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06-19-2012 11:22 AM
SVAuspicious
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

+1 for the BVI.
06-19-2012 11:19 AM
Paddyd
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

try Galveston Isand and Galveston Bay
there are several sailing schools that will hone your skills on the bay
06-19-2012 05:41 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

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Originally Posted by meloo72 View Post
San Diego sounds nice as well. There was something alluring about learning in BVI, or even the Greek Islands - warm tropical environment, anchoring at a different island each night and experiencing the laid back vacation atmosphere all the while learning to sail....

Would you say I'd get the same type of experience in San Diego or PNW?
Another advantage of BVI is you're going to want to charter there one day and you'll already be familiar. Its one of the most popular sail destinations for a reason.

Would I book in hurricane season? Maybe. It would all depend on their policy for dealing with it. Do I get a refund? You will know of the potential well in advance of any actual threat. When do I get to leave and get that refund. Depending on those answers, I probably would go in August.

Something else to consider is a last minute booking in BVI, so you can assess storms forming in the eastern Atlantic. There will always be a boat available last minute during the summer, the question is only the instructor.
06-18-2012 11:16 PM
meloo72
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

San Diego sounds nice as well. There was something alluring about learning in BVI, or even the Greek Islands - warm tropical environment, anchoring at a different island each night and experiencing the laid back vacation atmosphere all the while learning to sail....

Would you say I'd get the same type of experience in San Diego or PNW?
06-18-2012 10:33 PM
overbored
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

the PNW is good if you don't get fog or rain. there is 2 week period in and around august when the sun comes out if you are lucky. how about San Diego, the sun will be out, temps in the high 70s and there will be wind. never rains in August and no hurricanes. plenty of schools and the airport is about 10 minutes from the bay. learn in the bay or the ocean is about 30 minute sail out of the harbor
06-18-2012 10:25 PM
jackdale
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

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Hi jackdale! Sounds fantastic. Where would I fly into and would you know of a liveaboard sailing school that you would recommend?
I am more familiar with the Canadian schools. If you want ASA, there is one Vancouver, but lots in Washington. Most instruction on the area is liveaboard.

I would prefer not to recommend publicly as I work for most of them, but PM me and I can be more candid.

EDIT - I will PM you with my email.

Jack
06-18-2012 10:18 PM
meloo72
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

Hi jackdale! Sounds fantastic. Where would I fly into and would you know of a liveaboard sailing school that you would recommend?
06-18-2012 09:59 PM
jackdale
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

You might try the Pacific North West. The wind tends to drop, but the good instructors know where the wind will develop.

If you can get into Canada, you can swim in Desolation Sound in the warmest water north of Panama.

This is the place to learn navigation: lots of rocks, big tides, swift currents.

The scenery is spectacular and the wildlife abundant.
06-18-2012 09:28 PM
meloo72
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

Thanks to you both.

Minnewaska - would you really take a chance a book in BVI in prime hurricane season? I'm a little nervous.... Would it be the same deal all the way up the East Coast as well?
06-18-2012 09:05 PM
donlofland
Re: Where in the world to learn in August?

I don't think they have a liveaboard program, but OCSC in Berkely gave me great instruction in the early 90s, and it's a great get-away in the Bay area...and August is great for sailing there-windy, sunny-couldn't ask for better learning conditions!
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