Places to See, Things To Do and the Beach Bars That Must Be Visited in the BVI

By: Charter, Destinations

The British Virgin Islands are a famously popular spot for bareboat charters in the Caribbean. In fact, more ASA students choose the BVI as their destination of choice than any other charter destination.  After you have obtained your ASA 104 certification and you want to head to the British Virgin Islands for a bareboat charter, how are you going to fill your itinerary? We have a few ideas of things to do in the British Virgin Islands on your sailing vacation.

BVI’s Legendary North Sound Rises Again

By: Charter, Destinations

By Bob Curley Writer, Editor and Sailor, Bob Curley, is a Rhode Island Expert who contributes to American Sailing on sailing New England and the Caribbean. When Hurricane Irma scored a direct hit on the British Virgin Islands in September 2017, it’s no exaggeration to say that the results were apocalyptic. Making landfall as a Category 5 hurricane, the eye of the storm passed directly over the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. When the skies finally cleared, every piece of tropical greenery had been stripped from the landscape, more than 4,000 houses were damaged or destroyed, …

Sailing Schools in the British Virgin Islands

By: Destinations, Learn To Sail

Learn to Sail in the British Virgin Islands You’ll leap off the bow and feel the warm water. It is not as refreshing as you would like because the water is warm but it is invigorating. The crystal clear water will envelop you and when you surface, you’ll look back at the boat. Your sense of accomplishment will come from understanding that you can sail that vessel. Your time spent learning to sail in the British Virgin Islands will afford you the ability to dream of one day being able to do it alone. Your British Virgin Islands learn to …

Ready to Bareboat Charter in the BVI?

By: Charter, Cruising Tips, Destinations

Getting aboard your bareboat charter is the goal when you get your ASA sailing certifications. Where do you begin? For many, it is a sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands so we decided to share a couple of itineraries with you to help in your planning process. If you are ready to charter a bareboat excursion, this is a good way to start. If you are thinking about expanding your sailing knowledge and need a carrot dangled out in front of you, this is it.  Typical sailors who have taken ASA 101, ASA 103, and ASA 104 begin thinking …

BVI Trip Report: Sailing Arabella

By: Charter, Destinations

UPDATE: A year ago we sailed the British Virgin Islands with ASA members aboard Sailing Yacht Arabella. ASA has a charter partnership agreement with the Manhattan Yacht Club that allows our members and guests to experience sailing aboard this majestic vessel. For obvious reasons, we can’ be on her today but soon we will all be back on her deck, smiling and sailing! We are announcing a 2021 date for a Grand Tour of New England aboard Arabella. Join ASA members as we visit Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cuttyhunk during Labor Day weekend. See highlights from the 2019 Grand Tour …

Trip Update: British Virgin Island Tour

By: Charter, Destinations

A group of ASA members sat in the warm calm waters of North Sound. In the shadow of Virgin Gorda, they wished for beers to quench their thirst.  Like magic it happened. A call to Arabella and soon enough a dive bag filled with ice-cold Carib Lagers showed up. The crew on Arabella knows how to make everything right. It is a simple formula. Smiles. Sunshine. Patience. Good wind. Paradise reveals itself.  Take a look at the latest update in the form of a picture gallery from the ASA / Arabella tour of the BVi.. Shouldn’t you be on that …