I took a womanship "course" in the BVI in March of '05. They make a big deal out of "women teaching women" how to sail. The night before I was to board their ship they called the hotel I was laying over in to tell me that there was no woman instructor, and that there would be a man taking us out. No biggy for me....but it turns out that while this guy was a lot of fun and showed us all the sights, he was no instructor. While I had a very pleasant trip, I learned nothing.
The staff at womanship were very friendly and answered all my questions....until I paid. Then they were curt and uncommunicative and actually told me that they were too busy to answer my two quick questions. The "information package" they sent was two photocopied pages that was full of contradictory information. They were supposed to pick me up from the airport -- no one showed up and I had to find my own way to the marina. (The taxi driver gave me quite a lecture...he said "All those Womenship people have to do is tell us when their guest are arriving and we'd be there...they never will tell us." ) We had to visit several Marinas before we found the right one....then no one was there from Womanship and I had to wander around and wait for several hours, hungry with nothing open.
All in all, while it's hard to be disappointed with a week sailing around the BVI -- I was certainly disappointed in Womanship. If you want to learn to sail, take an accredited course; if you want to have fun sailing in the BVI, charter a boat with a captain. You'll save a bunch of money and get the same thing.
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