These courses are ideal for people of all levels who want to prepare for anything from weekend trips to long term cruising. It is a challenging program… remember the coast is where all the action is: heavy commercial traffic, rocks, tides and currents. We have chosen one of the most difficult areas to sail in the US, where squalls, big tides, and fog are the norm. On days when the weather doesn’t challenge you, we will “stir the pot” with a few drills and scenarios. But if dangerous weather is approaching, such as a hurricane or lightning, we will seek a secure anchorage – which will give you the opportunity to stand anchor watch in a crazy storm! If you are planning to cruise long distances, any of these courses are ideal.
To reserve a spot you need to fill out the application form and also make a $300/person deposit. So be sure to do both!
Rugged Maine Coast Expeditions
Mo(A) 181 • July 15 – July 21 • $2495
Our signature course, features long days of lessons, planning, navigation, drills, scenarios and fun. We’ll sail down east among the islands, ledges, and schooners of Maine’s rugged coast, hopefully encountering fog along the way. You’ll get a sense of watch-keeping and sailing overnight in unprotected waters and return to Rockland a week later. Waitlist Apply
Mo(A) 182 • Aug 18 – Aug 24 • $2495
Our signature course, features long days of lessons, planning, navigation, drills, scenarios and fun. We’ll sail down east among the islands, ledges, and schooner of Maine’s rugged coast, hopefully encountering fog along the way. You’ll get a sense of watch-keeping and sailing overnight in unprotected waters and return to Rockland a week later.Waitlist Apply
Mo(A) 183 • Aug 25 – Sept 2 • $2895
Rockland, ME to Huntington, NY
Plan to sail overnight past Monhegan as we set our course for Cape Cod. Hopefully we’ll see whales off Stellwagen Bank. We’ll surely meet a few ships in the Boston shipping lanes and in the Cape Cod canal. We might drop the hook in Block Island or Newport so we catch the currents just right at The Race. We’ll finish up by sailing through Ben’s hometown waters – Long Island Sound. (Approx. 300 nm) Waitlist Apply
Mo(A) 184 • Sept 29 – Oct 6 • $2895
Huntington, NY to Annapolis, MD
After sailing through the busiest port on the east coast, and without a doubt hailing a tugboat or two on the VHF to arrange a passing, we’ll head down the coast of NJ, round Cape May and into Delaware Bay. We’ll need to time the current just right to make our way through the C&D Canal and arrive in time for The Annapolis Boat Show! We’ll stroll the show together, discussing boats, gear and the dream! (Approx. 300 nm) Waitlist Apply