ur challenging program offers an educational experience for people of all levels who want to prepare for anything from weekenders to long-term cruising and ocean passagemaking. We’ve got an exciting 2020 season planned and we’ll be sailing over 2,500nm. We’re heading back to our favorite cruising grounds and making a number of offshore passages. We’ll be starting off in Annapolis and sailing Rocinante north along some classic east coast routes. Then, we’ll spend the summer in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. The instructors of Morse Alpha Expeditions have sailed to many parts of the world, and we still agree that setting a course for the northeast provides some of the most robust educational experiences and beautiful cruising grounds.

Offshore Passages
Offshore passage making combined with coastal hopping… the bread and butter of cruising! You’ll get the best of both worlds; a few overnights, standing watch offshore, intense coastal piloting, and skill-building drills. These multi-day ocean passage expeditions will be transit waters where staying focused on watch is imperative. We’ll be route planning and sharing weather reports with you even before the expedition begins, so you can learn the process in detail. You’ll experience heavy commercial traffic, ocean waves, big tides and currents, variable bathymetry, rapidly shifting weather, and of course, “Land-Ho!”

Rugged Maine Coast
The coast is where all the action and challenge is: commercial traffic, rocks, tides and currents. Maine is one of the most difficult areas to sail in the US, notorious for huge tides and thick fog—but the beauty is unbeatable! Our Rugged Maine Coast expeditions are based out of Rockland, ME. Even before the expedition begins, we’ll be sharing weather forecasts with you to help you understand the forecast and planning process. These expeditions feature long days of lessons, planning, navigation, drills, scenarios and fun. We’ll sail among the islands, ledges, and schooners of Maine’s bold coast, probably encountering fog and other challenges along the way. You’ll also have the opportunity to stand watch and sail at night in unprotected waters. We’ll return to Rockland a week later.

Please enroll by the early registration date to avoid the late registration fee of $100. 

Northbound Offshore:
MoA 201 • May 23–30 • 8 Days: Annapolis MD – Newport RI  $2985
MoA 202 • June 6–13 • 8 Days: Newport RI – Rockland ME  $2985

Early Summer New England Offshore & Coastal Maine:
Early registration date: May 11, 2020
MoA 203 • June 21–26 • 6 Days: Coastal Maine, Rockland  $2485 details
MoA 204 • July 11–18  • 8 Days: Cape Cod Circumnavigation $2985 details

Nova Scotia Offshore Expeditions:
Early registration date: June 15, 2020
MoA 205 • July 26–Aug 1 • 7 Days: Rockland ME – Halifax  $2985 waitlist  details
MoA 206 • Aug 2–8 • 7 Days: Halifax – Rockland ME  $2985 waitlist details

August New England Offshore, Coastal & Down East Maine:
Early registration date: July 13, 2020
MoA 207 • Aug 16–21 • 6 Days: Coastal Maine, Rockland  $2485 waitlist details
MoA 211 • Aug 23–29  • 7 Days: Offshore to Cape Cod $2985 *NEW*
MoA 208 • Aug 30–Sept 5  • 7 Days: Down East & Bay of Fundy $2985

September Coastal & Down East Maine:
Early registration date: August 7, 2020
MoA 209 • Sept 6–12  • 7 Days: Down East & Bay of Fundy  $2985 details
MoA 210 • Sept 20–25 • 6 Days: Coastal Maine, Rockland  $2485 details

If these dates don’t work with your schedule, please get in touch with us. We may have flexibility.


(1) Fill out the Application Form
(2) Make a $300/person deposit via PayPal

Fill Out Application Pay $300 Deposit


Thinking about signing up for an expedition, but want to know more first? Talk face-to-face with one or more of your instructors at our virtual Hangouts and live Meet-ups. We host regular Get To Know the Program Hangouts and Events Check out the schedule here.

We also offer customized charters, private instruction on your boat, and do yacht deliveries. Contact us to find out more.