Escape, disconnect from the outside world, and sail. In this college-only program, you will explore the breathtaking Maine coast by open boat. Sailing windward takes teamwork and skill, navigation is complex at night, and picking a route through shallow flats can be very challenging, yet rewarding. You will cruise under sail or oars (if there is no wind) all day. Days start with a morning dip, breakfast and a meeting to listen to the weather forecast, then planning a route. Once the anchor is raised you will row or sail all day taking turns navigating, handling lines, steering, etc. In the evening your group will set the anchor, furl the sails or stow the oars and begin cooking dinner and rigging the sleeping tarp. Throughout the night, everyone takes a shift awake at anchor watch making sure all is well and maybe journaling a bit, while the sleeping crew rocks gently to the motion of the boat.
In this sailing program, a 30-foot open sailboat is your home and classroom. The boats are rigged to take full advantage of the power of the Maine coast breezes, yet when the winds do not cooperate, the boats can be rowed by two or four people pulling on oars. At night your group will configure the boat as a floating sleeping platform, and take turns doing anchor watch under brilliant night skies.
The intricate and indented shoreline of the coast of Maine is unique along the North Atlantic seaboard. It is known for the picturesque beauty of it bays and harbors, rocky islands and relative lack of development. The course will begin at our Sea Program base at Wheeler's Bay in St. George, Maine.
The coast of Maine is rich in history. The islands still hold evidence of the Abenaki Indians, early Europeans used the islands for farming and timber, the quarrying of granite and centuries of fishing. Natural history is also abundant. The coast is home to a wide range of sea birds, seals, porpoise and the occasional whale. The many islands were once the peaks of a sunken mountain range, and the geology reflects its volcanic origins.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.