BVI TO COLON, PANAMA ... This 12-day sail-training expedition is the FIRST of a three month journey to Hawaii aboard the SV Solstice as we sail her 6,200 nautical miles to get there. You can join the Modern Geographic Team by signing up for any of SIX expeditions beginning February 21, 2018 in the British Virgin Islands, and ending May 20th in Honokohau, HI ... after that, you can join a variety of Hawaiian-based expeditions beginning the summer of 2018.
The big island of Hawaii will become the new base-of-operation for the Exner family and Modern Geographic Sailing, a location ideally suited for inter-island sail-training within the State of Hawaii, or to remote islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
We begin this EPIC JOURNEY by departing from Tortola, BVI; the anticipated land-falls during the BVI TO PANAMA expedition are: 1) Frederiksted, St. Croix; 2) Ponce, Puerto Rico; 3) Orangested, Aruba; and, 4) Colon, Panama. This route includes a few anchorages in the northern Lesser Antilles, a proper-crossing of the Caribbean Sea, and a challenging leg along the north-shore of South America, with the final destination being Central America. There is significant opportunity during this expedition to experience a massive-variety of meteorological conditions, cultural climates, sailing angles, and opportunity for seamanship experience and practice ... all under the expert guidance and leadership of Paul Exner, aboard the SV Solstice.
Paul's philosophy for ocean sail-training is rooted in belief that a series of short (1 to 3-day) legs offers incredible opportunity for sailors to gain mastery of the technical-art-of-ocean-sailing, mostly because the general tasks of making land-fall and departing-for-sea are best assimilated by doing them repeatedly in different locales and under varying oceanographic conditions so the full gambit of seamanship topics can be experienced and navigated first-hand.
Every sail-training expedition utilizes the Modern Geographic Sailing Curriculum (developed over the course of Paul Exner's 40+ years of broad and serious exposure to "sailing"). Using this curriculum, Paul guides each sailor along their path to master the technical-art-of-ocean-sailing, reinforced frequently by technical discussions with the whole team to ensure that the information learned during the expedition is well founded. Please contact Paul with any inquiry you have about your goals for the expedition, or questions about the Curriculum.
BVI TO COLON, PANAMA ... February 21 to March 5; $5,100/person; 1,150nm