any sailing school
would be OK. You need a school
you can get to near you. The ASA
courses are very good. Completing the course only teaches you to sail. Completion through the first three course might be enough to let you charter
a boat. You don't need a cerificate to sail a boat but if you don't know how you need to learn. Just completion of the courses won't be possible without a lot of practice.
International sailing is the same sailing no matter where it is.
US Coast Gaurd rules apply to all vessles not just sail boats. It lists the required equipemnt that must be aboard to comply with federal laws. It does not matter how it's built just that it has the required safety equipment
could handle a sail boat if they knew how to sail. One woman could handle a sail boat if she knew how to sail. It's the knowing how to sail part that is more important than the number of people. sAILING TO Brazil
might best be done on a bigger boat. While I know someone that did they assure me they wouldn't do it again.