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CRUISING SAIL TRAINING


From November to March, we offer

Our elementary, intermediate, and advanced Cruising Sail Training
in the Caribbean: Martinique and Saint Lucia or Guadeloupe.

Crédit : Pat Nault Villeneuve

ELEMENTARY CRUISING SAIL TRAINING

This course aims to enable you to sail safely, as a competent skipper or crew member, on a 6- to 10-meter sailboat equipped with an inboard or outboard motor in familiar waters, by day, in moderate wind and sea conditions.

 

It consists of practical and theoretical training. 

We invite you to consult Voile Canada's complete Brevet Voile Croisière Élémentaire description.

Practical training includes:

  • seamanship  (nautical knots);

  • departure from the quay and docking;

  • sea gaits (close, cross, reach, etc.);

  • maneuvers: tacks, gybes, man overboard, etc.

  • safety equipment required;

  • emergencies;

  • weather impact;

  • appropriate crew behaviour;

  • basic introduction to the Canadian navigation system;

  • Etc. 

2-step assessment:

  • Practical exam on the 4th day of training;

  • Theoretical exam, a written test of 2 hours based on the book “Introduction to cruising sailing”, published by Sail Canada in 2021, given after the practical exam.​

Discover our winter 2023-2024 calendar as well as our fees!

INTERMEDIATE CRUISING SAIL TRAINING

This course reinforces the skills developed in the "Basic Cruising Sailing" and "Basic Coastal Navigation" courses. Students will need to acquire the skills and experience necessary for successful "live aboard" cruising. You can take part in this training as part of a group or with friends!

Since this is a "LIFE ABOARD" course, we'll be sailing between 4 and 6 hours a day over a distance of around 120 Mn. We'll carry out numerous maneuvers (tacking, gybing, sailboat rigging, man-overboard recoveries).

 

We'll also take time to visit these magnificent islands, enjoy the beaches and multicoloured fish, and sample the local gastronomy.

During the week, as skipper, you'll have to prepare alternative routes, analyze the weather, open a route plan with the Coast Guard and lead the crew.

Crew members will also be asked to prepare one or two topos:

  • Managing life on board;

  • Seamanship;

  • Electrical system, batteries, etc;

  • Safety equipment;

  • Dead reckoning, taking stock;

  • How to react in emergency situations (grounding, water ingress, fire, etc.);

  • Interpret a weather report and plan a cruise according to the weather.

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2-step assessment:

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Prerequisites :

  • Brevet de voile élémentaire (basic cruising sailing certificate) or Brevet d'équipier compétent de croisière élémentaire (basic cruising competent crew member certificate);

  • Training for the Brevet de Navigation côtière élémentaire begun;

  • Operator Card (PCOP) ;

  •  Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate (Marine) with DSC endorsement (VHF) ;

  • Ten days' experience as a crew member or skipper.

Click on this link to obtain more information on le brevet de navigation voile croisière intermédiaire.

CALENDAR AND FEES 2023-2024 - ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE

Martinique and Saint-Lucia

November and December 2023

  • From November 25 to December 2 :

    •  aboard an Océanis 46.1 3 cabins from 2022 - FULL

    • aboard a Dufour 460 GL, 4 cabins from 2020 6 PLACES;

  • From December 2 to 9 : ​​

    • aboard an Océanis 46.1 3 cabins from 2022 - FULL;

    • aboard a Sun Odyssey 440 4 cabins from 2023 - 6 PLACES;

Prices :

  • $1,890 per week of navigation per person, double occupancy ;

  • $2,990per week of navigation per person, single occupancy in a double cabin.

During the Christmas Time :

  • From 23 to December 30: aboard a Sun Odyssey 42i 6 PLACES;

Price per person :

  • $2,590 per week of navigation per person, double occupation;

  • $3,890 per week of navigation per person, single occupancy in a double cabin.

JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2024

  • From 20 to 27 January : aboard an Océanis 46.1 3 cabins from 2022 - 2 PLACES

  • From January 27 to February 3: aboard an Océanis 46.1 3 cabins from 2022 - 1 PLACE

Price per person:

  • 1 990 $ per week based on double occupancy - Rear Cabin ;

  • 2 190 $ per week based on double occupancy - Front Cabin ;

  • 2 990 $ per week based on single occupancy in a double rear cabin.

Guadeloupe: Marie-Galante and Les Saintes

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MARCH AND APRIL 2024

  • From March 2 to 9 : aboard a 2016 Dufour 500, 5 cabins - 2 PLACES ;

  • From March 9 to 16 : aboard a 2016 Dufour 500, 5 cabins - 3 PLACES.

Price per person :

  • 2 290 $ per week based on double occupancy ;

  • 3 290 $ per week based on  single occupancy in a double cabin.

Includes:

  • Access to the sailboat and navigation from one island to another according to the navigation plan, with Captain;

  • Training ;

  • examination fees;

  • Mandatory contribution to the FICAV (0.35%).

Does not include:

  • The plane ticket and the transfer to the airport;

  • On-board cash register costs: food, diesel, port and mooring costs: around 200 euros.

Booking terms:​

  • 20% deposit upon booking, 30% 3 months before departure and 50% remaining to be paid 1 month before departure.

  • Each week will accommodate a maximum of 6 team members.

Booking procedure :​

  • Deposit of 20% on booking, 30% 3 months before departure and remaining 50% to be paid 1 month before departure.

ADVANCED CRUISING SAIL TRAINING

As this is a "LIFE ON BOARD" course, we'll be sailing day and night over long distances and far from the coast. We're talking about 250 Mn. We'll be doing a lot of maneuvers (tacking, gybing, heaving, man-overboard rescues, day and night).

 

For more information: Brevet Voile Croisière Avancée

 

We'll also take time to visit some of the sites, enjoy the beaches and savour the local gastronomy.

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Prerequisites:

  • Intermediate Cruising certificate or Intermediate Cruising Crew certificate

  • Intermediate coastal navigation certificate

  • Operator Card (PCOP) ;

  •  Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate (Marine) with DSC endorsement (VHF) ;

  • Twenty days' experience or two seasons as a crew member or skipper

During the week, as a Skipper, you'll have to prepare alternative routes, analyze the weather, open a route plan with the Coast Guard and lead the crew.

Crew members will also be asked to prepare one or two reports:

  • Managing life on board;

  • Velic force and center of velic thrust;

  • Electrical system, batteries, etc;

  • How a sailboat becomes hot, balanced or soft

  • Weather, depression and local effects

  • How to react in emergency situations (grounding, water leaks, fire, etc.);

  • Collision regulations

  • How to act in heavy weather

  • Motorized maneuvering in confined spaces

2-stage assessment :

for the practical part, you will be assessed throughout the course;

theory exam: 2-hour written test based on the book Advanced Cruising Sailing.

CLAUDE CÔTÉ : THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR

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We are very excited to welcome Claude to our team of instructors. Claude and his family travelled by sailboat on the Caribbean Sea for over a year. They then spent several months a year sailing on both catamarans and monohulls in the Bahamas, Central America, the Pacific, Lake Champlain, the St. Lawrence River, and the American East Coast. After one transatlantic race and dozens of convoying trips, Claude has more than 43,000 nautical miles under his belt!

 

Claude is an advanced sailing instructor with weather, marine mechanics, marine electricity, and composite materials certifications. He loves to share his passion for sailing as an instructor!

 

Welcome to the team, Claude!

CALENDAR AND FEES 2023-2024 - ADVANCED

Martinique, Barbade and Sainte-Lucie

JANUARY 2024

  • January 13 to 20: aboard a monohull of at least 40 feet, to be determined  - Full!

 

Price per person:

  • 2 590 $ per week, double occupancy ;

  • 4 590 $ per week, simple occupancy in a double cabin.

Includes:

  • Access to the sailboat and sailing from one island to another according to the navigation plan, with Captain ;

  • Training ;

  • Examination fees;

  • Mandatory contribution to FICAV (0.35%).

Does not include:

  • Advanced Cruising Sailing book;

  • Airfare and airport transfer;

  • On-board expenses: food, diesel, harbor and mooring fees: approx. 200 euros.

Booking procedure :​

  • Deposit of 20% on booking, 30% 3 months before departure and remaining 50% to be paid 1 month before departure.

  • Each week will welcome a maximum of 6 team members.

INSCRIPTION

We invite you to complete this intent form. The Captain will contact you to get to know you and answer your questions.

Afterwards ?

You will then receive an email containing a second form to complete so that the travel agency can contact you to offer you the best offers according to your needs and collect your deposit, thus finalizing your registration and guaranteeing you a place on board.

Let the adventure begin!

Affiliation to the Corpodia travel agency

In order to offer a complete travel service, Voile Capitaine Jack Inc. is affiliated with the Corpodia Travel Agency. We are happy that this partnership can allow you to book flights, hotels, transfers and cancellation insurance, including for your sailing cruise if you wish. Booking your services through the agency means you are guaranteed unparalleled customer service, from your booking to your return. ​

CANCELLATION POLICY 

  • If you cancel more than 60 days before your departure and you have already paid the total amount due, we will refund 50% of this amount.

  • If you cancel less than 60 days before departure, we will not issue a refund.

  • Of course, you can take out cancellation insurance in the event of force majeure with the travel agency.

The prices advertised on our site are valid if you purchase services during the same session. If you disconnect from our site, the prices may be different on your next session.

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