Build up your charter confidence

Chartering on a crewed boat can be great fun, but taking charge of a bareboat in an exotic location leads to a whole new level of enjoyment. Unfortunately, many otherwise competent sailors are nervous that they don’t have the skills to skipper a large monohull or catamaran in a charter environment. If you’ve been waiting to take the leap to bareboating, here is your perfect springboard: Fair Wind Sailing School recently opened a new sailing base in Abaco, Bahamas. Starting in December, they will offer their week-long Instant Bareboater course where sailors of all ages and abilities can get certified in ASA 101, 103 and 104. Classes are limited to four students and a captain, so everyone is able to receive plenty of quality time at the helm. With excellent instruction and reliable wind conditions, you will gain the skills you need to confidently captain your next charter.

David Bello, President of Fair Wind Sailing School, believes this new location will be ideal. “It’s great place to sail, with beautiful weather and protected harbors,” he says. It’s also conveniently located in Marsh Harbor, Abaco, which is only an hour plane ride away from Florida.

Lessons at the new sailing base will begin this December, and Bello is optimistic that spots on the Island Packet 40 will fill up quickly. “Our goal is to get people that really want to learn to sail and teach them how,” he says. If you’re ready to make the transition to bareboating, or if you want to spend a week in paradise, sign up online and save 50 percent on your deposit. Call 866-380-SAIL for more details.

August Charter Deals

  • BVI Yacht Charters has a multiple-booking discount, with 10% off if you book two boats and 15% off if you book three. 888-615-4006
  • Conch Charters is running a last-minute deal, offering two weeks for the price of one from now until 7 November, 2009. 800-521-8939
  • CYOA will give you ten nights for the price of seven on all boats between now and 15 December, 2009. 800-944-2962
  • Footloose Charters is featuring a Deal-of-the-Week for the next four weeks, starting with a 35% discount on the biggest monohulls in its fleet. Check out their website for more deals of the week. 888-952-6013
  • Horizon Yacht Charters is still taking entries for the Peter Holmberg Competition online. Enter for a chance to win a day chartering with this America’s Cup Alinghi helmsman. In addition, they are extending their Low Season rates through 17 December. Charter for 7 nights and save up to $2,100. 877-494-8787
  • Star Clippers released their new cruise brochure, featuring 40 maiden port calls and loads of new itineraries, including Myanmar and Costa Rica. They also launched a new blog, which they update daily. 800-442-0551
  • Sunsail is offering 15% off on 5-13 day charters in St. Martin from now until 31 October. Stay for 14 days or more and enjoy 25% off. 888-350-3568
  • Superior Charters in Bayfield, WI, is excited to introduce a new 2010 Lagoon 380 it its fleet, available 1 September, 2009. It will be the only cruising catamaran available for bareboat chartering on Lake Superior. 715-779-5124
  • The Moorings is offering 15% off on winter charters in the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Mexico, plus an additional 5% off for Moorings Captains who’ve sailed with them before. Book now to sail between 5 January and 13 February. 800-535-7289
  • TMM Yacht Charters is offering 10 nights for the cost of seven in each of its bases between now and 31 October. 800-633-0155
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