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Ocean Sailing Seminar: Annapolis MD, USA, March 16/17, 2019

Annapolis MD
March 16/17, 2019

From recent Ocean Sailing Seminar participants:

"I have to say that the two day seminar was one of the best events of my life. No kidding. Its one thing to read about passage making and quite another to hear about it from folks who have done it."

"My wife told me that prior to your seminar, she was looking for a way to bow out of the trip - primarily out of fear.  But now, she is not only willing, but enthusiastic.  She is now looking forward to planning and preparing for the adventure."

The two day Ocean Sailing Seminar, supported by SAIL magazine, covers all aspects of preparing to go ocean sailing, presented by experts, industry professionals and experienced cruisers. Lecturers have been chosen for their knowledge and practical experience in their specialist fields. Special emphasis will be on the ARC Caribbean 1500 and World ARC routes and what to expect in terms of weather and equipment issues, but anyone interested in offshore sailing will gain valuable lessons from the weekend. Seminar fee includes meals at a quality hotel, plus full lecture notes, and a free copy of SAIL magazine. Delegate rates on hotel accommodation available.

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You’ll learn about ...

  • Outfitting your boat for offshore cruising - how to convert your boat from a coastal cruiser to an offshore passage-maker, how to plan you refit, and the equipment you need to consider 
  • Sails and Rigging - are your sails ready for offshore? Choosing and maintaining your sails. Top tips for maintaining your rig 
  • Safety Equipment - what equipment you will need and how to use it to keep your crew safe 
  • Electronics Equipment - taking the mystery out of choosing the right navigation systems. 
  • Ladies Roundtable - a chance to share knowledge and concerns without the men around 
  • Managing your Boat and Crew Offshore - tips on crew management, watches and running a good ship. 
  • Power Management - how to do a power audit; understanding batteries and charging methods. 
  • Communications Systems for Offshore - how to keep in contact and get weather forecasts at sea 
  • Developing your Water and Fuel Plan - planning your passage so you don’t run out of essentials
  • Enjoying Life At Sea - it is fun to go sailing – what its really like --- including tips for provisioning 
  • Understanding Offshore Weather and Navigating the Gulf Stream - learn the tricks for getting south safely 
  • Tactics for Heavy Weather Sailing & Planning for Offshore Emergencies - keeping crew and boat safe when the going gets tough 
  • Common Problems At Sea - things that break, and how to stop them breaking! 
  • Enjoying Life in the Islands - make the most of your Caribbean cruising -- customs, pets, security, things to do 
  • Timeline to Departure - most important things to remember

And it’s a great excuse to spend a spring weekend in Annapolis! The small waterfront community has loads to offer sailors. Head out to Bacon Sails on Legion Ave, just a five minute drive from the Westin Hotel to search through a treasure trove of new and used sailing gear, from bronze sextants to anchor windlasses and used sails in one of the most unique chandleries around. Take the short walk down to the waterfront to watch the sailboats and grab a coffee at City Dock or check out the gorgeous campus of the US Naval Academy (just bring your ID!). And make sure to pop across the drawbridge to the locals’ ‘Maritime Republic of Eastport’ for lunch or dinner at The Boatyard or simply a walk around the quiet, picturesque residential streets. 

Seminar Fees (5% discount available if booked before January 7, 2019)

  • $395 for seminar- includes all breaks and dinner on Saturday night


  • $45 discount off boat entry fee for the 2019 ARC Caribbean 1500 or ARC Bahamas, ARC Europe , ARC/+ or World ARC 2020, if entered in the rally by April 30, 2018.
  • Discounts for current rally entrants - ask for your discount code!

All-Inclusive Package Includes

  • Two full days of Seminar Lectures: 8am to 5pm on Saturday; 8am to 3pm on Sunday
  • Seminar lecture notes
  • All meals and breaks
  • Dinner with wine on Saturday night
  • World Cruising Club staff support including management of hotel bookings and other administrative activities



The booking can be made completely online, including secure online payment.  If you prefer to book over the phone, please call us on +1 757 788 8872

Blue Water Cruising Forum 2019 - HISWA Netherlands

Blue Water Cruising Forum 2019

7 maart 2019 van 19:00 uur tot 21:00 uur

HISWA in de RAI Amsterdam

Kamer K101/102 naast ingang K

Open voor reservering

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Ocean Cruising Seminar 09/10 March 2019, Guildford UK

The Ocean Cruising Seminar covers in depth, a variety of subjects associated with the planning and preparation required for an Atlantic Circuit or round the world voyage. Lecturers have been chosen for their wealth of knowledge in their specialist fields. Special emphasis will be on the ARC and World ARC and what to expect in terms of weather and equipment issues. A number of the lecturers have sailed in the rallies and will draw on their experience from their participation in the event.

Ocean Cruising Seminar

When: 09 March and 10 March 2019

Where: Holiday Inn, Guildford, UK
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Ocean Sailing Seminar: Annapolis MD, USA, March 16/17, 2019

Based in the US or Canada and interested in offshore passage making?
Join the two day Ocean Sailing Seminar, supported by SAIL magazine, in Annapolis MD on March 16/17, 2019
The full program covers all aspects of preparing to go ocean sailing, and is lead by experts, industry professionals and experienced cruisers.

We've organised a complete package of accommodation and meals at a quality hotel, so you can relax, talk to fellow participants and get the most out of the weekend.

Ocean Sailing Seminar
When: March 16/17, 2019
Where: The Westin Hotel, Annapolis MD

More information:  read on...

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ARC Channel Islands Seminar

The ARC Channel Islands Seminar will cover areas important for completing a channel crossing as well as information for cruising around the Channel Islands and guidance on how to prepare your boat and crew for the rally and some reminders of best practice for safe sailing. 

Saturday 18 May 2019, 10:00 to 16:30
Hamble School of Yachting, Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane, Hamble SO31 4HQ

Cost: £30 per person (free to ARC Channel Islands participants)

Contact World Cruising Club for discount code.

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ARC Bluewater Weekend 2019

The Bluewater Weekend, is for sailors who are aiming at going offshore cruising and want to know what to look for when choosing a bluewater cruising boat. For those in the boat search phase of their count-down to offshore cruising, the Bluewater Weekend will provide the knowledge to help make the right choice of boat, plan a refit, and manage the costs of cruising, as well as meeting and mingling with experienced bluewater cruisers to share knowledge and gain inspiration, all in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June, 2019

Berthon Marina, Lymington, UK

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Training Courses for Bluewater Cruisers

Hamble School of Yachting offer rally participants exclusive training dates and discounted prices for the ISAF Offshore Safety course, RYA Sea Survival and RYA First Aid courses.  These are highly recommended for any skippers and crew going offshore, and especially for anyone participating in or considering the ARC, ARC Portugal and World ARC.

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