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Catamaran Lying Off Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands Snorkeling In Paradise Setting Sun Near The Indians

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Northern Breezes Sailing School

British Virgin Islands and Caribbean Learning Adventures

Northern Breezes Sailing School offers you an opportunity to do many different learning adventures as well as sail just for fun while participating at your chosen level. Earn your Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Charter skipper certifications in one week in paradise. We offer everything from Basic Keelboat through Advanced Coastal Cruising including "Big Catamaran" Cruising Multihull. Our flotillas specialize in fun, although some of the offshore trips can be quite challenging. We also offer adventures which require no sailing experience, but welcome your participation. We even have a Sail & Dive option. You can sail as individuals, couples or as a family in which you have the whole boat! All of this in the world's most perfect winter cruising grounds - the British Virgin Islands.

As you learn and practice navigation, docking, anchoring and skippering skills we will stop in such places as The Baths to explore a beach of house-size boulders like none you've seen anywhere else; snorkel or dive the fabulous Wreck of the Rhone featured in the movie, The Deep; visit snorkel spots such as The Caves of Norman Island, setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. We will sail amongst giant sea turtles and dolphins, and enjoy idyllic palm-fringed beaches from the island of Jost Van Dyke to the tiny, perfect white sand islands of Sandy Cay and Green Cay.

You will return home with a tan, fantastic photos, lifelong memories, and Bareboat Charter skipper certification so that your next trip to the islands can be as skipper of your own chartered yacht.



Basic Keelboat / Basic Cruising / Bareboat Charter Certifications

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Basic Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Charter Certification (ASA 104) courses will be held in the British Virgin Islands aboard 40'-45' cruising auxiliary sloops. 

Basic Cruising students may complete 8 hours of shore school and a written exam before the cruise on February 6, 2016. (This is not mandatory, but reduces the test taking while on the boat). Basic and Bareboat Charter Cruising skills will be taught onboard. Graduates will receive ASA Basic Cruising and/or ASA Bareboat Charter certification. The course length is one week and both the ASA 103 and ASA 104 certifications can be completed during this time frame.

2015-2016 Schedule
Dec 2-9, Monohull:
Dec 9-16, Monohull:
Jan 6-13, Monohull:

Jan 13-20, Monohull:
Jan 20-27, Monohull:

Jan 27-Feb 3, Monohull:

Feb 3-10, Monohull:

Feb 10-17, Monohull:

Feb 17-24, Monohull:

Feb 24-Mar 2, Monohull:

Mar 2-9, Monohull:
Mar 5-12, Monohull:
Mar 9-16, Monohull:
Mar 12-19, Monohull:
Mar 16-23, Monohull:
Mar 19-26, Monohull

Mar 23-30, Monohull:

Mar 30-Apr 6
, Monohull:
Apr 6-13, Monohull:

Other Dates Can Be Scheduled.
Inquire for 2016 on Lake Superior/Lake Michigan.

Course Outline: Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising & Bareboat Chartering  Photo Gallery  

Shore School in Minneapolis, MN (not mandatory): Boat Systems General, Battery, Basic Electrical, Basic Engine, Prop Walk, Sail Trim, Rules of the Road, Sound Signals, Buoys & Lights, VHF, Safety Systems, Heavy Weather Sailing, Written Exam. 

Onboard: Safety Orientation, Boat Systems, Reefing, Heaving to, Anchoring, Cruising Tips, Navigation, Galley Safety, Meal Planning/Preparation, Docking & Undocking, Setting Sails, Crew Overboard Drills, Chart Problems, Emergency Procedures, Dinghy Operation.

Boarding.
Board the yacht on the first day after 4pm at Pro-Valor Charters,
James Young Chalwell Marina, East End, Tortola. Set sail the next day after orientation. Learn cruising skills while living aboard. Arrive back in port on the last day and depart at noon.

Provided Each Week: All course textbooks, exams and certifications. Berth onboard, linens, towel, snorkeling gear, all breakfasts and lunches onboard plus one dinner, beverages, evening tropical drink.

Not Provided: Five dinners and one lunch ashore, extra beverages. Please bring beach towel, deck shoes, casual clothing for 80 degree average temperatures including light rain gear and a light jacket for cool evenings.

Fees for ASA Basic Cruising & ASA Bareboat Chartering: $1,879 single/shared cabin (includes 8-hour optional February shore school). $3,039 single/whole cabin. ASA Bareboat Chartering Only: $1,829. Non-student: $1,779. Couples' discount: $3,559. ***Couple Definition: Two people who wish to share a cabin.***

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to 60 days before class.  50% refund up to 30 days before class. 

No refund for cancellation 29 days prior to class, although we will try to work with you.


Cruising Multihull Certification

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Students sail aboard 38' - 42' Cruising Catamarans. These are large vessels with two inboard diesels, friendly but powerful systems. They offer unique opportunities because of their size to spread the group and give people their space, sail flat and fast! These are stable snorkeling, swimming and diving platforms. Almost anyone can be comfortable on a cruising catamaran.

2016 Schedule
Jan 6-13:

Jan 13-20:

Feb 10-17:

Feb 17-24:
Feb 24-Mar 2:

Other Dates Can Be Scheduled.
Inquire for 2016 on Lake Superior.


Course Outline: Cruising Multihull

Onboard: Safety Orientation, Boat Systems, Reefing, Heaving to, Anchoring, Cruising Tips, Navigation, Galley Safety, Meal Planning/Preparation, Docking & Undocking, Setting Sails, Crew Overboard Drills, Chart Problems, Emergency Procedures, Dinghy Operation. Cruising Multihull students learn all aspects of skippering a cruising catamaran. Emphasis is placed on boat handling, safety, reefing and the differences between cruising catamarans and their systems from large monohulls.

Boarding. Board the yacht on the first day after 4pm at Pro-Valor Charters, James Young Chalwell Marina, East End, Tortola. Set sail the next day after orientation. Learn cruising skills while living aboard. Arrive back in port on the last day and depart at noon.

Provided Each Week:
All course textbooks, exams and certifications. Sleeping berth, linens, towel, snorkeling gear, all breakfasts and lunches onboard, plus one dinner, beverages, evening tropical drink.

Not Provided: Dinners and one lunch ashore, extra beverages. Please bring beach towel, deck shoes, casual clothing for 80 degree average temperatures including rain gear and a light jacket for cool evenings.

Fees for ASA Cruising Multihull: $1,989 single/shared cabin. $3,139 single/whole cabin. Couples' discount $3,669 .  ***Couple Definition: Two people who wish to share a cabin.

Passenger Load Ratio is One Captain and sometimes One Cook to six participants on Catamarans! Any exceptions will be discussed in advance.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to 60 days before class.  50% refund up to 30 days before class. 

No refund for cancellation 29 days prior to class, although we will try to work with you.


Advanced Coastal Cruising Offshore

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Advanced Coastal Cruising and Flotilla Offshore: St Maarten (Dutch), St Maarten (French), St Barts (French), St Kitts or St Eustatius, Saba, St Maarten. *Weather Permitting*

Textbook supplied, "Annapolis Book of Seamanship."
*** Options: with Radar, with Basic Celestial Navigation

The ACC course is a little different this year. Class size is limited to four. That means there are two instructors and four student customers aboard. We are using a slightly smaller boat and the destinations are designed to do substantial island hopping as well as night sailing and approaches. This adventure has all the elements of a good ACC class with the added opportunity for Radar Endorsement, Practical Basic Celestial and we will be carrying a Spinnaker which we hope to use (depending on wind).


2015-2016 Schedule
Feb 11-18, 2016:   Monohull: St Maarten, St Barts, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten

Feb 18-25, 2016:   Monohull: St Maarten, St Barts, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten

Other Dates Can Be Scheduled.
Inquire for 2016 on Lake Superior/Lake Michigan.

Course Outline: Advanced Coastal Cruising (Offshore):

Onboard: Advanced Coastal Cruising participants arrive and sleep aboard the yacht the first night. Navigational assignments will have been assigned in advance. Precise itinerary is somewhat weather dependent.

More Onboard:
Safety Orientation, Boat Systems, Reefing, Heaving to, Anchoring, Cruising Tips, Navigation, Galley Safety, Meal Planning/Preparation Underway, Sail Selection and Setting, Watch Standing, Night Crew Overboard Drills, Chart Problems, Emergency Procedures, Passages With Dinghy, Unfamiliar Approaches.

Boarding:
Board yacht (location to be announced). Set sail the next day after orientation. Learn Advanced Coastal Cruising (Offshore) cruising skills while living aboard. Arrive back in port. Leave at noon.


Provided Each Trip: All course textbooks, exams and certifications. Berth onboard, linens, towel, snorkeling gear, all breakfasts, most lunches, some dinners, all underway meals, beverages, evening tropical drink (non-alcoholic underway). This may be slightly modified due to scheduled transits.

Not Provided: Dinners and lunches ashore, extra beverages. Please bring beach towel, deck shoes, casual clothing for 80 degree average temperatures including rain gear and a light jacket or fleece for cool evenings. This may be slightly modified due to scheduled transits.

Fees for ASA (106) Advanced Coastal Cruising: $1,879 single/shared cabin. $3,039 single/whole cabin. Non-student: $1,779. Couples' discount: $3,559 . ***Couple Definition: Two people who wish to share a cabin.***

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to 60 days before class.  50% refund up to 30 days before class. 

No refund for cancellation 29 days prior to class, although we will try to work with you.


Big Boat Sailboat Racing

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Feb 29-March 7, 2016: Heineken Cup: St Maarten. Sleep aboard Feb. 29, practice from March 1-2. Then race in the Commodores Cup March 3, the day before the Heineken Cup begins. The Heineken Cup is from March 4-6. You can either fly out the evening of March 6 or stay onboard one more night and leave March 7. Selection by interview.
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Feb 29-Mar 7: Heineken Cup: St Maarten, British Virgin Islands
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Fees for Big Boat Sailboat Racing: Heineken Cup: $1,895 single/shared cabin (Onboard). $1,379 Stay Ashore
Couples' Discount: $3,495 (Two people who wish to share a cabin.) (Onboard). $2,499 Stay Ashore

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to 60 days before class.  50% refund up to 30 days before class. 

No refund for cancellation 29 days prior to class, although we will try to work with you.


Flotilla Sailing I - No Experience Necessary!

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Flotilla Sailing on one of our boats is just for fun with a flexible itinerary. You give us some of your bucket items. We skipper the boat. Then you enjoy yourself while refreshing and extending your sailing knowledge. Practice your sailing skills without pressure! We poll the group to better meet your needs and expectations. While we are not necessarily teaching, we will coach you on almost any aspect and let you do almost anything in a participatory environment. Tell us in advance what toys you may want aboard. This trip is for fun and to gain more sailing experiences!

2016 Schedule
Jan 27-Feb-3, Monohull
, British Virgin Islands:
Jan 27-Feb 3, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 10-17, Monohull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 10-17, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 10-17, Monohull, St Maarten:
Feb 17-24, Monohull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 17-24, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 18-25, Monohull, St Maarten:
Feb 24-Mar 2, Monohull,
British Virgin Islands:
Feb 24-Mar 2, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 26-Mar 4, Monohull, St Maarten:
Mar 2-9, Monohull, British Virgin Islands:
Mar
2-9, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:

Other Dates Can Be Scheduled.
Inquire for 2016 on Lake Superior/Lake Michigan.

Onboard: Safety Orientation, Boat Systems, Galley Safety, Crew Overboard Drills, Chart Problems (Optional), Emergency Procedures, Dinghy Operation (Optional).

Boarding:
Board the yacht on the first day after 4pm at Pro-Valor Charters, James Young Chalwell Marina, East End, Tortola. Set sail the next day after orientation. Arrive back in port on the last day and depart at noon.

Provided Each Week:
Berth onboard, linens, towels, snorkeling gear, all breakfasts, five lunches, one dinner, beverages, evening tropical drink.

Not Provided: Five dinners and one lunch ashore, extra beverages. Please bring beach towel, deck shoes, casual clothing for 80 degree average temperatures including rain gear and a light jacket for cool evenings.

Fees for Flotilla Sailing Monohull:
$1,279 single/shared cabin. $2,179 single/whole cabin. Couples' discounted price $2,599. ***Couple Definition: Two people who wish to share a cabin.***
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Shared "Kitty" Dependent Additional Costs.

Fees for Flotilla Sailing Multihull:
$1,489 single/shared cabin. $2,279 single/whole cabin. Couples' discount $2,899 .  ***Couple Definition: Two people who wish to share a cabin.
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Shared "Kitty" Dependent Additional Costs.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to 60 days before class.  50% refund up to 30 days before class. 

No refund for cancellation 29 days prior to class, although we will try to work with you.


Flotilla Sailing II - Skipper Your Own Bareboat!

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We charter you a boat. You skipper the boat and wear the "Skipper's" hat. We assist if need be and show you a great time. This is a great way to take advantage of our thirty plus years of experience. We will show you places in the islands the charter companies either don't know about or won't share with you. Your personal flotilla itinerary is flexible. You plan with your family or crew. We are there to assist you, we are pretty flexible. This experience is valuable and a great way to refresh and extend your sailing knowledge while gaining more confidence.

2016 Schedule
Jan 27-Feb-3, Monohull
, British Virgin Islands:
Jan 27-Feb 3, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 10-17, Monohull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 10-17, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 10-17,
Monohull, St Maarten:
Feb 17-24, Monohull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 17-24, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 18-25, Monohull, St Maarten:
Feb 24-Mar 2, Monohull,
British Virgin Islands:
Feb 24-Mar 2, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:
Feb 26-Mar 4, Monohull, St Maarten:
Mar 2-9, Monohull, British Virgin Islands:
Mar
2-9, Multihull, British Virgin Islands:

Other Dates Can Be Scheduled.
Inquire for 2016 on Lake Superior/Lake Michigan.

Onboard: Charter Company Orientation: Boat Systems, Galley Safety, Emergency Procedures, Dinghy Operation, Communications.

Boarding:
Board the yacht on the first day after 4pm at Pro-Valor Charters, James Young Chalwell Marina, East End, Tortola. Set sail the next day after orientation. Arrive back in port on the last day and depart at noon.

Fees for Flotilla Sailing Monohull:
Bareboat Chartering, Cruising Tax, Park Fees, etc.
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Fees for Flotilla Sailing Multihull:
Bareboat Chartering, Cruising Tax, Park Fees, etc.
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Cancellation Policy: Per charter company policies.  


Sail & Dive

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Sail & Dive utilizes big cruising catamarans or monohulls. You do not need to be Cruising Multihull or Bareboat certified to participate. You also need not be a diver to be on the trip because we do not create dive widows. We poll the group to better meet your needs and expectations. Tell us in advance what toys you may want aboard. This trip is for fun and added experience both above and below the surface! Note: We are also offering Cruising Multihull (ASA 114) certification to qualified participants.

See Related Sail & Dive Info

2016 Schedule
Mar 16-23, 2016: Multihull:

Mar 23-30, 2016: Multihull:

Other Sail & Dive Dates Can Be Scheduled.
Inquire for 2016.


Onboard:
Safety Orientation, Boat Systems, Galley Safety, Crew Overboard Drills, Chart Problems (Optional), Emergency Procedures, Dinghy Operation (Optional).

Boarding:
Board yacht after 4pm at Pro-Valor Charters, James Young Chalwell Marina, East End, Tortola. Set sail the next day after orientation.
Arrive back in port on the last day and depart at noon.

Provided Each Week:
Berth onboard, linens, towels, snorkeling gear, all breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner, beverages, evening tropical drink.

Not provided: Five dinners and one lunch ashore, extra beverages. Please bring beach towel, deck shoes, casual clothing for 80 degree average temperatures including rain gear and a light jacket for cool evenings.

Fees for Sail & Dive:
$1,989 single/shared cabin. $3,139 single/whole cabin. Couples' discount $3,669. ***Couple Definition: Two people who wish to share a cabin.*** Divers add $129 for tanks & air.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to 60 days before class.  50% refund up to 30 days before class. 

No refund for cancellation 29 days prior to class, although we will try to work with you.

Instructors are ASA-certified, USCG-licensed captains.

No prerequisites for non-student participants or auditors.


Women Sailing / Learning Adventures
British Virgin Islands and Caribbean

Women comprise the fastest growing segment of sailors for both cruising  and racing. The lure of sparkling blue water on a bright sunny day along with the peace and tranquility of interacting with the forces of wind and nature to glide over sparkling water punctuated by the sounds of waves has proven irresistible to many female sailors.

Besides learning to sail, more and more women are taking the additional step of learning to handle and skipper bigger boats. This empowers women to take a weekend away aboard their own self-contained floating escape, interacting only with those they choose to bring along, the vessel, and the forces of nature with an emphasis on the wind and waves.

All of our programs are available with women instructors. We are particularly proud of our most senior woman instructor, Captain Vicki Staudte. When she is not sailing, she is diving, racing or volunteering around the world.
Meet Vicki.

Women's Courses and Adventures: Request Info

These classes are also conducted in the summer on Lake Superior & Lake Michigan.

 

Fees Summary

ASA (103) Basic Cruising & ASA (104) Bareboat Chartering:
$1,879
single/shared cabin (includes 8-hour optional February shore school).
Single/whole cabin: $3,039.
Bareboat Chartering Only: $1,829.
Couples' Discount: $3,559 (Two people who wish to share a cabin.)
Non-student Auditor: $1,779 .

ASA (114) Cruising Multihull: $1,989  single/shared cabin.
Single/whole cabin: $3,139.

Couples' Discount: $3,669 (Two people who wish to share a cabin.)

Flotilla Monohull: $1,279  single/shared cabin.
Single/whole cabin: $2,179.

Couples' Discount: $2,599 (Two people who wish to share a cabin.)
Shared "Kitty" Dependent Additional Costs.

Flotilla Multihull: $1,489  single/shared cabin.
Single/whole cabin: $2,279.

Couples' Discount: $2,899 (Two people who wish to share a cabin.)
Shared "Kitty" Dependent Additional Costs.

Sail & Dive: $1,989  single/shared cabin. (Divers: $129 per person for tank & air)
Single/whole cabin: $3,139.
(Divers: $129 per person for tank & air)
Couples' Discount: $3,669 (Two people who wish to share a cabin.  Divers: $129 per person for tank & air)

ASA (106) Advanced Coastal Cruising: $1,879 single/shared cabin
Single/whole cabin: $3,039.
Couples' Discount: $3,559 (Two people who wish to share a cabin.)
Non-student Auditor: $1,779 .

Big Boat Sailboat Racing: Heineken Cup: $1,895 single/shared cabin (Onboard). $1,379 Stay Ashore
Couples' Discount: $3,495 (Two people who wish to share a cabin.) (Onboard). $2,499 Stay Ashore

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to 60 days before class. 50% refund up to 30 days before class. 

No refund for cancellation 29 days prior to class, although we will try to work with you.

ASA Prerequisites:

All Flotilla Sailing, Auditing and Sail & Dive: No prerequisites!
For Basic Cruising:
Basic Keelboat or Equivalent (Call for Interview). 
For Bareboat Charter:
Basic Cruising.
For Cruising Multihull:
Bareboat Charter
For Advanced Coastal Cruising: Bareboat Charter & Coastal Navigation.
If diving:
Diving Certification. Call for info.

(Qualified students may challenge ASA certifications. Call for details.) 

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Northern Breezes Sailing School
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