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Fast-track Sailing Skipper Course - Martinique

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A typical itinerary for your fast-track Sailing Virgins skipper course (which may change according to conditions) looks like this:

Sunday - Boat Familiarisation, Mooring Techniques

At 9.30am everyone will meet at the dockside at Le Marin, Martinique. Boat safety briefings, provisioning, food is put away, you're off! You sail to Parc Domania in Sainte Anne and perfect your anchoring techniques. After lunch you have a swim in the perfectly clear water, explore the beautiful south side island, then drop anchor for the day in a beautifully quiet, sheltered bay in Sainte Anne.

Monday - Sailing Downwind, Passage Plans

This morning you have your introduction to passage plans and downwind sailing. Guided by your instructor you will write your first passage plan and then adopt it to sail downwind to the wooded bays of Anse d'Arlet.

Tuesday - Sailing Reaches, Navigation

You work on some handy navigation techniques and as a team create your second passage plan. This passage will take you through some lovely water on the lee side of the island. We can spend the evening on the south side of Fort de France, in clean, quiet water that still offers a chance to procure fresh croissants in the morning.

Wednesday - Man Over-Board Procedures, Docking

With a very early start, you leave les Trois Îlets and head north to the small harbour of Case Pilote. We spend a good amount of time here on "short work", such as various alongside methods and other docking techniques. On the way you learn a couple of techniques for Man Over-Board drills.

Thursday - Sailing Downwind, Weather, Reefing

Understanding weather is a crucial part of a sailor's skill-set. This morning starts with discussions around meteorology theory and how it is applied in real-life situations. This includes techniques to reduce your sail size (reefing), and how to do it fast, should you ever be surprised by a squall. Then you will have a lovely cross-island sail to the lovely town of Saint Pierre with its renowned restaurants.

Friday - Exam day!

Today we spend the early hours on theory exams, and the second half of the day putting into practice everything that has been learned thus far. Your sailing competencies will be put to the test, refining any areas that need work. 

Saturday - Snorkel and back to base

A lazy morning, gentle snorkel and lovely sail back to the base, Le Marin. Debrief and you're done! If you came for your skipper course and passed the theory and practical assessment, you are now an ASA 104 (or equivalent) qualified skipper.
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

We had the pleasure of James and Jack both instructing us through the performance cat course. The excitement they had for sailing and depth of knowledge was infectious. I had never taken a sailing course prior and this being my first time I felt overwhelmed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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James K, Owner at Sailing Virgins, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2018

Thanks Doug! 22 knots!! Fastest week everrrr.

Reviewed May 17, 2018

Sailing Virgins is a class act. Everything they do had the you as the skipper in training in mind. Instructors are fantastic and you learn the whole time in a fun/relaxed environment. I'd highly recommend Sailing Virgins to anyone looking to learn how to sail!

Date of experience: March 2018
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James K, Owner at Sailing Virgins, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2018

Thanks for your review Tom!

Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

I couldn’t recommend Sailing Virgins enough for anyone who wants to learn to sail in a fun, relaxed and hands-on environment. I was a complete novice who had never even been on a sailboat and I have to admit when I started going through the...More

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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Spending three weeks onboard Libby and not just learning how to sail and develop confidence in boat handling but taking in the breathtaking scenery, amazing people from all over the world and local experience of the islands made this trip unforgettable. Jack and James are...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

Jack was an incredible coach. His passion for the sport was obvious from day 1 and bleeds through into every lesson he imparted upon his crew each day. Being able to so rapidly turn our NauticEd theory into practice through Jack`s instruction was the most...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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