Outdoor Adventure & Leadership Education for College Students

College age students
14 or 17 day voyages
May 19-Jun 1; May 19-June 4
$3,995 or $4,495
British Virgin and Leeward Islands, Arrive/Depart St. Thomas (STT) or Beef Island, Tortola (EIS)

Outdoor Adventure & Leadership Education for College Students


Become an Inspirational Leader. Not everyone’s a born leader, but our Echo program will bring out the leadership qualities in you. This college sailing and leadership development expedition is our most challenging outdoor adventure program of all! 

Our staff teaches the principles of leadership by example. You'll learn that with freedom comes responsibility, and you'll be given plenty of both.

Instructed by our senior sailing staff, you and your crew plan your own voyages and navigate your 50' monohull sailboat through the tropical paradise of the British Virgin Islands and also experience the thrill of blue water ocean sailing. 

Prepare for coastal and offshore navigation, passage-making, anchoring/docking, boat systems, and safety at sea. You're in control, contributing to every decision made along the way. Echo is an experience proven to build your mentoring skills. The only limits are your drive and imagination.

  • Live aboard a 50’ yacht with others college age
  • Learn to sail and gain advances skills & certifications
  • Snorkel, waterski, wakeboard, kayak
  • Hiking & Island Exploration
  • Community Service: 3-5 hrs
  • Marine Biology Seminars
  • ASA Certifications (See What You'll Learn below for details):
              Basic Keelboat 101
              Basic Coastal Cruising 103
              Bareboat Chartering 104
  • Optional Scuba: Discover Scuba, Open Water Certification, Advanced Open Water, Recreational Diving 

Read about our Echo Sailing Staff Internship. Please call for financial details.


Introducing Program Director, Maria Powell

Echo Program DirectorMaria grew up cruising and racing with her family on the Chesapeake Bay waters. Sailing quickly became her passion and inspired her to pursue a career path encouraging others to experience and learn the sport. After two years as a student with Sail Caribbean, Maria became a staff member in 2006 and has been a major contributor to the growth of Sail Caribbean’s programs. Her solid background as a certified instructor with the American Sailing Association is enhanced by years of teaching experience with kids and adults of all ages in Virginia, the BVI, and Nantucket. Maria is currently residing in Rhode Island with her fiance and works as a photographer and Sailing Director for the Herreshoff Marine Museum.

Meet Captain Claire Marian

Captain Claire Marian Claire began sailing on small lakes in the Boston area at age 3, and hasn't stopped. She joined Sail Caribbean in 2010 as a Captain, and more recently a Program Director. With a degree in Psychology and Education from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, she now has a full time position in outdoor education with NOLS. When not working with us in the BVI, Claire leads sailing and backpacking expeditions, coaches high school sailing, and teaches adult sailing lessons. Claire says she's grateful for the opportunity to teach in one of the world’s best sailing classrooms (the Sir Francis Drake Channel), be part of an incredible community, and explore all that the Caribbean has to offer. She is thrilled to work with the Echo program in 2015!


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