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.
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.
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