Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail

The Moorings offers a wide range of charter options to choose from and services to help make your holiday easy and unforgettable. Regardless of your experience, you can charter with The Moorings on our custom-built fleet in any or all of our breathtaking worldwide destinations. 

View the sections below to find your ideal charter style, essential extras for your trip, important details & policies, and more…

Earn your Sail or Power Certification with Offshore Sailing School

Whether you are an experienced boater or are just looking to charter with The Moorings for the first time, our aim is to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to effortlessly sail our yachts while on holiday. To this end, The Moorings has partnered with the world-renowned Offshore Sailing School, led by nationally-recognised sailing educators Doris and Steve Colgate. Steve Colgate founded Offshore Sailing School in 1964 and is an Olympic and America’s Cup sailor, and was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2022 Steve’s wife Doris has also been nominated to the National Sailing Hall of Fame for her contributions to the sport of sailing.

Fast Track to Cruising® Course –  Charter-Ready in just 7 Days!

You’ll go from sailing novice to confident cruiser in just 7 action-packed days sailing the BVI. This is our most popular learn to sail and learn to cruise holiday. It starts with Offshores 2-day Learn to Sail course, followed by the 5-day Live Aboard Cruising course. The first 2 days, you learn on a lively Colgate 26, gaining knowledge and skills to confidently sail a mid-sized keelboat. Then, you board a 40’ to 51’ yacht for 5 days of liveaboard instruction while experiencing the live-aboard lifestyle. You sail and cruise aboard a Moorings catamaran or monohull, learning all you need to confidently bareboat charter cruise on your own. At course end you will have tested for US Sailing Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising Certifications, and earn membership in the Moorings Captain’s Rewards Program.


” An absolute top-notch experience! I was able to go from my first step on a sailboat to confidently managing the larger cruising monohull. The perfect balance of a challenging and demanding course and a very supportive learning environment.”   

Erika Linnander – Chapel Hill, NC

John and Esther Robinson

I have been boating for over 50 years and thought I knew everything I need to know. This course proved me wrong. It was a perfect mix of instruction with time in the evenings to enjoy the beauty and cuisine of the BVI. The course work was challenging, and the instructor did a great job of keeping us on task. We had an exceptional experience and look forward to future courses and events.” 

John & Esther Robinson – Brentwood, TN

Becky and Peter Carr

“Fantastic experience!  I’ve sailed Hobie Cats and windsurfed my whole life. Our Offshore instructor helped me gain the knowledge and confidence to sail a large catamaran. My wife and I did this together after doing 5 cat charters in the BVIs. My wife feels confident in her sailing skills after just one week. This is the perfect way to learn. We highly recommend this program.”    

Peter & Becky Carr – Arlington, VA

Offshore Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School
From within the US: 1-800-221-4326
Outside the US & Canada:1-239-454-1700
Visit their web site: www.offshoresailing.com

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