Here at Penn’s Landing Marina, we are delighted to announce that the British Virgin Islands’ number one sailing school, Tortola Sailing & Sights, is now using us as their base!
Who are Tortola Sailing & Sights?
Tortola Sailing & Sights is run and owned by Captain Matt, an experienced sailor who has captained charter vessels in the Mediterranean, competed in offshore racing and has years of experience as a sailing instructor on both sides of the Atlantic. Matt is qualified to teach sailing and power boating in RYA, ASA, IYT and US Sailing, and as a PADI Dive Master, he has almost as much experience exploring beneath the waves as above.
About the Team
Matt is supported by a talented team of passionate sailors with a diverse range of interests and expertise.
Paul has been teaching sailing for 12 years, has ten Atlantic crossings under his belt (six as a skipper) and loves kite surfing. Scott’s background in engineering made him the perfect choice to ensure all Tortola Sailing & Sights vessels are shipshape and ready for the water, and of course, he is also a fully qualified sailing instructor. Tom, a qualified sailing instructor and PADI Dive Master who is training towards kite-surfing instructor accreditation, started his career working in forensic laboratories but has since swapped the lab for the seas.
Emma is a highly experienced sailor from a sailing family who has been on the water from a very young age. She moved to the BVI in 2001 and has been teaching, sailing and racing ever since. Genevieve is a highly qualified sailing instructor, with a USCG Master Captain’s license, accreditation as an American Sailing Association Instructor Evaluator, certification to teach 101, 103, 104, 105, 114 and instructor courses, and a passion for the ocean and sailing.
About the Fleet
Soon after Tortola Sailing & Sights was purchased by Matt in 2017, Hurricane Irma struck, destroying nearly the entire fleet. However, Matt took the opportunity to rebuild bigger and better than before…
The Tortola Sailing & Sights fleet consists of five boats:
● Sweet and Salty is a Leopard 44 Catamaran with four cabins, four heads, electric toilets, air conditioning with a generator, paddle board and swimming platform, snorkel gear and onboard WiFi.
● Abi Gale, the Beneteau Oceanis 50, boasts twin wheels to ensure one is always on the high side, electric winches, four cabins, four heads with electric toilets, a swimming platform, snorkels, and a paddle board.
● K’dar, the Bavaria 36, is a survivor from Irma but has since been kitted out with a new mast and rigging. This yacht is a great size to handle, easy to dock and has three double cabins, one head, and a spacious galley.
● Marco is a converted IC24 Keelboat is a great tiller driven boat for those learning to sail. It is used to teach the Basic Keelboat classes and for the odd club race.
● Finally, there is the 22ft RIB Squirt. Powered by a new Yamaha 150hp engine and kitted with new tubes, this Irma survivor is used for powerboat courses and as a chase boat.
What courses are offered by Tortola Sailing & Sights?
From their base at our marina, Tortola Sailing & Sights offer an extensive range of courses to suit all abilities, from beginner ASA Learn to Sail courses to the ASA Coastal Navigation & Advanced Coastal Cruising course, which will test the skills of seasoned sailors. ASA and ITY fast-track courses are available for those looking to get their skipper certification quickly.
Tortola Sailing & Sights offers several courses to hone your skills sailing monohulls, as well as the opportunity to gain certification to sail majestic catamarans. You may also become a qualified ITY Small Powerboat and Rib Master, VHF Radio Operator or earn an International Certificate of Competency, a mandatory qualification when chartering boats in many European countries. Click here for more detailed information on sailing courses offered by Tortola Sailing & Sights.
Why Penn’s Landing Marina?
Over the years, Penn’s Landing Marina has established itself as a sheltered and quiet mooring and docking spot, perfectly located for sailors exploring the islands of the BVI and with a friendly, experienced team on hand to help, undertake repairs and offer advice.
Moving operations to Penn’s Landing Marina has provided Tortola Sailing & Sights with plenty of office space for Matt and his team to conduct the day-to-day running of the business. The marina is just a five-minute taxi ride from the airport and ferry on Beef Island, making it a highly convenient location for visitors enrolled on courses with Tortola Sailing & Sights.
At Penn’s Landing Marina we offer a full range of general maintenance and repair services, including engine and genset service, pump service, head service, sea cock service, belt and hose replacement, sail washing, bilge cleaning, an on-site rigging service, and highly qualified riggers on-call for more complex work. Our workshop and the highly experienced team at Penn’s Landing Marina offer all the tools and expertise needed to keep the Tortola Sailing & Sights fleet in great working order!
What does Penn’s Landing Marina offer Tortola Sailing & Sights’ clients?
Penn’s Landing Marina has long been a favorite stop for those exploring the BVI, with a wealth of amenities and facilities to ensure you can resupply and enjoy a comfortable stay. Red Rock Restaurant and Bar is one of Tortola’s favorite eating and watering holes, serving up a mouth-watering menu of Caribbean-international food featuring freshly caught seafood, organic meat, and locally sourced vegetables. It also mixes some of the best cocktails on the island!
Our hot showers are a boon for many a salty and tired visitor coming off the water, providing a welcome opportunity to freshen up after a stint at sea. A laundromat is only a five-minute walk away and is accessible by dinghy, or you can take advantage of the marina’s laundry concierge service and simply drop off your dirty clothes and walk away with clean ones the next day. If you need to pick up supplies, the RiteWay Food Market and Honey & Spice Pastry shop are also five minutes from the marina and there is a dinghy dock for easy resupplying from the water. If you forget any of your sailing equipment don’t panic; you can pick up what you need from the nearby chandlery.
Together, Penn’s Landing Marina and Tortola Sailing & Sights form a great working partnership. With the marina at their disposal, both Tortola Sailing & Sights and their clients have easy access to an extensive range of facilities and amenities. Training rooms at the marina provide the experienced instructors with a great spot for briefing clients and conducting training sessions off the water. The marina’s dock and its location in the sheltered natural harbor of Fat Hog’s Bay are also perfect for training purposes, while still offering easy access to the open water and nearby islands when clients are ready to venture out to sea.