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Coastal Cruising Seamanship

A week of cruising on the coast of Maine aboard ELSKOV.

Tuition: $1,600

Note: Previous big boat sailing experience is a prerequisite for this course.

Photo of ELSKOV at anchor.

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 an exciting liveaboard course onboard a beautiful classic vessel.

ELSKOV is a beautiful example of a bluewater sailing vessel, and a great boat on which to learn about sailing. She’s designed to provide the maximum of comfort and seaworthiness and can accommodate students in a safe, spacious manner.

Both of our instructors hold 100-Ton USCG licenses and have spent most of their lives as members of the wooden boat community. Queene Foster is a seasoned, proven, enthusiastic sailor who has spent a good portion of her life sailing and living aboard boats. Hans Vierthaler has spent over 25 years sailing the coast of Maine and running a charter business. Both Hans and Queene 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 might 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!

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