Hawaii to California
Offshore Cruising Course
Each 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 annually in late July or early August, we sail across the Eastern Pacific from Hawaii to California.
This provides an excellent opportunity to log 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. The direct course is some 2200 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 ride home.
Sailors get to cross a number of climate zones and will encounter a wide range of sailing conditions. Offshore navigation and routing will be exercised aboard a fun-to-sail boat loaded with the latest communication and safety equipment. If you have ever wanted to get some serious offshore experience to make you a better sailor and more valuable crew, or if you have dreamed of the cruising lifestyle but wondered how you would manage the challenging longer hauls, this course is perfect for you to get a taste aboard a professionally managed and maintained vessel with professional skipper/instructor oversight.
This is one of those experiences you will never forget.
The trip is expected to take about 14 days, but it could (of course) be a bit longer or shorter, depending on the conditions. Please contact us for further information.
We had an absolutely fantastic time and achieved one of my life long goals – learning to sail! The Instructors were truly great and we appreciated their very professional and friendly teaching style. We’ll be back for sure! Thank you for a great experience, J/World. Please send our regards to everyone….
Just wanted to say thank you for a great week taking the Performance Cruising class at J/World. Sailing the J80 was mucho fun and that J105 is a rocket! Both of my instructors are super talented and I definitely learned more in that one week than I have in quite a while. I’ll be in touch to do more sailing with J/World!
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip and the experience of a lifetime. I was and remain extremely impressed with all the preparation and hard work that you put in to make this trip a success. I took from this experience not only a great deal of knowledge on ocean sailing, but also increased confidence in my ability as a sailor.
[Our instructor] did an incredible job of ensuring that we both had a positive experience. I have been an educator for almost 30 years. Currently I am Superintendent of Schools for a jurisdiction of over 10,000 students with 1050 staff. I can assure you that [our J/World instructor] is a natural teacher with a broad range of skills.
I just wanted to take a minute to express my appreciation for this weeks class, and to let you know I was really impressed with [my instructors]. You have a great team there! I certainly got everything I’d hoped for… and more. The J/80 was a blast, and the time on my own boat was invaluable. The Friday race was the perfect end to an excellent week…
Absolutely exceeded my expectations in every dimension. The boats were exceptional… new modern and in good shape. The instructors were awesome. It was hard to believe you could get that level of experience and accomplishment and at the same time have great teachers. Thanks you J/World Team!
As someone who’s been teaching and evaluating teachers for a quarter of a century, I’m writing to tell your instructor is one of the best I’ve seen. He’s tremendously skilled at communicating knowledge and also has the rare talent of being able to tell what his students do and don’t understand.
San Francisco Bay
J/World Performance Sailing School is the preeminent source for sailing skills development.