We run our ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising (106) cruises half a dozen times a year, between October and May. We also offer the 105 course but prefer guests to do this prior to arrival as it is essentially a weekend classroom course. For those unable to do this, we ask them to let us know so that they can board the yacht one day earlier and complete the 105 prior to setting sail on the 106.
The courses are 7-days/7-nights, and operate in Saint Vincent and the grenadines.
The itinerary includes short open-ocean crossings and at least two night sails.
A typical itinerary might be –
Day 1, Sunday – Blue Lagoon to Bequia
Day 2, Monday – Bequia to Tobago Cays
Day 3, Tuesday – Tobago Cays to PSV
Day 4, Wednesday – PSV to Carriacou, Tyrrel Bay
Day 5, Thursday night – Tyrrel Bay to Byahaut Bay, St Vincent (night sail)
Day 6, Friday stay and explore Byahaut Bay
Day 7, Saturday- return to Blue Lagoon
Guests meet the Instructor around 10.00 a.m. on the first day at the course – either at Barefoot Yacht Charters, Blue Lagoon St. Vincent.
The 7 days are spent consolidating sailing skills, anchoring techniques, navigation, Rules of the Road, and basic maintenance skills, whilst sailing through a stunning cruising ground with beautiful anchorages and plenty of opportunity to explore ashore.
We provide pretty well everything you’ll need including food for most meals. Students are expected to share in meal preparation and clean-up duties. You just need to pack a few clothes – a swimsuit, your sandals, a rain-jacket and perhaps a light pullover for the night sails.
Added expenses include the cost of a few evening meals which can be taken ashore, course textbooks, drinks, Customs clearance fees, National Parks Permits and mooring fees (if required), and the ASA examination fees.
Most of the boats in our fleet range in length from 34’ to 50’. Our Advanced Offshore Courses take place on a monohull in the 40-to-50 foot range. Singles or couples will have their own cabin.
During the 7 days your instructor will cover the curriculum for ASA 106 certification: Advanced Coastal Cruising Certificate
The course will end around noon on the 7th day, to allow clients to connect with their international flights back home.
Practice Makes Perfect
During this course you will experience skippering at night as well as during the day, in all weather conditions. This course is challenging and intense but at the end we will have covered everything you need to meet the ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising standard. Topics covered on this cruise include: standing night watch, use of chart plotters, weather analysis, handling emergency situations, night navigation and piloting, advanced anchoring techniques, performance tuning, reefing and heavy-weather sailing tactics.
ASA 104 (Bareboat Charter Certification) and ASA 105 (Coastal Navigation) are prerequisites for ASA 106 (Advanced Coastal Cruising). If you do not already have ASA 105 (Coastal Navigation) you may pre-study and take it as part of this course (Please note that pre-study is mandatory as the 105 is a classroom course and as such requires a full understanding of the course material and cannot be taught while out on 106 course). We would however highly suggest that you take this course at your nearest ASA affiliated school as it is a classroom style course. This document will assist you in finding the material you will need to pre-study for the 105 exam.
Fully-equipped yacht with ASA Instructor
Food for 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 evening meals
Fuel, ice, tank water
Does not include:
Air fare and ground transfers
Cancellation Insurance – 7% of course cost
ASA Membership – $49 per person
Cruising Permits, National Parks Permits or mandatory mooring fees (cost shared between guests)