What Makes Our Sail-Training Unique:
Morse Alpha Expeditions was born out of a need for quality leadership training in the recreational yachting world. Most sail-training programs focus on the essential hard skills. After years of experience in the professional maritime industry, we decided to not only cover sailing skills in a Morse Alpha Expedition but also emphasize crisis management, leadership, and professionalism. These are the skills that will keep you and your crew safely working together even in a crisis situation.
Our programs cover a broad curriculum of hard skills such as sail theory, weather, technology, voyage planning, first aid at sea, engines, traditional navigation, emergency drills (MOB, drogue, fire, etc), VHF protocol, RADAR, anchoring, and more. But it doesn’t stop there. We also discuss communication and leadership, bridge resource management (BRM), maritime law and conduct, etc.
Our philosophy is that even when you aren’t sailing a commercial vessel, you are still bound by the same laws, weather challenges, crew dynamics, and physical forces. Therefore, recreational sailing shouldn’t be taken lightly.
But on the flipside – we love to laugh, bake cookies on cold days, dip in the ocean, and have fun. On a Morse Alpha Expedition you might be woken in the middle of the night to stand anchor watch on deck, or you might be laughing over a bowl of popcorn after a hard days work. Morse Alpha Expeditions are the perfect balance of serious training and light-hearted fun.
About Your Instructors:
We are both USCG Licensed Captains (200/500 ton & 100 ton) and experienced educators. We have sailed a combined 100,000 nautical miles on over 50 different vessels ranging from 16′ to 530′, sail and power. We’ve delivered boats to and from the Caribbean, been across the Atlantic, circumnavigated Newfoundland and lived aboard during chilly New England winters. We both have worked on many sail training vessels in positions from dishwasher or deckhand to mate, engineer, chief medical officer or captain and we are committed to delivering a safe, fun, and educational passage. We have two decades of experience in sail training with advanced and novice crew. We’re both Outward Bound instructors, and former high school teachers. Ben has worked on a variety of commercial vessels including tugboats, ATBs, landing crafts, and supply boats. Teresa has been a Wilderness First Responder for over a decade and worked on the water search and rescue.
We’re not just sailors trying to make a living doing what we love—we are educators (and maritime professionals) who love to sail. We love teaching topics such as basic sail theory, weather, technology, voyage planning, first aid at sea, engine basics, traditional navigation & triangulation, VHF protocol, RADAR, anchoring, Rules of the Road, communication and leadership, bridge resource management, etc.
We are regular contributors to SAIL and Cruising World Magazines, and Teresa is a sought after speaker — watch Teresa’s TEDx talk here. You can read more about us at our blog sailingsimplicity.com and watch the trailer for our film One Simple Question about a sailing adventure in search of an iceberg.
Occasionally we cannot instruct a course and will hire a co-instructor. We always hire professional sailors with experience in sail-training. So far we have been able to hire other USCG licensed master’s with at least 5 years of professional sail-training experience.