COSTA RICA TO ACAPULCO, MEXICO ... This 12-day sail-training expedition is the FOURTH 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.
Departing from Punta Arenas, we'll sail off the northwestern coast of COSTA RICA towards MEXICO. The sailing along this coast provides a unique set of challenges; one being jet winds that funnel through mountain passes in the Cordillera. The well known Papagayo jet is one example of this phenomenon, which will just be coming off of its seasonal peak. Paul Exner will empower the team to be acutely aware of the current and forecasted weather, and the potential impact it has on the expedition.
Facing these challenges will result in an exciting and rewarding adventure; that's what Modern Geographic Sailing is all about! Maintaining a proper speed, course, and handling the potentially constant changes in weather will be on the minds of each crew member, as they rotate through the responsibility of Watch Captain.
This route includes a few anchorages throughout Central America, along with proper off-shore Pacific Ocean sailing.
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.
COSTA RICA TO ACAPULCO ... March 29 to April 10; $5,100/person; 1050nm