Program Details

Experience true hands-on education when you and your crew round the Cape of Good Hope and navigate your floating campus north to the Caribbean. The open ocean will become a second home during this epic expedition.
Location:
All Saints, Antigua and Barbuda; Cayenne, French Guiana; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; Fernando De Noronha (Distrito Estadual), Brazil; Programs at Sea, Programs at Sea; Roseau, Dominica; Saint Helena, Saint Helena; Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda; Bridgetown, Barbados; Soufriere, Saint Lucia; Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Term:
Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

 

5,700 Nautical Miles via St. Helena, Brazil, Devil's Island

Experience true hands-on education when you and your crew around the Cape of Good Hope and navigate your floating campus north to the warm waters of the Caribbean. The open ocean will become a second home and you’ll explore destinations few people have even heard of during this epic expedition.

This voyage is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail aboard our 112-foot schooner from Cape Town, South Africa to Antigua in the Caribbean via St. Helena, Brazil and Devil's Island. The voyage offers a full complement of academics allowing students to earn up to 12 college credits. Additionally, this voyage will prove to be an exciting travel adventure that emphasizes blue-water sailing skills development, SCUBA diving training, and cultural exploration. Sail training certifications for this voyage are issued through International Yacht Training, as IYT offers the only global standard in professional yachting certifications. Students have the opportunity to progress up to the level of Master of Yachts 200 Ton based on past experience and aptitude.

Setting Description:
This voyage is typically run aboard either S/Y Argo or S/Y Vela. Argo and Vela are expertly designed 112-ft two-masted staysail schooners with room for 26 students and 7 staff. Argo was completed in 2006, and her sister, Vela in 2020. Both Argo and Vela were designed and built to circumnavigate the world. This means that every 90-day trip she embarks upon, a fresh batch of students faces the challenge of spending many days or weeks at sea while crossing one of the world’s oceans. For those looking for a genuine blue water experience, then voyages run aboard these vessels are perfect for you. When we designed the vessels, we did so with safety, dependability and ‘trainability’ in mind. We often refer to them as a “Big, Little Boats” meaning that we designed their systems in such a way that they are easy for students to understand and operate. Since our goal is to have students quickly reach the point where they are running the vessel, trainability is an important factor.
Cost:
Voyage costs vary by trip duration and location, please visit our website for detailed tuition information.

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
No previous experience necessary is necessary to join any of our programs, yet all students are required to have reached the age of matriculation from high school, be on a gap year or enrolled in / recently graduated from college.
Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please visit the Scholarship and Financial Aid page on our website for detailed information. This is located under the Admissions section.

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