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Learn to sail with Sunsail in the Caribbean

May 10, 2017 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

The protected waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel in the northeast Caribbean Sea are the perfect setting for a sailing holiday in the British Virgin Islands.Picture tranquil turquoise waters lapping softly against the hull of your yacht, whilst a rainbow of tropical fish dart around below. In the near distance white-sand beaches fringed with towering palm trees and dotted with enticing beach bars line some of the island’s coastline. Others remain uninhabited and waiting to be explored.

With its crystal clear waters, picture-perfect beaches, scenic anchorages and well equipped marinas, the British Virgin Islands are an ideal sailing destination for every level of sailor. Easy deep-water island-hops, consistent trade winds, line-of-sight navigation and numerous anchorages make this a sailors paradise.

Sailing the Caribbean, once a getaway for the rich and famous, is now open to all. There’s a reason why this paradise draws the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey and Jon Bon Jovi. A unique blend of sultry Latin Culture, breathtaking beaches, world class dining and mouthwatering food makes this a real paradise. Learn to sail as part of your holiday in this luxe destination at one of Sunsail’s accredited sailing schools.

Sunsail’s RYA Competent Crew Course aims to introduce the complete beginner to cruising under sail and equip you with the skills to be a valued, active and useful crew member. All Sunsail instructors are RYA qualified and their goal is to get you out on the crystal clear waters of the British Virgin Islands and experiencing the amazing thrill of sailing on your own. An RYA Crew Course is perfect for those wishing to set sail on one of Sunsail’s easier sailing areas and flotillas. The course will give you a sound knowledge and understanding of the yacht and all of the basic sailing techniques including rope work, mooring up and casting off.

Just because you’re learning doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun in the meantime as the course can be completed over consecutive weekends.

On your days off:    

  • Spend your days wading through the colourful coves, viewing granite boulders of The Baths in Virgin Gorda, known as one the must-sees of all the Islands. Massive smooth grey boulders of varying sizes rise and fall from the sea’s transparent waters, making a maze for travellers to wade or swim through. Once you reach the beach clearing at the end of the rocks, spend the afternoon snorkeling or swimming in Devil’s Bay’s crystalline waters.
  •  Kick back at Quitos, a popular beach bar and restaurant famous for deadly cocktails and  Caribbean classics like jerk chicken, barbecued chicken, and mahi mahi. Listen to the sounds of one of the Islands favourite reggae musicians and enjoy the sunset views of yachts anchored at the bay.
  •  Celebrate the end of your course at a full moon party. At Trellis Bay, vendors line the beach with arts and crafts for sale, as party goers dance the night away to live calypso music and shows. When the clock strikes 12, check out the giant fireball setting the night sky ablaze at the bay.

Courses in the British Virgin Islands start from $932 and include 5 days and 5 nights aboard with an accredited RYA sailing instructor and meals. Course books can also be supplied for an additional $40 and the added option to stay in the BVI’s for 2 extra nights from $354.

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