Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail Caribbean

Did you know you could learn to sail in the BVI whilst enjoying a holiday in the sun? Horizon Yacht Charters Sailing School is an American Sailing Association certified facility, where first-class tuition is available on first-class yachts in one of the most idyllic cruising grounds in the world: The British Virgin Islands.

You will set sail from the beautiful, friendly British Virgin Islands and visit several special locations whilst at the same time earning your American Sailing Association certifications.

Over the course of a week you will gain the knowledge and experience to charter sailboats anywhere in the world, and embark on your own sailing adventure!  The goal is to enjoy a learning vacation. The emphasis is on learning how to sail, through hands-on experience, in a beautiful part of the world. Mornings will be spent learning and practicing new skills. In the afternoons you will set sail with the backdrop of spectacular beaches in the British Virgin Islands, refining these newly learned skills along the way. Once anchored for the afternoon, there will be free time to spend exploring, snorkeling, fishing, and relaxing…



American Sailing AssociationThe American Sailing Association (ASA) program has structured levels of sailing standards, which are examined at progressive certification levels at our Caribbean sailing schools. Students who learn so sail with Horizon Yacht Charters receive a Logbook that lists the standards, certification and records sailing experience. All courses and examinations are run by ASA qualified instructors. When a certification level is successfully completed, your logbook is signed and stamped so that any charter or rental fleet operator can see your level of competency.

Our Courses

The most popular American Sailing Association courses we offer are as follows:

You can also watch some video tips from the ASA here.

Those that have cruising experience and basic seaman-ship skills should also add Course #104 to their instruction. The three courses can be taught in one week, but don’t forget you are on vacation too so you may want to extend a few days to fit in some R&R! Anytime is perfect to enjoy learning to sail in the BVI, but from July 10th to October 31st we offer 10 days for the price of seven on some of our yachts, which gives you three days at no extra charge on the weekly rate!

The American Sailing Association Official App is available for Android! To download please search for American Sailing Association in the App Store or click this link.

Our Instructors

We have several experienced and friendly instructors and skippers. Some of their profiles are shown below.

Barclay W. Davenport

Captain Barclay Davenport

Originally from North Carolina, Barclay didn’t discover his passion for sailing until 2008 when a childhood friend invited him down for a week of bareboat sailing in the BVI.

Upon returning to San Francisco, Barclay joined the Modern Sailing School and Club in Sausalito and took ASA 101, 103, 104. After returning to the BVI a few more times he decided to move on from city life in 2014 with the goal of making a career out of sailing. He has since done many different jobs within the sailing community including boat delivery, deckhand, cook, bosun, instructor, water taxi.

He currently holds a 100Ton USCG License with Sailing and Towing endorsements. He also holds ASA 201, 203, 204, 205 and 214.



Captain Donna Acquaro


Hi! My name is Captain Donna Acquaro. I’m a Skipper and American Sailing instructor for Horizon Yacht Charters.

I have a love of learning and enjoy teaching others what I know. I also listen and try to learn something from every person I meet. I have been educated as a Mechanical engineer and Marine Scientist specializing in physical oceanography. I have been sailing for 25 years and teaching sailing for over 15 years. I would love showing you about the islands, the culture and sailing! My personality has been described as charming, warm and easy going I have friends who say that I am a great listener, and a clear and inspiring instructor.

Growing up in New England gave me my love of the sea. This set me on my path to learn sailing. I have since attended formal ASA classes and eventually became an instructor. After learning to sail I wanted to explore and experience new places. I am very adventurous and have taken advantage of opportunities to sail first, on vacations, and later as a professional. Recently I spent 6 weeks on a multihull sailing in Turkey and the Greek Isles.

I took my first trip to the British Virgin Islands 18 years ago. I fell in love with the islands and the people of the British Virgin Islands. Coming from a large family and having grown children, I’ll be sure to provide a fun atmosphere for you. I adapt the schedule and pace to optimize the fun and relaxation for all.

Instructor reviews

Donna: “The three of us loved her. She is obviously very skilled and experienced, but joins this with a delightful, engaging manner. She evaluated, but also shared much of her substantial knowledge of sailing in your local waters. We liked her so well we were sorry to part.” Andy L, Dec 2016


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