Privilege 500
It could not have gone better; the perfect mix of people enjoying the same ambition and a location famous for its world class sailing.

Privilege Academy - spring edition

We chose Nanny Cay in the British Virgin Islands as the location for our first Privilege Academy because it’s our base of operations with an experienced team in place. The fact that everyone got along so well made the program feel more like a group of friends sailing together than a training event.

Bananakeet BVI
Before the start of the event, all participants joined us for an evening at the Heritage Inn & Bananakeet Cafe, famous for its fantastic sunset views and great food.
Engine Room - Plumbing & Mechanical
Understanding the mechanical systems and plumbing.

The next morning we dove right into the boat’s systems. All learning is “hands on” and takes place aboard our new Privilege 500. There’s no classroom time at Privilege Academy and the focus is always on areas that most impact the long-term liveaboard sailor.

Normally, I would spare you the description of our lunch breaks, but our team at Nanny Cay have 15 years of hospitality experience and we were treated to lunches that far exceeded our expectations. This is the British Virgin Islands, so as soon as we finished our amazing desserts we cast off our lines and headed out into 17-18 knot winds for some great sailing. We also made sure to test the swim ladder.

Privilege Academy BVI

This was essentially our agenda for three very full days. Mornings spent learning about the boat itself and afternoons on the water sailing, anchoring and docking practice.

We also enjoyed having Jen Brett from Cruising World join us for the program and you can read her impressions of Privilege Academy in the June/July edition of the magazine.

Our trainers are Richard and Rob. Boat handling is taught by Jules who is also our base manager at Nanny Cay. A special thank you to Helen, Fannie and Arlene for adding that unique ‘VSV touch’ to the event.  Our next academy will take place in early December: same great location, same great time.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rob at 613-981-1740 or rob@privilegecatamaransamerica.com

Below is our photo album of Privilege Academy, we hope you enjoy it! Click on photo to enlarge and view.

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