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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…

Sailing into the St Croix Mango Melee Festival

July 7th is all about mangoes in the US Virgin Islands as the Mango Melee Festival rolls through St Croix! Here’s the scoop on how to sail into the festival and enjoy the day of festivities:  What is the St Croix Mango Melee Festival? The St Croix Mango Melee Festival is an annual event hosted…

Sailing Story: Captain Genevieve Evans

Genevieve was born and raised in Montana and spent many summers on Flathead Lake. “When I was 16, the neighbor came by and asked me if I wanted to go sailing on his Hobbie cat. Before I knew it, we were flying across the top of the water without a sound. It was an overwhelming…

How to Celebrate Day of the Seafarer

On June 25th, we honor the contributions of seafarers today and throughout history to the world economy, international trade, and the environment. Maritime careers are often demanding, dangerous, and require great  sacrifice. The International Day of the Seafarer recognizes all who work at sea. Every time you cast off your lines, you become part of…

Sailing Story: Marc Gottlieb

Marc Gottlieb’s introduction to sailing came about less from a family love of sailing but more so from one particular family member’s hatred of engines. “I grew up sailing with my dad who was a very smart guy, genius level scientist— but hated motors and had no mechanical abilities whatsoever,” Marc laughed. “So he got…

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…

Everything You Need to Know About the St John Carnival

For a fun getaway, the annual St John Carnival is a favorite Virgin Islands event. The carnival offers endless amusement for everyone from locals and tourists to families and young partiers. Join us in Cruz Bay for a celebration of St John’s vibrant cultural heritage!  What is the St John Carnival? The St John Carnival’s origins can be traced…

Sailing Story: Zander Nelson

Sailing is a passion that runs in Zander Nelson’s blood.  “I’ve actually been sailing pretty much my whole life. My father was a sailor and his father was a sailor,” he said. “It’s been a family tradition.” At age four, he was already sailing with his dad on a Sunfish. By 12, he was racing…

A Guide to National Maritime Day

Congress declared May 22 as National Maritime Day in the 1930s and it is still being celebrated today! Find out more about the holiday and how you can celebrate it below: What does National Maritime Day celebrate? National Maritime Day celebrates all those in the maritime industry! That includes those in the marine shipping industry,…

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…

Sailing Story: Edi Stan

Edi Stan had a sailboat. He’d had a sailboat for 15 years. However, until he got a push from his daughter, he’d never taken his vintage 1970s Aquarius 23 out on the water. It was a good conversation starter and a subject of daydreaming but not more than that,” Edi said. “[My daughter] said your…