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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.

1998 Expeditions

Auckland, New Zealand; Tubuai; Tahiti

Leg 1, 1998
May 3 to May 31, 1998
Duration: 4 weeks
Distance: 2,500 miles.
Cost: $5,000

This trip was excellent, check out our weekly satellite log entries in our adventure journal.


Valuable storm sailing and weather plotting experience is guaranteed in the Southern Ocean as we sail east along the edge of Roring Forties in an area of fast-moving fronts before blast-reaching north to Tubuai. This leg is not for timid sailors! Rarely-visited Tubuai provides a lovely introduction to Polynesia and coral navigation.

Leg 2, 1998
June 15 to July 6, 1998
Duration: 3 weeks
Distance: 1,100 miles.
Cost: $4,000
Berth Availability: Filled, Zero on wait list.

Maximum experience in coral piloting and anchoring with seven landfalls and heavy weather experience in the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ), squalls and reinforced tradewinds while sailing through spectacular tropical islands. Islands visited: Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Penrhyn, Rarotonga.

 

Leg 3, 1998
July 13 to July 27, 1998
Duration: 2 weeks
Distance: 1,000 miles.
Cost: $3,000
Berth Availability: Filled. Zero on wait list.

Challenging navigation and squally weather as we again encounter the SPCZ. Landfalls at some unusual and rarely-visited tropical islands including tiny Palmerston with only 60 inhabitants, Bevridge Reef; a mid-ocean anchorage with shipwrecks, and Niue, a raised coral atoll with surreal limestone chasms and only 3,000 inhabitants.

Leg 4, 1998
July 29 to August 19, 1998
Duration: 3 weeks
Distance: 1,700 miles.
Cost: $4,000
Berth Availability: Filled, Zero on wait list

Serious navigation, coral piloting and heavy weather experience are provided with stops in Western Samoa,Swauns Islands, the Tokelau Islands (total population 1,690), Tuvalu Islands (8,229 pop.) and then a challenging windward sail down to the reef-infested Nanuka Passage to Savusavu, Levuka and Suva, Fiji.

Suva, Kadavu, Lautoka, Fiji Women's Cruise

Sept. 7 to Sept. 21, 1998
Duration: 2 weeks
Distance: 400 miles.
Cost: $3,000
Berth Availability: Filled, Zero on wait list.

Extensive practice sailing, anchoring and navigating in coral waters with one overnight passage make this Women's Expedition an excellent opportunity for learning in a relaxed and supportive environment. Exciting tradewind sailing, spectacular snorkeling and time ashore getting to know Fijian families is also included.

Leg 6, 1998
Sept. 28 to Oct. 19, 1998
Duration: 3 weeks
Distance: 700 miles.
Cost: $4,000
Berth Availability: One berth available

Challenging sailing, difficult coral piloting and navigation, plus an introduction to four diversely different cultures: the Indians and Fijians, the primitive ni-Vanuatu, and the Kanaks of New Caledonia. The bizarre Jon Frum Cargo Cultists and violently erupting Mt. Yasur volcano on Tanna Island will be unforgettable highlights.

New Caledonia; Norfolk Is., New Zealand

Oct. 26 to Nov. 9, 1998
Duration: 2 weeks
Distance: 1,200 miles.
Cost: $3,500
Berth Availability: Filled, Zero on wait list

Heavy weather challenges rivaling Leg 1, an exciting mid-passage stop at rugged Norfolk Island where we visit the descendents of the Mutiny on the Bounty are highlights before a difficult and dramatic entrance to New Zealand's Bay of Islands.

 

 


Leg 8, 1998
Nov. 16 to Nov. 26, 1998
Duration: 10 days Distance: 350 miles.
Cost: $2,000
Berth Availability: Four berths available

Maximum experience sail handling and navigating in boisterous conditions and anchoring in secluded bays are encountered as we sail down the coast with overnight passage experience across the Hauraki Gulf to Great Barrier Island. This leg extends in magnificent Auckland Harbor where the America's Cup trials will be heating up.



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