THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAI’I ... This 7-day sail-training expedition is the INAUGURAL expedition aboard SV Solstice, as we sail her from her new base-of-operation, on the big island of Hawai’i. You can join the Modern Geographic Team by signing up for any of our scheduled Hawaii expeditions, departing from Honokohau. This location is ideally suited for inter-island sail-training within the State of Hawaii, or to remote islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

This expedition is a chance to take part in Modern Geographic HISTORY. This is the first of many highly challenging adventures, focused on exploring the transcendingly beautiful Pacific landscape. We’ll explore 140 NM of lee shore on the western coast of THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAI’I. We’ll choose anchorages throughout the island, based on their safety, remoteness, and charm. 

Throughout the expedition, Paul Exner will work with each team member, as we take part in learning how to properly explore new locations. As always, we’ll spend most of our time practicing advanced seamanship skills, as we navigate SV Solstice through deep Pacific waters.

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.

THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAI’I ... June 30 to July 7; $2,985/person