Spend Your Winter In Paradise – Book Today!!!

Dates Booked Thru Dec 15th will receive our Promotional 10% Discount with Paid Booking*.  Book on our new Luxury Boat, Speculation, between December 5-15, 2015 at The Current 2015 Rate for Silver Lining (base rate: $2125 each, double occupancy, for our week long live-a-board class)**.  After December 15th, the base rate will be $2450.

**Rates for Speculation will increase to our Luxury price after December 15th. Booking that carry over after December 15th will receive a prorated up charge.

Newly Added to Our Fleet – Leopard 44

LIMITED TIME OFFER – Learn in Luxury at our regular bargain pricing!

Special Offer! If you are one of the first to book our newest boat (class ending no later than December 15th on “Speculation”) you may do so At The Current 2015 Rate for Silver Lining (base rate: $2125 each, double occupancy, for our week long live-a-board class). We will prorated for classes starting before the 15th and end after, call for details.

After December 15th, the base rate will be $2450 (still a bargain among newer luxury boats).

LIMITED TIME OFFER – Learn in Luxury at our regular bargain pricing!

LIMITED TIME OFFER – Learn in Luxury at our regular bargain pricing!

Looking for a more luxurious on the water experience? Choose our newest Leopard Catamaran 44’.

Special Offer! If you are one of the first to book our newest boat (class ending no later than December 15th on “Speculation”) you may do so At The Current 2015 Rate for Silver Lining (base rate: $2125 each, double occupancy, for our week long live-a-board class). We will prorated for classes starting before the 15th and end after, call for details.

After December 15th, the base rate will be $2450 (still a bargain among newer luxury boats).

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School Vacation | Fall Winter Prix Fixe Promo

Hurricane-Season

If you aren’t aware, school is out for vacation each year from August 1st through October 31st. Hurricanes sometimes like to visit us then. You might not. Doin’ some drills now. Just in case.

Also, plan ahead and save $200 per person: book classes that start after November 1st before June 15th and avoid the Fall 2014 price increases. You can check availability through 2015 here. We’ll save you a spot at the bar!

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Sailors We Love | Hobie Alter and the Essence of Life

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Image by Bruce Chambers, staff photographer, OC Register

To say Hobie Alter was a sailing legend is in no way hyperbole.  Following his death on March 29th at age 80,  he was remembered last weekend in a traditional Hawaiian paddle out. This article by the OC Register pays fitting tribute to his life as an adventurer and innovator.

As we see it, there are two traditional visions of ocean navigation: the European  and the Polynesian.

To European sailors, the ocean was something to be feared, and for good reason. Most crew members did not swim, and their lumbering monohull crafts performed ineptly in bad weather – the heavy cargo they transported and the rocks they piled in the bilge proved only somewhat effective in preventing their ships from rolling over and capsizing. As for motivation, it was not for reasons of adventure but of profit that they were willing to risk their lives: how much could you load up, take elsewhere and sell?

In contrast,  more than 1,000 years before Columbus made it across the Atlantic, the Polynesians had settled just about all of the far-flung pacific islands. They swam and dove and surfed and piloted their nimble outriggers and catamarans over great distances. They navigated using not just the stars, but by watching the marine animals that shared their courses, and by interpreting the patterns and angles of the ocean swells upon which they sailed closely. They were one with their environment, and there can be no doubt that they lived to explore new worlds.

Hobie Alter produced the first surf board and modern catamaran based on these relics of Polynesian culture. He did what he loved, and still the money followed. So when it comes to the sea, I ignore my European heritage, devalue the quest for dollars and embrace the Polynesian way of the sea.

“E hoa ma, ina te ora o te tangata.” My friends, this is the essence of life.

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Image by Richard Graham, SHACC