Offshore Acorn Program

Block Island & Annapolis to Newport Intensive I (May 19-June 16, 2021) – Cost: $3,400

Shorthanded Intensive II (June 16-June 28, 2021) – Cost: $1,578

Full Program (I,II, and III) – Cost: $7,500

The Offshore Acorn program is built around 4 major events and over 1800 NM of sailing; the Around Block Island, Annapolis to Newport, Marblehead to Halifax and the Melges 24 double-handed event, along with 2 deliveries. Trainees will gain experience in roles such as Watch Captain, Boat Captain, Navigator, Safety Officer and Provisioner. This program will be sailed on Oakcliff’s Turbo Farr 40’s supplemented by the Farr11S, C&C30, and Ker 50.

The Shorthanded Intensive is a program unique to Oakcliff. It includes training and racing offshore doublehanded aboard our retrofitted Melges 24s. Our Melges 24s are equipped with smaller mains, jibs and spinnakers; water ballast The Doublehanded Offshore Race is meant as a test event for the proposed Shorthanded Offshore race for the Olympics in Paris in 2024, so the boats are raced with mix-gender crews, minimal electronics, and a live-streaming media tower, on a costal race course. 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

among many other things. Experience offshore is not required, but recommended for the Doublehanded intensive.