2015 Annapolis Seminar Schedule

Cruising World’s US Sailboat Show Seminars will take place October 8-11, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Note: We've moved! Cruising World's Seminars at the US Sailboat Show, Presented by B&G, have moved to 110 Compromise Street, Annapolis, Maryland — the old Fawcett's building.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

10:00 am-11:00 am – Teresa Carey

Citizen Science and Ocean Conservation for the Cruising Sailor: Sailors love the ocean, so why not help keep her healthy and beautiful in a fun and enriching way. This discussion, includes an overview of the state of ocean conservation today, opportunities to contribute to real scientific research, and a list of resources and fun ways to get involved.

11:15-12:15 – Tucker Thompson

35th America's Cup Update with AC Host: Tucker Thompson's presentation includes an overview of the Cup's storied history, a chance to relive the dramatic comeback of AC34, an inside look at what to expect for AC35 in Bermuda, and updates from the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series

12:30-1:30 – Lee Chesneau

How a Sailor Can Conduct a Personal Weather Routing Plan: This will focus on how a boater can access public-domain marine weather analyses & forecast products in order to create your own blue-water route plan. Senior marine meteorologist Lee Chesneau, will take you directly through this step-by-step process using the Internet. So, bring along your iPads, smartphones, & tablets!

1:45-2:45  – Matt Fries

An Introduction to Sailing with Instruments: When he isn't working with professional sailors to prefect and fine tuning their B&G electronics suites, Matt is providing advice and insight to recreational sailors and resellers. He is an accomplished sailor with tens of thousands of miles under his belt and is well versed and experienced in both cruising and racing. His seminar will address the basics of Marine Electronics use and calibration of instruments on sailing vessels. It will also review recent advancements in products specifically designed for sailors.

3:00-4:00 – Ralph Naranjo

The Cruising Side of Seamanship: Longtime bluewater voyager, technical expert, author and Safety at Sea lecturer Ralph Naranjo will discuss lessons in seamanship for cruising couples and short-handed crews.

4:15-5:00 – Liza Copeland

Caribbean Planning Essentials: The diverse Caribbean demands specific planning regarding the boat, equipment, route, weather, provisions, cultures, language, officialdom, clothing, medical, security and much more for smooth sailing both at sea and ashore.

Friday, October 9, 2015

10:30-11:30 – Matt Rutherford

Sailing the Arctic: Greenland and the Northwest Passage: Just back from a summer's scientific voyage to Greenland, Matt Rutherford will talk about high latitude adventures and his solo passage through the Northwest Passage and around Cape Horn.

11:45-12:45 – Pam Wall

Cruising the Bahamas: Pam Wall has sailed around the world, but the Bahamas are her top choice for a cruising ground! Her slide presentation will have you jumping into the clear water before you know it.

1:00-2:00 – Frank Bohlen

The Gulf Stream: A Navigator's Perspective: A discussion of the navigational challenges of Gulf Stream sailing; Stream structure, influence on local weather and sea state, sources of information and routing strategies.

2:15-3:15 – John Rousmaniere

The Seamanship Strategy: Sailors should know skills—but they need a strategy. That's what we mean by "seamanship." The author of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship will describe the seamanship strategy, including recent lessons learned.

3:30-5:00 – Gary Jobson

The Mysteries of Sable Island, Ted Turner's Greatest Race: 1979 Fastnet Race and a general discussion of the Major Issues in Sailing Today: Television commentator and Cruising World editor at large Gary Jobson will just be back from a voyage to Sable Island, in the heart of the North Atlantic. Don't miss his insights into all things sailing related, and see highlights from his summer's adventure.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

10:00-11:00 – John Rousmaniere

The Seamanship Strategy: Sailors should know skills—but they need a strategy. That's what we mean by "seamanship." The author of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship will describe the seamanship strategy, including recent lessons learned.

11:15-12:15 – Lin Pardey

The Unstoppable Cruising Boat: Some say "Cruising is fixing your boats in a series of exotic locations." Preventing this requires adjusting your attitude, then taking a careful look at how you outfit your boat. Learn the secrets from this well-traveled blue-water sailor.

12:30-1:30  – Matt Fries

An Introduction to Sailing with Instruments: When he isn't working with professional sailors to prefect and fine tuning their B&G electronics suites, Matt is providing advice and insight to recreational sailors and resellers. He is an accomplished sailor with tens of thousands of miles under his belt and is well versed and experienced in both cruising and racing. His seminar will address the basics of Marine Electronics use and calibration of instruments on sailing vessels. It will also review recent advancements in products specifically designed for sailors.

1:45-2:30 – Don Street

Street's 3 Best Places (Ever) to Cruise in the Eastern Caribbean: Sailors complain that with the expansion of yachting in general, and bare-boat charterers in particular, it is impossible to find quiet anchorages in the most popular cruising areas. Street says "nuts" and will explain how to find quiet anchorages in the Grenadines, Martinique and the Virgin Islands.

2:45-3:30 – Pam Wall

Outfitting For Blue Water Cruising: Learn from Pam and her family's experiences while sailing across the oceans. Her expert knowledge will help anyone grasp the essentials of blue water cruising equipment. Her expertise will help anyone grasp the essentials of cruising equipment, and she offers practical ideas on how to make your boat easier to handle, safer, and more fun to sail!

3:45-5:00 – Lin Pardey & Alvah Simon

Destination: The Pacific: Blue-water sailors and authors Lin Pardey and Alvah Simon will tell stories from their travels across the Pacific and beyond. Warning: There will be some seriously good sea stories told. Don't miss it.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

10:00-11:00 – Lin Pardey

Storm Tactics: Learn how to create a plan, choose the right equipment and get the practice you need to bring your boat and crew through heavy weather with their confidence intact.

11:15-12:15 – Matt Rutherford

Singlehanded & double handed sailing: How to sail alone as a couple or with a friend: Matt Rutherford has thousands of solo sea miles in his wake and will share tips that will help short-handed crews master their vessels over the long haul.

12:30-1:30 – Boat Of The Year Panel

Behind the Cushions; Under the Floorboards: How to inspect your next cruising sailboat – tips from Cruising World's Boat of the Year judging team and editors.

1:45-2:45 – Ed Kelly

A Different Kind of Circumnavigation! How Two 'Chicken Sailors' Became Explorers By Boat — Sailing Across The North Atlantic and Completing The First Circumnavigation Of Europe. Full-time cruisers Ed and Sue Kelly have visited 48 countries on the shores of 5 continents. The Kellys detail the serendipity of their explorations on their 28-year-old catamaran, Angel Louise, that saw them completing the first circumnavigation of Europe.

3:00-4:00 – Wally Moran

Cuba Is Waiting: Interested in learning about cruising in Cuba?Wally Moran, creator of the video Forbidding, Forbidden Cuba, has just returned from his third cruise along Cuba's north coast and will be discussing what cruising in Cuba is like, what you need to safely and successfully cruise in Cuba, and what has changed recently in terms of cruising to Cuba. There will be a question-and-answer period at the end of this fascinating and highly regarded seminar.

4:15-5:00 – Don Street

Street on Street: Lessons Learned from 70 Years at Sea: Don Street tells tales from Sailing's School of Hard Knocks and shares stories of disasters and near disasters on the high seas. His two rules to sail by: As CCA Blue Water Medal winner Jim Crawford says "Fatigue is the rust that destroys boats," and his own sage advice, "Don't enter strange harbors at night."

Speakers and schedule are subject to change. There is no charge for admission to the seminars. Admission is first come, first served. Seating may be limited, so arrive early.
For updates, check cruisingworld.com/2015-annapolis-seminars.