Sailing with Tortola Sailing & Sights
Below you will find a sample itinerary of our 12 day course. We base our sailing passage plan on the time of the year, winds, mooring ball locations & the number of days sailing you have booked.
Please don't hesitate to tell your instructor if there is something you really want to see when you meet, so they have time to try to plan it in if they can.
SAMPLE SAILING ITINERARY
Day 1: 9.30AM Arrive at our classroom in Soper’s Hole Marina to meet your fellow students and instructor. After completing your IYT paperwork, your instructor will take you to your boat and get you settled into your cabin on one of our school boats.
Safety is very important; your instructor will go over all the safety procedures with you, then you and the other students will help get your instructor to get the boat ready to sail out! After lunch aboard there will be time for a swim. The day will end at around 5 - 5.30pm. The evening will be yours to enjoy a swim, a drink and watch the sunset, or to study. Then your instructor will take you ashore for dinner or cook aboard, this will be depending on the location.
Day 2 – Day 5: Waking to the sounds of the sea, breakfast is usually around 7:30am, then you will prepare the boat, before setting sail at 9am. You will grow your knowledge and confidence every day as your instructor works through the course syllabus , he/she will ensure everyone is learning together. Every few days you will do a written exam, but don't worry, your instructor will be with you every step of the way. They will help you with anything you may be finding tricky and our instructors are so you, you will be learning, revising and practicing, sometimes without even knowing.
Day 6 – Day 7: The boat will be re-provisioned during the weekend, meaning that it is possible that you return to Soper's Hole marina, but all this is flexible and will be discussed with your instructor. These two days will focus on theory learning and revision. You will work with your instructor to make passage plans for the second week, (your exam is usually taken within these two days).
Day 8 – Day 11: Your instructor will continue to teach you and go over all you have learned in the first week. You will find that things start to make sense and that you are feeling more confident performing crew duties. As you progress during the week, your instructor, while also constantly drilling you on theory, will start to let you take command and make sure you are becoming a competent and safe skipper!
Day 12: On the last day we sail back to Soper’s Hole Marina. Once back ashore, we will finish the course in the office with paperwork necessary to complete your certification. And of course there will be an informal de-brief with your instructor, as we are very eager to know how you experienced your course!
The locations visited during the course can change on short notice due to weather and other conditions, but for your reference they will most likely include: Cane Garden Bay, Norman Island, Jost van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. If there is somewhere you really want to visit, please don't hesitate to talk to your instructor.