Want to learn how to sail and have a week to devote to it?
Consider doing a liveaboard sailing course. They’re offered all over the world and are a ton of fun. I took one in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the delightful island chain in the Caribbean.
The week is intense with many hours devoted to sailing each day. I had never sailed before so it was a bit of information overload but still doable.
At the end of the week, if you pass all of your written and practical tests, you will have completed your Bareboat Chartering certification, giving you the ability to charter a sailboat up to 40′ anywhere in the world.
- Barefoot Offshore Sailing – This is the outfit I went with and they were excellent.
- Nautilus Sailing
- The Moorings
Tips for a Successful Trip:
Study a ton before you show up
There’s a test before you’re even allowed on the sailboat, and it’s a lot easier to follow the captain’s orders when you actually know what the halyard is and which side of the boat is port. (I crammed in the airport on the way down and definitely do not recommend that approach!)
Pack very light
Take two pairs of mesh shorts, a couple t-shirts, one long sleeve UV shirt, a hat with strap (with a brim all the way around), sunglasses with a strap, sunblock, swimsuit, and flip flops.
If this is your first time sailing know that this is just the beginning
You will learn a ton but will likely still need a lot of practice before you feel comfortable alone at the helm.
If you’re thinking about doing this solo, do it! I went solo and another lady on my trip went solo as well. We had a grand time.