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ur challenging program offers a sailing education experience for people of all levels who want to prepare for anything from weekenders to long-term cruising and ocean passage making. Our 2021 sailing schedule includes a number of ocean passages. We’ll be based out of our homeport, Rockland Maine and spend the summer cruising Down East Maine and beyond, plus some rendezvous’ with the Maine Windjammers for a few trips later in the season. But the exciting news is that Rocinante will be participating in the classic offshore sailing Marion to Bermuda Race!

Offshore sailing classes. 2021 Schedule and map of expeditions.

Offshore Sailing Expeditions

These multi-day passage expeditions transit challenging waters. Staying focused while 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 the offshore routine, commercial traffic, ocean waves, currents, rapidly shifting weather, and of course, “Land-Ho!”

Coastal & Offshore Expeditions

The coast is where all the action and challenge is: commercial traffic, rocks, tides and currents. New England is one of the most difficult areas to sail in the US, notorious for huge tides and thick fog—but the beauty is unbeatable! 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 complete a night travel. 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.

Coastal & offshore + Maritime Heritage Expeditions

Sail-training is our number one priority but Maine’s maritime heritage runs deep. These expeditions coincide with some pre-planned windjammer events and offer unique opportunities to experience the historical side of sailing. In addition to the normal sail-training curriculum we offer on our Coastal & Offshore Expeditions, we will try to time it right and sail amongst the 16 Maine Windjammers one day, as they converge and parade-under-sail before dropping anchor in harbor together.

Group Expedition Schedule:

MoA 210May 19–235 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland$2795waitlist
MoA 211June 1–66 DaysRockland to New Bedford • 200nm$2995private charter
MoA 212June 16–2611 DaysMarion to Bermuda Race • 650nm$4495waitlist
MoA 213 June 28–July 58 DaysBermuda to Rockland • 800nm$3595waitlist
MoA 214 July 18–236 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland$2795
MoA 215  July 25–306 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland$2795
MoA 216 August 8–136 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland$2795
MoA 217 August 15–206 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland$2795
MoA 218 August 30–September 46 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine + Maritime Heritage, Rockland$2795
MoA 219 September 12–176 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine + Maritime Heritage, Rockland$2795waitlist

To Reserve Your Berth:

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

Fill Out Application Pay $300 Deposit

Private Expeditions:

We offer 4 and 5 day Rugged Maine Coast Expeditions, or a 5-day Coastal & Offshore Expedition (includes an overnight passage). You’ll have the whole boat to yourself (minimum 2 people) and be able to choose your dates. We’ll work with you to create an itinerary to help you reach your goals. All private expeditions start and end in Rockland, ME

MoA PC4 • Dates TBD  • 4 Days: Private Rugged Maine Coast 
MoA PC5 • Dates TBD  • 5 Days: Private Rugged Maine Coast
MoA PO5 • Dates TBD  • 5 Days: Private Coastal & Offshore Maine 

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