Tag Archives: British Virgin Islands

BVI Trip Report: Sailing Arabella

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.

Continue reading

Sailing Schools in the British Virgin Islands

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 sail vacation might take you to North Sound to sail what looks like a large pond reserved for sailing instruction or you’ll dart between islands and learn the art of tacking into the wind while watching megayachts that seem to ignore the rules of the water. Your man overboard drills will be honed off the coast of Spanish Town in the shadow of the Baths.

Continue reading

Trip Update: British Virgin Island Tour

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 boat? Find your voyage: https://asa.com/arabella/


BVI Arabella Baths

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

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.

Continue reading

Ready to Bareboat Charter in the BVI?

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 about a sailing vacation, and we just want to help you get underway.

Sail the British Virgin Islands on a Bareboat Charter.

Continue reading

Trip Update: ASA 2019 Arabella Grand Tour

By the time the scent of sunscreen had permeated the deck of Arabella, the sails were up, and the exquisite ship was slicing through the waters off Newport Rhode Island. A week would go by, and the lucky ASA members aboard would visit Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cuttyhunk. A few members took the helm, others basked in the sun, and quite a few made lifelong friends.

Continue reading

Discovering Love… and Sailing… with The Yacht Week

Here at ASA, we’re always thinking of all the various avenues folks can access the sport of sailing that we enjoy so much. We keep an eye on youth and collegiate sailing, the racing scene, world and local cruising and of course chartering. The latter, we find, is something many sailors aspire to and for good reason. It’s really fun, fulfilling and most often utterly fascinating. All that said; we understand that chartering is a big step and can be expensive and maybe a mite intimidating. It can involve foreign waters on an unfamiliar boat, maybe language barriers, and a good amount of responsibility insuring everyone stays safe while you’re leading the voyage.

Continue reading

Arabella. Photo by Chris Tucker.

Amazing “Arabella” Photos From The BVIs

The “Arabella” just completed a voyage around the BVIs loaded with ASA members from all over the country. We were lucky enough to have Chris Tucker onboard and he shared some of his amazing photos with us… If you missed out on this once in a lifetime trip, not to worry, we’re doing it all over again in March – but hurry, there are only a few cabins left!!

Continue reading