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Flotilla Sailing - British Virgin Islands

More Information, Dates and Pricing:  BVI Sailing Adventure

Flotilla sailing allows you to sail on big boats either as a skipper or as individual crew.

Most skippers are recent graduates who like the idea of having an experienced sailing instructor on a nearby boat. Often a quick review of anchoring or reefing techniques, the navigation for the day and boat systems is most of our involvement. Chartering a flotilla boat as skipper with your own crew is less expensive than chartering independent of the flotilla because of our special arrangements with the charter company.

So what can you do if you can't put your own crew together, or are not at the experience level to charter by yourself? We offer places on our lead flotilla boat, skippered by one of our experienced instructors. This year it will be Captain Thom Burns and Captain Steve Burns. There is no formal training going on, but lead boat crew will get many opportunities to hone their skills. The flotilla is designed for fun, experience and sailing without any formal training expectations on either the instructor/skipper or you as a flotilla crew. We invite you to join us during our Flotilla Week.

Tropical Cruise And Two-Level Bareboat Charter Certification (see Basic Cruising/Bareboat Charter)

During the Flotilla Cruise weeks are 6 1/2-day live-aboard courses held aboard 40’ cruising auxiliary sloops in the British Virgin Islands. Basic Cruising students may complete 8 hours of shore school and written exam before the cruise. Bareboat Cruising students will learn all skills and complete written test onboard during the cruise. Cruising Multihull students will learn all skills and complete written exam onboard during the cruise. Successful candidates will receive ASA certification upon completion. Instructors are Captain Thom Burns and Captain Steve Burns.

Location: St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

Board yacht on Wednesday afternoon at marina. Set sail the next day after orientation. Learn cruising skills while living aboard. Arrive back in port the following Wednesday morning. Leave at noon.

ASA Prerequisites:
Basic Cruising: Keelboat. 
Bareboat Cruising: Basic Cruising.
Cruising Multihull: Bareboat Cruising. Advanced Coastal Cruising: Bareboat Cruising & Coastal Navigation.
If diving: Diving Certification. Call for info
(Qualified students may challenge ASA certifications. Call for info.)


Northern Breezes Sailing School, 3949 Winnetka Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55427
Ph 763-542-9707 Fax 763-542-8998 Email:

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Northern Breezes Sailing School
3949 Winnetka Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55427
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