Collegiate LI 21 Day

Prerequisites: Be accepted or actively enrolled in a college or university

No Previous Sailing Experience is Required.

Course Credit - The requirements of each academic degree program and college or university are unique. The course descriptions of the training offered on the LeaderSail voyage are detailed in the PDF documents. Should these course descriptions meet your college guidelines, or closely match existing programs, then it is possible that you can get this experience to count toward credit. Many schools have programs in study abroad that will accept the LeaderSail programs and courses of study for credit. If receiving credit at your home school is important to you, then check with your school registrar or a faculty advisor. In most cases, it is imperative that acceptance of the program for credit is received prior to the voyage. Requesting the credit after the fact may result in you missing something very simple and easy to obtain, if only you had asked prior to the trip. Independent study programs will be considered on a case by case basis. In all cases, the staff and instructors at LeaderSail stand ready to assist you. If you or your home school have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. At the completion of the program a LeaderSail transcript detailing your experiences, training, and qualifications will be forwarded to formally document your performance in the academic program and technical training received.


Sailing Credentials Avaliable - Students not only develop their leadership skills and have a great time, but also have the ability to earn accredited sailing credentials through International Yacht Training. Certificates such as International Crew, International Watchkeeper, Flotilla Skipper and even International Bareboat Skipper can be earned on the Leeward Island 21 Day voyage for those who demonstrate the experience and abilities required.

Trip Summary

The Leeward Island 21 Day trip is a voyage of adventure, education and personal development. Take part in this adventure of a lifetime while learning hands-on how to sail, navigate, and develop your seamanship. Explore the marine environment from the deck of a small boat and while snorkeling some of the most pristine reefs found in this hemisphere. Learn about leadership and put your new skills to the test in one of the most dynamic leadership labs imaginable. Your journey begins by exploring ports of call in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. After these cruising grounds try your hand at true blue water sailing in the Leeward Islands of Saba, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Dominica. Climb the tallest mountain in the kingdom of the Netherlands. Witness the awesome destructive power of volcanoes as we cruise past the ruins of the old capital of Montserrat. In Guadeloupe and Dominica explore tropical rivers, water falls and hike some of the most exotic trails anywhere. In addition to all this, work toward earning qualifications in sailing such as the International Certificate of Competency for Mariners, International Crew, International Watchkeeper, and Flotilla Skipper from one of the most recognized programs in offshore sailing, International Yacht Training.

Voyage Itinerary

Day 1: Travel, Check-in and board the boat, Water Safety Class at the Pool, Vessel remains pier side in Road Town, BVI

Day 2: Depart to Norman (Treasure) Island, Snorkel Caves, Mooring at Norman Island

Day 3: Depart to Baths, Explore Baths, Anchor Savannah Bay

Day 4: Depart for Dog Islands, Snorkel Dogs, Depart For Leverick Bay / Bitter End, Mooring at Leverick or Bitter End

Day 5: Depart for Diamond Cay, Hike to Bubbly Pond, Depart for West End, Mooring at West End

Day 6: Depart for Road Harbor, Resupply, Laundry, Maintenance, Pier Side LeaderSail Base

Day 7: Depart for Saba, Overnight Sail to Saba

Day 8: Landfall Saba, Clear-in at Saba, Snorkeling, Mooring near the Ladder

Day 9: Mooring Saba, Climb, Climb, Climb to top of Mount Scenery, Explore Rain Forest, Visit Town of Windwardside, Return to Boat

Day 10: Snorkeling in the morning, Depart for St. Kitts, Clear-in at Basseterre

Day 11: Island Tour, Explore Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, Largest Fortress in the West Indies and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Zip-line through the rainforest, Sugar Plantation

Day 12: Depart for Dominica, Overnight Sail to Dominica

Day 13: Landfall Dominica, Clear-in Portsmouth

Day 14: Anchor at Portsmouth, Resupply, Laundry, Maintenance, Hike to Chaudiere Pool near Bense

Day 15: Transit to Roseau, Capital of Dominica, Hike to Trafalgar Falls and Hot Springs

Day 16: Depart for Guadeloupe, Clear-in at Basse-Terre, Hike to Carbet Waterfalls and Pool

Day 17: Depart for Montserrat, Clear-in at Little Bay, Tour of Montserrat by Taxi with Overviews Capital Ruins at Plymouth Caused by Volcanic Eruptions

Day 18: Depart for BVI, Overnight Sail to BVI

Day 19: Clear-in at West End, Transit to White Beach on Jost Van Dyke, Mooring at Jost with afternoon and evening ashore

Day 20: Depart for Road Town, Clean, Pack and Prepare for Trip Home

Day 21: Depart via Ferry to St. Thomas, and Home