Maxi Acorn Program

Chicago Mackinac Intensive (July 1 – 19, 2021) – Cost: $3,496

Port Huron Mackinac Intensive (July 19 – August 2, 2021) – Cost: $3,496

St. Lawrence Seaway Intensive (August 2 – 13, 2021) – Cost: $2,400

June 28 – August 18, 2021 – Cost: $7,328

New in 2021, The Maxi Acorn program will take place in the Great Lakes on OC86, Oakcliff’s newly acquired Reichel/Pugh 86 (formerly Windquest). This epic program is a 54-day long program encompassing three major events: the Chicago Mac, Port Huron Mac, and a trip out the St. Lawrence Seaway. Athletes in this program will be fully involved in the prep, learning how to handle the massive equipment associated with this boat. Coaching will be provided by some top pros along with one of the best superyacht captains and Australian native David Blanchfield, Round the World & Extreme Sailing racer Brad Farrand, Boat Captain Zach Krueger and Executive Director Dawn Riley. Trainees will learn:

  • Navigation and Passagemaking
  • Provisioning for offshore
  • A rotation of the positions on a big boat – from driver to trimmer and navigator
  • Boat captain organization on a Maxi yacht
  • Water ballast systems
  • crew work and team organization

among many other things. Can’t make the whole program? You can pick and choose which intensive you would like to attend in our application form. Have questions about the program? Email Training Director Ethan Johnson at