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Top Tips for Traveling to the Virgin Islands

What’s the best way to travel to the Virgin Islands? These strategies will make your travel to the Virgin Islands as seamless, cheap, and stress-free as possible.  Flying into the US Virgin Islands The USVI has two commercial airports. One in St. Croix and one in St. Thomas. If you are setting sail in the…

Captain’s Log: Starting From Scratch

The Basics The boat: Good Times & Tan Lines, a 2022 Lagoon 42  Crew: Captain JT (instructor)   ASA Students: Lee, Lisa, and Peter Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic KeelBoat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran)   Day 1: Sails Goals Captain JT introduced the crew to “Good Times…

Captain’s Log: BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat)

The Basics The boat: a privately owned 2021 Neel 51 Trimaran Crew: Captain Trevon (instructor)   ASA Students: Peter, Kat, Joe, and Ashley Courses Completed:  ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) Day 1: New boat, new goals Peter and Kat are the proud new owners of a 2021 Neel…

Captain’s Log: In Search of Fair Winds

The Basics The boat: Speculation, a 44’ Leopard catamaran  Crew: Captain Jalil (instructor)   ASA Students:  Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic Keelboat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) Day 1: Smoother sailing Eric, Crystal, and Michael all came into their Go Sail trips with less than stellar sailing experiences…

Captain’s Log: A Little Bit of Everything

The Basics The boat: Good Times & Tan Lines, a 2023 Lagoon 42 Crew: Captain JT (instructor)   ASA Students: Kostas, Katri, and Peter Courses Completed:   ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) Day 1: This Is Just the Beginning Kostas, Katri, and Peter met Captain JT at the Compass…

Captain’s Log: Sailing’s A Breeze!

The Basics The boat: Good Times & Tan Lines, a 2022 Lagoon 42,  Crew: Captain JT (instructor)   ASA Students: Kelly, Brian, Meg, and Nathan Courses Completed:, ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) Day 1: Double the Fun Sailing with your partner can be hugely rewarding. Taking a sailing…

Skippers in Training

The Basics The boat: Peaceful Sol, a 2018 Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 Crew: Captain JT (instructor)   ASA Students: Chad and Pete Courses Completed:  ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) Day 1: Sunny Swims with Turtles Chad and Pete both arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands excited to gain…

Beginner’s Luck?

The Basics The boat: Stela, a 2021 Lagoon 42  Crew: Captain JT (instructor)   ASA Students: Robert, Stella, and Jared Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic KeelBoat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran)   Day 1: Meeting Stela Getting acquainted before setting sail doesn’t mean just getting to know your…

Thanksgiving at Sea

The Basics The boat: Vayu, a 50’ FP Helia  Crew: Captain Trevon (instructor)   ASA Students: Dodi, John, Christian, Thibaud Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic KeelBoat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) Day 1: Swapping Stories This crew came to Go Sail Virgin Islands with a variety of boating…

One Trip, Two Boats

The Basics The boat: Sweet & Salty, a 2018 FP Helia 44’  and Vayu, a FP Helia 50’  Crew: Captain Trevon (instructor)   ASA Students: Alan, Becky, Anthony, Ethan  Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic KeelBoat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) Day 1: Fast Friends Captain Trevon and Go…

Ever-Changing Conditions

The Basics The boat: Sweet & Salty, a 2018 FP Helia 44’  Crew: Captain Trevon (instructor)   ASA Students: Kristi, “Starboard” Mark, Lana, “MarkO”, Tina M. Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic KeelBoat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) Day 1: Feels Like Home A crew of six eager sailors…

What is a Captain’s Log?

What is a Captain’s Log? A Captain’s Log, also sometimes referred to as a ship’s log, is a way for captains to keep records about a sailing journey. Captain’s Logs have been used for thousands of years for captains to keep track of their trip’s progress, maintenance issues, coordinates of things found at sea, weather…

Captains Log: Sailing Under Stormy Skies

The Basics The boat: 2022 Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 Crew: Captain JT ASA Students: Kathe and Matt Courses Completed:  ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 106 (Advanced Coastal Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran),  Day 1: Happy Anniversary! Kathe and Matt are celebrating their 40th anniversary by learning to sail together! Matt…

Captain’s Log: Sampling the USVI’s Comfort Foods

The Basics The boat: 2018 Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 Catamaran Crew: Captain JT ASA Students: Alex, Austin, and Stephanie Courses Completed:  ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran),  Day 1: Starting Strong All three sailors come to the Go Sail Virgin Island charter with sailing experience! Stephanie and Austin…

Captain’s Log: Cruz Bay Carnival

  The Basics The boat: “Peach Paradise,” a 2018 Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Crew: Captain JT ASA Students: Thomas and Lowell Courses Completed:  ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran),  Day 1: Jumping Right In Oftentimes, Go Sail Virgin Islands trips start with a night of getting to know…

Captain’s Log: Whale I Never!

The Basics The boat: Speculation, a 2018 FP Helia 44’  Crew: Captain Trevon ASA Students: Bhav, Nike, Ben, Glen, and Vicky Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic Keel Boat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran),  Day 1: Setting Goals This sailing crew jumps aboard Speculation with a wide variety…

Captain’s Log: Tacking Taco Tuesdays

The Basics The boat: Sweet and Salty, a 2018 FP Helia 44’  Crew: Captain JT Quinn  ASA Students: Brandon, George, Reena, Michael Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic Keel Boat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran),  Day 1: A Full First Day This crew wasted no time in starting…

Captain’s Log: Just the Two of Us

The Basics The boat: Speculation, a 2018 FP Helia 44’  Crew: Captain Jalil  ASA Students: Steve and Tirzah Courses Completed:  ASA 101 (Basic Keel Boat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran),  Day 1: A watersport transition Steve and Tirzah meet up with Captain Jalil to begin their “Cruising…

Captain’s Log: Bringing It All Together

The Basics The boat: Speculation, a 2018 FP Helia 44’  Crew: Captain JT ASA Students: Mike, Tracey, and Robert Courses Completed:  ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran),  Day 1: Coming together This sailing crew comes together from all walks of life for the first day of their Go…

Captain’s Log: Racing Along

The Basics The boat: Sweet and Salty, a 2018 FP Helia 44’  Crew: Captain Trevon  ASA Students: Kate, Jeff, Shirley, and Eric Courses Completed:  ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104  (Bareboat Cruising), ASA 106 (Advanced Coastal Cruising), ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran), ASA 118 (Docking Endorsement) Day 1: Making Plans This crew came aboard Sweet…