2023, 2024 & 2025 MAHINA OCEAN EXPEDITIONS

2023 expeditions will be conducted on three boats in three geographical locations: the Scottish Isles, the wild west coast of Vancouver Island and in New Zealand. Over a 10-day expedition you’ll sail approximately 300 – 450 miles, completing at least one 150-mile overnight passage while learning to deal with huge tides and current (except in NZ) in dramatic and remote cruising areas.

2024 expeditions will be conducted in Scotland (same as 2022 & 2023) and mid-Atlantic in the Azores which I think are one of the most fabulous island groups in the world to explore under sail.

You’ll master traditional, celestial and electronic navigation, storm tactics, Lifesling overboard rescue and gain many valuable skills and experiences. Don’t hesitate to ask about the waiting list if the expedition you’re interested in is listed as filled, as I do get cancellations, particularly when some expeditions sell out nearly one year ahead.

AS OF JULY 20th, ALL 2022 EXPEDITIONS ARE SOLD OUT. Sorry.

Applications are coming in much earlier than normal for 2023 expeditions.

Price: $5,000 per berth.

Questions? Email me: sailing@mahina.com

2023 Scottish Isles

Starting in Oban, sailing through the Inner and Outer Hebrides, to St. Kilda, the Orkney Islands, Fair Isle and as far north as Shetland aboard an Elan 43. Some of the best sailing and cruising grounds in the world. Similar expeditions in 2022 were very successful and a bit breezy. If you’re after heavy weather experience, these legs are THE BEST!
Price: $5,000 per person.

Leg 1 – 2023: April 23-May 2: Oban, Barra, St Kilda, Stornoway:

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3 berths available


Leg 2 – 2023: May 4-13: Stornoway, Fair Isle, Kirkwall (Orkney):

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4 berths available


Leg 3 – 2023: May 15-24: Kirkwall, Fair Isle, Shetland, Stornoway:

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4 berths available


Leg 4 – 2023: May 25-June 3: Stornoway, Skye, Oban:

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3 berths available


Cancellations regularly occur and all you need to do to be wait listed is send in an application, without deposit.

IDENTICAL PROGRAMS OFFERED IN 2024 IN SCOTLAND and the dates all start and end one day earlier.

2023 Pacific Northwest

British Columbia and Washington aboard Obelix, a Garcia Exploration 45.

Price: $5,000 per person.

Leg 5 – 2023: July 8 – 17: Bellingham, WA up the Inside Passage to Port Hardy, BC (northern end of Vancouver Island)

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3 berths available


Leg 6 – 2023: July 19 – 28: Port Hardy, BC down the wild and rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, through the San Juans to end in Bellingham, WA.

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3 berths available


Leg 7 – 2023: September 2 – 11: Bellingham, WA 1/3 the way up the wild west coast of Vancouver Island to Ucluelet, BC

Weather permitting, we plan to again sail as far north as Nootka Sound, before heading south to Ucluelet.

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5 berths available


Leg 8 – 2023: September 13 – 22: Ucluelet, BC to Bellingham, WA

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Weather permitting, we plan to again sail north towards Nootka Sound allowing us a long overnight passage coming south.

6 berths available

2023 New Zealand

This is the perfect time of year to be sailing in New Zealand’s northern sub-tropical waters when the water is warm enough for daily swimming and snorkeling. You’ll fly in and out of Auckland, and I’ll provide information on joining and departure ports. Weather permitting, we hope to sail as far north as Whangaroa and as far west as Great Barrier Island. The vessel will be similar to the one I use in Scotland. These expeditions will likely sell out first
Price: $5,000 per person.

Leg 9 – 2023: October 28 – November 6

3 berths available


Leg 10 – 2023: November 13 – 22

3 berths available

2024 Scottish Isles

Starting in Oban, sailing through the Inner and Outer Hebrides, to St. Kilda, the Orkney Islands, Fair Isle and as far north as Shetland aboard an Elan 43. Some of the best sailing and cruising grounds in the world! Similar expeditions in 2022 were very successful.
Price: $5,000 per person.

Leg 1 – 2024: April 21-30: Oban, Barra, St Kilda, Stornoway:

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6 berths available


Leg 2 – 2024: May 2-11: Stornoway, Fair Isle, Kirkwall (Orkney):

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6 berths available


Leg 3 – 2024: May 13-22: Kirkwall, Fair Isle, Shetland, Stornoway:

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6 berths available


Leg 4 – 2024: May 23-June 1: Stornoway, Skye, Oban:

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6 berths available


Cancellations regularly occur and all you need to do to be wait listed is send in an application, without deposit.

IDENTICAL PROGRAMS OFFERED IN 2025 IN SCOTLAND and the dates all start and end one day earlier.

2024 Azores Islands

Starting in Horta, on Faial Island my goal will be to visit each of the nine islands providing at least one 100-150 mile ocean passage on each expedition. These islands have clear water, warm enough for snorkeling every day, great hiking trails, active volcanos, fascinating culture, cheese and wine tasting and are among my favorite in the world.

Between 2000 and 2020 I conducted many expeditions in and through the Azores and I’m very excited about sharing these gorgeous, non-touristy islands with expedition members.

Price: $5,000 per person.

Leg 5 – 2024: August 31-September 9

6 berths available


Leg 6 – 2024: September 11-20

6 berths available


Leg 7 – 2024: September 22-October 1

6 berths available


Leg 8 – 2024: October 3-12

6 berths available


Cancellations regularly occur and all you need to do to be wait listed is send in an application, without deposit.

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