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Captain Rusty Pete

Island Adventures

ASA Combo 103 & 104 or 104 & 105

$3,100 for a Private Berth

Includes Two ASA Certifications

Offered by Captain Harry Polly and Rusty Pete Charters

Sail the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) while learning to skipper a large cruising charter boat. You will spend 7 nights and 6 days mastering all the skills needed to be a bareboat skipper. Candidates will rotate through various operating positions: Watch Commander, Navigator, Helmsman, and Engineer. You will learn the 10 tricks to successful provision a bareboat charter, route planning, menu planning, regularly taking a fix to know where you are, a running fix, docking, multiple anchoring methods, advanced sail trim, crew overboard recovery both under power and under sail.

The BVIs are an ideal charter distention with steady easterly trade winds, clear waters, boulder formed caves, picture perfect beaches, one of kind waterfront restaurants, and numerous safe anchorages make the BVIs a great training ground.

COSTS: $3,100 all inclusive – private berth with a queen size bed, private bathroom (head), food cooked on board (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners), boat rental, hull damage insurance, charts, cruising fees, mooring ball charges, Bitter End docking charges, water, ice, cold drinks, dinghy, linens, VISAR fees, ASA student text, two (2) ASA certifications, and trip cancellation insurance.

1) You can bring a companion to share your berth for an additional $200.

2) Payment Plan: $775 non-refundable deposit to reserve your berth, payment two of $775 due             5/15, and final payment of $1,550 due 9/15.

3) Trip cancellation insurance is included in the class fee.

What is not included? The following items are not included in the class fee, airfare, dining ashore, alcoholic beverages, airport transfers, BVI departure tax, souvenirs, personal incidentals, and the hotel the night of 10/30.

Prerequisites: ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing – classes are available through the Austin Yacht Club on Lake Travis. Experienced sailors can challenge the ASA101 Standard while sailing with us in the BVIs for an additional $400 fee.

By special arrangements, one can take the ASA105 Coastal Navigation and ASA106 Advanced Coastal Cruising in lien of ASA104.

Arrival Deadline: Students MUST be at the Moorings Base by noon, October 31 for a lunch and crew briefing and then spend the afternoon provisioning their boat.

Traveling to the BVIs: You can fly to the BVIs directly by flying to Beef Island (airport (airport code EIS) or you can fly to St. Thomas (airport code STT) and catch a ferry to the Moorings Base in Road Town, Tortola, BVI. If you fly to St. Thomas, you will have to take the ferry Road Town. The last ferry leaves St. Thomas at 4:15 p.m. There is an 8:30 a.m. ferry.

Our Training Boat: We will be chartering a Moorings 50.5 monohull with four berths and crew’s quarter. Designed by Berret-Racoupeau and built by Beneteau, features a large cockpit, generous interior volumes, 4 double cabins with en-suite heads and shower, plus crew quarters with a head and sink in the peak. The large galley is across a U-shaped saloon with a large table that also converts to a double bed. An additional settee offers more seating and additional storage. Behind the settee, a full size cabinet provides additional refrigeration storage and counter space. Generous water and fuel capacities, generator and air conditioning on some yachts add to the comfort of this blue water cruiser. The boat has two wheels to steer, roller furling, windless, dinghy, microwave, air conditioner, barbecue grill, bambini, GPS, chart plotter, and autopilot. Our boat weights 28,000 pounds and has a 75-foot mast.