Join Modern Sailing this April 6 to 12, 2024 aboard the luxury catamaran Wild Rumpus for an adventure of a lifetime! Sail over 200 nautical miles, stand night watch, prepare meals in a rolling galley, and explore one of the most beautiful and iconic sailing venues in the world, all while earning your ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising certification. Sailing among the Virgin Islands over the same waters and routes once traversed by real pirates of the Caribbean, this adventure learning experience will impart you with the skills and confidence to safely lead your own coastal and island-hopping plunders.
Subject to the weather and changing immigration policies, the itinerary will take you around the waters and bays and St. Thomas and St. John. You'll practice night sailing, chart navigation, electronic piloting, watch standing, and mooring/anchoring. Learn float plan development, research of remote locations (including their immigration and customs policies), offshore communications, offshore sail trim, weather analysis, heavy weather techniques, emergency procedures, and more. Boat systems and troubleshooting are also covered, with an emphasis on the problem-solving skills that are essential to self-sufficient coastal cruising. During downtime, you'll also have the opportunity to explore some of the rich natural treasures, relaxing activities, and iconic attractions available on these islands.
The Advanced Cruising & Seamanship textbook is included with your purchase of this course and will be mailed to you. If you wish to pick up your textbook in person or if you sign up less than a week from the first day of your course, please contact us. Optionally, you may purchase the Advanced Cruising & Seamanship e-book directly from the ASA. Advance study of your textbook will enhance your success in this course. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship by John Rousmaniere is also recommended reading but is not required.
This course is taught aboard a catamaran, so the ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran certification is a prerequisite.
Boat Information, Course Itinerary, and Travel Details
Modern Sailing is pleased to offer ASA 106 aboard Wild Rumpus, a luxury 53’ bluewater catamaran, among the US Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John. Wild Rumpus is owned and operated by Scott Bonder, a Modern Sailing instructor with over 6000 nautical miles of offshore sailing experience.
Learn more about Wild Rumpus, the proposed itinerary, and travel considerations in the ASA 106 Caribbean Adventure Information Packet. Once crew are signed up, a meeting will be scheduled to give you the opportunity to meet your fellow crew and captain and to discuss travel plans, provisioning, and more.
You can also learn more of the specifics about Wild Rumpus here.
Do you have questions about this course? Call our friendly office at (415) 331-8250 or email us.
ASA 106 in the Caribbean Course Dates
This course is scheduled to run April 6 to 13, 2024. We recommend that you plan on arriving on St. Thomas a day or two early so that you will be well rested at the start of your course.