Mahina Expeditions offers offshore sail-training expeditions, offshore cruising seminars and boat purchase consultation.

Mahina Expeditions offers offshore sail-training expeditions, offshore cruising seminars and boat purchase consultation.
LINDA & MIKE DAWKINS, LEG 8, 2003 EXPEDITION MEMBERS ARE LIVING THEIR DREAM!

They really stood out in our minds as equally dedicated to the dream of sharing a life of cruising and adventure. Coming from Southern California, Mike was a federal special agent with all kinds of crazy stories and scars and Linda had a successful software education business. Their boating experience was limited to motoring their powerboat back and forth to Catalina Island (didn't take them long to get bored with that) and a charter or two in warmer waters. What they shared was a love of travel and adventure, and a real interest in learning everything possible about their dream lifestyle. They took lots of courses at Orange Coast College in Newport Beach and went to every boat show available, researching boats and gear. They settled on ordering a new Hylas 49 which they were proud to have displayed in the Strictly Sail Pacific Oakland boat show last year. Hylas Yachts (Kyle Jachney especially) did an excellent job of building and delivering exactly the boat they were looking for, and when they met us in Acapulco last April we were very impressed with the build quality and impeccably laid out systems.

When we were visiting, Mike said one of the coolest things in his life had been to have their kids and young grandkids visit and spend time cruising with them in Mexico. They were looking forward to more cruising with grandkids and were heading to the Caribbean where it would be easy to make connections for family visiting them aboard Aquila.

Here's the latest: after transitting the Canal, they made a pit stop in Florida and now have crossed the Gulf Stream and just arrived in the Virgin Islands.

Hava a look at their excellent site: www.svaquila.com for more details and inspiration.
Hi John!
We're in St. Thomas now. We sailed here from Ft. Lauderdale in 8 days, and only had to motor for 2 of those days. We had a nice beam reach at 15 knots for most of the time. It was great! The only rough spot was the first 12 hours spent crossing the Gulf Stream. It was awful. The wind was a consistent 30+, gusting to 37 and waves were breaking over the cockpit. I was actually scared for the first time. I had to keep reminding myself that Mahina does this sort of thing all the time, that we have a worthy vessel, etc. etc. I did a lot of positive self-talk. I think I would be a basket case whenever we hit rough conditions if it weren't for the Mahina Expeditions that we did with you. That experience was invaluable to me and I'm forever grateful that we got that opportunity. It gave me the confidence I needed to be able to live this wonderful lifestyle and to know that we can handle the challenging conditions. Stay in touch! We love hearing from you. Linda Dawkins s/v Aquila


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