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THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CARIBBEAN

A Learn-To-Sail Vacation for Teen Sailors

AGES 12-18 | hosted by Sail Caribbean

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  • SUMMER 2024: June 23 - July 13 & July 15 - August 4th
  • 21 Days
  • 101 / 103 / 104 / 105 / 114

Sail Caribbean is a visionary in offering transformative experiences for teens and young adults, blending sailing expertise, cultural immersion, and personal growth. Their programs are designed to nurture confident, globally-minded individuals through hands-on learning and adventure. Learning to mastering the art of sailing while exploring pristine waters, Sail Caribbean offers unparalleled experiences that shape the lives of young adolescents.

Sail Caribbean’s Bravo Program is a 21-day odyssey. While living aboard a 40 to 50-foot catamarans, students will learn to hone their sailing skills while exploring the captivating beauty of the British Virgin Islands. Starting from home base in Tortola, each day brings new adventures as students set sail to picturesque locations, soaking in the Caribbean’s azure waters. No prior experience is needed as Sail Caribbean’s immersive approach ensures students have the opportunity to emerge from this experience seasoned mariners and sailors.

The Sailing

For three weeks, students will live aboard a 40- 50 foot catamaran, experiencing perfect sailing conditions and thrilling watersports all while navigating the ins and outs of sailing. Offering a blend of activities, from learning to sail on Hobie Cats to exploring natural wonders like The Baths, students will dive into Sail Caribbean traditions and give back to the islands while growing and learning.

With the guidance of seasoned staff, students will develop their sailing skills and explore the captivating beauty of the British Virgin Islands. Each day brings new adventures – setting sail to picturesque locations and soaking in the warm Caribbean sun and clear turqouise sea.

The Bravo Program

FOR AGES 12-18

The Bravo Program is perfect for young adults seeking to challenge their sailing skills and embrace adventure. A 21-day immersion into boat life packed with a lifetime of experiences, students have the opportunity to navigate pristine waters, engage in thrilling watersports and tackle the thrill and art of sailing. Each day offers a new opportunity for growth and personal achievement. Optional ASA sailing certification courses allow each student to tailor the program to their goals. Upon completing the Bravo program, students will return home seasoned sailors, enriched by unforgettable experiences and newfound skills.

Sail Caribbean is not just about sailing; it’s about empowering the next generation through unforgettable journeys at sea. Join us for two weeks of unparalleled adventure, learning, and personal growth in one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations.

AVAILABLE BOATS

During this 3 week adventure, students (paired with other individuals within their age group) will live aboard 40′ to 50′ catamarans. Keelboat lessons will take place on a 26′ Colgate.

CERTIFICATIONS

This Summer 2024 Caribbean Bravo Program, hosted by Sail Caribbean, offers the opportunity to earn the following Certifications :

· ASA 101 | Basic Keelboat Certification
· ASA 103 | Basic Coastal Cruising
· ASA 104 | Bareboat Cruising

*If students have already earned their ASA 101-104 they will have the opportunity to earn their ASA 105 and 114.

✓ Offers the most optional courses to customize the voyage
✓ Opportunities to build skills while snorkeling, waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding and tubing
✓ Hiking and island exploration
✓ Marine biology seminars


Optional scuba certifications include:

· PADI Discover Scuba Diving
· PADI Recreational Diving
· PADI Advanced Open Water and Recreational Diving (for those already certified)

*All divers must have their own diving insurance (or be covered by our Trip Mate insurance policy, which does not exclude diving). 

ITINERARY OVERVIEW
Day 1

Upon arriving at Hodges Creek Marina in Tortola, students will get acquainted with their new floating “home” and meet their Captain and other program participants (soon to be fast friends). Once settled in, we will have our first boat meeting over a delicious dinner, and set the course for the rest of our adventure.

Days 2-5

After a safety briefing and dedocking lesson, led by the captain, we will raise the sails for the first time and head out into the Sir Francis Drake Channel. As we chart a path for Cooper or Norman Islands, we will have the opportunity to snorkel beautiful reefs or caves, and break into watersports for the first time. The first few days are all about getting to know your crewmates and settling into life onboard. 

Days 6-9

By the end of the first week, Captain and Mates will begin to encourage students to take on greater responsibilities for each other and the boat. We will work as a team and hone our leadership skills as we prepare for our first docking at Nanny Cay to reprovision and enjoy a shower on land (boat showers are an experience!). Teamwork abilities will be tested as we compete against other boats in our fleetwide Olympics – a great Sail Caribbean tradition!

Days 10-13

As we approach our third week of the program, we will face our biggest test yet… Challenge Day is always a highlight – it’s the day students are given the opportunity to fully take over the the boat to show off all the skills they have learned. After a Skipper’s meeting in the morning, we will sail to the next destination – taking turns at the helm. Captain and Mates are only along for the ride, so students will have to work together as a crew and rely on each other to make decisions as a team. To celebrate a successful challenge day we will enjoy a BBQ dinner ashore at Strawberries and a DJ dance party with the entire fleet!

Days 11-17

Next, we explore the North Sounds and zip around in Hobie cats at the Bitter End Yacht Club. Then, we’ll practice tacks and navigation as we sail to Anegada – the furthest and most unique destination in the BVI. Explore the island on a staff-led truck tour, pit-stopping at a saltwater pond to spot baby sharks and pink flamingos. At this point, we will have accomplished quite a lot and will be challenged with a competitive Race Day… may the fastest crew win!

Days 18-20

As you we the end of the program, we’ll prepare for our ASA practicals and exams. Afterward, we’ll partake in one last Sail Caribbean tradition: the Chili Cook-off, demonstrating the creativity of each crew and their cooking abilities in the galley. On one of the last days of the program, we’ll wake up at The Baths, a beautiful national park. Here we will snorkel and hike through the boulders, soaking in the beauty of the BVI before the trip home.

Day 21

After a night of celebrating our accomplishments and reminiscing about the journey, we’ll exchange fond farewells and airplane letters before parting ways until next summer!

*Itineraries are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

TESTIMONIALS

Sail Caribbean was two weeks of completely new experiences. This trip gave me more confidence in myself and a broader view of what I can accomplish if I set my mind to it.
Laurie S. | Nashville, TN
I loved waking up knowing that I would constantly be doing something fun and productive.
TT S. | Mooresville, NC

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HOW TO BOOK

  • DATES AVAILABLE:
  • June 23 - July 13, 2024
  • July 15 - August 4th, 2024

All-Inclusive 21-Day “Bravo Course” Tuition :
$7495 per Student
*Covers all program expenses with the exception of : airfare,  transportation and any relevant departure fees, medical expenses, personal spending and optional snacks/meals ashore. Some Optional Courses may incur additional fees.

Course Includes :
Three Weeks Aboard a 40-50 foot Catamaran, Provisions for all Meals enjoyed on Board, Instruction and Cost of Certifications Earned.

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