Hi Capcook, totally agree with you regarding Blue Water Sailing School
My wife and I have just completed the 1 week Blue Water Sailing School
course in the Bahamas
. It was great. We did the ASA
101, 103, 104, 114 and 114 catamarans all in the week. It was pretty intense, but we had an excellent and knowledgable skipper
and instructor in Alex Hill.
We did have a couple of days of winds around 25kts, which was actually good for boat handling and practicing reefing etc in real conditions. We were on a Prout 44. This boat was about 12 months old and the first one out of the Thai factory. Very well appointed, but also it was quite heavy, so the strong winds were welcomed. We did spend most of the time within the Sea of Abaco
, as the cuts were too dangerous to get out. So the boat was very stable in these conditions. 2nd last day we got out, with Alex taking us through the cut in the reef, with some pretty large waves until we got out into the Atlantic. We still had about 15kts, and the sea was still lumpy after several days of high winds. The cat was reasonably stable, with only a couple of items falling to the floor......nothing had been specially secured before we went out.
Anyway, BWSS and Alex are thoroughly recommended. The course has given my wife a lot of confidence. We will likley do the advanced coastal cruising next year before getting our next cruisng boat.