Northern Breezes offers Sailing Adventures / Classes in the Bahamas. You will have 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 Destination Adventures specialize in fun, although some of the offshore trips can be quite challenging. We also offer Destination 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 – Bahamas.
As you learn and practice navigation, docking, anchoring and skippering skills we will stop to snorkel, swim and enjoy lunch. We will sail amongst sea turtles and dolphins.
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!
Our Bahamas base is located on Great Abaco Island at Marsh Harbour, and serves as our gateway to this stellar sailing grounds. The Abacos chain features five inhabited cays. Sample itineraries may include visits to the following:
Elbow Cay is the most well-known of the small colonial townships on the outer cays, since its famous 130-year-old lighthouse is visible for miles.
Tahiti Beach is a pleasant little lagoon anchorage with white sand beach and a grove of coconut palm trees.
Tilloo Cay is a deserted island to explore, along with the wild shores on the east side.
Sandy Cay This will provide dinghy access to the protected coral reefs and sea life on the east side of the cay, which is part of the Pelican Cays Sea Park.
Great Guana Cay has a white sand beach stretching for 7 miles.
How to get to Bahamas
Direct flights to Marsh Harbour are available from United States (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach). Between the airport and the base it is a 10 minutes ride by taxi.
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.
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 5:30pm at Charter Base. Set sail the next day after orientation. Learn cruising skills while living aboard. Arrive back in port on the last day and leave before 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.
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.
$2,195 single/shared cabin (may include 8-hour optional February shore school). $4,295 single/whole cabin. ASA Bareboat Chartering Only: $2,145. Non-student: $2,095. Couples' discount: $4,295. ***Couple Definition: Two people who wish to share a cabin.***
Note: Two ASA Certifications are included in the price for each Certifier. Additional ASA Certifications are charged an extra $95 per Certifier.
Couples Pricing includes one set of course textbooks to share. Additional course textbooks may be purchased.
Full refund less cancellation fee for cancellations at least 60 days before scheduled course/event. 50% refund for cancellations made 30-59 days before course/event.
No refund for cancellations within 29 days of course/event, although we will try to work with you.
2018 Schedule: Bahamas Sailing Adventures / Classes
March 5 – March 12, 2018
March 13 – March 20, 2018
Other dates can be scheduled.
Prerequisite for this course
Call Northern Breezes Sailing School at 763-542-9707 to register or with questions.