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2018

BERTH AVAILABILITY
Updated October 24, 2017

2017
Leg 5: FILLED, 0 wait list
Leg 6: FILLED, 0 wait list
Leg 7: FILLED, 0 wait list
Leg 8: FILLED, 0 wait list
Leg 9: FILLED, 0 wait list

2018
Leg 1: FILLED, 0 wait list
Leg 2: 2 berths available
Leg 3: FILLED, 0 wait list
Leg 4: 4 berths available
Leg 5: 1 berth available
Leg 6: 5 berths available


2019
Leg 1: 1 berth available
Leg 2: 4 berths available
Leg 3: 6 berths available
Leg 4: 6 berths available
Leg 5: 6 berths available
Leg 6: 6 berths available
Leg 7: 6 berths available


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1

Ellos, Sweden; Mandal, Norway; Fair Isle; Lerwick, Shetland (Scotland)


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From Ellos, (home of Hallberg-Rassy yard) From Ellos, (home of Hallberg-Rassy yard) our first passage of 135 miles is across the Skagerrak to Mandal, southernmost and sunniest place in Norway, before a 350 mile North Sea crossing to Kirkwall, Orkney. We'll stop at North Ronaldsay before sailing to Fair Isle and finally Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

This leg is not for the faint hearted and provides heavy weather challenges plus experience dodging oil rigs and fishing boats in an area of strong tidal currents.

Total distance: 600 miles

Similar expeditions: Leg 0 2016, Leg 3 2008.

May 1 - May 15, 2017
2 weeks
$6,000

 

2

Lerwick, Shetland; Faroes; St. Kilda, Oban, Scotland


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Challenging navigation, weather planning and exciting landfalls are highlights of Leg 2. Weather permitting, we plan passages to not only the remote Faroe Islands, but also to St. Kilda and Scotland's enchanting Outer Hebrides.

Total distance: 750 miles.

Similar expedition: Leg 4 2016.


 

May 24-June 7, 2017
2 weeks
$4,800

 

3

Oban, Scotland; Ireland; Falmouth, England


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Our first sail will be 30 miles SW to Colonsay, before setting sail on a 350 mile passage to Ireland's wild west coast and the Gaelic-speaking islands off the Connemara Peninsula we so dearly love. Weather permitting, we'll break the 360 mile passage from Ireland to Falmouth with our first-ever visit to the Scilly Isles.

Total distance: 900 miles

Similar expedition: Leg 6 2015.

 

June 17-July 1, 2017
2 weeks
$6,000

 

4

Falmouth, England; Lisbon, Portugal


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We'll watch for a good weather window for the 430 miles crossing the English Channel and Bay of Biscay to La Coruna, Spain. Spain and Portugal's coast provided daily 30+ knot northerly winds and excellent surfing conditions during our 2001 & 2008 expeditions.

 Serious heavy weather and navigational experience are guaranteed on this leg.

Total distance: 800 miles

Similar expedition: Leg 5 2008.

July 11-25, 2017
2 weeks
$4,800


 

5

Lisbon, Portugal; Gibraltar; Palma, Mallorca


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Departing Cascais, we plan a 150 mile passage to Vilamoura followed by 160 mile passage to Gibraltar. From Gib, we'll have a mix of overnight passages and day sails enroute to Formentera, Ibiza and Mallorca with several fascinating stops.

Total distance: 800 miles

 


August 3-17, 2017
2 weeks
$6000

 

5

Palma, Mallorca; Morocco; Lanzarote, Canaries


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After stops for snorkeling, hiking and exploring on Carbrera and Formentera Islands, we'll blast off on a 400 mile downwind passage to Tetouan, Morocco. Marina Smir will be our base for a couple days exploring Morocco before setting sail for Graciosa and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

Total distance: 1200 miles

 


Aug. 25-Sept. 12, 2017
18 days
$5,000

 

5

Lanzarote, Canaries; Antigua


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This is the big one, the Atlantic crossing! After an overnight sail to Las Palmas where we'll visit past expedition members preparing for the ARC, we set sail downwind for Jolly Harbour, Antigua.

Total distance: 3,000 miles.  

Similar expeditions: Leg 7 2008, Leg 8 2001.


Nov. 6-27, 2017
3 weeks
$8000
FILLED, 0 wait list

 

8

Antigua; San Blas Is., Panama


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Based on our 2001 & 2008 passages plus the Pilot Charts, be prepared for 1,200 miles of demanding downwind heavy weather sailing. Landfall at Panama's intriguing and colorful San Blas Islands reveals the magic of tropical island cruising and gives us the opportunity to again deliver requested school supplies and reading glasses.

Total Distance: 1,300 miles.

Similar expeditions: Leg 8 2008, Leg 9 2001.


Dec. 6-20, 2017
2 weeks
$6000
FILLED, 0 wait list

 

9

Panama Canal Transit


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Always wanted to transit the canal? Here's the opportunity, plus the chance to enjoy some great sailing and navigation experience as we sail to and celebrate New Year's at the gorgeous and isolated Las Perlas Islands, south of the Canal's Pacific entrance. 

Total distance: 200 miles.  


Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018
1 week
$2000
FILLED, 0 wait list

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For details from similar legs we sailed in visit 2002 & 2009

Routes for 2018 and 2018 Mahina Expeditio ns

1

Panama; Cocos; Clipperton; Hilo


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From Panama we sail 450 miles to Cocos Island. After a stop with incredible snorkeling and hiking we blast off on a 1,420 mile fast reach to uninhabited Clipperton Island, rumored to have buried treasure. The final 2,800 miles should provide fast and exciting downwind sailing. During our 2002 expedition we experienced more 200+ mile days than we've ever seen before or since! Plenty of time for learning all aspects of ocean voyaging, plus a lovely tropical landfall in Hilo.

Total distance: 4,650 miles.

Similar expeditions: Leg 1 2009, Leg 1 2002.

 

 

Jan. 12-Feb 11, 2018
30 days
$7000
FILLED, 0 wait list

 

2

Hilo, Hawaii; Papeete, Tahiti

We'll sail hard to gain easting before crossing the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) after which we will encounter SE trades. Challenges include close hauled to close reach sailing in the trades, low island landfall, coral piloting, pass navigation and anchoring. Following a couple days of snorkeling (optional scuba diving), hiking, bicycling and exploring Rangiroa, we'll try to break our previous record of sailing the last 200 miles to Tahiti in under 24 hours.

Total distance 2,450 miles.

Similar expeditions: Leg 2 2009, Leg 3 2004 and Leg 2 2002.

July 10-31, 2018
3 weeks
$8,000
2 berths available

 

3

Papeete, Tahiti; Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Leg 3 showcases the best sailing and most beautiful islands in the world. It offers a comprehensive overview of tropical passage making starting with an afternoon sail to Moorea, an overnighter to Huahine, and day sails to Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti. When we reach Mopelia, 150 miles W of Bora Bora, you'll be well prepared for the 550 mile passage across the SPCZ to Rarotonga, Mahina Tiare's homeport.

Total distance: 1,000 miles.

 

Aug. 10-31, 2018
3 weeks
$8000
FILLED, 0 wait list

 

4

Rarotonga, Cooks; Niue; Apia, Samoa

We'll start Leg 4 with a fast 450 mile reach to uninhabited and awash Beveridge Reef. After a day or two of teaching and snorkeling, an overnight sail brings us to Niue where we'll enjoy several days of instruction interspersed with cycling, snorkeling (optional scuba) and exploring before setting sail on the 360 mile passage to Apia. Leg 4 provides intense coral navigation, anchoring and heavy weather experience in the reinforced trades which often reach 35-45 knots in this area.

Total distance 1,200 miles.

Sept. 11-26, 2018
2 weeks
$6000
4 berths available

 

5

Apia, Samoa; Wallis & Futuna; Lautoka, Fiji

Great sailing conditions, stunning islands and three distinctly different cultures make this a perfect overview of tropical cruising. The most challenging navigation of the year is the 260 mile passage from isolated Futuna Island through the dangerous Nanuka Passage to clear customs in Savusavu, Fiji. Occasional stormy weather in the SPCZ, poorly charted waters with numerous reefs plus strong currents provide maximum learning potential.

Total distance: 870 miles.

 


Oct. 3-17, 2018
2 weeks
$6000
1 berth available

 

5

Lautoka, Fiji; Auckland, New Zealand

We'll watch for a weather window before blasting off on our most difficult ocean passage of the year, 1,100 miles south to Opua, NZ. We'll attempt complete this passage between the often-powerful cold fronts that barrel across the Tasman. After a couple days of cruising the subtropical Bay of Islands, we'll enjoy day sails down the coast to Auckland with brisk westerly winds. We'll anchor in a different cove each afternoon with time for practicing skills, hiking and swimming.

Total distance: 1,300 miles.

 


Nov. 6-24, 2018
18 days
$7000
5 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 9-29, 2019
3 weeks
$8000
2 berths available

 

2

Papeete, Tahiti; Rarotonga, Cook Islands

 Leg 2 showcases the best sailing and most beautiful islands in the world. It 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
4 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 10-25, 2019
2 weeks $6000
6 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: 1,100 miles.

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

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

 

5

Lautoka, Rotuma, Fiji; Tikopia, Luganville, Vanuatu

Several first-time landfalls with very different cultures, beautiful anchorages, fast downwind sailing plus navigational and piloting challenges make this leg the highlight of the year for us.

Total distance: 1,100 miles.

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

Sept 4-20, 2019
16 days
$7000
6 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 and we'll attempt to clear into the rarely-visited Loyalty Islands 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
6 berths available

 

5

Noumea, New Caledonia; Brisbane, Australia

Heavy weather sailing in fast-moving weather systems plus challenging river-bar entrances provide a wide range of experiences. Weather permitting, we may make landfall at Bundaberg and work our way down the coast to Brisbane

Total distance: 1000 miles

Similar legs: 2012, 2011

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

 

5

Brisbane, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand

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
6 berths available

 

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