Our 7-day Advanced Sailing Course takes coastal skippers and turns them into qualified offshore sailors.
Marina do Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Sunday 9:30 AM
Saturday at noon
Comfortable athletic clothing, boating shoes, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen.
Beneteau First 40 or equivalent yacht
On board accommodation
All docking fees
All local fees
Food & wine on board
Food & drinks off the boat
ASA104, Bareboat Charter Master or RYA Day Skipper
About 20-30 hours, course material will be provided after booking your course.
ASA – 105/106
Meeting point: Marina do Funchal, Madeira
Day 1 – Sunday 9.30AM
Arrive at Marina do Funchal, Madeira Island, to meet your fellow students and instructor. There are several accommodation options nearby, we can also help you find a place. Once you have settled in, your instructor will conduct a safety briefing and take you through the course plan. Shortly afterward you will be on your way! Become familiar with the legendary Sailing Virgins’ morning routine, including Wim Hof breathing, meditation, and a 7-minute workout. Have a swim, have breakfast, then settle into the day structure of some theory in the morning, sailing, then stopping in a beautiful bay for lunch and a swim/relax. After lunch, we rinse & repeat, with some theory followed by practical skills, and wind up in another beautiful bay for sundowners and dinner. Every day brings a different bay, experience, or hike. Formal courses activities finish at around 5 pm. For dinner, you will either cook aboard (two nights in the week) or go ashore to enjoy a local restaurant.
Day 2 – Day 6
Wake up to the sounds and colours of the Atlantic sea, and if you feel like it, have a pre-breakfast swim straight off the boat. You will find your sea legs as your instructor continues to teach you going through the course syllabus. Each day you will progress further through the course outline. The instructor will take time with every student to make sure they have a good level of competency at the end of the week. The locations visited during the course can change on short notice due to weather and other conditions, so this itinerary is a likely sample. If you are doing the ASA program there is a written test to be taken towards the end of the week.
Day 3 Sail to Porto Santo Island
Experience real Ocean open water Sailing in the 4h sail between green lush Madeira island to the paradise golden beach of the neighbour Porto Santo island where we have the perfect sailing stadium and protected waters waiting for us to continue training and some beach time.
Day 5 Desertas islands.
An exciting downwind run full of adrenaline and top speeds is usually a high light of the week.
Arriving in the natural park Desertas island, a sanctuary of the almost extinct Mediterranean monk seals for an overnight anchorage.
Day 6, final lessons and exam toping up with one of the worldwide famous levadas (mountain walks for a breath of pure fresh mountain air to suck in your memorable week on the sea.
On the last day (Saturday) we sail back to Marina do Funchal. The course finishes on or before midday on Saturday. You will receive a debrief and be anointed an ex-Virgin! Ex-Virgins receive a huge amount of benefits such as discounts on Sailing Virgins branded Zhik sailing gear and on charter rates worldwide.
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