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haclark3 04-26-2011 01:02 PM

Fair Winds Sailing Course BVI
Just scheduled a week long bareboat course with Fair Winds for March 2012. I will be sailing with spouse and another couple. All of us are very much so novice. I have been seeing many mixed reviews on Fair Winds, but not many in last 12-14 months. Has anyone used Fair Winds in last 12-14? Seems boat fleet is old.. True?

FarCry 04-26-2011 07:59 PM

It depends on what boat you end up taking your class on. When they are busy they charter boats from another charter company. I suggest you do a search on traveltalkonline dot com under either USVI or BVI forums and see what has been said over there.

MarkWindSailor 05-04-2011 05:17 PM

Run, don't walk.
Cancel and book another option.

haclark3 05-04-2011 05:28 PM

Fair Winds

Can you be more specific on negative reply about Fair Winds please.

Thank you!


chairSailor 05-04-2011 05:39 PM

I can chime in here....
Boats are not maintained; worrisome in terms of safety. Captains can be very good or so-so. Manager of Fair Winds is iffy and will not return calls nor provide clear information.
My family had a good trip, but it was stressful dealing with the company and with the preparation. Will not do business again with them.

I think one can do better. They are a low-priced outfit. You get what you pay for.

haclark3 05-04-2011 06:41 PM

@ chairSailor
Thanks for info. chairsailor. Looks like we are stuck now, since we have already paid %50 deposit. Wife planned for my 40th birthday. Thanks again and hopefully it works out best.

FarCry 05-04-2011 09:23 PM


Originally Posted by haclark3 (Post 727024)
Thanks for info. chairsailor. Looks like we are stuck now, since we have already paid %50 deposit. Wife planned for my 40th birthday. Thanks again and hopefully it works out best.

PM sent. Enjoy your trip.

jccarr 05-04-2011 10:12 PM

I was down sailing with BWSS 2 weeks ago and spent 2 nights at the same port with a Fair Winds sailing school boat. We spent time visiting with their students over dinner. They were all very happy with their week and had nothing but good things to say about the experience, training and their Captain Ethan.

sergeantmajor 01-29-2013 06:31 PM

Re: Fair Winds Sailing Course BVI
I have to agree with Ketch and ChairSailor. We also had a bad experience with Fair Winds. The boats break down frequently and the manager, who works remotely, is not a nice guy. I would expect more from a vacation company.

kerry7172 12-09-2014 11:25 AM

Re: Fair Winds Sailing Course BVI
I will not recommend Fair Wind to anyone wanting to do a bareboat charter. I was in email correspondence with the company since October, getting questions answered, getting quotes, etc for a charter in the USVI. We decided on dates and a boat. I stated in several emails that we wanted to finalize the trip, how does payment work, deposits, refunds, etc. and they never gave me an answer. They never said you need X amount of a deposit paid in this way by this date to reserve the boat. I emailed again over a week ago saying we want to finalize how does payment work, no response. I emailed again last night saying just checking you got my email. I get a response this morning, one sentence - Sorry we no longer have any yachts available for the date we had selected. I was livid! I called and spoke to him and read him email after email where I stated I want to finalize and never in any of the responses he sent did he ever give me instructions on how to do that and then they book the boat out from under us. My husband is in the military and is currently away from the family for a year and this was the one trip for us to see him and now with only a month to go until his leave time, we have to scramble and plan something else. Make sure you keep everything in writing so you have proof as to what was and was not said!

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