6 hours
Duration
Bonaire
Location
6/10
Physical
max 10
Participants
January, February, March, April, June, July, November, December
Month

6 Hours Sailing Clinic

Sailing Crossroads

This exciting high-speed adventure takes off from Kralendijk and familiarize you with the west-coast of Bonaire and with Klein Bonaire.

The 6-hours Sailing Clinic with the 50ft Ocean Racer CrossRoads learns you more in-depth than the 4-hours Basic Sailing Clinic ocean sailing and racing. We promise you a surprising adventure, all the way. We teach you to helm the yacht and to handle the powerful winches, to tack with the running backstays and to change sails. And if you want and, on the condition, that you master the basics of sailing, we will give you the opportunity to speed up the yacht. It is a lifetime thrill to see the mono-hull accelerating through the turquoise water of Bonaire. During the lunch break where we offer a sailor’s meal, you relax, swim or discuss everything you always wanted to know about offshore sailing: yachts, designs, sails, hardware, electronics, you name it.

Participants will receive a by the skippers (both Yacht Master Ocean with combined 150,000 NM experience) signed certificate of competence, that you followed an Extended Sailing Clinic (6 hours) on board of a 50ft Ocean Racer. This official document will carry your name and stipulate which disciplines of ocean sailing you master.


 

This is a true blast from start to finish; a fantastic experience for all thrill seekers who wish to know or once in their life what ocean racing is all about.

 


Note that you will always be responsible for your own safety during the trip and that you must follow the instructions of the skippers, who will always be concerned about your well-being. The skippers carry high credentials: both are certified Yacht Master Ocean with a combined 150.000 NM of experience. The yacht is rated in the race division of the Caribbean Sailing Association and is in full race condition with brand-new racing sails.

Not included: personal insurances (health care, belongings).

Costs all-in: morning snacks, coffee/tea and soft drinks, upon arrival a signed certificate of competence and a free captain’s drink (rum/coke, gin/tonic, wine or a beer), cleaning.

 

This sportive sailing clinic can sometimes be wet. Bring takkies for safe footing and if possible, a jacket against wind chill.

Cameras and cellphones should be water protected. But not to worry, we can store your precious items below deck, and we will provide you with GoPro footage of the trip.

During the extended 6- and 8-hours sailing clinics we present a simple ‘sailors-lunch’ and nonalcoholic beverages.

Bring your swimming gear and towel.

Toilet on board.

A minimum maximum of 10 participants.

Participants will receive a certificate of competence.


 

The moment you step on board of the Racer CrossRoads you feel directly the power invested in the yacht. And when the enormous mainsail is hoisted, the tension builds up. Then with the foresails up the yacht kicks off like a racing horse. You embrace a pure adrenaline rush. Feel the excitement as the yacht tacks at high speed, skimming over the water, leaving you breathless!

 


1

09:00

We pick you up at Club Nautico, close to Karelse Bar.

2

09:15

On board of the CrossRoads we have an introduction and safety briefing and select the persons who wish to play an active part in the sailing clinic: sail trim, winch and rope handling, helming etc. We start with a fast on the wind or beam-reach leg, heading in south-easterly direction over beautiful flat waters. Enjoy the adrenaline rush from the accelerating speed.

3

10:00

At Punt Vierkant we turn a bit higher to the wind, sailing the flat waters of the Salt Works where the trade wind passes unobstructed.

4

10:30

Turning at the Salt Pier or a bit further at the White Slave or Red Slave points, we take a northerly heading.

5

11:00

After a few miles we change sails and set course to the west side of Klein Bonaire. This is a fast downwind/beam-reach leg.

6

11:45

We pass the island Klein Bonaire.

7

12:00

Changing sails, we are heading high on the wind to the leeward side of the island, where we tack close to the shore and find a mooring to enjoy a sailor’s meal and a swim.

8

13:00

We cruise the waters in front of Bopec and return tacking into the wind to Kralendijk.

9

15:00

Arrival at the mooring at Kralendijk, signing off the certificates of competence while enjoying a rum/coke, gin/tonic, beer or a glass of wine on the house.

 

Note: if weather condition permit. Otherwise another course will be sailed.

 


 

The 6 Hours Sailing Clinic Course

Bonaire

Bonaire, an island municipality of the Netherlands, lies off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean. Its reef-lined coast is protected by Bonaire National Marine Park. Beyond its rich marine life, the island shelters lizards, donkeys and birds within its immense Washington Slagbaai National Park, marked by beaches, lagoons, caverns and desert-like hills.

 

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