Learning to Sail with Horizon Yacht Charters

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More and more people are opting for holidays with a difference. As the world opens up and we are getting more adventurous with our travels, package vacations involving lying on the beach or by the pool are becoming less interesting… we want to really visit places and get involved, being active. Does this sound like you?

Have you ever looked at a sailing boat and wished you were on it? Or taken a sailing trip and wished you knew how to sail yourself? Well, why not consider having a vacation and learning to sail…. all at the same time? At Horizon Yacht Charters, you can charter a yacht with your family or friends, and we can find you an experienced sailing instructor.  We are affiliated with the American Sailing Association (ASA) and can offer the following courses:

Basic Keelboat Sailing Standard (#101)

This is the perfect starting point for complete beginners and is a prerequisite for any further ASA courses. By the end of the course you should be able to sail a boat of about 20 feet or more in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision.

Basic Coastal Cruising Standard (#103) Sailors must cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

Bareboat Chartering Standard (#104) – (Intermediate Coastal Cruising) An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience.  The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 – 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters.  The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.

Cruising Catamaran (# 114)

Able to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length in coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. The Standard includes knowledge of catamaran systems and maintenance procedures.

So, whether you are a complete beginner, have some sailing experience or have plenty of experience but want a qualification, we have something to offer you.

Our instructors are all very well experienced, patient and teach in a calm, safe manner. They will also adjust their teaching style to suit you. So, what can you expect from a learning to sail vacation?  Every one of our students come back and tell us how much they enjoyed themselves and are surprised that learning can also be fun!

A typical day on one of our courses might start of in the Tobago Cays with a snorkel and hearty breakfast.  This would be followed by a briefing on man overboard drills, including a discussion on different return procedures, how to get the person on board, hypothermia, life jackets etc.  The designated captain for the morning is then asked for his course and destination, navigational hazards and aids that will be encountered on the way.  Weigh anchor, set sail and all students have a turn at the helm and discuss other topics such as “safety at sea”.  Man overboard drills are practiced on the way to your next destination.  Once you have arrived and the anchor is set it is time for lunch followed by a swim.  Over lunch, the morning’s sail and drills are discussed.

In the afternoon, discuss how to take a three-point fix.  Designate the captain for the afternoon and ask him/her to discuss knots and their uses.  Weigh anchor and set sail for your overnight anchorage at Bequia.  While under sail, each student takes a three-point fix and plots the position on the chart.  Anchor in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, one of the most stunning islands of the Caribbean and debrief the afternoon’s exercises and discuss collision regulations over a Sundowner!  Go ashore to one of the many superb restaurants for dinner on the water edge.

Interested? Contact us on info@horizongrenada.com or info@horizonstvincent.com for more information. Rates vary according to the time of year you wish to travel.  If you wish to rent your own bareboat and learn to sail, choose the yacht you would like to rent and we will be happy to give you a price on the bareboat fee.  Add the ASA Instructor’s fee of $185 per day (not including food or gratuity), and around US$50 per person for ASA Exam materials depending on the courses taken.  This fee does not include food or beverages.

If you are looking to learn to sail on your own, or maybe there is just the two of you and you want to learn in a group, contact us and we can recommend a suitable sailing school that offers training on a cabin charter basis.

 

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