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Ever wondered the in and out's of sailboats, Diesel Engines, dingy outboards, keel bolts, electronics, pretty much every aspect of sailing your own boat?  The workshops listed below will cover many topics, feel free to bring your own topics and questions.  It's like an onboard Q & A...


This route is created specifically as an introduction to the cruising lifestyle, while exposing you to night sailing and learning all the basics of modern marine electronics like radar, GPS, AIS and many more. This trip is also for current boat owners that would like to get to know the area before visiting it on their own yacht.  Adventurers are welcome; you don't have to know anything about sailing.


This weekend starts with a 30 nautical miles sail from Newport to Block Island, RI, where we will anchor in the harbor for the evening. You will have time to go ashore and explore the island Friday afternoon (depending on our length of sail). Saturday morning we discuss weather and routing, then we'll plot this information onto a paper chart.  Paper charts are still often used. Even though the one on the GPS is essentially the same, paper does have great advantages for plotting your course and your area specific charts should be on the vessel and referenced for more information.

Departing Block Island Saturday afternoon we will aim for the anchorage in New York City directly north of Ellis Island.  This overnight passage from Block island will take us on an South-West course for 120 nautical miles, before turning North into the Ambrose Channel under the Verrazano Bridge (once the largest suspension bridge in the world) and into NYC.  Drop our anchor for a night near the Statue of Liberty in full view of lower Manhattan.  Enjoy the sights and visit NYC if time permits.

Sunday afternoon we will weigh anchor and head into the East River passing under many famous bridges and out into Long Island Sound for another overnight passage back to towards Newport.  We'll sail to an anchorage somewhere along the Connecticut coast, arriving sometime in the mid morning or afternoon.  Enjoy our last evening together at Anchor discussing all aspects of the trip thus far.  Our next leg of the voyage take us right back into Newport. Expect an afternoon arrival; you can either stay the night aboard again or have plans for the night.  Airports and train stations are located near, a taxi ride away. There is free parking available in Niantic.

After the trip you will understand many fundamental principles of cruising you may never knew existed, have your current cruising questions answered and become more confident in your abilities aboard any vessel.

Choose this passage for the perfect long weekend and to learn a great deal about the area and the cruising lifestyle...

Great for couples or individuals, private cabin available for one couple.  This voyage can also be booked as a private training.

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This 3 day seminar is created specifically as an introduction to the cruising lifestyle, starting off in the beautiful waters of the USVI and using the tradewinds to learn all the basics of sailing and modern marine electronics. This trip is also for current boat owners that would like to get to know the area before visiting it on their own yacht.  Adventurers are welcome; you don't have to know anything about sailing.


These weekend sailing & cruising seminars are the perfect start to get your feet wet! Dive into the sailing lifestyle aboard Libra with Captain Ryan. Triple fun exploring all three of the USVI islands: natural diversity, wonderful waters and offshore sailing all in one weekend!

Our islands have a lot to offer! Each island is an entirely different oasis of flora and fauna. Set off into the sunlight raising the sails on our way to St John before dropping anchor and jumping in with the fish.  Learn how to drop and lift anchor and all other cruising logistics in the waters around St Thomas, St John, and St Croix. 


We will bring you on a journey over the waves discovering the best of the Virgin Islands! All while enjoying the sail and making new friends. Hop on board!

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Hop on board in the Caribbean! Sign up HERE


Interested in diving? Add some extra days on the island of St. Thomas and join our partner Aqua Marine Dive to explore or get certified for a discount! Get in touch for advise and we'll help you customize your trip.

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Learn about liferafts and the equipment they contain, survival techniques, lifejackets, medical aspects of sea survival, search and rescue techniques. Gain a good knowledge of the safety equipment carried on small boats and the techniques needed to survive at sea.


  • 9.30 AM: Welcome 

  • 10.00 AM: Theory of

    • Lifejackets

    • Procedures in case of abandonment ship/ on board survival equipment: EPIRB, ditch bag, liferaft

    • MOB/ search & rescue techniques / personnel and group survival techniques

    • Medical aspects of Sea Survival

    • Basic knowledge of the risks of hypothermia

  • 12.30 PM: lunch 

  • 1.30 PM: Practical

    • Launching Libra's 8 person offshore Revere life-raft and right an inverted life-raft while wearing a lifejacket. 

    • Board the liferaft

    • Practical session in survival at sea, personnel and group survival techniques

  • 3.30 PM: Back on board, optional sailor shower and snack

  • 4.30 PM: End of workshop ceremony


This one day practical workshop is designed for individuals or partners who own a boat and like to receive training on offshore survival and the proper use of safety equipment. The workshop is also open to anybody who has interest in participating and expanding their knowledge on safety at sea. An average or above level of physical fitness and ability to swim is required of each participant.


$475,- includes lunch and goodie bag

Sign up HERE or enquire at


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