...my preference when taking sailing courses, and teaching them, is to favor a multi-day, continuous course...
I couldn't agree more and with your reasons for saying this...
...on a liveaboard course, spending your entire day with your instructor and classmates, and evenings, aside from being pretty sociable, are generally spent talking about boating, clarifying question's from the day's practical lessons, and observing other boaters, etc.
Live to sail, sail to live!
From the get-go, I pretty much ruled out evenings or weekends because of this. As I haven't sailed in over 40 years, since university, I'll come back from my liveaboard course very much confirmed as either a sailor or a landlubber! Live the dream, or change it to one you can live.
from FYC: For sailboats, any boat with a length under 26 feet is allowed.
I know they sail 24s, two feet longer than mine, so it didn't seem unusual/unlikely/strange that I'd be able to sail an Abbott 22 there.... just might have to pull it out a week or so earlier than the shallower boats
I agree that if your ambitions are limited to sailing on Fanshawe or similar sized and sheltered waters, then White Sail is in line and quite likely the best choice; however my thinking re Fanshawe is that it would be a conveniently located and sheltered water on which to practice for a year, before going out on the 'big waves', the 'real world' so to speak. Look on it as a local shakedown cruise...
Fast learning/competence through lots of practice with minimised risk and many people handy to advise and assist when necessary.
I'm anticipating that most often I'll sail single handed, and would like to qualify for the GLSS
and I know that'll take a while, but that's my
ambition. Hence Basic Cruising...
"You start with an empty cup of experience and a full barrel of luck. The trick is to fill your cup before the barrel runs dry." - bljones