St. Thomas Sailing Center


Our commitment is to provide the best sailing education available at any level of experience. Our course curricula have been honed over 40 years to exceed the standards of US Sailing Certification, which we also offer. Our instructors, our fleet and the fact that you will be sailing in the warm crystal waters of the Caribbean will make your sailing courses here the experience of a lifetime.

We completed a learn to sail course with nine students taught by Bruno and Paul on the IC24s – the course was AMAZING and the students all learnt so much. Having never sailed before it was an eye opener not only to the beauty of the USVI as a cruising ground, but to the joys of sailing! Thank you STYC! 
Oriel B.


Our Learn to Sail and Advanced courses are taught on IC-24s, which are among the most comfortable, responsive and stable performance keelboats anywhere. They are perfect for daysailing and racing. Our Hobie Waves are sure to make you smile.

Our Cruising Courses are taught on a Hanse 385, a spacious, performance cruiser/racer with a self-tacking jib.

Our Instructors

We consider our teaching staff to be one of our greatest resources. Each instructor has been carefully selected for those qualities which make top-notch instructors. They are friendly, patient and extremely knowledgeable in sailing. Most importantly they have a passion for sailing and a love of sharing that passion with others.


We offer optional US Sailing Certification from Basic Keelboat through Bareboat Cruising.

Our Venue

Among the things that make sailing here unique among all other sailing venues is the fact that the wind almost always blows from the East between 10 and 20 knots. It is extremely rare that there is ever a day when there is not enough wind to sail. Of course with winter air temperature of 84 deg. and water temperature of 78 deg. it really is one of the best places to sail on the planet.


Featured Sailing Courses


Learn to Sail
Learn to Sail

This award winning course was developed at the Boston Sailing Center and refined over 30 years to the point where we guarantee this course will teach you to sail safely and confidently, or we’ll continue your lessons at no extra charge. You’ll learn all the fundamental skills: rigging, points of sail, tacking, jibing, reefing, landing at a mooring, navigation with chart and compass, and an introduction to spinnaker handling.

Prepares you for: Advanced Course
                                IC-24 Access at STSC
                                Sailing your own keelboat

STYC Guest Member $1200

STYC Annual Member $900

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advanced sailing course
advanced sailing course

Gain the skills needed to sail with confidence in a wide range of conditions. Course covers advanced sail trim techniques, tuning, boat handling, seamanship, and optimizing boat speed–skills essential to both cruising and racing. Practice more advanced coastal navigation techniques and become proficient flying a spinnaker.

Prepares you for: Cruising Course or racing as crew.

STYC Guest Member $1400

STYC Annual Member $1100

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Discover the fun of cruising and acquire the skills you need to charter and cruise on your own. Wednesday’s session covers course planning and provisioning, diesel engine operation, electrical systems, sail handling and docking under power. A concentrated two day sail among the beautiful US Virgin Islands leaves STSC Thursday morning and includes entering unfamiliar harbors, anchoring, navigating after dark, and learning techniques for handling heavy weather with confidence.

STYC Guest Member $1800

STYC Annual Member $1350

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North U Mid-Winter Racing Clinic


Offered in partnership with North U, spend all four days with a professional coach onboard helping you to refine your racing skills through speed drills, starting practice, short courses, boat handling exercises. Learn More.

Blue Water Membership

All our major courses include a Blue Water Membership ​in the St. Thomas Yacht Club for 30 days, where you can enjoy all the amenities the club has to offer: bar, restaurant, tennis and squash courts, beach, etc. In addition, to practice your new skills, you may sign up for Blue Water Boat Access and sail our IC-24s and/or Hobie Waves for the duration of your Blue Water Membership. You can sail with family or friends, or other Members with Boat Access—practice and internalize the skills you’ve learned during your course all while having the vacation of a lifetime.