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Coastal Cruising Seamanship

A week of cruising on the coast of Maine aboard two classics.


  •   Onboard VELA: $1,300
  •   Onboard ACTRESS: $1,550
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Over the years we’ve learned that the best way to discover the pleasures and develop the skills of cruising under sail is to sail off in the right boat with the right skipper. This season we are again proud to offer four liveaboard courses on board two classic vessels.

Students can choose between the 75’ Murray Peterson-designed brigantine ACTRESS, with Hans Vierthaler as your instructor, and the 50’ Havilah Hawkins-designed gaff sloop VELA skippered by the designer himself. Both are beautiful examples of a bluewater sailing vessel, and a great boat on which to learn about sailing. Each is designed to provide the maximum of comfort and seaworthiness, and can accommodate students in a safe, spacious manner.

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Hans Vierthaler and Havilah Hawkins are both seasoned, proven, and enthusiastic sailors, who have spent a good portion of their lives sailing and living aboard boats. Each instructor will create a custom-tailored course in which you will be patiently coached toward the next level in your sailing career—whether it be skippering a vessel on your own, or crewing with increased confidence, competence, and enjoyment. Everyone shares in the responsibilities of the cruise, including skippering, navigating, and cooking. There’s time, too, to savor the pleasures that cruising is all about—feeling a well-found vessel moving through a seaway, experiencing the peace and freedom of life at sea, and slipping into quiet anchorages each night. There will even be opportunities to row ashore and explore some of the beautiful islands that are part of Maine’s gorgeous coast.

This is a rare opportunity to learn anything and everything you wish to about the complex subject of big-boat cruising, and we’re very pleased to have the chance to offer it to you. Sign up for a truly great adventure under sail!