7 days
British Virgin Islands
Easy, Medium

This 7-day fast-track Premium Catamaran Course combines world-class sailing instruction with an unparalleled level of comfort. Learn about our premium course options here.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Village Cay, Road Town, Tortola, BVI
RETURN TIME Saturday at noon
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, boating shoes, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen
Senior Instructor
Instructor:Student ratio 1:4
Premium welcome kit
On-board accomodation
Premium food & wine package
All docking fees
All local fees (eg. National Park, Search & Rescue, Customs)
Meals & drinks on board
Certification fees
Fuel cost
Food & drinks off the boat
Instructor gratuity

Course Preparation

PREREQUISITES ASA 104, NauticEd Bareboat, RYA Dayskipper or comparable sailing experience needed for ASA 114 / Catamaran endorsement
ONLINE COURSE PREPARATION About 20-40 hours, course material will be provided after booking your course.
NauticEd – Catamaran Endorsement, or
ASA – 114 (or 2 ASA levels)


Here are some frequently asked questions and answers for them:

Tell me more about the Sailing Virgins instructors

A sailing academy is only as good as its instructors. Therefore we have the highest standards in the world. To be a Sailing Virgins instructor, as well as requiring certification to Royal Yachting Association standards (which are widely known to be the best in the world), a candidate also needs to have the following:

  • At least two ocean crossings
  • At least two seasons as skipper/lead skipper/instructor for The Yacht Week

For more information about Sailing Virgins instructors, check out our instructor page here.

How does a Premium Catamaran Course differ from the Intermediate Course?

Until we created the Premium Catamaran Course, the Intermediate Catamaran Course was the best in the industry. We’ve just one-upped ourselves with this Premium Catamaran Course. Here’s a comparison:

Features Normal
Sailing Virgins
Sailing Virgins
Boat Age >10 years <5 years <2 years
Boat Build South African/
French French
Food & Wine Basic Normal Premium
Welcome Kit No No Yes
TripAdvisor Recommended No Yes Yes

Should I choose a Catamaran or a Monohull?

It depends what you are after. Catamarans are more comfortable, and generally faster and more stable. However if you like the visceral feeling of the boat heeling (tipping over) and like pointing upwind, you can’t beat a monohull. We have written more about this on our Catamaran versus Monohull page.

Tell me more about Sailing in the Caribbean

We have written a page addressing five of the most common questions we get asked about sailing in the Caribbean. You can check that here.

Do I have to sign a contract?

No. Everything we do is online, from the Terms & Conditions to our Crew Forms to our Waiver. We like to keep things as simple as possible for you (and us)!

Further questions? Email us.


Additional information

MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, November, December

Day 1 – Sunday 9.30AM

Arrive at Village Cay, Road Town, Tortola to meet your fellow students and instructor.  You are welcome to stay on the boat the night before (Saturday) should you require it. Once you have settled in your instructor will conduct a safety briefing and take you through the course plan.  Shortly afterwards you will be on your way! A popular first stop is Peter Island where you will be able to have some lunch and a swim. Every day brings a different bay: the formal course activities finish at around 5pm, where your hostess will have sundowners waiting.  For dinner your hostess will either cook aboard (two nights in the week) or you will go ashore to enjoy a local restaurant.

Day 2 – Day 6

Before breakfast, prepared by your hostess, you can jump off the boat for a swim. Your instructor will continue to take you through the course. Every day you will continue to progress through the course requirements. With only four students, your instructor will have ample time to help you as you level up your sailing skills. The bays visited during the course can change depending on the prevailing conditions. The classic British Virgin Island spots are high on the list, such as the Baths, North Sound, Jost van Dyke (including the Soggy Dollar), and snorkeling spots such as the Indians and the Caves.  If you choose to do the ASA program you will take a written test at the end of the week. If you are on the NauticEd program all your exams are completed online prior to your joining the course.

Day 7

Early on the last morning (Saturday) you will sail back to Village Cay, Road Town. Your course finishes by midday on Saturday. You will receive your final debrief. You are now a Sailing Virgins Alumni! Alums receive benefits such as discounts on Sailing Virgins/Zhik sailing gear.

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bvi sailing virgins route

2018 Lagoon 42 Catamaran

Your catamaran is a 2018 model Lagoon 42 or its nearest equivalent. Designed and built in France, the Lagoon 42 provides excellent sailing and on-board comfort.

The catamaran includes:

  • 4 cabins
  • Bed linens
  • 2-4 heads
  • Central galley area
  • Swim platforms

The layout of the Lagoon 42 four-cabin is shown below:

lagoon 42 layout premium catamaran course
image: The Yacht Week

Typical cabins look like this:

lagoon-inside catamaran course

The Lagoon 42 under way (images Lagoon and Nicolas Claris):

lagoon 42 premium catamaran course

lagoon 42 premium catamaran course

lagoon 42 premium catamaran course
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