Mahina Ocean, 2020 Expeditions offshore sail-training expeditions Washington

Mahina 2020 Offshore Services 7 Day Ocean Training

Mahina Ocean 2020 Expeditions

Mahina Ocean 2020 Expeditions are exciting offshore sail-training experiences that include mastering seamanship, navigation, and heavy weather tactics with the goal of preparing you for ocean cruising on your own boat.

These expeditions sail in our home waters of the Pacific NW as the coronavirus closures have meant we’re unable to sail our planned 2020 expeditions through the South Pacific.

0 Aug 7-14 $3,200 Sold Out
1 Sep 4-11 $3,000 Sold Out
2 Sep 11-18 $3,000 Sold Out
3 Sep 18-25 $3,000 Sold Out

You will sail a total of 400 miles with us aboard Misty, a Jeanneau 45 from Bellingham, WA out the Straits of Juan de Fuca and offshore into the Pacific Ocean to a point 100 miles WNW of Victoria, Canada.


In one week, you will

  • Daily receive 4-8 hours focused hands-on instruction
  • Sail a 175-mile passage out to sea in the North Pacific
  • Practice storm survival tactics
  • Experience ocean swells
  • Practice celestial navigation by taking a sun sight with a sextant and reducing it
  • Complete 3-hours of hands-on diesel and electrical training at the nation’s top marine technical college with only five other students
  • Practice Lifesling Overboard Retrieval
  • Learn how to utilize powerful tidal currents
  • Navigate inshore and offshore using both paper charts and the latest electronic navigation equipment
  • Accomplish reefing quickly and efficiently
  • Learn how to use modern satellite communication equipment to obtain weather forecasts
  • Make emergency sail repairs, both with needle and palm and a Sailrite machine
  • Learn how to conduct rig inspections including (optionally) going to the masthead
  • Become an experienced helmsperson and knowledgeable watch stander

Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to become totally competent in all aspects of operating, navigation and maintaining a modern cruising boat. Safety is paramount and we require the wearing of PFD/harness/tether while underway and the abstinence from alcohol aboard and a two drink limit ashore.
All expeditions start and end in Bellingham’s attractive Squalicum Harbor. The price of $3,000 per person ($3200 for Leg 0) includes both the 116-page Expedition Companion and 266-page Offshore Companion, delicious and healthy meals, boat fees, use of a new auto-inflate harness/vest/tether. It excludes two lunches and dinners ashore.

At the completion of this intensive ocean training expedition you’ll receive a certificate detailing the instruction you’ve received, and total miles sailed. This can help you qualify for offshore insurance for your own boat and frequently results in lower premiums.

The Jeanneau 45, Misty has five double cabins although we limit the expedition to two couples and two singles for a total of six students. Each couple will have their own cabin. Misty charters through San Juan Sailing whose excellent Cruise-n-Learn classes we’ve recommended since 1990. Graduates qualify for a 5% discount on future expeditions with Mahina Expeditions or charters with San Juan Sailing.


We ask expedition members to record their temperatures and oxygen levels daily starting two weeks before joining us and continuing daily through the expedition. We will send each expedition member a Pulse-Oximeter with their Offshore and Expedition Companion course books. Onboard we will daily provide new N-95 masks and gloves and will follow San Juan Sailing’s cleaning and disinfecting program.

Payment Schedule

Initial application deposit of $500 is refundable if your application is not accepted. Balance of payment ($2500 for Legs 1-3, $2700 for Leg 0) is due within seven days of acceptance. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Cancellation Policy

All fees are refundable if we can re-book your berth. If we’re unable to re-book your berth, your fees are applicable to a Mahina Expeditions berth within the next four years. If an expedition is cancelled because of COVID-19, your fees are applicable to a future Mahina Expeditions berth.

If you have any questions or would like to apply for a berth, contact Mahina Expeditions,, 360-378-7344.

Click HERE for to view Pacific Northwest Seabag list
Click HERE for our introductory YouTube Video
Click HERE to view current berth availability
Click HERE to download the application form
Click HERE to view our 2020 Expedition Sea Bag List
Click HERE for directions to Bellingham
Click HERE for to view Misty's layout and gear list
Click HERE to view our 2021 Mahina Expeditions South Pacific schedule
Click HERE to view our full expedition brochure
Click HERE to view Amanda and John's bios.

Click HERE to view our Mahina COVID Protocol and HERE to view our Mahina COVID Self-Assessment Survey and link to the attached docs.




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