SAILING COURSESFor all Levels of Experience
beginner to advanced to cruising
Sailing Courses and Lessons
Our principal courses are Learn to Sail, Advanced and Cruising which, taken in sequence, will give you the ability and confidence to bareboat charter or sail your own cruising boat. Our Bareboat Certification Program is an intensive week long program that incorporates elements of all three courses. US Sailing Certification is available with Learn to Sail, Cruising, and Bareboat Certification Programs.
If you are not already a member of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, all our principal courses include a 30-day membership in the St. Thomas Yacht Club: a Blue Water Membership.
Want to see what sailing is all about? Come out and get on the water with one of our professional coaches on our IC-24s for a few hours. You will learn the basics and have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful waters in the world!
INTRO TO HOBIE CAT SAILING
This three hour course will teach you the skills you need to sail a Hobie cat safely and effectively even if you’ve never sailed before! A short classroom session teaches the fundamentals of sailing such as sail trim upwind and downwind, tacking and jibing.
Learn to Sail
This course is guaranteed to 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.
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.
Learn the racing rules, effective starting techniques, strategy and tactics. Refine your boat handling and speed skills while racing in a competitive fleet.
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Discover the fun of cruising and acquire the skills you need to charter and cruise on your own. Live aboard course includes cruise planning and provisioning, diesel engine operation, onboard systems, docking under power, seamanship and advanced navigation techniques. Practice entering unfamiliar harbors at night, anchoring, and become comfortable handling a variety of different conditions with confidence.
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BAREBOAT CERTIFICATION program
This eight day intensive course takes you from little or no experience to becoming certified and more importantly, qualified to charter a 40′ boat in a place like the Virgin Islands, or sailing your own cruising boat.
Review basic sailing skills, mooring landings or work with a racing coach. Private lessons provide an opportunity to learn what you want when you want. Two hour minimum.
Lovely location offers yacht rental and racing (plus tennis) with an affordable 30 day membership. Sailing lessons also available. Best veggie burger around. Great spot!
Great sailing program, active tennis community, nice patio and great food & drinks