An expedition by sail is not an exact science, but the ways of ancient navigation still make sense today, and we’ve got almost 20 years of intimate experience of all the major ocean-routes. On the most basic level, we will usually be moving west with the wind. 5 months north of the equator (generally December-April) and 5 months south (June-October), with two months in between for transit, maintenance and crew leave. We start very generally by studying cyclone seasons, wind, currents, almanacs, pilot guides, cruising guides, etc. Then we take into account good places to lay the boat up for maintenance each year (cost and services). Then we start pencilling a route, doing more specific research by any means available on each location: anchorages, ports, provisioning, airports, previous experience, etc. Then we hand off the itinerary to your travel concierge who researches exactly when and how you can get out to and from the boat, which leads to inevitable tweaks in dates and locations. Once the dates and locations are hard-wired then the real research begins- we tap into local knowledge, other cruising reports, study the charts, Google Earth and surf reports for waves and other spots of interest. And of course- we rely on own past experience, which of course is known only to us!
Creating the itinerary is without doubt one of the most arduous and yet exciting elements of the expedition.
Memberships start at $ 13,800 USD to join and can be traded, sold, gifted or inherited*. This is a one-time fee. Annual fees start at $ 6900 USD. This covers all the operational expense of the yacht (crew salaries, maintenance, fuel, insurance, etc.). In addition there is a $ 50; per person, per day provisioning fee (does not apply to Celestial memberships) which covers all prepared cuisine (meals and snacks), and limited beer and table wine (we have a cash bar on board at our cost for additional purchase).
* Subject to restrictions, which are covered in our Membership contract.
In the event the Member does not wish to use his/her membership in a particular Season, the Member must still pay their annual fees regardless of the reason. The trip can be transferred to a friend or family member for a fee*, or as long as the Operator is given no less than 90 days notice the operator shall exercise reasonable efforts to re-market the Members trip for that particular Membership Season and will remit to the Member 90% of any funds received for the re-marketed membership. For the avoidance of doubt the Operator makes no representation that it can re-market the membership.
*Please refer to the Membership contract for details.
In very rare circumstances yes- but only if a member cancels a cabin and it needs to be resold. We are not a charter operation and only allow people to board who are friends or family of members and have been properly screened in advance.
The expedition lasts six years from our launch, planned for March 2019. Membership will expire at the termination of the expedition. Flex Members are only obligated to pay annual fees for 3 years, full Members are obligated to pay annual fees for 5 years (the 6th year is optional and you only take a trip that year if you want to). Members have first right of refusal on any open cabins or cancellations for just an additional annual fee (substantial discounts will apply to members if it is a last-minute booking- see “Reciprocal Member to Member Open Cabin Program‘ below).
Please see the Membership Levels page for the cost and structure differences of our memberships.
Our new “Flex” memberships are for those people who can’t commit to taking a trip every year. Our Flex Memberships give members the choice of a minimum of three trips over the course of the six year expedition- taken when your schedule allows and the itinerary suits. Flex Members have the same rights as full members to take additional trips if cabins are available (ie first right of refusal on cancellations), but do not have booking priority as full members do (ie full members are given booking priority when requesting trips each year).