FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As our focus is teaching ocean passage making skills, we require that you have prior sailing experience and know that you enjoy sailing. We do not expect you to be an expert sailor, but we strongly recommend you complete a coastal navigation course. If you have questions regarding your present skill level, please contact us.

Our organized teaching program includes 3–6 hours per day of instruction. Each topic we teach is clearly documented in our 116-page Expedition Companion that includes checklists, forms, guidelines and procedures that can be applied specifically to your boat. We have written tests after each topic covered to ensure you are retaining the information presented.

Eagerness to learn, thoughtfulness, ability to compromise, respect and consideration, sense of humor and ability to put safety of boat and crew first are far more important than sailing skills.

  1. Complete a coastal navigation course. www.nauticed.org has excellent on-line training courses on several topics besides navigation. This is very important.
  2. Learn to stay hydrated as hydration is a key to minimizing seasickness and fatigue.
  3. Improve your swimming skills if you aren’t already a strong swimmer. Consider taking up yoga.
  4. Keep an open mind and be flexible.
It is! Ocean voyaging is more physically demanding than most people expect, even on a large, modern and comfortable boat. Expedition members frequently tell us they wished they had taken the time to exercise daily before joining us. We’ve learned that people who exercise 20-40 minutes per day, six times a week, are far better at handling ocean sailing conditions than those who don’t. Swimming and yoga are among the best possible exercises in preparation for ocean voyaging.

Expedition members have joined us from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, England, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti and the U.S. They share a common interest in learning everything possible about ocean voyaging while exploring exotic destinations. Many lasting friendships have formed during expeditions and we are honored to have the return of many crewmembers.

No, as while underway at least two people are on deck duty watch. Headroom is 6’6” and berths are over 6’6” in length. There’s room for eight at both salon and cockpit tables. Each person has their own bunk and dedicated storage and there are two heads.

Our daily revolving duty roster includes captain, navigator, galley assistant, weather briefer, cockpit, interior, and head cleaning. Our goal is for you to understand what is involved in shipboard life so you can run your boat safely and expeditiously while ocean voyaging.

You’ll stand watch with another expedition member, alternating hand-steering for 30-minute intervals with watch standing. During the day watches are for one hour with an average of two hours off. At night underway watches are two hours in length with an average of four hours off.

Hand steering, log entries, lookout, trimming sails, navigating, checking the radar and AIS, plus monitoring the weather.

Yes, 90% of the time we will have cell coverage, however we ask that you restrict personal communication to onshore time.

We have a detailed seabag checklist for you to follow and check off.

We are always in our final port 24 hours before the end of the expedition in order to clear customs and sign crew off, but ask that you not schedule your return flight earlier than 3 PM on the final day of the expedition. Before returning home many expedition members plan a night ashore to relax and explore.

Michael.henrichs@travelctm.com 1-877-429-5787 helps many of our expedition members with air and hotel reservations.

It is important, if possible. Not only does the seminar prepare you for the expedition, but if you’re planning an offshore cruise on your own boat the seminar will save you time and money.

SEA BAG LIST

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Sea bag Checklist [PDF]