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.

Caribbean Swan Program

2020 Swan Program: Newport - Bermuda - St. Maarten

This fall, sail in the NARC Rally on a Swan!

2020 NARC Schedule Summary

Crew arrives in Newport and move aboard Saturday, October 24 for departure Monday, October 26. Even with a one to four day weather delay we will still be in Bermuda by Tuesday night November 3. We will not depart Bermuda before Wednesday, October 4. Plan to fly home from St. Maarten Thursday, November 12. This will still give you a couple of days in St. Maarten. We have three Swans sailing in our fleet this October. All have made the passage with us before and we have repeat skippers coming back to lead each crew.

The full 20 days aboard a captained Big Swan sailing 1,500 miles from Newport to Bermuda and then to St. Maarten is $3,500 all-inclusive except travel to and from the boat and meals and drinks ashore.

Please note that this is not the best first-time offshore passage since we start in colder and rougher conditions rather than the spring passage that starts in warm trade wind conditions.

Please e-mail me first and then we can speak on the phone before signing up for the Swan NARC Rally Passage so we can make sure you are ready and up for the challenge. Just as we required people to get COVID tests before they joined us for the sail to Bermuda, expect to be required to take a test before sailing to Bermuda this fall as well. By then it should be much easier to get tested and get results quickly. If you are interested in joining us this fall please contact us before making a $500 deposit online.