Have you been on a private yacht charter that got you excited about sailing. Were you itching to take the wheel? Trim the sails? Plot your own course? Well, you can do this while sailing the warm waters of the Caribbean or Bahamas. A great way for the family to get involved, especially if you dream of chartering your own bare-boat in the future or in anticipation of purchasing a sailboat.
Learn to sail from experienced charter yacht captains who have seen and done it all. The courses are taught through affiliated ASA (American Sailing Association) Instructors on-board a private charter yacht. Also available are courses through the ICSO (International Charter Sailing Organization). This is an internationally recognized sailing certification program designed to prepare captains and crew for bareboat chartering both catamarans and mono-hulls.
The most popular ASA courses [Description per the ASA website]
Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)
General Description: Able to sail a boat of about 20 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory Standard with no auxiliary power or navigation skills required.
Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate
General Description: Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.
Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104)
(Intermediate Coastal Cruising)
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising Certification
General Description: An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 – 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.
Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)
General Description: Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard and practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.
The ICSO certification program is the only learn to sail program specifically designed for bare-boat charter sailing, they are the best charter sailing lessons and all the sailing lessons are conducted on the boats you will charter. Further, ICSO offers not only a Certified Bare-boat Captain program, but also a one of a kind Certified Bare-boat Crew curriculum. NO matter your charter training needs, ICSO has the right program for you!
Yacht Fidelity is 47’ Jeanneau monohull sleeps four in two cabins. Fidelity had a major refit in late 2011 including new A/C in all cabins with private controls. Fidelity is wonderful under sail and Captain Bob is certified as an ASA sailing instructor licensed to teach courses 101 to 105.
2 person 7 night rate is $5900.00
Based at Treasure Cay, Abaco Dream Ketcher, an Morgan Out Island 41, is the perfect size to learn to sail from. Her accommodations include a forward cabin with V-berth, private head and dressing area. She also has a pullman-sized quarter berth which can accommodate a young adult or 2 young children.
Captain Eric is a Bahamian licensed captain and is a certified Canadian Yachting Association Instructor as well as an instructor for the International Charter Sailing Organization.
2 person 7 night rate is $4475.00
Additional fees will apply for the ASA and ICSO courses in addition to the standard 7 night charter rate.