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I am thinking or going on a fairwinds catamaran sailing lesson for a week out of St. Thomas. anyone have any comments or exprience with them?
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My wife and I took a one week course with Fairwinds in May 2010. We took ASA 101 - 104 plus the 114 catamaran course during the week.

Captain was excellent. Boat was older and not in great shape. Experience was very good. BVI's were great. Pricing was reasonable.

A note of caution. I recently noted that Fairwinds no longer is listed as an ASA sanctioned school. I do not know the details. When I went to their site the previous ASA courses were absent.

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You may want to check out International Charter Sailing Organization (ICSO). It appears to be a Fairwinds child. bareboat charter sailing lessons
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My understanding is that Fairwinds has affiliated with the ICSO, where the courses are based on what charter companies want people to know. I looked at their site once and saw the course standards, and they seemed rigorous.

I took ASA 101 and 103 with them in 2010 and found the instruction to be quite good, though the instructor wasn't usually affiliated with FairWinds. It as definitely worth it for me, though.
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