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.
Eliminating coffee and black tea and increasing water intake to two liters daily for 2-3 weeks before the expedition greatly reduces your chance of seasickness and dehydration. If you think you may be prone to seasickness, read our Seasickness: Avoidance and Treatment and consider following the drug recommendations. We provide each expedition member with a 1-liter Fiji Water bottle.
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 some type of stretching/balance training like 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, Cook Islands, 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.
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 8 am on the final day of the expedition. Before returning home many expedition members plan a night ashore to relax and explore.
I’ll be happy to make recommendations for best methods of travel to reach your joining and departure points.