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The Crazy Ivan

This maneuver was developed to increase both downwind and upwind performance especially at night. We all know the difference between sailing close hauled and close reaching. Your most efficient way of getting to an upwind destination is close hauled...

The Short Spring

Any technique that relieves the stress when coming to a dock is a good thing. This is especially true when the boat is large, or handled by a small crew. Try the short spring trick early on and save yourself a lot of hassle. It works best when coming...

Swain Student Racers Take Top Prize in BVISR 2006

April 8, 2006 Over 150 boats took part in the BVI Spring Regatta 2006. RSSS was well represented with 3 boats entered. An unbeatable event, Perfect racing and post racing venues contribute to this event with all of the facets for a fantastic regatta...

Swain Sailing School and Charters to open its New England Campus June 2009

Swain Sailing School and Charters announces the opening of its New England campus in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Swain will offer beginner through advanced sailing courses from its new Rhode Island location beginning June 12th. Swain Sailing School...

Swain Sailing School takes 1st in Nanny Cay Cup and 3rd in Spring Regatta

Swain enjoyed another fantastic BVI Festival and Spring Regatta this year. With students and Swain Instructor's Toddy and Rory aboard Perelandra, Swain's Beneteau 36 sailed up to North Sound Virgin Gorda to take part in the Sailing Festival leading up...

BVI Sailor's Packing List

Must Have Your passport Other suggested items: Hat with a leash or neck strap Sailing gloves Sunscreen (35+ spf is recommended for the first few days) Sunglasses Text(s) (f you would like to have a set for reference) Music player ...

Swain Sailing School's Student Team take 2nd in Bareboat Class in the 2014 BVI Spring Regatta

Swain Sailing School entered the Flagship Regatta of the BVI -and arguably of the Caribbean- with its student team, hoping to once again be a competitive force in the Bareboat class. Their boat "Pretty Girl" a Beneteau 39 was sailed this year by three...

Norman Martin

Norm is a lifelong sailor. When he was 10, his parents bought a cruising boat, sold the house and voyaged the US East Coast and Bahamas for two years. A few years later, his first job was as a sailing counselor on Cape Cod. Norm has been teaching...

Swain Sailing School's Cool Girl wins Nanny Cay Cup and takes 3rd in BVI Spring Regatta

The 2009 BVI Spring Sailing Festival and Regatta took place from 30 March through 5 April in the waters of the British Virgin Islands. The Sailing Festival is the first part of the series and consists of three distance races. The second part, the BVI...

John Corbishley

John teaches at our Jamestown, RI campus. An avid sailor since first stepping into a boat at the age of ten and taking classes at the East Greenwich Yacht Club on Narragansett Bay in RI. Starting out in his first boat, a sunfish, at the age of 12 he...

Don Doggett

Don Doggett grew up sailing inland lakes in northern Wisconsin. Over 20 years ago, he purchased his first sailboat on Lake Michigan – which was a 22 foot Southcoast.  Since then he has owned and operated a variety of boat sizes and models. Don is an...

Michael Merritt

Mike is a career mariner with extensive sailing experience and over 30 years in the offshore industry. He’s worked in over 40 countries in all corners of the globe. Mike holds degrees from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Cornell University with...

Meagan Woodman

Meagan was born and raised near Toronto, Canada. She started sailing at the age of ten on her family's Catalina 27, and quickly jumped into dinghies, earning full Sail Canada accreditation and advancing to the Race Team for her local Yacht Club. She...

Yacht Management

Swain offers professional yacht management with the opportunity to earn revenue. Owners can enjoy a flexible usage plan for their yacht while earning revenue when the yacht is utilized for training. Owners have the option to maximize their revenue...

Intro To Sailing in Jamestown, RI

Learn the basics of sailing on a J22 in Newport Harbor. Classes start and finish in Conanicus Marina, Jamestown.

Basic Keelboat Course- Newport (Jamestown)

Learn to Sail in our Newport, RI location. Two day course with a classroom and on water component training on a J24.

Basic Cruising- Newport

Basic Cruising- Newport Basic Cruising Certification 2 day certification course; day sail or live aboard format Training Yacht: Beneteau 39 10 a.m. start on day 1; 5 p.m. finish on day 2 Group rate; maximum of four training $595pp Private rate...

Live Aboard Cruising -Newport

Live Aboard Cruising- Jamestown, RI Certifications: Basic Cruising; Bareboat Cruising Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat This course is designed to instill complete confidence in captaining a bigger (+36') sailboat. Bareboating is not necessarily...

Fast Track to Bareboating - Rhode Island

Accelerated sailing training that takes trainees from beginner to bareboat certified.

Coastal Navigation - Newport

Coastal Navigation Coastal Navigation certification Prerequisites: None Completion time in class: 8 hours  (please note there is a home study component to this course) Tuition: $295 Coastal navigation graduates will be able to demonstrate the...

Private Instructional Charters- Newport

Family Charters  Incorporating sailing instruction into your family charter Parents and family members over 16 years of age who have the Basic Keelboat prerequisite may choose to achieve their Bareboat Cruising certification within their family sail....

VHF Certification

VHF Certification Radio Operator and Communications Certificate Course Overview A six to eight hour course offered in one day, covering general rules for the use and operation of VHF radios, SARTs, and EPIRBs. Every crew member needs to...

Learn to Sail- BVI

A glorious place to discover your inner sailor!

Coastal Passage Making- Newport

Coastal Passage Making- Newport Certification: Coastal Passage Making Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation Course Structure This course is a 5 day/4 night course. CPM challenges those students who...

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