Swan Program: A First Experience with Offshore Sailing

If you've ever considering deepwater sailing but were not sure how to jump start your sailing career, our Swan Program is for you.

Our Swan Program was specifically designed to introduce people to the world of offshore sailing by providing hands-on crew experience under the watchful eye of an professional skipper on a proven boat. During your tenure onboard, you’ll learn to keep watch, make log entries, navigate, use the radio, steer the boat  and perform tasks that are essential to safe offshore sailing. The Swan Program offers a fixed price for everything you’ll need aboard—you just pay for your travel to and from the boat. The Swan Program sails south from New England to Bermuda and the Caribbean in the fall, and north from Bermuda and the Caribbean to New England in the spring. Summer trips are also available.

After your first Swan Program experience, you’ll have the skills to sail on other boats. Please view the video below to learn more.

2020 Swan Program Calendar Summary

  1. April 30, 2020: May Swan Passage: St. Maarten to Bermuda to Newport, RI
    Two weeks of exquisite sailing on a Swan for $3,250, all inclusive
  2. June 12, 2020: June Swan Passage: NY to Bermuda and back.
    This is on our Flagship Swan 48 Avocation. I skipper the boat to the island and Tania Aebi has been skippering the boat back the last few years in June. The price is $1,800 per person, all-inclusive except travel to and from the boat.


2020 Swan Program Calendar Detail

May Swan Passage from St. Maarten to Newport April 30 to May 17

We recommend that the spring is the better time for people that have not spent a lot of time at the helm or want to take a less experienced spouse along. The fall departure may be frightening to less experienced sailors.

The trip is two week rather than 2.5 since we do not have a weather delay departing St. Maarten. We still do have the two leg trip with a nice three days in Bermuda to absorb the first leg and get ready for the 2nd usually more challenging leg across the Gulf Stream. The price for the May trip is $3,250.

Unfortunately, availability for this trip is full but we are accepting Wait List requests.

June One Week Passage to or from New York and Bermuda

This one week option works well for first timers and those with less vacation time. While technically after the start of the Hurricane season, June is the month they hold the Newport Bermuda Race and the Marion Bermuda Race, so it is still very safe and the spring storm season has mostly ended.

The crew sailing outbound get to sail through New York City and past the Statue of Liberty before heading southeast to Bermuda. Last year we made the trip in record time and had three full days in Bermuda. This year in 2020 we depart Friday, June 12, and return on Saturday, June 27. The last few years Tania Aebi has skippered this trip back to New York. The price all-inclusive except travel to and from the boat is $1,800 per person.

Unfortunately, availability for this trip is also full but we are accepting Wait List requests.