WELCOME TO THE
Barefoot Performance Academy
The Fast Track to High Performance Sailing
The Barefoot Offshore Sailing School Performance Academy (BPA) was conceived and established to fill the need for supporting sailors who are interested in, or already participating in, singlehanded and double-handed racing.
From our location, we offer year round training in idyllic sailing conditions on a professionally maintained fleet of performance sailboats.
Our programs are designed to appeal to anyone interested in short-handed cruising and racing, from beginners, to seasoned club sailors, to olympic hopefuls and professional racers.
Start at the beginning with our Basic and Intermediate Singlehanded Sailing courses or select a Speciality Training course and concentrate on refining specific skills such as weather-routing, boat speed or high stress decision making.
Talk to our Academic Advisor who will help you chart your way to the podium of your next solo race.
BPA is staffed with friendly, highly skilled instructors, who have experience in professional singlehanded offshore racing events such as La Solitaire de Figaro, Mini-transat, Transat Jacques Vabre, Jules Verne.
In collaboration with our sister organization, Barefoot Yacht Charters, we offer cruising and regatta charters to enable program participants to further develop their skills and experience.
BPA training programs are optimized to take advantage of the unique features of the Grenadines, a group of 32 islands offering year round temperatures between 24c to 30c.
The Grenadines offer perfect trade wind sailing with average windspeed in the 20 to 25 knot range in winter and 12 to 18 knot range in the summer.
The unique topography of each island means there are lots of opportunities to find interesting transition zones or clean air runways for more controlled and predictable but still very realistic practice sessions.
Windy open ocean conditions with long period waves are found to windward of the islands while protected sailing and lighter winds with calmer seas can be found to the leeward side of the archipelago.
This diversity offers sailors just about any conditions they may feel they need to practice in, “on demand”. This gives sailors an opportunity to fill gaps in skills and experience in sailing conditions that are not normally available in the local conditions of their home location