ASA 103/104

Intermediate Sailing Courses

You’ve been sailing for years with friends, or at a club for long enough to ‘know the ropes;’ perhaps you own a boat at home and/or you already have a 101-level sailing certification… but living aboard a cruising yacht for multiple days would be a brand-new experience. You ‘know enough to know’ that being the skipper is decidedly different than being a guest, passenger, or even crew. You would like to take family & friends on the sailing vacation of a lifetime, but worry that you don’t have enough experience to do it safely.  Are you wondering what your next step in sail training should be?

This Course is made specifically for you!


With ASA 101 having already been achieved in your home waters, join us for the next two courses, ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising, perfectly packaged together in a 7 day course, Learn to Bareboat. Without ASA 101, you are still welcome aboard our dedicated sail training yacht for the 7 day course, if you feel comfortable challenging the ASA 101 level. This entails passing the written exam in the first 24 hours and successfully demonstrating all Sailing Skills as described in the ASA 101 Course Standards, during the course.
All ASA 101 Sailing Knowledge & Skills are reviewed, on day one, as a matter of safety and to orient your fellow students to this much larger version of the ‘Basic Keelboat.’  Your prior experience will help you to see how our cruising yachts behave, in many ways, just like the day-sailer you’ve earned your sea time on… but not in all ways, of course!
Our friendly professional instructors are seasoned sailors with years of experience, who will tailor the courses to suit your party’s needs. You will learn to sail safely, to the acclaimed ASA Standards, while enjoying a relaxing vacation in paradise.  Sailing during the day from one anchorage to another, you’ll learn from the best and then practice your new skills… while still having time to snorkel cool and colorful waters, stroll on perfect beaches, or even shop for souvenirs.
Most importantly, you will know how to keep your yacht, and its crew (your family & friends), safe and happy on future bareboat charters in the BVI, or wherever you decide to cruise!


Over 7 days, this course builds on the material learned in 101, and comprises the navigation portion of the skills required to bareboat cruise. You will be taught to cruise safely as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary sailboat of 30-50 feet in coastal waters. You will learn the full spectrum of the details involved in chartering, including routine maintenance, sailing a compass course and planning provisioning.

ASA 103

The next step after your Basic Keelboat experience.  
Transition from sailing a basic keelboat to our larger, heavier sail training & cruising yacht and instantly discover that some things have changed a bit… but also see where many things haven’t changed at all!  Reviewing all sailing physics, maneuvering and safety that we have established in our ASA 101 course, on a larger vessel we’ll increase our focus on ship’s systems, operating under auxiliary power, contingency/emergency planning, basic navigation & pilotage, and local weather/forecast interpretation.
This course really builds confidence!

ASA 104

This is your ticket to fun & adventure in paradise!  As skipper, you must take good care of your vessel & keep its crew (of family & friends) safe on the water, at all times…of course, you must have fun doing it!

You will become proficient in ship’s systems and routine maintenance as well as crew management, provisioning for multiple days at sea, navigation skills including paper chart and GPS/chart plotter usage, cruise planning and log keeping, emergency procedures, weather awareness/analysis- all with our continued emphasis on safety & fun!  In addition to handling the yacht under sail without instructor assistance, you will learn to handle the yacht under power through a variety of mooring, docking and anchoring methods/scenarios. 

On completion, you will be ready, to take your bareboat yacht & its crew BVI cruising, with confidence!

The Sunsail ASA sailing school is located in the the BVI, 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, and stretching for more than 30 miles around the Sir Francis Drake Channel – one of the finest and most protected sailing areas in the world. Year-round balmy temperatures and line-of-sight sailing make the BVI the perfect choice for cruising and especially suited to learning or improving your skills.

Tortola and the sailing area

Course itinerary stops could include world-famous sites such as the breathtaking Baths at Virgin Gorda, the Caves at Norman Island, and the wonderful white sandy beaches of Jost Van Dyke.
Sunsail's sailing school, in the heart of the BVI, joins a well-established base of around 180 Sunsail charter yachts in the protected harbor of Wickham's Cay II. There is a hotel, a fresh water swimming pool, shops, and two restaurants with bars.
Wherever you go there’s always a safe, secluded anchorage nearby with lots of room to practice maneuvers and stop for a nice lunch on board. The warm, clear waters boast superb snorkeling and home to one of the world’s most famous dive sites at the Wreck of the Rhone.
Jost Van Dyke, named after a Dutch pirate, has some amazing sandy beaches. White Bay is a yachting favorite where the Painkiller cocktail originated at The Soggy Dollar Bar. Take time out in a hammock here to let all your new sailing skills and facts sink in!
Evenings are your own to enjoy food and drink ashore at unforgettable locations such as Foxy’s and the Willy T, a converted sailing ship anchored up at The Bight on Norman Island. Famous for live music, wild nights, and party games these are two of the livelier evenings in store, but you might rather have a quiet BBQ on board with your crewmates – the choice is yours.

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