any yacht clubs in particular around BR? I would guess SYC? I'd definitely like to have at least some experience first.

ETA: Also, this company is the official school of the Moorings. The larger boats they use in the course are Moorings yachts.



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WildTchoupitoulas
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I took a leisure class at LSU with my wife some years back. It's a good intro for $125.

Class Description:

Catch the wind in your sails and learn the basic principles of small boat sailing, including safety considerations and knot tying. Put that knowledge to the test on the water at False River in New Roads, LA. Join active small-boat sailors for the information-packed, hands-on class today!

Things to bring:

•Participants are required to bring life vest and a bag lunch for the Saturday session.

Things to know:

•Parking on campus Monday - Friday requires a permit, regardless of time of day. Permits will be issued for registered class participants at no additional charge.
•Saturday's class meeting will meet at the Pelican Yacht Club located at 9000 False River Road, New Roads, LA 70760.

Class ID: 1189

Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; 2 sessions starting April 11, 2013, ending April 13, 2013

Fee: $125.00 Member / Student Fee: $99.00

Instructor: Instructors
Location: Tureaud Hall

LINK

And oh yeah, there's a Yacht Club on False River where you'll do your pratical, Pelican Yacht Club





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