BLUEWATER PASSAGEMAKING HAWAII EXPEDITION ... This 10-day sailing instruction expedition makes bluewater-passage between BIG ISLAND, KAUAI, OAHU, MOLOKAI, and MAUI. This 600+ mile journey combines A LOT of sailing with safe-harbors to debrief between our inter-island passages. It’s the perfect bluewater expedition to get a blend of experience with overnight watch keeping, heavy weather sailing, coastal navigation, anchoring, complex bathymetry, and true offshore sailing. Expedition leader Paul Exner coaches you through the techniques and methods you’ll use to build an effective offshore-team; you’ll contribute to the expedition in all manners possible.
The Pacific Ocean can be a daunting and intimidating training ground; especially while sailing to unvisited destinations. Each sailor will come aboard Solstice feeling differently about their capabilities to successfully complete this passage. Regardless of previous sailing experience, the power of these sail-training expeditions is to create a safe, yet challenging environment, where each member is continually pushed outside of their comfort zone.
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.
BLUEWATER PASSAGEMAKING HAWAII EXPEDITION ... July 6 to 16 ... $4,995 per person