Prerequisites: Have at least one semester of high school experience by the LeaderSail voyage start date.
No Previous Sailing Experience is Required.
Graduating Seniors are Allowed - If you are a graduating senior the semester before the LI 14 Day voyage, you are still allowed to go. We like to have the leadership of the graduating seniors on our trips.
Sailing Credentials Available - Students not only develop their leadership skills and have a great time, but also have the ability to earn accredited sailing credentials. Certifications under International Yacht Training and US Naval Sailing Association (USNSA) are available. Students can typically earn International Crew/Senior Crew or International Watchkeeper/Watch Captain, while on the LI 14 Day. With multiple trips it may be possible to demonstrate your knowledge and experience to earn the International Bareboat Skipper qualification.
The Leeward Island 14 Day Voyage includes everything in the BVI 8 day trip, plus so much more. Travel to two additional countries. Experience true blue water sailing. Hike and explore the cloud shrouded mysteries of the mountain rainforest of Saba. Scale the summit of the highest peak in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Sail further down the chain to the Islands of St. Kitts and St. Nevis, where you will walk the parapets of Brimstone Hill Fortress, the largest British fortification in the Americas, and the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean. Zip line through mountain rainforests, while getting up close and personal with descendants of monkeys that migrated from western Africa almost 400 years ago. Snorkel the most remote and pristine reefs in this hemisphere, all while gaining additional sailing and blue water cruising experience. In turn, this will allow you to perfect your skills and qualify for more advanced certifications.
Day 1: Travel, Check-in and board the boat, Water Safety Brief, Pier side in Road Town
Day 2: Depart to Norman (Treasure) Island, Snorkel caves, Mooring at Norman Island
Day 3: Depart to Baths, Explore Baths, Mooring Cooper Island
Day 4: Depart for sailing practical, Mooring Leverick Bay
Day 5: Written Exam, Depart for Snorkeling at Eustacia Reef, Clear Out, Anchor at Eustacia Island
Day 6: Depart to Sombrero Island, Sailing Practical, Anchor Sombrero Island
Day 7: Explore Sombrero Island, Snorkel, Prep for Departure to Saba
Day 8: Arrive Saba, Clear Customs, Mooring at Saba
Day 9: Hike the Saba Rainforest, Mooring at Saba
Day 10: Depart for St. Kitts, Clear Customs, Anchor St. Kitts, Dinner in St. Kitts
Day 11: Brimstone Hill Fortress, Sugar Museum and Rain Forest Zip Line Experience. Anchor St. Kitts
Day 12: Depart for St. Martin, Anchor St. Martin, Phase two written exam
Day 13: Depart to Road Town, Phase two sailing practical, Pier side in Road Town
Day 14: Clear boat, Depart for St. Thomas, Travel Home