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Most people start out sailing a monohull (classic single-hulled boat) and then later transition to cats. Whether you are transitioning or it’s your first time on a boat if you’re looking for a school to teach you how to become a competent catamaran sailor, check out this list of options in sunny Florida! 

Here are seven of the top-rated catamaran sailing schools in Florida:

  • Blue Water Sailing School
  • Offshore Sailing School
  • American Sailing Academy  
  • Emerald Coast Sailing School & Charters  
  • Sunshine Coast Adventures Sailing School 
  • Sara Bay Sailing School   
  • Intelligent Sailing Club School  

Let’s take a deeper look at these catamaran sailing schools to discover which one will help you achieve the skills you need to sail these boats successfully. 

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1. Blue Water Sailing School

Blue Water Sailing School is a highly ranked sailing school based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They also have several other schools in other areas, including Rhode Island, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.  

Moreover, they are considered one of the top educators for catamaran sailing. They have several catamaran sailing course offerings with over ten years of experience. 

The school has also earned several awards and certificates from the American Sailing Association. Additionally, they offer tons of courses at varying difficulty levels for novice to advanced sailors. You can learn more about their catamaran classes on their course list page . 

2. Offshore Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School is next on this list of sailing schools available in Florida (multiple locations) offering catamaran cruising lessons.  

Advertised as America’s #1 Sail and Power Cruising School, the school has excellent ratings on Google and numerous testimonials on their website showcasing their expertise. 

This sailing school has been in business for 55 years and has highly qualified staff on board. So if you’re looking for a staycation, a group or corporate team building activity, or private lessons, they have it all.  

They also have many all-inclusive learning vacation options at six different sailing school locations. One is on Florida’s gulf coast, with another available in the British Virgin Islands. The school makes it very easy to receive a free quote , so you can plan ahead. 

3. American Sailing Academy  

If you’re looking for other catamaran sailing options, check out American Sailing Academy located in Key Largo, Florida. They advertise a fleet of varying skill level lessons, top instructors, and unique experiences.   

Their Cruising Catamaran course is a two-day lesson that teaches students how to sail a catamaran between 30 to 45 feet (9 to 15 meters) in size through medium to high wind speeds.  This course also comes with a certification if you pass the test!  

American Sailing Academy also offers online and hybrid learning options if you’re looking for more sailing lessons and resources.  

They even offer specials for those who sign up to receive special packages via email. Their website also advertises more affordable and “economical” vacation and lesson package options.  So, if you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, American Sailing Academy could be perfect for you.  

4. Emerald Coast Sailing School & Charters

Number four on my list of catamaran sailing schools in Florida is Emerald Coast Sailing Schools and Charters. After a prolonged absence from lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic, this school is back up and running!

Emerald Coast Sailing School & Charters has a 4 out of 5-star rating on Google and offers a Cruising Catamarans Made Easy Course for about $2,600. The course takes two days to complete and has several options for completion.  

With every sailing class that Emerald Coast offers, you get professional instructors, who are U.S. Coast Guard Captains and certified American Sailing Association professionals. You can also opt for private lessons and have flexible scheduling options.   

They also have several sailing location options outside of the waters of northwest Florida, including the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Beach.    

5. Sunshine Coast Adventures Sailing School 

Are you looking for more award-winning sailing schools with over ten years of experience in Florida? Well, next on my list is Sunshine Coast Adventures Sailing School! It has a 5-star rating on Google, and they offer more than just sailing lessons on their excursions.

Sunshine Coast Adventures Sailing School offers a mix of sailing lessons, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.

In addition, they offer a Cruising Catamaran course that helps individuals and groups learn how to captain a catamaran and gain essential knowledge in catamaran structure, performance, safety, and more.    

6. Sara Bay Sailing School   

Number six on this list is Sara Bay Sailing School which offers a variety of sailing lessons, including Cruising Catamarans Made Easy.

Despite how the name makes it sound, this is an advanced course. If you don’t have previous sailing experience, this may not be the right school for you.  

Some of their other courses are beginner-friendly options if you’re open to other sailing courses.

However, they specify that their courses are better for adult students, including individuals seeking an American Sailing Association Certification.  

The Sara Bay Sailing School could be a good fit if you have previous sailing knowledge. You can find it on the Florida Gulf Coast in the Sarasota-Bradenton area.  

7. Intelligent Sailing Club School  

Last but not least on this list of Florida-based sailing schools is Intelligent Sailing Club School . They offer several catamaran sailing options. With years of experience and a nearly 5-star rating on Google, this may be your preferred sailing school. 

They have both one and two-day training courses advertised on their site for catamaran sailing, including “Fund Day Sailing…” and “The Intelligent Sailing Catamaran Course.”

Both courses offer fun and relaxation combined with techniques and lessons for sailing.

They have three additional catamaran sailing lessons available.  Some come with an American Sailing Association certification, while others do not. You can also do a combination of sailing courses with all the classes they have.

One of the excellent features of Intelligent Sailing School is the ability for individuals to design their ideal course using a combination of other sailing options or individual lessons. 

This is also the only sailing school specializing in one-to-one instruction in Florida, meaning you get the Captain and yacht all to yourself!  

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Catamaran Guru’s broker, Captain Jeff Riecks, is rated one of the best ASA sailing instructors in the country and is a phenomenal teacher. He lived and taught couples aboard his own catamaran, Mira Mar , a Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 41, for several years. He is extremely knowledgeable not only in sailing techniques but also how to operate and troubleshoot boat systems and electronics.

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He offers couples liveaboard ASA sailing schools and / or owner orientations on catamarans, including on an owner’s own catamaran in Florida or Bahamas. In some cases Jeff will do a catamaran delivery with the owners onboard and teach them how to do a passage, weather routing etc.

ASA courses from 103 and up are available along with an ASA 104/114 combo course in a format where you learn firsthand how to apply theory to catamaran sailing and safety.

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Offshore Sailing School learn to cruise courses – OSS 103, 104 and 114 – are taught on 40’ to 50’ monohulls and catamarans. This is the next step after completing Offshore Sailing School’s Basic Keelboat 101 sailing lessons on a 26′ Colgate 26 keelboat. On a cruising monohull or catamaran you spend 5 days gaining skills and knowledge to competently and confidently handle large monohulls and catamarans under sail and power – returning to the host resort each evening to sleep in an air-conditioned room and dine at local fun eateries, or living, cooking, and sleeping aboard during the 5-day period with one or two evenings at a restaurant as you cruise and learn. In those five days, you earn US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification and US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification, ready to skipper a yacht up to 50′.

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Live Aboard Cruising Courses provide total immersion in the cruising lifestyle. You sleep on the boat for your live aboard sailing lessons, while sharing all the tasks with your classmates, and learn while sailing to different destinations each day.

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The next step after learning to cruise sailboats is learning to sail far from land.  OSS 105/106 Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making is an 8-day journey that starts with two days of Coastal Navigation instruction while staying ashore, then six days learning the nuances of sailing longer distances but not too far off shore. The final step in the Fast Track program is OSS 107/108 Fast Track to Offshore Passage Making  – a 10-day program that starts with four days of Celestial Navigation while staying ashore, then six days heading off shore and out of sight of land.

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14 Athletes Named to USA Youth Worlds Team, Will Compete in Lake Garda

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BRISTOL, RI (28 May 2024) – US Sailing has named the 14 US Youth Team athletes who will represent USA at the 2024 Youth Sailing World Championships. The 53rd edition of the premier event in international youth sailing will take place July 13-20 in Lake Garda, Italy and is open to athletes under age 19. “I can’t imagine a more iconic European venue for this year’s event,” remarked Phil Muller, US Sailing Youth Performance Manager and Head Coach. “The Youth World Championships is the pinnacle regatta on our annual calendar. To me, it is the ultimate display of sailing skill, national pride and international competition.”   

US Youth Team athletes were selected based on the results of a single qualification regatta for each class: the Nacra 15 Midwinter’s East Championship hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club (FL), iQFOiL Ring of Fire Championship hosted by Kaneohe Yacht Club (HI), and the ILCA, 29er, i420 Midwinters West Championship hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (CA). Find more information on how they were selected HERE .   

2024 US Youth Team:

  • Makani Andrews (Kaneohe, HI)*  
  • Sage Andrews (Kaneohe, HI)*  
  • Jake Homberger (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)  
  • Isabella Mendoza Cabezas (Miami, FL)  
  • Fynn Olsen & Pierce Olsen (Miami Beach, FL)  
  • Annie Sitzmann & Molly Bonham (Severna Park, MD / Annapolis, MD)  
  • Freddie Parkin* & Estella Morris (Riverside, CT / Larchmont, NY)  
  • Ava McAliley & Michelle Kaneti (Miami, FL / Mamaroneck, NY)   
  • Dylan Tomko & Casey Small (Canyon Lake, TX / Houston, TX)  

*Denotes returning 2023 Youth Worlds Team Member 

2024 Youth Worlds Regatta Coaches: Phil Muller (iQFOiL, Team Leader), Sophia Reineke (ILCA 6), Paris Henken (29er), Steve Keen (i420), Rosie Chapman (Nacra 15)  

“The Youth Worlds is a life-changing and defining event for every athlete who earns their spot on Team USA,” said Muller. “Americans are bold competitors and this year’s team is made of athletes who have proven the caliber of their skill at home and abroad. We look forward to coming together as a team and representing our country.”   

With the Youth Worlds just a few months away, team members will participate in training blocks alongside training partners who earned an invitation based on their results at qualifying regattas. The US Youth Championship on June 22-25 in Bristol, RI will be a final opportunity for team members to hone their skills prior to the Worlds.   

John Pearce, US Sailing Youth Competition Manager, added “we were thrilled to see the tight competition at each of the qualifier regattas for this year’s US Youth Team. Across the country, the skill level is high and athletes are pushing each other to improve. To all youth sailors striving to be their best, we have one message: keep going, and we are here to support you. We are excited to see you at US Sailing events this year!”  

2024 Youth World Qualifier Regatta Recaps  

Nacra 15 midwinters east 2024 – january 13-15 – lauderdale yacht club – fort lauderdale, fl  .

The Nacra 15 Youth Team of Dylan Tomko and Casey Smalls won the Nacra 15 Midwinters East racing on the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Lauderdale, FL. Lauderdale Yacht Club hosted the regatta and was also the site of the 2023 Nacra 15 World Championship, proving yet again to be a world class venue delivering windy, wavy conditions.   

  • Dylan Tomko/Casey Smalls (Youth Worlds Nacra 15 Mixed)  
  • Cody Roe/Brooke Mertz  
  • Connor Mertz/Dmytro Iegorov  
  • Sophie Niemann/Tom Seibold  
  • KJ Hill/Ella Valentina Agnese  

iQFOiL Ring of Fire Regatta – March 14-17 – Kaneohe Yacht Club – Kaneohe, HI  

The iQFOiL Ring of Fire regatta hosted by Kaneohe Yacht Club featured a series of light air slalom and course races on the scenic waters of Kaneohe Bay. Makani Andrews battled Garrett January trading leads throughout the series, with Nico Perez a close third. Elizaveta Astakhova finished in fifth, just ahead of Sage Andrews and GraceAnna Dixon.   

  • Makani Andrews (Youth Worlds iQFOiL Male)  
  • Garrett January  
  • Mateo Cortes  
  • Nicolai Perez  
  • Elizaveta Astakhova  
  • Sage Andrews (Youth Worlds iQFOiL Female)  

ILCA, 29er, i420 Midwinters West – March 21-24 – Alamitos Bay Yacht Club – Long Beach, C A  

23 i420s, 27 29ers, and 80 ILCA 6s competed in the Midwinters West Championship in a variety of conditions. Days one and two both started with light wind around 5-8 kts building to a 10-14 kt sea breeze in the late afternoon. Day three challenged sailors with rain and wind building to 15- 20 kts and large swells, while the fourth and final day featured ideal 12-18 knot winds on the “stadium” course area that will be used for the Medal Races at the LA 2028 Olympics.   

Top 10 ILCA 6:  

  • Lillian Myers  
  • Sullivan Nakatsu
  • Jake Homberger (Youth Worlds ILCA 6 Male)  
  • Carlos Charabati  
  • James Pine  
  • Sebastian Johan Van de Kreeke  
  • Isabella Mendoza Cabezas (Youth Worlds ILCA 6 Female)  
  • Cole Fanchi  
  • William Baker  
  • Rory Walsh  

Top 10 29er:  

  • Fynn Olsen/Pierce Olsen (Youth Worlds 29er Male/Mixed)  
  • William Stratton/Ronan Curnyn  
  • Anton Schmid/Ian Nyenhuis  
  • Kevin Cason/Holland Vierling  
  • Logan Mraz/Finn Steinborn  
  • Annie Sitzmann/Molly Bonham (Youth Worlds 29er Female)  
  • Dylan Sih/Wyatt Kelly  
  • Callum Ruch/Nicole Otton  
  • Tom Desrochers/Henry Simms  
  • Andrew Lamm/George Turner  

Top 10 i420  

  • Freddie Parkin/Estella Morris (Youth Worlds 420 Male/Mixed)  
  • Richard Sykes/Violet Martin  
  • Harrison Gandy/Reid Packard  
  • Glen Foster/Pierpaolo Baldassari  
  • Ava McAliley/Michelle Kaneti (Youth Worlds 420 Female)  
  • Helena Borcherding/Genevieve Schmidt  
  • Calebe Everett/Nicolas Anders  
  • Melanie Lahrkamp/Isabel Brewer  
  • Amelia Woodworth/Elizabeth Wire  
  • Leo Robillard/Gavin Murphy  

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