Privilege Academy in the British Virgin Islands - April 3 - 6, 2019

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

The purchase of any liveaboard sailing yacht can be stressful. The first year of ownership is usually the most challenging and we at Privilege Catamarans America are determined to make that transition to your new life much more enjoyable. We know from experience that if the new owner has a working knowledge of the vessel’s electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems, delivery day will bring more joy and less jitters. The experience of sailing, anchoring and docking your new boat increases your confidence.

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.

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.

Engine Room - Plumbing & Mechanical
Understanding the mechanical systems and plumbing.
Setting up the gennaker
Setting up the gennaker
Privilege 500 Catamaran
Sailing your Privilege catamaran!
Privilege Academy Docking
Learning to dock the boat.

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.

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