Realize that we could search a ton of previous threads, but am hoping to consolidate specific resources/recommends given our situation.
My friend and I are moderately experienced sailors. I have lived aboard boats, chartered, and currently own a Cal
39 and regularly cruise
the Pacific Northwest
. I do not have any certifications. My friend has chartered quite a bit both solo and with sailing instructors, but also does not have any formal certification
We want to do a 7-12 day (approx) offshore
trip that ends up somewhere warm, in order for our families to meet us at the end. Basically -- our wives do not want to go offshore
, but they'd love a vacation
Also, we want the trip to include training that counts. Count towards what? Well that's the rub... we're agnostic on which schools are better/best, etc.
Yes, I realize these parameters are both very specific and also vague.
Long term, my friend wants to live aboard and sail in the Med, and I've never gone offshore and want to maximize the learning
. We just want the time and cost to lead to OR build towards, some sort of certification
, and end in a lovely destination
where our wives/kids could meet us for a vacation
Given this -- any specific schools or recommendations or itins we should consider? Appreciate it!