Our challenging sailing 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 2022 sailing school schedule includes an ocean passages to Newfoundland and back. We’ll spend the rest of the summer based out of our homeport, Rockland, cruising between Portland and Roque Island.

Coastal & Offshore Maine Sailing School 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.

4 Day Expeditions

These expeditions will begin and end in Rockland and sail beautiful Penobscot Bay. We run them just like our longer expeditions, and anchor in a different harbor each night. We’ll try to include an overnight sail as well. You will be learning to sail, and liveaboard. This is a great way to get a taste of the life and the experience and fit it into your busy schedule.

Offshore Sailing School Expeditions

Learn to Sail with Morse Alpha Expeditions Sailing School

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, probably some fog, and of course, “Land-Ho!”

Group Expedition Schedule:

MoA 221May 29–June 36 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland$2895 Waitlist
MoA 222June 12–176 Days Coastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland$28951 spot left
MoA 223July 5–139 DaysMaine to Newfoundland • 850nm$4595Waitlist
MoA 224 July 15 –2310 DaysNewfoundland to Maine • 850nm$4595Waitlist
MoA 225August 4-74 DaysCoastal Maine, Rockland$1695Waitlist
MoA 226  August 9–146 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland $2895Waitlist
MoA 227September 4–74 DaysCoastal Maine, Rockland$16952 spots left
MoA 228 September 18–236 DaysCoastal & Offshore Maine, Rockland$28951 spot left

To Reserve Your Berth:

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

Private Expeditions:

We offer 4 and 5 day Rugged Maine Coast Expeditions, or a 5-day Coastal & Offshore Sailing 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.