Private Charters & Sailing School in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

About Us

We are a Private Charters & Sailing School located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Banderas Bay provides a beautiful climate, warm water, steady breeze and amazing sea life encounters. Many world travelled sailors believe that the sailing here is some of the best on the planet. Want to spend the day sailing around Banderas Bay, sailing to a private beach for lunch, snorkelling or simply enjoy a lovely whale watching day? Our Rock Star Sailor skippers have years of cruising experience and we are able to suggest customizable itineraries to make sure you and your guests have the most enjoyable sailing adventure possible. With over 30+ years of sailing and racing experience our Rock Star Sailor coaches are able to provide curriculum based specifically on your goals. If it’s your first time stepping foot on a boat or if you’re the reigning club champion at your local club we can customize your theory and practical on the water experiences to suit each and every member of your group. Our Private Charters & Sailing School in Puerto Vallarta Mexico provides Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Advanced Boat Handling and Racing & Tactics clinics. Rock Star Sailor Private Charters & Sailing School in Puerto Vallarta Mexico has three modern and well equipped sailboats to choose from ranging in size from 24 feet to 40 feet.

Private Charters

ESCAPE - INDULGE - RELAX

We provide private luxury sailing charters. It would be a private day or sunset sail on the water for you and your guests. We pride ourselves on offering amazing food, great beverages and unsurpassed service. Our most popular lunch option is fresh ceviche, mixed seafood/ beef/ chicken skewers and shrimp stuffed avocados. Our beverage service is typically sangria, margaritas and national beer. Your day can include sailing, whale watching, anchoring for a swim/ snorkel, paddle boarding, going to a private beach, etc. If it’s more relaxation/ decompressing that you are looking for we can simply sail around the bay, anchor for lunch and then sail all the way back. As it’s a private charter the experience is yours to create, it can be as simple as hoisting the sails, kicking back with a cold drink and letting us take care of everything or you are welcome to participate in any and all sailing activities like hoisting the sails, adjusting them while underway, driving and letting us be your fun ambassadors and crew. We sail out of Marina Riviera Nayarit on the north shore of the bay so your group will be able to have all new experiences including new snorkelling areas and heading into private beaches if you wish. The water is much shallower on the north side which allows us to anchor closer to the shore and enjoy beaches which are much more sandy. We normally leave the dock around 11:30am and return by 6:30pm for day charters and 4pm to 7:30pm for sunset charters depending on the time of year. As this is a private charter we are able to customize departure times based on your expectations. We suggest these times as there is normally more wind and after all we want to sail as much as possible and not motor around.

Sailing Clinics

Basic Keelboat Sailing

Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 24 to 30 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, knots, parts of the boat, driving/ helming, basic sail trim, points of sail, sailing theory, boat balance, spinnaker, MOB recovery, docking/ anchoring and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Four day clinic. Approximately 20 hours on the water. A fun and safe way to learn the basics of sailing !!

Advanced Boat Handling

Further instruction on sail shape, sail theory, boat balance, advanced crew work and communication, boat handling and spinnaker. Two day clinic. Approximately 10 hours on the water. Improve your boat handling and spend an additional 2 days on the water !!

Basic Cruising

Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 30 to 40 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising terminology, boat systems including engine/ water/ waste, auxiliary engine operation, docking/ anchoring procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic chart and electronic navigation, weather forecast interpretation, safety and seamanship. Four day clinic. Approximately 20 hours on the water. Great way to start learning about cruising !!

Bareboat Cruising

Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat of approximately 30 to 40 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds and sea conditions (if possible). Course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 30 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including intermediate chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, health & safety, emergency operations and weather interpretation. 2 full day clinic. We depart the marina at 10am and return the following afternoon approximately 5pm.

Introduction to Racing & Tactics

Regatta preparation, tuning, upwind/ downwind strategy & tactics, starting and rules lectures. Webinar follow up after you finish the clinic to discuss how your racing is going back at your local club. Topics will include specific tactics & strategies for YOUR crew on YOUR boat. Five day clinic. Approximately 25 hours of intense boat handling drills and racing experience. Local regatta experience depending on the date of your clinic.

Testimonials

I would like to add a couple of comments about Rick's instruction. Rick did a superb job of meeting the needs of both my wife and I. Jodi was interested in learning the basics of sailing. I was interested in learning the more technical aspects. Rick tailored his instruction for the week so that both of our needs were met. He did an incredible job of ensuring that we both had a positive experience. I have been an educator for almost 30 years. Currently I am Superintendent of Schools for a jurisdiction of over 10,000 students with 1050 staff. I can assure you that Rick is a natural teacher with a broad range of skills. Piet, April 2013

I just wanted to thank you again for all your help and professional instruction. I hope to come back for the regatta again 2015. I joined the racing program with ASI back home on the 18' Interlake sloops. So far I'm up for novice of the year with 4 wins and two 2nds! And about half of my races have been against intermediate sailers as well as other novices. It's been a lot of fun! Thank you for helping me take my sailing to the next level! Greg, March 2014