Thanks for all the replies. I booked with Swain Sailing today
, he was a tad cheaper than tortola was. I will be doing the FastTrack Program. As a second bonus its in Nanny Cay which is where bvi yachts are at anyway. I am booked the third week in July atm.
The review's of Swain are too numerous to pass up imho. I am getting there 3 days prior to the start of 101, then staying 3 days after. Airfare was cheaper that way and the arrival time to SST was not at 930pm. So I saved on airfare , but paying more days for a room now. I think it is a good decision. It will give me a bit of time to have fun and look around before and after sailing for a week.
I have bought 101, 103, 104 ASA books
already and am reading those. I have a short piece of rope
to tie knots with also. The class is supposed to take place on one of his Beneteau 39 or 44 foot boats
. Thats the only downside I see atm from going with Swain. Tortola was going to be on a 36' boat, which would be closer to what I am going to buy.
defensible, I used to live on Ft. Myers Beach, man do I miss it. A beer
and some Osso Buco from SOB's sounds really good about now. Or maybe Leftovers Cafe in Juniper Beach. ATM I live in NW Oklahoma where there is nothing to do but shoot guns
. OK City is 2.5 hrs away and not really worth making a drive to have a bit of fun.
Back on subject, is there anything worth bringing on the trip that I may miss ? For all of you who have done this, what did you forget or been nice to have
?? I will need to order it before I leave since I live off of Amazon Prime here.
I will have 1 evening on arrival(should be on Tortola by 5 pm), 2 open days, then two days of 101 keel
class in Nanny Cay before I leave on the big boat. If any of you who have been there can think of something worth doing please chime in. The only thing I feel the need to do is the Soggy Dollar Bar, and eating fresh seafood.
What restaurants should I make time for ? I am originally from Texas
, so Tex-Mex and steaks and BBQ, I am kind of partial to mesquite wood. I do not tend to eat these things unless cooked by me. It's the only thing I like about Texas
. Those things cannot be beat there. I am more of a seafood/sushi guy. So lobster, escargot, grilled/blackened fish
are at the top.....oh, and coffee.