• Draft: 10′
  • Beam: 25′
  • Rig Height: 102′
  • Freeboard: 6′
  • Sail Area: 4,700
  • Tons: 130
  • Hull: Steel

Organization: Sea|mester


S/Y Vela is the sister ship to S/Y Argo. She is a two-masted staysail schooner that measures 112-ft overall and accommodates twenty six students and seven professional crew on ocean voyages around the globe. She is certified and inspected by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a Category “0” vessel, allowing her unrestricted operation in the world’s oceans. Sailing under the Sea, mester flag, Vela will circumnavigates the globe offering students the chance to cross oceans while furthering their educational and personal goals in a highly experiential college-level academic setting.


  • Who Sails: High School, College
  • Program Type: Sail Training, Marine Science, Accredited Semesters, Deep Sea Voyages, Study Abroad, Gap Year, Adventure Travel, Other: Experiential education semesters for high school graduates and college students; accredited academics with sail and scuba training, service projects and adventure travel
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Summer: Worldwide
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Worldwide
  • Sailing Season: Year-round
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • Number of Crew: 7
  • Name of Contact: Sea|mester Programs
  • Phone: 941.924.2900
  • Website: https://seamester.com/