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The Abacos in the Bahamas are a spectacular island group stretching over 120 miles. Join us aboard a sexy new catamaran for a week as you learn how to sail and earn your ASA certifications (ASA 101, 103, 104 and 114 are offered). An amazing place to embark on your own sailing journey.
The Abacos are a sailors playground! Consistent winds, warm weather and hundreds of idyllic islands offer endless opportunities for beach exploration, paddle boarding and snorkeling healthy reefs teeming with life. We love being able find lobster for the grill and find our own deserted paradise to anchor in for the night!!
How far in advance should I book my course with Nautilus? The further in advance the better as boat and captain availability fill up well in advance.
Fly into Marsh Harbour (airport code MHH) and catch a taxi to Marsh Harbour and the Conch Inn Resort and Marina. Hang out at the restaurant overlooking the bay or explore town. We board the boat at 5pm, will get settled aboard and then head out for dinner at our favorite restaurant, where you should plan on sampling the famous conch fritters!
Do a chart briefing, systems overview and check all the equipment on the boat. Set sail for Bakers Bay, a stunning anchorage with white sand beach. After some fun exploring the local beach, do your first formal lessons aboard.
After a detailed look at engine operation and maintenance, head out and learn how to sail! We'II learn points of sail, sail theory, and then practice sail trim. Sail north towards No Name Cay and once anchored, dinghy in to enjoy the pristine beach and the famous swimming pigs..
After a brief morning lesson, set sail for Spanish Cay and our longest passage of the week. If conditions permit we love to sail outside in the deeper waters and troll for Mahi Mahi! Tonight we head ashore to enjoy a delicious dinner at the Spanish Cay Marina.
After a morning swim, we once again set sail, heading south now towards the Ambergis Cays. Here we snorkel the pristine offshore reefs and try to find lobster or grouper for the grill. Grab your favorite beverage and head ashore to the deserted beach to enjoy the sunset!
Today is a passage south, and with the prevailing south easterly winds this means we usually get lots of tacking experience. Our anchorage for tonight is one of the most incredible beaches in the Abacos, Paradise Beach! We'll try and time the tides to experience the sandbars that appear at low tide and then dinghy in for sunset drinks at the local beach bar.
We weigh anchor and sail south on an upwind passage back towards the quaint and picturesque settlement of Hope Town, with it's iconic red and white lighthouse. Dinghy into the inner bay, climb the steps of the lighthouse for the breathtaking view from the top and then stroll this laid back settlement. Enjoy a delicious dinner ashore!
We are up early this morning and pop the sails for one final morning sail back to the marina. We are off the boat by 9am and you are free to fly home, or take a couple of extra days to explore the rest island or relax.
“Perfect way to jump head first into learning to sail. A seven day live aboard sailing course in the gorgeous Bahamas. My instructor Skipper Troy M was patient and knowledgeable, and kind.
An awesome educational week of sailing basics wrapped up in adventure with cool folks. (Snorkeling, cooking aboard, exploring marinas, feeding iguanas). I had my own cabin and head which made the seven days very comfortable. I would do it all again but I passed all my tests so now off to put my new skills to work.
I recommend this company for a live aboard sailing school!”
BLAIR, Texas (USA)
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