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A learn to sail-better holiday
Has anyone had an educational sailing holiday?
I've been sailing Hobies, keelboats 27ft and under, and various things with sails on and off 20 years as a solo sailor. I have crewed on friend's big boats but was definitely never the skipper. I am ready to purchase a big boy boat of my own and begin bareboat charters with friends but I am not entirely comfortable single handing something in the 38-42 ft range. I most certainly know how to sail and understand the fundamentals but have a sneaking suspicion I have picked up quite a few bad habits, never learned a few best practices, and most importantly, have probably relied on brute strength and luck to get out of trouble.
I have a small window between today and the end of March where I would like to charter a boat with a captain willing to work with me. Really more of a floating sailing school than a pampered vacation. From my research, the ASA courses are all group non-liveaboard sessions. I found a group in BVI that does exactly what I want but my schedule may not work out for the captains they represent. Does anyone have any ideas? Location is irrelevant so long as it's warm and the conditions are not frightening.