California! July, 2014
Summer, J World
Sailing School hosts a truly special offshore adventure for sailors
looking to learn the intricacies of offshore passage making on an
actual adventure. Departing in early August, we will be
sailing across the Eastern Pacific from Hawaii to San Francisco.
This provides an
excellent opportunity to rack up some serious sea miles offshore
under the watchful eyes of our professional staff.
Everyone is an active member of the
crew, and gets to share in all the responsibilities of onboard life.
From navigating to standing watches, from trimming sails to helming
the boat, you can learn by doing.
boat is our Santa Cruz 50, which will have just completed the
Race to Hawaii. It is fully equipped with all the top-tier
equipment that you would expect, and the boat sails wonderfully.
The direct course is
some 2000 miles, but your trip will take you along the sailing ship
route, heading north from the islands until you can cut across the
top of the Pacific High. This will get you into the steady
West and Northwest winds which will be your ticket for the final
endorsement was posted on our Facebook page by one of our alumni,
and is far more eloquent than we could have scripted:
"To anyone reading
this post, and considering doing this trip, I have three words
for you: JUST DO IT! This trip will change your life!
You will sail one of the longest stretches of ocean in the
world, with a world-class skipper, aboard a world-class boat.
You will experience the beauty of the "Blue Planet" like you
never thought possible. When you first ponder the
magnitude of this trip you will realize how vast the planet is,
but upon your return you will understand how small it really is.
Each day the sunrise and the sunset will be the best you have
ever seen, until the next day. You will sail at night by
the moonlight and you will see the moon rise and set like you
never have before. You will see the stars and the planets and if
you reach up with your hands you may be able to grab them... and
if you are lucky one morning, you might sail through a lone rain
shower as the sun is rising in front of you, and when you sail
out of the cloud and when the warm and gentle rain stops and
parts like a curtain in front of you, don't forget to look BACK
from where you came, and you might be greeted by the most
spectacular double rainbow you have ever seen in your life,
projected on the rain you just sailed through. I am sure every
trip on the Hula Girl is different, and every trip is magical in
its own way... Take this trip and discover your own magical
moments! I did this trip a couple years ago and I would do it
again in a heartbeat! JUST DO IT!!!" -
And another one posted
just after the 2013 trip, again entirely unsolicited:
Thank you to the J
World staff for getting us back home to SF in style aboard Hula
Girl! The 2013 Transback is DONE! You guys rock! My summer
vacations will never be the same. Guess I will just have to keep
doing this every year. Now to let the wife know
If your reading this and thinking of learning to sail, or
looking to improve you skills; stop thinking and pick up the
phone and make the call to J World!!!! BEST THING I
I learned more on this two week trip than I learned going
through my ASA Basic, Coastal or Bareboat certifications. These
guys are TOP NOTCH, and will provide you education and skills
that will last a lifetime.
When is the last time you learned to sail a boat backwards, swam
in the ocean 1000nm offshore in five mile deep water, operated a
chart plotter at sea, mastered AIS, operated a SSB marine radio,
saw the inter workings of a diesel marine engine, plotted your
position on a chart in the Pacific Ocean using dead reckoning,
learned in depth about sail dynamics and wind angles, rocketed
along in Mexico on a J-80 or sailed from Hawaii to San Francisco
at the helm of a Santa Cruz 50 going faster than wind? I have,
thanks to Wayne and the team at J World!
The trip is expected to
take about 14 days, but it could (of course) be a bit longer or
shorter, depending on the conditions. The cost is $3985 per
person, and includes everything except travel/accommodations to and
from the end points.
here to see some pictures from the 2010 cruise!
Sailors interested in
being part of this adventure are encouraged to contact us