HAWAI’I SAIL-TRAINING ... This 10-day sail-training expedition departs from the Kailua Pier in Kailua-Kona on the big island of Hawaii. The team will take part in planning all aspects of this expedition's itinerary as we live-aboard the SV Solstice and explore Hawaii! Everything will be hands-on; from coastal navigation, piloting, night sailing, sail handling and more, will be guided in detail by Paul Exner as he empowers each team member to gain confidence and seamnaship-skill. 

This expedition will attempt to transverse the Alenuihāhā Channel between the islands of Hawai’i and Maui. Local weather effects here can produce heightened wind speeds and choppy seas. This 6,100' deep, 30 mile wide channel, produces a significant wind funnel effect that combines with ocean currents to create potentially extreme conditions. We'll prepare to cross this channel. Regardless of the sailing qualifications of each team member, Paul will ensure safe passage, while enabling each team member to take leadership roles and hands-on responsibilities.

Paul's philosophy for ocean sail-training is rooted in belief that sailors can 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.

HAWAI’I Sail-Training ... August 18-28; $4,250/person