La Paz - Sea of Cortez, March 18-25th 2017

Join us sailing in the unique, sun blasted, and starkly beautiful Sea of Cortez.

Lagoon 421 sailingWhere: La Paz, Sailing on the Sea of Cortez
When: March 18-25th 2017
Vessel: Lagoon 421 Catamaran
Captain: Capt. Mark Thompson

Price: $3,550 per cabin ($1,725/person if double occupancy)
($100 discount if paying directly by cash or check)

Certifications Options*: ICC, Bareboat, RYA Day Skipper

Prerequisite: No prior experience required. Participants should have both a willingness and capacity to learn sailing and participate in all sailing activities on the yacht.

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The voyage will take place March 18-25th aboard a comfortable, spacious and fully provisioned four cabin Lagoon 421. The route will comprise a series of day sails beginning at La Paz and heading northwest through gorgeous islands and anchorages that may include:

  • Flying Mantas, Sea of Cortez
    Not your everyday fish - the Flying Manta
  • Isla Partida
  • Isla Espiritu Santo
  • Isla San Francisquito
  • Tembabichi
  • San Evaristo
  • Puerto Agua Verde in the Bay of Loreto National Marine Park.

Among the world’s most biodiverse seas, the Sea of Cortez counts among its inhabitants giant Humboldt squid, leatherback turtles, the gentle/giant whale sharks, “flying” manta rays and massive schools of hammerheads. March also happens to be prime season for viewing an abundance of migratory whale species including pilot, gray, sperm, humpback and even blue; as well as transient pods of dolphins and killer whales.

Catamaran sail training is included throughout the entire trip.

Price per cabin is $3,450 ($1,725/person if two in a cabin). Included in the cabin price are linens and towels, all meals and snacks while aboard, water and soft beverages, fuel and moorage.

Not included are transportation, meals ashore, hotels, excursions, alcoholic beverage of your choice, and additional certification training materials.

We'll coordinate travel arrangements with all participants, but as an example: most fly into La Paz International Airport or Los Cabos International Airport (Cabos has more flight options, a scenic 2-hr drive to La Paz).

Prerequisites: No prior sailing experience is required, but all participants need a willingness to learn sailing and capacity to actively participate in all aspects of sailing the yacht. Sailing can be adventurous, rigorous and challenging, but the rewards of freedom of the open water, connecting with nature, disconnecting from the modern world, discovering islands and new ports, and self-confidence are tremendous. If you enjoy adventures, then once on the water you'll wonder why you haven't been sailing all along!

*Certifications: You'll receive Catamaran training from one of the World's foremost Catamaran experts, and regardless of certifications. For those wanting certifications: Bareboat OR RYA Day Skipper (not both) and ICC (International Certificate of Competence) are available upon merit. By merit we mean successfully completing any prerequisite knowledge requirements, and more importantly successfully passing the instructor's assessment of your skills and competence.

Depending on the certification and your sailing background, the knowledge training may be an additional cost. For knowledge, we utilize NauticEd online and interactive courses - an advantage because your knowledge training and testing can be completed prior to the trip (i.e., more fun time).

Every sailor has unique backgrounds, needs and goals - and so we'll review your background and make specific preparatory training recommendations.  Our goal's to save you time and money; and focus on what's individually needed.

Meet RYA Instructor Capt. Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, ICC Training, RYA Instructor, Catamaran ExpertMark Thompson
RYA & NauticEd Instructor, ICC Assessor, Catamaran Expert

Mark Thompson with Yachting Education is the Assessor. He is an RYA Sailing Instructor with over 20 years of instruction experience. Mark's one of the best, is very patient and puts student at ease. While the ICC Assessment is pass-fail, Mark creates a positive and low-stress environment for candidates.

As the Principal and Chief Instructor for Yachting Education, Mark Thompson has a significant sailing resume including multiple Atlantic Ocean crossings and experience in Caribbean, Mediterranean, Australian and US waters.More about Capt. Thompson

Mark's career has centered on charter catamarans including a 5 year captaincy aboard the luxury yacht S/Y Lone Star. At 85ft LOA she was at one point the largest charter catamaran in the Caribbean and after crossing the Atlantic, Mark and his crew hosted families on more than 100 weeks of charter.

Mark is a Chief Instructor accredited under NauticEd & RYA programs and has taught hundreds of students in the art of sailing and the nuances of running catamarans. One critical issue he shares is the ability to smoothly and silently communicate and operate theses large powerful vessels.

Mark grew up in Melbourne Australia and joined the maritime industry after a career converting inner city office buildings into trendy apartments. During a year spent traveling the world he discovered a sailing career while driving through Viareggio Italy and thought "you mean I get paid to sail?"

His love of sailing is infectious and his calm, patient demeanor has empowered hundreds of students to consider a bareboat charter and many to purchase their own boat. Whatever your level of expertise, the practical time spent with Mark will be enlightening and your certification will open up a world of sailing opportunities.


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