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Originally Posted by rob420 View Post
I'm a sailnet newby and had a question about sailing schools in the virgin islands.

I've been sailing unofficially since I was a kid (but not recently)--and am looking to start sailing 'officially' (get certified) so that I can eventually start chartering with confidence.

I figured I'd learn where I intend to sail, which is the virgin islands. Having never been there, I'm looking at St. Thomas vs. Tortola--are there any recommendations?

Any recommendations on particular schools (or what to look for)?

Thanks for the help.
We got our 101/103 on Lake Erie in the summer on a hectic long weeked, but then did Bareboat Charter down in the BVI.

We used Rob Swain Sailing School (Nanny Cay, Tortola) and very much enjoyed it. Our instructor Toddy was good guy and solid on the schooling. It was most definately *not* just a leisurely cruise every day. we drilled and practiced and studied then drilled some more.

I would have no hesitation in making a recommendation about them.

No disclaimers to make...just a satisfied customer.

ps- we bareboated for a week the following year also in the BVI. Having a bit of knowledge about the waters from our previous instruction certainly helped to make that first charter a bit less stressful.
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