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.

OPO 2022 Swan Program Schedule


St. Maarten to Newport with a stop in Bermuda

Thursday May 5th to Saturday May 21st 2022

Crew should plan to fly into SXM on Thursday May 5th for departure on Saturday May 7th. It is a 5-to-6-day sail to Bermuda. We will spend two or three full days in Bermuda and depart on Monday May 16th for the 4-to-5-day sail to Newport. Plan to travel home from Newport on Saturday May 21st or Sunday the 22nd. You move aboard when you arrive May 5th and have a place to stay until a day or so after we arrive. The price includes all onboard food, head tax, dockage, fuel and skipper and mate's wages. Everything, except your travel to and from the boat and meals and drinks ashore. Price $3,500


One-Week Swan Program Option

Swan 48 with Hank Schmitt Skippering outbound and Tania Aebi skippering back.

Leg #1 Huntington NY to Bermuda Friday June 10th to Sunday June 18th

Leg #2 Bermuda to Huntington Sunday June 18th to Monday June 27th

Hank Schmitt skippers the Avocation, our Swan 48 to Bermuda and Tania Aebi skippers her back from Bermuda to New York. Eight-day commitment includes arrival to the boat with a day to get settled followed by a 700-mile non-stop passage to or from Bermuda. You move aboard the day before and stay until you fly home from Bermuda Sunday June 18th or Monday June 27th from NY for those for the return leg with Tania. The passage will take five to at most six days. The price is all-inclusive paying for everything except travel to and from the boat and meals and drinks ashore. Cost $2,400.


Trans-Atlantic: Bermuda to Palma de Mallorca

On a 24 day sail (June 27th to July 21st) from Bermuda to Palma de Mallorca on a beautiful Swan 68 named Definance across the Atlantic.

How to Qualify for a Passage

The more you know, the more you'll get out of your passage with Adventure Sailing.

No offshore experience is required, but if you have it, we will help you hone your skills.

In order to get the most out of your time at sea with us you should possess basic sailing skills such as how to "hand, reef, and steer." Especially, you should know how to steer a compass course. Most of our time at sea we won't be using the autopilot. Sitting in the cockpit watching "Otto" steer the boat does nothing to hone your skills, but steering in waves certainly does!