SAILING COURSES

For all Levels of Experience
beginner to advanced

Sailing Lessons and Certifications

 

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.

In addition we offer Racing courses, Racing Clinics and Clinic/regattas that will help you move up in any fleet you sail in.

If you are not already a member of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, all our principal courses include a guest membership in the club: a Blue Water Membership.

 

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.

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: Learn to Sail Course or equivalent

STYC Guest Member $1200

STYC Annual Member $900

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cruising course
cruising course

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 $1600

STYC Annual Member $1200

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RACING COURSE
RACING COURSE

Learn the racing rules, effective starting techniques, strategy and tactics. Refine your boat handling and speed skills while racing in a competitive fleet.

 

STYC Guest Member $1200

STYC Annual Member $900

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BAREBOAT CERTIFICATION program
BAREBOAT CERTIFICATION program

You will become familiar with onboard systems, learn to optimize your sailing skills upwind and down, explore harbors, practice docking under power, learn advanced navigation and piloting techniques and more — in short, all the skills necessary for safe and fun cruising in the waters of the Virgin Islands.

STYC Guest Member $2700

STYC Annual Member $2000

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INTRO TO HOBIE CAT SAILING
INTRO TO HOBIE CAT SAILING

This three hour course teaches students the skills needed 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.

1 Person $150

People $180

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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!

Suzanne S.

PRIVATE LESSONS
PRIVATE LESSONS

Review basic daysailing skills or work with a racing coach. Private lessons provide the opportunity to learn what you want when you want. Two hour minimum

STYC Guest Member $160

STYC Annual Member $125

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Great sailing program, active tennis community, nice patio and great food & drinks

Martin Q.

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