2024 & 2025 MAHINA OCEAN EXPEDITIONS

2024 & 2025 expeditions will be conducted in the Scottish Isles and New Zealand (same as 2022 & 2023).

Over a 10-day expedition you’ll sail approximately 300 miles, completing at least one 100-mile overnight passage while learning to deal with huge tides and currents and uncharted rocks (except in NZ) in dramatic and remote cruising areas.

Scotland stands out in my mind as the finest venue in the world for this type of sail-training because of the volatile weather conditions, lack of crowds, fabulous history and natural beauty.

New Zealand is equally beautiful with sub-tropical start-of-summer conditions that are a little less dynamic the Scottish Isles. We’ll be snorkeling most every day in crystal-clear water.

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.

Questions? Email John Neal: sailing@mahina.com

2024 Scottish Isles

Scotland stands out in my mind as the finest venue in the world for this type of sail-training because of the volatile weather conditions, huge tides and currents, unmarked dangers, fabulous history, lack of crowds and natural beauty.

We start in Oban, sailing through the Inner and Outer Hebrides, to St. Kilda, Skye and Orkney aboard an Elan 434.
Similar expeditions in 2022 & 23 were very successful.

Price: $5,000 per person.

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Leg 0 – 2024: May 1 – 10: Oban, Inner Hebrides, Barra, St. Kilda, Oban

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FILLED, 0 wait list

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Leg 1 – 2024: May 12 – 21: Oban, Barra, St Kilda, Stornoway

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FILLED, 0 wait list


Leg 2 – 2024: May 23 – June 1: Stornoway, Westray, Kirkwall

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FILLED, 0 wait list


Leg 3 – 2024: June 3 – 12: Kirkwall, Skye, Stornoway

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FILLED, 0 wait list


Leg 4 – 2024: June 13 – 22: Stornoway, Skye, Oban

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FILLED, 0 wait list


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

2024 New Zealand

New Zealand is beautiful, with sub-tropical start-of-summer conditions that are a little less dynamic than the Scottish Isles.

We’ll be snorkeling most every day in crystal-clear water.

Price: $6,000 per person

Leg 5 – 2024: Nov 9 – 17: Bay of Islands to Whangarei

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4 berths available


Leg 6 – 2024: Nov 20 – 29: Whangarei to Bay of Islands

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2 berths available


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

2025 Scottish Isles

Scotland stands out in my mind as the finest venue in the world for this type of sail-training because of the volatile weather conditions, huge tides and currents, unmarked dangers, fabulous history, lack of crowds and natural beauty.

We start in Oban, sailing through the Inner and Outer Hebrides, to St. Kilda, Skye, Orkney, Fair Isle and Shetland aboard an Elan 434.


Price: $6,000 per person.

Leg 1 – 2025: April 31 – May 9: Oban, Barra, St Kilda, Stornoway

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5 berths available


Leg 2 – 2025: May 11 – 20: Stornoway, Westray, Kirkwall

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5 berths available


Leg 3 – 2025: May 22-31: Kirkwall, Fair Isle, Lerwick

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6 berths available


Leg 4 – 2025: June 2 – 11: Lerwick, Fair Isle, Kirkwall

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6 berths available


Leg 5 – 2025: June 12 – 21: Kirkwall, 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.