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Question Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

My wife and I will be starting the bareboat cruising course in Fort Myers on Monday. We got our US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification this past May. Any last minute advice before we start?

And boy, am I looking forward to leaving the snow behind. Long winter.
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

I took the ASA 101,103,104,114 class last fall in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. You can read my trip report at www.MokaKat.com. It may give you some idea of what your week will be like. Good luck with your classes!
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

Pay attention, let things sink in, and try and get the most helm time in the worst weather.
I got lucky; right before my class was to start everyone backed out! I paid extra (not a lot) for the instructor and myself to go out for the whole week. Spent 2 days (about 12 hrs) in nasty, nasty weather. Money well spent.
I wish i had learned more about light wind sailing on a big rig.
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

When you get back give us a follow up. I'd like to take my wife for the class down there.
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

Thanks, guys. Keep the advice coming, still have a few days before we go.

I'll write something up about the experience in a new thread when I get back.
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

Bonita Bill's under the bridge to FMB has good burgers and onion rings at even better prices, Starz pizza is very good (happens to be right next to the OSS office on MacGregor Blvd).
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

Hey Justflie,

What made you choose the Ft. Myers location for this course over the other Florida locations? We are thinking about taking a course with Offshore Sailing and we aren't sure which location would be better....

Looking forward to hearing about your experience.

Thanks!
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

I took the course several years ago in the BVI. One of the best weks of my life.
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

So there are two things wrong with my post. I took the liveaboard cruising course on captiva island, fl. With regard to location, part of it was I was meeting some friends in Bonita Springs before the class. I can't remember why we chose Captiva Island over Fort Myers, but I think they weren't offering the liveaboard course out of Fort Myers during the timeframe we were looking to take the course. That rings a bell.

Starting a new thread probably later this week to talk about my experience. In short, it was great. More detail to follow in the separate thread.
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Re: Bareboat Cruising course with Offshore Sailing School

Read the book before you show up. this will alert you to some of the things that you need to pay extra attention to.

edit: oops guess i responded too late, haha... i look forward to reading your summary of the experience.

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