Take the next step in realizing your sailing and cruising dreams with us aboard Rocinante.
Coastal and Offshore Sail Training Expeditions
For each expedition, we take four to five motivated and adventurous crew members aboard for a rigorous liveaboard sailing course. Our expeditions are designed for sailors at any level, and offer real-world experience and personalized education. Our goal is to share the skills and techniques we’ve employed during our 25+ year sailing (and merchant marine) careers that will help you sail farther, safer, and with more confidence.
What’s unique about the Morse Alpha sailing school is that not only will you learn the technical skills required to cruise 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 hardcore sailing and navigation skills, real life leadership skills, and a feeling that they all got there together. It’s hands-on training 24/7, and you will learn to run all aspects of the boat. Because we want to keep the training effective and highly personal, we only take 4-5 (sometimes 6) motivated students (+ 2 instructors). You can be assured of a customized, personalized program, not a cookie cutter curriculum we have to rush through that focuses on passing standardized tests. This is real world, hands-on, coastal and offshore sailing experience and education that will help you become more confident and competent.
Ben and Tara were exceptional teachers. They approached the week by giving you upfront lessons on important skills or knowledge and then filled the days with hands on experience. The freedom and space you have to learn by doing and by sailing with your crew was incredible.
– Rachel, MoA 232
This course was everything I had hoped for and then some! Ben is an exceptional instructor and has put together a very organized schedule. The daily musters gave us the chance to say our goals each day, and he made sure we met those goals to get the most out of the course.
– Brad, MoA 226
I learned more than I could have hoped about how to plan a voyage, navigating without electronics, and dealing with all sorts of weather, and had an absolute blast while doing it. Ben and Courtney were excellent teachers – clear, patient, and always keeping it fun.
We started doing these during COVID times, and really enjoyed doing them! But don’t worry, we don’t do many, so we’re not burned out! Come aboard Rocinante, our Norseman 447 (she’s 44′ 7″ long) for a lovely private day sail around Rockland, Owls Head, and West Penobscot Bay. Call or text Teresa if you want to plan the details of your amazing Maine sailing adventure.