About Family Charters

Published by Swain Sailing School and Yacht Charters on Monday, 27th October 2014 - 1:56AM in Charter Fleet - BVI


Sailing is a fantastic family activity and an ideal choice for active families looking for an adventure filled holiday where the sport of sailing is enjoyed together and teamwork is emphasized. Parents with children of all ages are encouraged to experience the joy of sailing as a family either with an experienced captain, or if you're interested in learning to sail and your goal is to achieve certification to skipper your next family sail, our captains are instructor trained and certified allowing you the option of incorporating sailing instruction into your charter.

Learn about Instructional Charters

Family sails are customized to the particular needs of each family. The BVI is the ideal venue for families new to sailing and those that prefer shorter sails as the distance sailing between anchorages is always manageable with islands always in site. The average day of sailing is about 3 hours.

Included in your family charter:

Family charter rates are calculated based on the makeup of the family "the crew" and the inclusions outlined below:

  • Instructor or Skipper
  • Your yacht
  • Texts and exams (For instructional charter)
  • Provisioning
  • Cruising Permit, National Parks Fees
  • Hull Damage Insurance
  • Inverter to charge lap tops, MP3 players, cell phones
  • Boat fuel and water
  • Linens and towels

Not included in the tuition and charter fees are ice, drinking water and other beverages, your dinners ashore, mooring ball fees, airport/ferry transfers, instructor's gratuity, government departure tax.

Request a Family Charter Quote

Optional water sport rentals available through our following industry partners: We are happy to help you organize any of these activities:

  • Island Surf and Sail Windsurf boards and sails- Take advantage of your RSSS 10% guest discount.
  • Dolphin Discovery Swim with the dolphins - Schedule your dolphin experience on line or call when you arrive on island. Please remember to mention your 10% RSSS guest discount.
  • Caribe Fly Fishing
  • Blue Water Divers- To incorporate dive certification classes or schedule rendez-vous dives.

Choose your Yacht - visit our fleet channel 

Beneteau 36 (2 cabins/1 head) 

This two cabin, one head boat offers comfortable sail handling. Below deck the comfortable salon has a U shaped settee. The L Shaped galley is spacious with lots of counter space. It’s a perfect boat for up to six people, with a design that is fast and maneuverable.

 More about the Beneteau 36

Beneteau 42 (3 cabins/3 heads)

Lazy Daze offers great space above and below deck for her size. This three cabin layout has a large cabin forward with walk in showerLazy Daze and two aft cabins, 2 additional heads. This yacht moves very well and is solidly constructed for cruising. This Berret/Racoupeau yacht design combines comfort and performance into this exceptional boat.

 More about the Beneteau 42

Beneteau 44 (3 cabins/3 heads)

This blue water design focuses on functionality and open-air living. Generous interior boasts volumes of room. A large cockpit with dual helm and a high level of technology and craftsmanship combine to provide reliability, comfort and an elegant finish. The layout features 3 cabins each with en suite shower and head, a U-shaped salon to starboard and a practical galley to port with ample work surfaces. Generous capacities for water and fuel, as well as personal gear and food storage, mean increased comfort and autonomy on the water.

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Orana 44 (3 cabins/3 heads; ac)

The Orana 44 is ideal for instructional, crewed and family charters. Boasting a high degree of comfort, the Orana 44 has a low center of gravity to afford maximum safety and with a generous 110 square feet of sail area.

The luminous interior comprises a light and airy kitchen that opens onto the cockpit and a beautiful saloon table that seats eight people with panoramic views. An innovative sliding bay provides direct open-plan access between the spacious saloon and cockpit, enhancing safety and easy of movement. The ergonomic helm station accommodates three people and groups all navigational maneuvers together affording excellent visibility above the deckhouse.

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Jeanneau 54DS (3 cabins plus crew cabin /3 heads/ac)

Beautiful, fast and comfortable, the Jeanneau 50DS offers a contemporary interior design, a spacious cockpit and stylish deck design. The Jeanneau 54DS delivers unmatched comfort and style. The inside offers a light and airy feel. Visibility is enhanced by the wrap-around Deck Saloon windows and the elongated hull ports.

More about the Jeanneau 54DS


The Boys on bowfollowing are examples of a 5 and 7 day itinerary:

View our recommended 5 day itinerary

View our typical 7 day itinerary

If you prefer a non instructional charter with an experienced skipper on board, a RSSS captain will be assigned to your charter. Captain's rates are $150/day plus meals and gratuity. Cooks are also available at $125/day plus meals and gratuity.


Our provisioning service offers a good selection of fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses and a variety of other items for your personal selections for lunches and dinners. For 6 day/5 night charters, provisioning includes breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks. For 7 day charters, provisioning includes all breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners and snacks.

Download our Personal Provisioning List (PDF reader required)

The BVI offers many terrific restaurants. Guests typically eat ashore 2-3 nights.


If time allows, spending a few days ashore following your charter is a terrific way to wind down your holiday and an excellent opportunity to see more of Tortola. Although Tortola is the island of embarkation for charter guests, with the exception of Cane Garden Bay, guests do not have the opportunity to see a lot of Tortola during their time in the BVI. A few extra days on Tortola will give you the opportunity to explore this lovely island. You may choose to rent a car and take a land based tour around Tortola, take a helicopter ride around Tortola, swim with the dolphins, snorkel Smuggler's Cover, hike the rain forest of Sage Mountain, visit the Botanical Gardens, surf Long Bay Beach or Josiah's bay, dine at one of the many wonderful restaurants on Tortola and take in the night life.

Nanny Cay Resort and Marina

Nanny Cay Resort offers a charming forty room hotel, just 10 minutes from Road Town. All rooms have air conditioning, fully equipped kitchenettes, direct-dial telephone, cable television, daily maid service, private balconies overlooking the marina or gardens and all the creature comforts of home. An on-site laundry service is available, as are put-up beds for children and a babysitting service.

More information on Nanny Cay Resort.

Our guests receive a discounted nightly rate. Contact us to book your stay.

Long Bay Beach Resort

Hidden away on a 52-acre estate, Long Bay Beach Resort rises from a mile of talcum-powder sand caressed by the gentle Caribbean Sea. Dive or sail around the island’s hidden treasures, or just relax in the spa. Pampering, ocean views, adventure, relaxation, quality time with loved ones, and smiling faces come standard at Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas.

More information on Long Bay Bay Resort.

Our guests receive a discounted nightly rate. Contact us to book your stay.

Ft. Recovery Villas

Built around an original 17th century Dutch Fort, accented with masses of bougainvillea, oleander, hibiscus flowers, and swaying palm trees, these villas offer a superb view of St. John, St. Thomas, and Peter Island, which are easily accessible by a ferry. All villas are completely and comfortably furnished with A/C, TV, fully equipped kitchen, living room, library, bedrooms and baths. Housekeeping services are provided daily.

Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas are on the calm Caribbean side of the island. This creates an excellent swimming and snorkeling area from our small private beach. Located on the South/West(West End) of the island, the cooling trade winds give a constant breeze, especially during the summer. Guests have their own fully equipped Caribbean seaside villa. The spacious 2, 3 and 4 bedroom beachfront villas, poolside villas and penthouse beachfront villas all have air conditioning.

More information on Ft. Recovery Villas

View our Fort Recovery Villas Sail and Stay Vacation Package >>

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