International Bareboat Cruising

  • Description:

Cruising can range from day sails to living aboard longer trips of several days or more, to extended sails with offshore passages. NESC has developed a five day International Bareboat Cruising Certification (IBCC) course. The curriculum can be completed within a Monday through Friday consecutive course with live aboard format, or it can be split over weekends into a two day session and a three day session. With a three day weekend course students add in a Friday or Monday to complete their final weekend session.

Your classroom will be a Beneteau 39 cruising yacht. Training will cover both theory and skill requirements for the Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising standards. The first two days will cover the skills for Basic Cruising with the option for ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising certification. The final three days will cover the skills for Bareboat Cruising with the option for ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification. Completion of your training will qualify you to sail a cruising yacht up to 54 feet. Testing for the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications will provide you with International recognition of your qualifications.

We have a maximum of four students in our group courses. Private lessons are also available for individuals, couples and families. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Certification

If certifying, students must have completed the Basic Keelboat course or have comparable training to challenge the certification.

  • Certification: ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Certifications

Students may choose to complete the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising certification exam after completing the second day’s curriculum. The ASA certification fee is $50 and includes text.

Students may choose to complete the ASA Bareboat Cruising certification exam after completing the sixth day’s curriculum. The ASA certification fee is $50 and includes text.

  • Duration: Five days
  • Cost: $1895 per person
  • Options:

ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising certification ($50)
ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification ($50)

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes a review of terminology and sailing techniques relative to a mid-size auxiliary cruising sailboat followed by on the water training. Topics covered include auxiliary cruising sailboat systems, maneuvering under power and sail, basic coastal navigation and coarse plotting, reefing, anchoring, crew overboard, safety at sea, radio operation, weather forecast interpretation, and heavy weather techniques.

SPECIAL: Intro to sailing on J22 (a 2 1/2 hour sailing experience)

Enjoy a 2 1/2 hour sail on a J22 keelboat with tiller with New England Sailing Center and discover the principles of sailing. You can experience sailing while also having the option to gain hands on experience. The J22 offers strength, stability and speed unmatched in a keelboat of its size.

Intro to Sailing is a great option for individuals that are trying to determine if sailing is right for them before taking the Basic Keelboat course. NESC holds up to two sessions daily in both group and private formats.

Phone: 401-619-1697
Contact Form: Contact NESC

J22 Charter

The J22 is available to our Basic Keelboat graduates and qualified sailors for day charters. Charter this boat for an enjoyable day sail or to practice your sailing techniques.

The J22 is designed and built in New England. It offers strength, stability and speed unmatched in keelboats of its size. The J22 is tiller driven to enhance the boat’s reaction time and the large rudder provides a light feel, translating into a forgiving and precise helmsmanship. The lead keel balances the sail plan and keeps the boat upright giving the boat its ultimate stability. The J22 has a sail plan that gives the boat speed in light to medium wind but that can easily be reefed if the winds increase. The deck is completely surrounded by double lifelines and bow and stern pulpits, and all control lines are within reach of the cockpit.

Welcome to New England Sailing Center

Learn to Sail and Bareboat Charter in Jamestown, RI or the British Virgin Islands

Whether you want a memorable day sail experience, to advance your training and certification, or to charter a yacht, New England Sailing Center (NESC) offers a broad range of courses and sailing opportunities. Beginner through advanced sailors can join group or private training courses ranging from introductory to accelerated curriculum options. New England Sailing Center (NESC) is an accredited American Sailing Association training facility.

For those new to sailing we offer Intro to Sailing experiences on Newport Harbor’s beautiful waters. Our qualified instructors and team members provide support and guidance to ensure you gain sailing knowledge, hands on experience and confidence while also enjoying your time on the water. Contact us for more information and to plan your course or schedule your non-instructional day sail or charter.


Phone: 401-619-1697

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Contact Form: Contact NESC