United States Yacht Shows, Inc., producer of the United States Sail and Powerboat Shows, is launching a new event for aspiring, as well as experienced, cruisers.
Billed as “The Ultimate Aid To Navigation,” Cruisers University will provide expert instruction in a wide range of subjects pertinent to long-range cruising. Classes range from general cruising topics, such as Crossing the Gulf Stream, Proper Provisioning and Cruising with Children, to master certification courses in diesel maintenance, weather forecasting, and a comprehensive educational package called the Seamanship Series. All classes will be taught by subject-matter experts from respected institutions, such as the Annapolis School of Seamanship. The opportunity to meet other Cruisers University participants who share the cruising dream is a added bonus.
One of the unique aspects of Cruisers University is its interactivity, including a large in-water display of boats, both sail and power, outfitted with live-aboard cruising in mind. Participants will not only attend classes, they can become involved with learning through demonstrations of equipment and systems, as well as by taking selected boats out for sea trials during the extended weekend.
The event takes place from May 12 to 15 at the Baltimore Marine Center at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Participants are allowed to choose from three programs with tuitions ranging form $450 for the four-day Masters Certification Program to $180 for the One-Day Educational Package. The number of courses and inclusions vary at each level, and evening social events featuring music, cocktails, and a keynote speaker are available for an additional fee. Breakfast and lunch packages, as well a special hotel and marina rates, are available for Cruisers University participants.
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