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Swain Sailing

Sail Training and Charters in Rhode Island and the BVI.


Swain Sailing School is located in Village Cay Marina, Tortola, in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Founded 23 years ago by the Swain family, we pride ourselves on providing a complete experience. Whether you are learning to sail or wish to gain bareboat or coastal cruising certifications our ASA qualified instructors, all experienced yachtsmen and women will help you achieve your goals.


The BVI is called a sailors' paradise for good reason. Warm and sunny with year round trade winds and many tropical islands to visit, it provides one of the best sailing experiences in the world.


From the Caribbean to New England you can enjoy a great sailing destination along with top  notch sailing instruction.







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Our base in Village Cay is full service marina with a hotel and restaurant. It also provides a sheltered harbor for those starting their sailing journey with a Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) certification course or Intro to Sailing session on the IC24.

For those taking ASA 103 Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising, Swain has a fleet of monohulls from 39’ – 54’ to accommodate you whatever your group size. We also have catamarans for those wishing to complete their catamaran certifications. We can tailor our courses to fit your vacation and provide special pricing discounts for large groups and alumni. We also provide private charters for bareboat or skippered.

Several times a year our boats go further afield, either down island or up north to Newport on the East Coast of the USA. These trips are terrific opportunities for those looking to gain some Offshore Passage experience, with the option of advanced certification or logging sea time.

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