light wind sailing with the spinnaker
Light wind sailing with the spinnaker




Vessel Layout
Vessel Layout




Approaching our destination under sailApproaching our destination under sail


Samana’s Layout:

A 52′ ketch built of steel to the very highest standards for world-wide cruising. She is an ideal yacht for safe and comfortable sail training.

Her large unencumbered teak decks afford ample space from which to spread charts and conduct sail training and navigation instruction.

SAMANA is a fast and safe vessel capable of long passages.

Documented as a registry vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard, SAMANA meets all safety requirements to operate as a sailing school, including EPIRB, GMDSS and an 8 person offshore liferaft.

Designer: Louis van der Wiele

  • Rig: Ketch
  • LOA: 63′ – LOD: 52′
  • Beam 16′ – Draft 8′
  • Displacement: 34 Tons
  • Fuel Capacity: 460 US Gallons
  • Water Capacity: 790 US Gallons’
  • Ford Lehman 135 HP
  • Westerbeke 5 KW generator
  • Electrical Supply 110/220 a.c., 12/34 d.c.
  • Grunert Refrigerator Freezer
  • Dometic Refrigerator
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Hydraulic Windless
  • GPS, Radar, Satellite Phone
  • Garmin 75 GPS interfaced with Nobeltec Electronic Computer Charting
  • Merlin II – TI-89 – iPhone Star Pilot App
  • VHF Radio
  • Walker Log
  • Rig: Ketch
  • Classic 14′ Whitehall Rowing Dinghy
  • AB 12′ Dinghy with 18 HP Tohatsu Outboard
  • Viking 8 person Liferaft
  • ParaTech Sea Anchor
  • 2 AirBreeze Windmills
  • 345 Watt Solar Panel
training vessel sail plan

training vessel sail plan


Sailing School – Sail Inventory

  • Mainsail with 3 reef points
  • No. 1 Jib – Roller Furling
  • No. 2 Jib
  • No. 3 Jib
  • No. 3 Jib Genoa Roller Furling
  • Club Footed Jib with 2 reef points
  • 1.5 oz. Tri-Radial Flanker Spinneker with take-down sock
  • Storm Jib
  • Storm Tri-Sail
  • Code Zero


Our Mission

The instructional mission of the School of Ocean Sailing is to teach offshore ocean sailing and ocean navigation in a live-aboard setting.

  • Personalized instruction from professional teachers
  • Teach sailing aboard a large, beautiful and well equipped offshore heavy displacement ketch
  • Teach navigation using modern electronic navigation equipment
  • Teach navigation using non electronic navigation procedures
  • Offer an ocean sailing experience under real ocean conditions
  • Instil confidence
  • Use high quality sextants and celestial navigation materials
  • Offer a balanced blend of formal instruction, practical experience and relaxation
  • Serve excellent food
  • Anchor or Moor in quiet anchorages


What they say about us / Magazine articles and reviews

USA Today Article School of Ocean Sailing

A mention about our sailing school in USA Today Travel Tips. Sailing Courses and Training in the Caribbean.


An in-depth article written by one of our students and published in Good Old Boat Magazine
Issue 21.

Blue Water Sailing Magazine

A reference about the School of Ocean Sailing
in Blue Water Sailing magazine:
July 2007 page 71.