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BobB 16-06-2006 12:27

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Hello Everyone,

I just joined the Forum today.

This is the fourth year sailing for my wife and I. We are both in our early 50's. We first joined a local sailing club and found it a great way to learn sailing. While books and magazine articles are well and good, we found the key to learning is having great teachers and this sailing club has them. They do not own boats, but set up a sailing program each year. You sign up for the trips you are interested in and pay as you sign up. Since joining, we have sailed about 65 days in 3 years, and have got our ASA 101 certification and USGS Aux basic/advanced coastal navigation certificate. Most of the sailing is on the Chesapeake, but we have sailed in the Keys and Long Island and Block Island Sounds.

We're doing a 2 week trip with the club to Desolation Sound this August and thinking of getting our ASA 103/104 certificates this winter, preferably in the BVI's.

Does anyone have any recommendations of ASA sailing schools in the BVI's? I looked through the forums, but could not find any current threads.


Pblais 16-06-2006 13:29

My wife and I joined a club when first started. It was a great way to learn and we had access to a boat close to home.

We took our ASA 101 from Northern Breezes. They do a 103/ 104 course in the BVI's. They are located in the Minneapolis area so you should find them through the ASA directory in MInnesota. They really won't care where you are from but they teach the 103 /104 in the BVI's as well as out of Bayfield, WI. Lake Superior would abe a great place to take the coure too in the summer. We took ours in San Diego as a liveabord course. Thats the best and that is what Northen Breezes does in the BVI's. The San Diego course you had your own boat and instructor so that was a bit more one on one.

I think the key is that not many actual schools are located in the BVI but a lot of other schools conduct their ASA advanced classes there mostly because it's a place where people want to go.

SkiprJohn 16-06-2006 21:15

Aloha BobB,
Welcome aboard!! I'm certain your questions can be answered here by friendly folks.
Regards, --John--

CaptainK 18-06-2006 00:24

Welcome to cruisersforum, BobB.


Sombody in here will know about that. Pblais, already mentioned about it. There are others on here that could chime in more info. Just wait a bit for more information. It's around the weekend. And everybody's out sailing. Or out of town?

Welcome aboard.

BubbleBoy 27-06-2006 21:57

I've heard of ASA too.

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