HAWAI’I TO MOLOKA’I ... This 10-day sail-training expedition is the SECOND expedition of a three-part exploration series 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.
It’s time to take SV Solstice off the big island of Hawai’i to explore the islands of MAUI and MOLOKA'I. The team will take part in planning all aspects of this expedition, where plotting and sailing a safe passage will require special attention to detail. Paul Exner will teach and empower each team member, as we learn to properly explore unvisited destinations.
This expedition will require passage through the Alenuihāhā Channel that separates the islands of Hawai’i and Maui. Local weather effects produce heightened wind speeds and choppy seas. This 6,100 feet deep, 30 mile wide channel, produces a significant wind funnel effect. Navigating through it will be a challenge. Regardless of the sailing qualifications of each team member, Paul will ensure safe passage, while enabling each team member to take on leadership roles.
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.
HAWAI’I TO MOLOKA’I ... July 28 to August 7; $4,250/person