Nassau to Pensacola Catamaran Training

A great sailing opportunity!

Captain Mark Thompson is offering a training voyage from Nassau (Bahamas) to Pensacola FL and on a Salina 48 Catamaran.  Each leg is offered as vacation sailing that includes Near Coastal experience, along with ICC, NauticEd or RYA certifications.


Nassau Bahamas to Miami FL
Nov 12-18, 2017

Visit the Berry Islands before crossing Grand Bahamas Bank to Bimini then Gulf Stream night crossing to Biscayne Bay & Miami.

Miami FL to Key West FL
Nov 19-25, 2017

This includes a week over Thanksgiving where we will sail along the Keys, visit the Dry Tortuga National Park & the most southern point of USA.

Key West FL to Pensacola FL
Nov 26- Dec 2, 2017

An open water sail to west coast of Florida then technical sailing along the coast visiting National Parks, St Petersburg, cruising the ICW then a night sail to Emerald Coast and Pensacola region.


The vessel is a fully equipped Salina 48 Catamaran. The Salina 48 fuses exterior elegance and interior comfort, finished with the unrivalled quality of the Flagship range. With an upwind sail area of 1410 sq ft, CST mainsail and central controls at the helm station, the Salina 48 is extremely easy to sail. The helm station is integrated with the cockpit for comfort and safety.

Salina 48 to weather Salina 48 Transom Salina 48 interior

Certification & Prerequisites

Prerequisites: No prerequisites required, and sailors or guests can join to ride along and enjoy the voyage. If training, then prerequisites are only those needed for the level of certification.

Training Included: These voyages include a mix of vacation sailing, Catamaran sailing, technical near coastal, night and short offshore training. Practical training at all levels is included, and this is a great opportunity for all levels of sailors to advance their training, experience and skills.

Certifications: As a top RYA and NauticEd instructor, Capt. Thompson offers multiple levels of certifications and training. These voyages include a mix of vacation sailing and technical near coastal, night and short offshore training. Note: while practical training is included, knowledge materials (i.e., online preparatory courses) are not included in the price.

Contact us to discuss certification in more detail, including required knowledge materials and pricing.

ICC (International Certificate of Competence) Assessment
• NauticEd Skipper and Bareboat Charter Master
RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper or RYA Coastal Skipper

Meet RYA Instructor Capt. Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, ICC Training, RYA Instructor, Catamaran ExpertMark Thompson
RYA & NauticEd Instructor, ICC Assessor, Catamaran Expert

Mark Thompson with Yachting Education is the Assessor. He is an RYA Sailing Instructor with over 20 years of instruction experience. Mark's one of the best, is very patient and puts student at ease. While the ICC Assessment is pass-fail, Mark creates a positive and low-stress environment for candidates.

As the Principal and Chief Instructor for Yachting Education, Mark Thompson has a significant sailing resume including multiple Atlantic Ocean crossings and experience in Caribbean, Mediterranean, Australian and US waters.+ read more about Capt. Thompson

Mark's career has centered on charter catamarans including a 5 year captaincy aboard the luxury yacht S/Y Lone Star. At 85ft LOA she was at one point the largest charter catamaran in the Caribbean and after crossing the Atlantic, Mark and his crew hosted families on more than 100 weeks of charter.

Mark is a Chief Instructor accredited under NauticEd & RYA programs and has taught hundreds of students in the art of sailing and the nuances of running catamarans. One critical issue he shares is the ability to smoothly and silently communicate and operate theses large powerful vessels.

Mark grew up in Melbourne Australia and joined the maritime industry after a career converting inner city office buildings into trendy apartments. During a year spent traveling the world he discovered a sailing career while driving through Viareggio Italy and thought "you mean I get paid to sail?"

His love of sailing is infectious and his calm, patient demeanor has empowered hundreds of students to consider a bareboat charter and many to purchase their own boat. Whatever your level of expertise, the practical time spent with Mark will be enlightening and your certification will open up a world of sailing opportunities.

Prices & Registration

Prices: All three options are double-occupancy cabins with no additional charge for a second person. Prices are per each leg of the voyage.

• $3,850 owner’s suite ($1,925/person if double-occupancy)
• $2,850 aft cabin stateroom ($1,425/person if double-occupancy)
• $1,850 forward cabin ($925/person if double-occupancy)

What's included? Included are all on-board meals, snacks, soft drinks & water, linens, towels, and instructional materials.  Students should bring their own foul weather gear, canned alcoholic beverages, a healthy dose of realism and a library of stories and jokes!

To register or if you have questions, please submit the contact form below and we'll follow-up. Our process begins with answering questions and discussing training, goals and other details related to the voyage and travel. Simply, we tailor these voyages to each sailor's goals and needs.





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Need Help? Contact Island SailingAlternatively, you can contact Chris Black directly at with questions, for more information or to sign-up!

Please note: bookings are first-come/first-serve. The booking process includes some required paperwork and waivers before payment.

For payment, a twenty (20%) per cent deposit is required at time of booking. The balance is due sixty (60) days before departure, or within seven (7) days from the initial deposit when the departure date is within sixty (60) days.

Please see Booking Conditions, Policies & Release for details.

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