2014 Annapolis Seminar Schedule

Cruising World’s US Sailboat Show Seminars, presented by B&G, will take place October 9-12, 2014 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

10:30 am -11:45 am
The Weather Briefing: Lee Chesneau, senior meteorologist for Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather, challenges the audience on marine weather skills with an overview of graphic marine-weather warnings, analyses, and forecast charts, plus pointers on how to improve weather-forecasting skills.

Noon-1:30 pm
Getting the Most From Your Instruments: B&G technical specialist and Grand Prix professional navigator Matt Fries explores marine electronics and their calibration, and addresses the unique challenges specific to sailing with practical technology solutions.

2:00 pm -3:45 pm
Revisiting the 1979 Fastnet Race with Gary Jobson: Cruising World and Sailing World editor at large, America's Cup and Fastnet winner and commentator Gary Jobson will discuss the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race and its implications for ocean racing over the last 35 years, including showing "Ted Turner's Greatest Race: The 1979 Fastnet," a new film on the topic.

4:00 pm -5:15 pm
EXCLUSIVE 2014 - 2015 Volvo Ocean Race Preview: Ken Read, President of North Sails and two-time Volvo Ocean Race skipper joins us for an exclusive presentation and inside look at the 2014-2015 edition of the world's toughest ocean sailing race. Seven crews aboard the new one design Volvo Ocean 65 race boats set out October 11, 2014, bound for 11 cities in 11 countries while covering 38,739 nautical miles in nine months. Hear how the teams stack up and also learn how you can greet the fleet during the Volvo's only U.S. stopover in Newport, Rhode Island, in May 2015.

Friday, October 10, 2014

10:30 am - 11:45 am
Don Street's Offshore Preparations: Don Street, author of The Ocean Sailing Yacht and veteran of more than 50 years of offshore passages, discusses retrofitting your boat to make her a better cruising boat for long coastal and offshore cruises.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Heaven on Earth: Sailing Lake Huron's North Channel: Longtime cruisers Ralph Folsom and Pixie Haughwout explore the magical and protected cruising grounds of the North Channel, located in Canadian waters on the northern side of Lake Huron.

2:00 pm-3:30 pm The Caribbean by Sea and by Land: Join noted author and speaker Liza Copeland as she takes you cruising throughout the Caribbean, showing you its wealth of inland travels, fascinating facilities, bird parks, rain forest walks, botanical gardens, and cultural events along with the warm waters, excellent dining and great sailing we all enjoy.

4:00 pm -5:30 pm
Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Canal Cruising in the South of France: Longtime cruisers Ralph Folsom and Pixie Haughwout explore canal cruising in this renown region of France, covering ports, people, wine, markets, restaurants, and history—all presented with an eye for romance.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

10:00 am-noon
Panel Discussion – Behind the Cushions, Under the Floorboards: How to inspect your next cruising sailboat – Tips from Cruising World's Boat of the Year judging team.

12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Getting the Most From Your Instruments: B&G technical specialist and Grand Prix professional navigator Matt Fries explores marine electronics and their calibration, and addresses the unique challenges specific to sailing with practical technology solutions.

2:15 pm-3:45 pm
Blue Water Basics, with Ocean Voyager Matt Rutherford: Matt has sailed around the Americas and recently from California to Japan and knows a thing or two about offshore sailing. This will be an interactive seminar on how to make your bluewater dreams a reality. Matt will discuss trade winds, route planning and life at sea.

4:00 pm-5:15 pm
The Art of Seamanship: Ralph Naranjo previews his new book and takes a look at what it takes to turn cruising dreams into reality. Ralph, an authoritative voice in the marine community and a regular contributor to Cruising World, delves into what it takes to safely cross oceans and how to get your boat ready to go.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

9:00 am-10:15 am
Exploring Chesapeake Bay with Tom Hale: Chesapeake Bay editor for Waterway Guide, Tom Hale has cruised the largest estuary in the U.S. extensively for nearly 30 years, from the Sassafras River to Hampton Roads. Tom will share the wonders of the region and will utilize charts, satellite imagery and his personal photos.

10:30 am-11:45 am
South Pacific Adventures: Mexico to Australia, the Two-Year Plan: Sarah and Will Curry sailed across the South Pacific Ocean in 2013, and they have an up-to-date and fun perspective on what it takes, what it's like, and how to make it happen.

Noon-1:30 pm
Planning Your Navigational Strategies for Crossing the Gulf Stream. Lifelong sailor Frank Bohlen, Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at the University of Connecticut, discusses factors governing Gulf Stream flows from the Straits of Florida to New England as well as optimal routing strategies. Bohlen has participated in dozens of offshore voyages and completed 18 Newport to Bermuda Races.

2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Getting to the Bahamas and Exploring Once You're There: Pam Wall has sailed around the world, but the Bahamas are her favorite cruising grounds. Pam will walk you through the planning stages, discuss picking the right weather window and preview all the beauty there is to see and explore in and around these magnificent islands, so near, yet so far.

4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Going South: Don Street, the Caribbean Guru, discusses the entire Caribbean Sea sailing region.

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/annapolisseminars.