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2019 2020

BERTH AVAILABILITY
Updated Feb. 13, 2019

2019
Leg 1: FILLED, 1 wait list
Leg 2: 2 berths available
Leg 3: 3 berths available
Leg 4: 3 berths available
Leg 5: 2 berths available
Leg 6: 3 berths available
Leg 7: 3 berths available
Leg 8: 2 berths available

2020
Leg 1: 4 berths available
Leg 2: 3 berths available
Leg 3: 5 berths available
Leg 4: 4 berths available
Leg 5: 6 berths available
Leg 6: 6 berths available
Leg 7: 4 berths available


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1

Auckland, N.Z.; Rurutu, Papeete, Tahiti


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Valuable storm sailing and weather plotting is guaranteed on the edge of the Roaring Forties in an area of fast-moving fronts before blast reaching up to Rurutu. This leg has proven as challenging as our 1996 Cape Horn-Antarctica expeditions, often providing winds up to 65 knots on the 14 times we've previously sailed it. Rarely visited and exotic Rurutu in the Austral Islands provides a delightful introduction to tropical cruising.

Total distance: 2,700 miles.

Similar legs: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 1999, 1998

May 9-29, 2019
3 weeks
$8000
FILLED, 1 wait list

 

2

Papeete, Tahiti; Rarotonga, Cook Islands


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Leg 2 offers a comprehensive overview of tropical passage making starting with an afternoon sail to Moorea, an overnighter to Huahine, then day sails to Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti. Once we reach tiny Mopelia, you’ll be well prepared for the 550-mile passage across the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) to Rarotonga, Mahina Tiare’s homeport.

Total distance: 900 miles.

Similar legs: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1998

June 11-July 2, 2019
3 weeks
$8000
2 berths available

 

3

Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Apia, Samoa


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Following a fast 260 mile broad reach from Rarotonga we'll visit tiny Palmerston Atoll, the smallest inhabited island in the Pacific, before blasting off on a fast 300 mile reach to uninhabited and awash Beveridge Reef. An overnight sail brings us to Niue and after enjoying a couple days of training plus cycling, snorkeling and exploring, we sail 360 miles to Apia. Leg 4 provides valuable coral piloting and anchoring plus heavy weather experience in reinforced trades often reaching 35-45 knots.

Total distance 1,150 miles.

Similar legs: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1998

July 10-23, 2019
12 Days $4,500
3 berths available

 

4

Apia, Samoa; Wallis; Rotuma, Lautoka, Fiji


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 Exhilarating sailing, gorgeous tropical islands and four distinctly different cultures make this expedition an excellent overview of South Pacific cruising. Poorly charted waters, strong currents, numerous reefs and occasionally strong, squally weather in the SPCZ provide maximum learning potential.

Total distance: 1,100 miles.

Similar legs: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1998, 1997

Aug 2-17, 2019
15 days
$6000
3 berths available

 

5

Lautoka, Rotuma, Fiji; Sola, Luganville, Vanuatu


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Fast downwind sailing, navigational and piloting challenges plus several first-time landfalls with very unusual cultures make this leg very special. After clearing into Vanuatu, we look forward to exploring the remote Banks Island group before.

Total distance: 1,100 miles.

Similar legs: None! This will be the first expedition.

Sept 4-18, 2019
2 weeks
$6000
2 berths available

 

5

Luganville, Vanuatu; Noumea, New Caledonia


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If you’re looking for demanding navigation, both upwind and downwind passages and unusual islands, this is it! We’ll sail south through Vanuatu, a culturally diverse island group before tackling the difficult Havannah Pass entrance to Noumea.

Total distance: 550 miles.

Similar legs: None! This will be the first expedition.

Sept.27-Oct 5, 2019
8 days
$3500
3 berths available

 

5

Noumea, New Caledonia; Brisbane, Australia


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Heavy weather sailing in fast-moving weather systems plus challenging mid-ocean anchorage provide a wide range of experiences. After rounding New Zealand’s Cape Reinga and clearing customs in Opua, we’ll enjoy day sails south to Auckland with brisk westerly winds, anchoring in a different cove each afternoon providing time for practicing skills, hiking and swimming.

Total distance: 1000 miles

Similar legs: 2012, 2011

Oct.15-25,
2019
10 days
$5000
3 berths available

 

5

Brisbane, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand


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During our 2010 & 2011 passages we learned this Tasman Sea crossing frequently provides very dynamic and difficult weather patterns resulting in valuable heavy weather experience. After rounding New Zealand's Cape Reinga and clearing customs in Opua, we'll enjoy day sails south to Auckland with brisk westerly winds, anchoring in a different cove each afternoon providing time for practicing skills, hiking and swimming.

Total distance: 1500 miles

Similar legs:  2012, 2011

 

Nov. 4-22, 2019
18 days
$7000
2 berths available

 

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1

Auckland, N.Z.; Rurutu, Papeete, Tahiti

Valuable storm sailing and weather plotting is guaranteed on the edge of the Roaring Forties in an area of fast-moving fronts before blast reaching up to Rurutu. This leg has proven as challenging as our 1996 Cape Horn-Antarctica expeditions, often providing winds up to 65 knots on the 14 times we’ve previously sailed it. Rarely visited and exotic Rurutu in the Austral Islands provides a delightful introduction to tropical cruising.

Total distance: 2,700 miles.

Similar legs: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 1999, 1998

May 14-June 03, 2020
3 weeks
$8000
4 berths available

 

2

Papeete, Tahiti; Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Leg 2 offers a comprehensive overview of tropical passage making starting with an afternoon sail to Moorea, an overnighter to Huahine, then day sails to Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti. Once we reach tiny Mopelia, you’ll be well prepared for the 550-mile passage across the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) to Rarotonga, Mahina Tiare’s homeport.

Total distance: 900 miles.

Similar legs: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1998

June 16-July 7, 2020
3 weeks
$8000
3 berths available

 

3

Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Apia, Samoa

Following a fast 260-mile broad reach from Rarotonga we’ll visit tiny Palmerston Atoll, the smallest inhabited island in the Pacific, before blasting off on a fast 300-mile reach to uninhabited and awash Beveridge Reef. An overnight sail brings us to Niue and after enjoying a couple days of training plus cycling, snorkeling and exploring, we sail 360 miles to Apia. Leg 4 provides valuable coral piloting and anchoring plus heavy weather experience in reinforced trades often reaching 35-45 knots.

Total distance 1,150 miles.

Similar legs: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1998

July 16-31, 2020
2 weeks $6000
5 berths available

 

4

Apia, Samoa; Wallis; Rotuma, Lautoka, Fiji

Exhilarating sailing, gorgeous tropical islands and four distinctly different cultures make this expedition an excellent overview of South Pacific cruising. Poorly charted waters, strong currents, numerous reefs and occasionally strong, squally weather in the SPCZ provide maximum learning potential. Total distance:

Total distance: 1,100 miles.

Similar legs: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1998, 1997

Aug 10-24, 2020
14 days
$6000
4 berths available

 

5

Lautoka, Rotuma, Fiji; Sola, Luganville, Vanuatu

Fast downwind sailing, navigational and piloting challenges plus several first-time landfalls with very unusual cultures make this leg very special. After clearing into Vanuatu, we look forward to exploring the remote Banks Island group before.

Total distance: 1,100 miles.

Similar legs: 2019

Sept 10-24, 2020
14 days
$6000
4 berths available

 

5

Luganville, Vanuatu; Noumea, New Caledonia

If you’re looking for demanding navigation, both upwind and downwind passages and unusual islands, this is it! We’ll sail south through Vanuatu, a culturally diverse island group before tackling the difficult Havannah Pass entrance to Noumea.

Total distance: 550 miles.

Similar legs: 2019

Oct 1-Oct 9, 2020
8 days
$3500
6 berths available

 

5

Noumea, New Caledonia; Norfolk Is., New Zealand

Heavy weather sailing in fast-moving weather systems plus challenging mid-ocean anchorage provide a wide range of experiences. After rounding New Zealand’s Cape Reinga and clearing customs in Opua, we’ll enjoy day sails south to Auckland with brisk westerly winds, anchoring in a different cove each afternoon providing time for practicing skills, hiking and swimming.

Total distance: 1,200 miles

Similar legs: 2012, 2011

Oct 23-Nov 6,
2020
14 days
$7000
6 berths available

 

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