We are now accepting applications for WINTER SEASON sail training expeditions in the CARIBBEAN SEA and there is limited space on our autumn offshore passages to the Caribbean aboard our Robert Perry designed, Norseman 447, Rocinante. For each expedition, we will select four or five adventurous crew members to join us for a rigorous voyage.
Winter Season In the Caribbean Sea
Beginning in January 2016, we will be offering sail training in the Caribbean. Our first trip will be in and out of St. Martin in the Leeward Islands. We’ll explore this cluster of islands in the North East Caribbean. Their proximity makes for great sailing. It’s a little more challenging than sailing the BVI’s or USVI’s but with plenty of opportunity for anchoring and enjoying the sights, sounds and snorkeling. An overnight passage will allow us to explore further, and practice our night navigation skills. All courses include hands on sail training, navigation, seamanship, leadership and emergency procedure practice.
Other Caribbean expeditions will work our way down the island chain as far south as Grenada. Check our full schedule for details.View Schedule
Fall Passages to Caribbean
Beginning in September we will be offering offshore passage opportunities. These expeditions vary in length form 10-12 days. We factor in plenty of time for weather delays. You’ll gain valuable sail handling experience, use the SSB for weather and email, learn celestial navigation, practice safety drills, perfect your understanding of the Monitor Windvane, and of course there will be plenty of opportunity to get into the groove of a real offshore passage. We will also be conducting scientific research and making regular short stops to deploy equipment and sensors. A perfect opportunity to perfect our heaving-to skills! As always we stress safety, communication and leadership skills.View Schedule
Summer Season in Maine
Learn to sail this season with Morse Alpha in our favorite cruising grounds. Scattered along the northeast coast are cozy anchorages that can be isolated or adjacent to a charming picturesque town. The granite seashore is rugged and beautiful and offers many natural sailing challenges such as thick fog, hidden rocks, dramatic weather patterns, fast-flowing currents, and a steep tidal change. Your training voyage is sure to include early mornings wake ups, rugged training drills, cozy accommodations, and most certainly an adventure like none other.
We only take 4-5 students, and you can be assured of a thorough, customized & personalized program. You’ll get hands on experience in ALL aspects of sailing, navigation, living aboard, systems and safety.
Each crew member is expected to take part in all the daily responsibilities aboard including steering, navigating, standing watch, cooking, and anchoring, to name a few. And despite a full curriculum of daily lessons, practical skills training, and drills, I’m sure we will find time for a dip in the chilly waters or a mountain hike, and trip out to the Gulf of Maine’s banks & ledges where marine mammals come to feed in summer months.View Schedule
Learn to Sail with Our Unique Approach
What is unique about Morse Alpha sail training program is that not only will you learn the technical skills required to cruise aboard a boat safely and efficiently, but you’ll also be trained in communication, leadership, the role of the captain, and creating a shipboard culture of positive camaraderie. Our goal is that every crew member walks away with sailing skills, real life leadership skills, and a feeling that they all got there together. We only take 4-5 students, and you can be assured of a customized, personalized program, not a cookie cutter curriculum we have to rush through.
No experience is required, only an adventurous spirit and desire to learn. Because we want to keep the training effective and highly personal, we are limiting the crew size to only four or five. Apply early to reserve your berth.
Here’s a video we put together of a recent training delivery. The idea for Morse Alpha Sail Training Expeditions grew from our training deliveries, and this video should give you an idea of what you can expect.
We learned so much and had a great time! We can’t say enough great things about Teresa and Ben’s sailing, people, and teaching skills, attitude, modeling, easiness to be with, and more. With no exaggeration, this was a life-changing experience for us. We unreservedly recommend that anyone who is making the leap to live-aboard sailing or anyone who wants to go to the next level with their sailing skills consider working with Teresa and Ben!
— Dorothy Mammen