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Alumni Keelboat Sailing in the British Virgin Islands


Learn the art of keelboat sailing on this Alumni trip offering. The waters of the British Virgin Islands will be home for 8-days of learning to cruise.

The curriculum is similar to a NOLS semester sailing section and tailored to individual goals. We will focus extensively on sailing and living aboard mid-sized (36+ft) cruisers. You'll learn charts, navigation, seamanship and boat handling while being expected to help cook meals and rotate through the various crew positions.

Depending on your interest, optional "Competent Crew" certification is available with some pre-trip homework and preparation. Contact the NOLS Alumni Department for details on the optional certifications.

You'll enjoy the striking scenery of the British Virgin Islands while sharing quarters with a few other participants and NOLS instructors. After this trip, you should feel confident in your ability to sail with an experienced crew.

This is a great trip for non-grad guests and family members.


British Virgin Islands Sailing
Dates: April 2-9, 2016
Duration: 8 days
Cost: $2,350 - includes pre and post-trip lodging
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Typical Female/Male Mix:


Course start/end: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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(this is a subjective rating of anticipated physical difficulty- weather, route, and the group mix can combine to make trips more or less "difficult"— higher numbers mean more challenge.)


Warm weather sailing. Living in communal space on a sailboat.

Fly in/out: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Additional Information:

Trip Description (pdf)
Equipment Guidelines (pdf)

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Signing Up
A $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required for enrollment on all alumni trips. If you would like to sign up or have questions just give us a call at 1-800-332-4280 or email at

Haven't you always wanted to learn to sail? Photo: Andrew Chapman
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