British Virgin Islands Sailing

• August 5th to 11th Keelboat (Dufour 560)
• August 12th to 18th Catamaran (Lagoon 450)

ICC (International Certification of Competence) & RYA Day Skipper Certifications Available




A Sailor's Paradise of steady winds & sunshine while exploring the 50+ isles

Lagoon 421 sailingWhere: British Virgin Islands

Upcoming Voyages:

• Aug 5th to 11th 2017 (Dufour 560 Keelboat)
• Aug 12th to 18th 2017 (Lagoon 450 Catamaran)

Captain/Instructor: Capt. Mark Thompson

Price: starting at $2,450 per cabin
($100 discount if paying directly by cash or check)

Certifications Options*: ICC, Bareboat, RYA Day Skipper

Prerequisite: No prior experience required. Participants should have both a willingness and capacity to learn sailing and participate in all sailing activities on the yacht.

Need Help? Contact Island Sailing

Contact Chris Black at with questions.

The British Virgin Islands are considered among the best sailing destinations in the world, a true sailor's paradise. The trade winds are consistent, weather warm year-round, and much of the sailing is "line of sight" navigation and deep water island hops.  The beaches are white sand, the waters crystal clear turquoise, and there are an abundance of protected bays nestled among the 50+ islands.  The wind is plentiful, but typically not too much. There's almost always a 15+ knot wind for sailing well as cool breezes at the anchorages.

When not sailing, the BVIs offer something for everyone: snorkeling, pirate beach bars and restaurants, and exploring many uninhabited islands.

The voyage casts off from Hodges Creek, Tortola.  From there, the voyage is largely unstructured and mostly determined by the conditions and desires of the participants.  Captain Thompson knows the BVIs very well and having sailed the Caribbean waters for over 20 years!  Simply, it's the best of both worlds - exploring the waters and islands with the experience and recommendations of Capt. Thompson.

A few itinerary examples:

  • Norman Island - the Bight, Willy T’s floating bar
  • Peter Islands - Little Harbour (beautiful anchorage)
  • Cooper Island - Manchioneel Bay
  • Virgin Gorda - snorkeling at the Baths, Leverick Bay, Saba Rock, Bitter End Yacht Club
  • Anegada - Cow Wreck Beach, Lololly Beach, lobster dinner on the beach, touring the island on scooters
  • Tortola - Cane Garden Bay
  • Jost Van Dyke - White Bay/Soggy Dollar Bar, Foxy’s, the Bubbly Pool

Included in the cabin price are linens and towels, all meals and snacks while aboard, water and soft beverages, fuel and moorage.

Not included are transportation, meals ashore, hotels, excursions, alcoholic beverage of your choice, and additional certification training materials. We'll coordinate travel arrangements with all participants.

Prerequisites: No prior sailing experience is required, but all participants need a willingness to learn sailing and capacity to actively participate in all aspects of sailing the yacht. Sailing can be adventurous, rigorous and challenging, but the rewards of freedom of the open water, connecting with nature, disconnecting from the modern world, discovering islands and new ports, and self-confidence are tremendous. If you enjoy adventures, then once on the water you'll wonder why you haven't been sailing all along!

*Certifications: You'll receive training from one of the World's foremost experts and regardless of certifications. For those wanting certifications: Bareboat OR RYA Day Skipper (not both) and ICC (International Certificate of Competence) are available upon merit. By merit we mean successfully completing any prerequisite knowledge requirements, and more importantly successfully passing the instructor's assessment of your skills and competence.

Depending on the certification and your sailing background, the knowledge training may be an additional cost. For knowledge, we utilize NauticEd online and interactive courses - an advantage because your knowledge training and testing can be completed prior to the trip (i.e., more fun time).

Every sailor has unique backgrounds, needs and goals - and so we'll review your background and make specific preparatory training recommendations. Our goal's to save you time and money; and focus on what's individually needed.

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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.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.


August 5th to 11th Dufour 560 (keelboat)

$2,450 per Cabin (single occupancy)

$3850 per Cabin (Double occupancy - only $1,925 per person!)

$100 discount if paying directly by check or cash

Dufour 560 interior   Dufour 560 interior layout

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August 12th to 18th Lagoon 450 (Catamaran)

$3,250 per Cabin (single occupancy)

$4,850 per Cabin (Double occupancy - only $2,425 per person!)

$100 discount if paying directly by check or cash

  Lagoon 450 Interior Layout

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Price Details


  • Sail Training
  • ICC Certification (upon successfully passing an assessment)
  • All meals and snacks while aboard
  • Water and soft beverages
  • Fuel, moorage and boat fees
  • Linens and Towels
  • We assist on travel plans & coordination


  • Additional training materials
  • Flights and transfers
  • Hotels
  • Alcoholic beverage of your choice

 Booking Conditions, Policies & Release


#1 The first step is completing the Voyage Booking Form. There's no obligation in submitting this application, and your information will be kept confidential.

>CLICK HERE< to open the Voyage Booking Form.

#2 We'll review the application and your sailing resume and discuss the details of the passage with you. The reason for this process is simple: these Vacation Adventures are a commitment, and we want to ensure that you're comfortable with the trip, training, requirements and details before committing.

#3 Payment: once any details are sorted out, a twenty (20%) per cent deposit shall be required at time of booking. The balance of course fees including any additional administrative fees, shall be payable in full sixty (60) days before departure, or within seven (7) days from the initial deposit when the departure date is within sixty (60) days.

Need Help? Contact Island SailingContact Chris Black at with questions, for more information or to sign-up!