San Juan Islands: Sails, Ales & Seafood with Professors Brian & Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell

August 10 - 15th, 2024

5 nights and 6 days onboard the Zodiac Schooner



Feel the wind in your hair on a Two-Masted Gaff Topsail Schooner, together with Professor Brian Detweiler-Bedell and explore the abundance of Northwest food and drink. We will taste great seafood, talk beer-making and entrepreneurship, and visit a number of special breweries along the journey.  If the conditions are right we will go crabbing and learn something about cooking with beer. Don’t miss out on  this exciting adventure, exploring the magnificent waters of the San Juan Islands aboard the historic Schooner Zodiac!

Guests are encouraged to join the crew, helping to hoist the 7000 feet of sails. When not assisting with sailing duties, you may be in the chart room, learning about navigation or actually at the helm of this fine vessel. You might grab the binoculars to see a passing orca or actually help with chores and swab the deck. While enjoying the ship’s excellent meals you can share stories from your time at Lewis & Clark or compare notes from the day’s adventures.

See the Schooner Zodiac photo gallery here. See pictures from previous trips. The Schooner Zodiac sails out of Bellingham, WA.


  • Great care has been taken to restore the Schooner Zodiac to the way she looked when first commissioned; varnished mahogany, oak and teak are focal points throughout her main salon and galley.
  • Enjoy sharing a journey with professors Brian & Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell.
  • Magnificent orca whales live in the San Juan Islands year round; it is the best place in the world to see them. You can also view humpbacks, minkes and even gray whales.
  • While the crew of the Schooner Zodiac can make no guarantees about the weather, they always endeavor to give passengers a fun filled and unforgettable experience.
  • Great food, fun, fellowship and adventure! Journey with curios-minded Lewis & Clark alumni and friends.

Sample Itinerary

(Final Itinerary will be updated in July 2024)


Friday, August 9th

  • Most participants will travel to Bellingham today, stay overnight in Bellingham.
  • An optional non-hosted dinner will be organized at a local restaurant.

Saturday, August 10th

  • 9:30 am Board the Schooner Zodiac at Bellingham Cruise Terminal
  • 10 am Set sail and follow the wind!
  • Possibly drop anchor nestled in behind Decatur Head
  • Possible hiking on James Island

Sunday, August 11th

  • Enjoy the thermal winds in Orcas Island’s Eastsound.
  • 2:30-ish, go ashore at Eastsound, Orcas Island. check-out Island Hopping Brewery and be treated to a tasting flight. Fill a growler to enjoy on board.
    Free time to explore..
  • 5 pm, Excursion or Presentation
  • Possible overnight anchorage at Buck Bay.

Monday, August 12th

  • Depending on the wind, sail through Upright Channel.
  • Or head back out through Obstruction Pass and down Rosario Strait.
  • Take the kayaks or sailing dinghy out for a spin. 

Tuesday, August 13th

  • Make our way north in San Juan Channel.
  • 12:30-ish go ashore to explore San Juan Island.
  • Visit Friday Harbor. Enjoy a tasting at San Juan Island Brewery Co..
  • Reboard the Schooner Zodiac.Watch the sunset from our anchorage at Parks Bay on Shaw Island

Wednesday, August 14th

  • Find some wind and go sailing!
  • Time to go ashore and check out the tide pools.
  • Possible overnight anchorage at Echo Bay, Sucia Island.    

Thursday, August 15th

  • Sail back to Bellingham.



The Schooner Zodiac originally launched in 1924. While aboard, passengers stay in single berths or private staterooms and socialize in common areas for meals and other gatherings. The Zodiac is heated and well ventilated.

Being a vintage craft, guests share close quarters on the lower deck. On the top deck guests enjoy the fresh air, starry skies and more open spaces. The 24 guests, plus the crew share three restrooms. While there are showers aboard the Zodiac, for water conservation purposes, guests are not encouraged to take daily showers. Please take the virtual tour here before registering.

Standard berths are 48 inch bunks, adjacent to the ship’s salon and feature a heavy curtain. Guests need to store their gear with them in their berth as space on board is limited.

The ship’s staterooms are located both forward and aft and contain multiple bunks, a sink, a mirror and a door for privacy.

One must be able to negotiate stairs and narrow walkways in order to navigate the living areas on the Schooner Zodiac. See the virtual tour here.


Included Services

Five nights and six days aboard the Schooner Zodiac.

While aboard the Schooner Zodiac, all meals and snacks are prepared by the ship’s professional chef using the freshest Northwest ingredients.

Use of kayaks and rowboat.

Shore excursions to state parks and quaint island towns.

Not Included

Roundtrip flights and/or transportation from home city to Bellingham, WA

Hotel accommodations and an optional group dinner on Friday, August 9th, 2024.

Travel Insurance

Some meals, drinks, and snacks while visiting port towns. There is always a free option back on board the Zodiac. A sampling of beer/other beverages will be hosted at various breweries.

Any items of a personal nature

Pricing Information

Standard Upper Berth: $2,050 per person.*

Standard Lower Berth: $2,695 per person.*

2-Person Stateroom: $4,995 for all Cabin.*

2-Person Plus Stateroom (two bunks plus one very small bunk): $5,495 for all Cabin.*

*includes 10% tip to crew

Travel Insurance is recommended on Lewis & Clark trips, please click here for more information. Sometimes coverage needs to be purchased within a week of booking a trip.



Faculty Leader



Brian Detweiler-Bedell

Professor of Psychology

Director of Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership


Academic Credentials

PhD. Yale University 2002 BA & MA. Stanford University 1994 & 1995


Courses PSY 200 - Statistics I PSY 311 - Statistics II ELI 103 Leadership


Still from a video of the Bates beer making class