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dantm 09-16-2006 07:23 PM

Learn how to sail -- Carribean?

Recently I took some sailing lessons on a dinghy here in Boston...I would be interested to get some more experience on a larger (30 ft?) boat as part of a crew and see whether that life is for me anytime in the future.

Some time ago I was reading up on schools that are offered for like 1-2 weeks in the Carribean or somewhere in a warmer climate. Can anybody recommend any place or how to even start doing some research on this?

Are there any 'budget' ones? I don't mean cheap but I'm not looking into the $3K/week type of schools either.

Any ideas?

Thanks and best regards!

jswwrites 09-16-2006 07:47 PM

I googled "sail school caribbean" and a lot came up. Here's one that's $1600/week/student. Don't know anything about it, just post it as an example!

camaraderie 09-16-2006 09:50 PM

This is a good one in the BVI's and on 38' boats... The BVI's are a great place to learn and the boat size will be ideal to learn on. Here's also a listing of some of the other schools there.
One other way to get some cheap experience is to offer to crew for free on OPB's. (Other Peoples Boats). In about 5 weeks a fleet of boats will leave Norfolk VA on the Caribbean 1500 for the 10-14 day trip to the BVI's. Many of these boats will need crew. See the website if this is appealing.

Valdare 09-25-2006 11:46 AM

I would recommend Maryland school of seamanship and sailing.
They sail a boat from Rock Hall to the VI's then run weekly training classes. Tom Tursi runs a very good school. The classes are ASA but you do not need to to be trying for a qualification. Great way to learn and vacation. Boat is normally a 45ft Island Packet.

Good luck

Zanshin 09-26-2006 09:00 AM

I just finished some classes at Rob Swain Sailing school (see and can highly recommend them. The prices are fair and the tuition excellent. The sailing condition in the Caribbean are great [even during the hurricane season] and the Rob Swain school has a great Jeanneau 43DS and a wonderful Jeanneau 45.2 to choose from (there might be others, but those were the 2 at the dock last week). The classes not only teach you what you need to know but combine that with a tour of some of the more picturesque islands and locales. Plus you get to put "Anegada" into your logbook - most charter companies keep Anegada "off limits" to charterers unless they give you a captain or you can show that you've already been there.

Valdare 09-26-2006 02:31 PM

After the volcano BVI and US virgins is Anagada not cool?? 17 ft above sea level. Shelf between the Caribbean and Atlantic I understand. Great Lobster (Caribbean Lobster) BBQ's dinners. Great beach restaurants for lunch. Snorkeling thru a maze and having to swim backward to get out sometimes. Different!!

Chuteman 09-26-2006 10:15 PM

Here's a couple more
Learning in the many distractions & warm water......why didn't I think of that?:cool:

two more for your list:

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