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 Pogram 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.

Sail a Swan South in the NARC Rally

NARC Rally 2017 – The 18th Annual NARC Rally departs on Saturday, October 28th, or best weather window after that date. If you have a boat and would like to sail south you can sign up for the rally from Newport to the Caribbean (St. Maarten or BVI).  Most of us do not have an offshore ready boat so we provide a very nice option to sail on a Swan with a pro skipper. 

I will be sailing Avocation, Swan 48, south once again. Murray (Swan 60) will be back with us along with past OPO skipper favorite Patrick Childress (Swan 53). Patrick has been sailing in the south Pacific the last 9 years and will be back on the East Coast to sail as skipper. Johnathan Ishmael (Swan 60) will also be back from Europe in time to skipper a boat for us as well. The price is $3,000 for the all-inclusive* 15 to 17 days aboard with us. The dates are to arrive in Newport on Thursday or Friday October 26th or 27th. You can make flights home by November 15th.    

You can reserve a berth by making a $500 deposit. You can pay on our online store or you can call with your credit card at 631-423-4988. If you have any questions please feel free to call anytime.

*Means all-inclusive except travel to and from the boat and meals and drinks ashore outside the rally socials. You will not need to stay in a hotel or rent a car or pay for any head tax. All the onboard food, fuel and dockage included. We even provide the linen, towels and sleeping bags.