British Virgin Islands
March 13 - 19, 2011
Join Captains Courageous for 7 days and 7 nights of discovery, adventure, growth and connection in the British Virgin Islands - one of the world’s most acclaimed sailing venues. You and your fellow adventurers will explore and experience the islands’ crystal clear waters, gentle trade breezes, white sand beaches, dramatic peaks, stunning coral reefs and friendly people. As you navigate, crew and captain your sailboat, you’ll find your heart and mind opening to deeper relationships, clearer communication, greater trust, and higher levels of teamwork and leadership. You'll be challenged and supported. You’ll relax and grow. You’ll have the time of your life.
Where and When We Go
Captains Courageous runs from Sunday morning, March 13 through Saturday night, March 19. We’ll begin and end on the island of Tortola, just a short cab ride from the airport and ferry. Self-styled as “Nature’s Little Secrets,” the British Virgin Islands consist of 60 idyllic islands, most of which are uninhabited. We will sail through the chain, exploring land and sea sites with colorful names and histories, such as the Bight on Norman Island (rumored to be the site of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”), Virgin Gorda (named for its appearance by Christopher Columbus and featuring mountaintop jungles in the north and the famous magnificent boulders and rock pools of “The Baths” in the south), Fallen Jerusalem, Ginger Island, Jost Van Dyke, Carrot Rock, Nanny Cay, the wreck of the Rhone, the Dogs, the Indians, Cane Garden Bay.
What We Do and Why We Do It
Everything we do during Captains Courageous - including sailing the boat - is designed to help you discover more about what makes you happy, what makes you successful, and how to create more of both the inner and outer experiences you want in your life. Personal and professional growth experiences are woven seamlessly into a vacation-like tropical adventure, sometimes through structured experiential activities, sometimes through facilitated conversations and coaching, and always through mindful attunement to individual and group dynamics.
Throughout the adventure, you will have the opportunity to hone your sailing skills—or learn the basics of sailing. You’ll be coming aboard as crew, sharing in every aspect of running a sailboat: navigating, steering, sail handling, engineering, and anchoring. You’ll participate in the care and feeding of the crew on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. You’ll have opportunities for hiking, snorkeling, beachcombing, and perhaps scuba diving. You'll also have time ashore to experience the natural beauty, the people and the culture of the Virgin Islands. You’ll be invited to bring a deeper level of awareness and engagement to each of your experiences.
The precise events and itinerary of each day will be determined in part by weather and water conditions and group preferences. However, each morning will begin with a period of inward focus and centering; each day will feature a variety of recreational and learning experiences including sailing; and most evenings will end with a facilitated activity or sharing about the day.
You'll leave the islands relaxed, expanded and energized. Back home, you'll find that your memories, awareness and skills as a Courageous Captain will serve you well in your professional life, your home life, and your own interior life. And if that weren't enough, you'll have had an outrageously great time with a great group of people!
You'll be living and sailing aboard s/v Lightheart, a 2007 Hanse 400e sloop. She's fast and light on her feet and easy to sail. She features teak decks and cockpit shade above, and light-filled spaciousness below. Outfitted for self-reliant living aboard, she carries solar panels and a reverse osmosis watermaking system.
What to Bring
Travel lightly – you won’t need much, and sailboats have limited stowage. You are likely to spend most of your time aboard in a swimsuit or shorts, and dress on the islands is very casual. You’ll receive a packing checklist when you register.
Tortola is served by international connections from Puerto Rico, Antigua, or St. Martin. Alternatively, you can fly into St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and take a ferry over to Tortola. You'll need to arrive and overnight on Tortola by Saturday, March 12 as the adventure begins the next morning. Your final night aboard Lightheart will be Saturday March 19, and your trip home can be booked for Sunday, March 20. We will give you hotel and travel recommendations when you register.
You will need to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date as well as your round-trip or onward ticket.
What It Costs
The cost is US $2950, which includes everything once you board the boat: the Captains Courageous workshop experience plus accommodations aboard, meals and drinks, scheduled activities, government fees, equipment and materials, and facilitators/captains/instructors. Your transportation to and from Tortola and related expenses are your responsibility as are any personal options such as souvenir shopping.
Refunds and Cancellations
All payments are refundable, less a $200 administrative fee, until 60 days before departure. After that date, your payment becomes nonrefundable unless your space can be filled, in which case a $500 administrative fee will be deducted. In the unlikely event Captains Courageous LLC should cancel the trip, your payment will be refunded in full. However, no refunds will be made for delays or cancellations due to airline delays, weather or other acts of God, war, terrorism, or the end of time. Captains Courageous is not responsible for any direct or indirect costs that you incur related to planned or actual travel to or from the adventure. We highly recommend that you secure travel insurance to cover your expenses should that need arise.
How to Register
Click on "Sign Me Up!" for easy online registration using MasterCard, Visa or PayPal. Or contact us to make other arrangements.