Cruise & Learn - British Virgin Islands Cruising (BVI)

2019 Dates:  March 29- April 5 (Beneteau Oceanus 41.1), April 5- 12 (R&C40 Catamaran) / Nov 29- Dec 6 Beneteau (41.1), Dec 6-13 (Lagoon 4X Catamaran) 

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British Virgin Islands sailing through the Caribbean is a beautiful experience! This British Virgin Islands Cruising paradise is accessed through Miami and St. Thomas USVI. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is consistently rated as one of the world’s Top 3 sailing destinations by SAILING and Cruising World magazines. Vancouver cruises down to the BVI via our British Virgin Islands sailing cruises are a memorable experience for everyone onboard!

The BVI was hit by a devastating hurricane in 2017 and is rebounding well with the assistance of major investments from the UK, USA and Canada.  With new resort openings and the re-opening of famous resorts and beach dance clubs, British Virgin Islands cruising will be better than ever! The pictures that follow were taken in 2017 and earlier.



Course includes two courses per 7-day session:

Registration for the two 7-day sessions will provide the opportunity to earn your internationally recognized Bareboat Charter Master Certification and internationally accepted Sailing Proficiency Certificate (SPC) for chartering Monohulls and Catamarans.  

British Virgin Islands Sailing Highlights:

  • Learn to Sail 40-45ft current model Jeanneau, Beneteau, Nautitech, Lagoon or Leopard yachts

  • Professional Skipper & Instructor with  57 weeks of Cruise & Learn experience in the BVI and Grenadines

  • Relax in the sun and shade or engage in the many opportunities to explore these historic islands

  • New stunning pristine anchorages each day

  • Miles of sandy beaches to walk and run that tourists don't get to see

  • Hiking, snorkeling, diving in this unique, exotic ecosystem

  • Stressless line-of-sight deep water navigation

British Virgin Islands Map

Ideal 10-20 knot trade wind sailing, idyllic protected anchorages, lively resorts - a cruise & learn in the British Virgin Islands provides as much fun as you can handle! Here’s what you can expect on your British Virgin Islands sailing adventure!

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

Choose your  7 or 14 day British Virgin Islands cruising adventure and harness the tradewinds to take you to different ports-of-call each day.

Our first week is aboard a SUNSAIL Jeanneau 40/44i Cruiser. The second week is aboard a SUNSAIL Robertson & Caine Leopard 384 or Nautitech Open 40 Cruising Catamaran.

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Stay-on and Skipper your first Bareboat Charter in the BVI- enjoy VSC discounted rates as first time Skippers.

There is also an option for Students achieving their Bareboat Charter Master Certification to continue for a second or third week with friends and family to Bareboat Charter. Ask one of our Instructors at our False Creek Office about the details of this option.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to sail, sail in the Caribbean or just visit a beautiful part of the world, our British Virgin Islands cruising trips are a perfect opportunity and great value!

Sample Picture Itinerary for Week 1 of British Virgin Islands Sailing Trip

British Virgin Islands

On your travelling day meet the CREW at 6pm at SUNSAIL Yacht Charters in Road Town, Tortola. Learn how to provision your yacht and complete a Float Plan, chart review and safety Check-Out

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British Virgin Islands

Day 1

Demonstration and practice leaving the dock, maneuvering under power, sailing fundementals and Man Overboard (MOB) Recovery. Our first days destination is the "Indians" and the Bight Bay on Norman Island- exceptional snorkelling and dinner on the the schooner "Willy T" floating Pirate Bar and Seafood Bistro

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Day 2

Review seamanship and the resposibilities of the Skipper and Crew. Practice taking and leaving a mooring. Under sail navigate around Peter and Salt Islands, moor in Manchioneel Bay for snorkelling, beach walk and dinner at the Cooper Island Beach Resort

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Day 3

Practice Man Overboard (MOB) Recovery. A morning sail to Ginger Is. and Virgin Gorga Is. to hike the hidden paths and puzzling boulders of "The Baths".

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After an exhilarating close-hauled sail up Sir Francis Drake Channel and navigating the narrow North entrance of Gorda Sound we arrive late afternoon at Saba Rock Resort seaside and take a couch on their famous seaside deck. A short dinghy ride to the Bitter End Resort Beach Pub for dinner and a glorious Caribbean sunset

British Virgin Islands

Day 4

15 nautical mile beam reach to Anegeda Island north from Virgin Gorda. we sail past Richard Branson's ( Virgin Enterprises) iconic Necker Island mansion

British Virgin Islands

Anegeda lobsters ready for the Neptune's Treasure beach BBQ- it has consistently been the best lobster ever (sorry PEI, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia)!

British Virgin Islands

Day 5

Practice our anchoring techniques. Prepare for heavy weather, a broad reach and several gibes to Jost Van Dyke Is. and Great Bay, home of the Corsair and Foxy's

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Afternoon dinghy ride to the Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay, Jost Van Dyke- origin of the BVI "PAIN KILLER" cocktail.

British Virgin Islands

Next stop Foxy's in Great Bay for dinner, sunset and Reggae.

British Virgin Islands

Day 6

Increase your sailing confidence by learning to prepare for heavy weather sailing and advanced sail trim. Mooring and snorkelling at Marina Cay Resort

British Virgin Islands

Day 7

Practice advancede sail trim and MOB recovery returning to SUNSAIL Yacht Charter and Resort in late morning.

British Virgin Islands

Back to the docks by 11:00am for Check-in and disembark from the yacht. Seven days is never enough in paradise. Lucky ones continue on for 7 more days to see new ports-of-call and understand the skills required to charter a 40 ft Cruising Catamaran.

Now, this is a holiday to remember!

Enrolment: The first week is $1,975US per person, $3,675US Couples, Private Groups of 4-6  for as little as $ 13,750 (Beneteau 41.1 Monohull)

The second week aboard a Lagoon 42S is $2,275US per person, $ 3,975US  couples Private Groups of 4- 8  $16,750US  (Lagoon 42S Catamaran)



Your Skipper and Instructor:

British Virgin Islands

Carl Richardson, Chief Instructor, Vancouver Sailing Club

" British Virgin Islands sailing is all about harnessing the power of the wind and having fun on the water. With over 42,000 NM logged under sail and a full- time professional sailing instructor for the past 14 years, I have had the privilege to assess, instruct, examine and certify more than 1650 students on cruising keelboats 24-52 feet and cruising catamarans 38-48 feet. My lesson plans use proven teaching methods that assist my students in acquiring  sailing knowledge, seamanship, operational vigilance and practical boat-handling skills for all conditions. My favourite C&L destinations are BC's West Coast , the Inside Passage including Howe Sound, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. I also enjoy Instructing Cruise & Learn adventures in Greece, British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Grenadines, Antigua and the Turks & Caicos Islands- 69 weeks in the past 12 years. My international British Virgin Islands cruising and racing plans for 2018 will take me to Shanghai China, the BVI, St Lucia and the Grenadines, Nova Scotia and Toronto.

Instructor Credentials- RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor, RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities, NauticEd  Captain Rank Instructor and internastional Sailing Proficiency Certificate (SPC) Examiner, Industry Canada CCG ROCM VHF Radio Instructor & Examiner, ASA206 Advanced Coastal Cruising and ASA214 Cruising Catamaran Instructor and Examiner. 

Professional Sailing Certifications- RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (MCA), NauticEdCaptain Rank Level 5, ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising, Marine CPR AED First Aid, Industry Canada (CCG) SVOP, TC Marine Emergencies ME3, ISAF (WorldSAILING) Safety at Sea.


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Enrolment per person is $1975US, couples $3675US

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