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St. Petersburg Cruising Seminars

 

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Whether you are getting started in sailing, planning your dream cruise, preparing for your favorite passage, or looking to get the most out of your sailing, with almost 100 free and fee-based seminars available, there is surely a seminar for you. 

All classroom seminars are being held in Tents A-D. Fee-based seminars are held only in Tent D.  See below for a few of the premier fee-based seminars being offered at the show:

Outfitting for Blue Water Cruising

Pam Wall, Sailing and Cruising Consultant   

Friday, December 2, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Tent D:$65

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Learn what you can do to make your boat a blue water sailing yacht. This educational seminar shares the experiences of the speaker and her family while sailing across the oceans. You will learn the essentials of blue water cruising equipment and learn about products that are important for your cruise. You'll gain knowledge and practical ideas on how to make your boat easier to handle, safer and more fun to sail.

Pam Wall is well known for outfitting world cruisers, consulting on prospective routes for sailing, her sailing instruction, and as a seminar speaker who encourages and educates on the cruising lifestyle to all who attend her seminars.  Along with her husband, Andy, and two young children Samantha and Jamie, Pam has sailed around the world on their custom made Freya 39 KANDARIK.   Pam's boat was built at home and then took her family Around the World and later back and forth across the Atlantic to Europe three times. Pam worked for West Marine for over 20 years as their Outfitting Manager and Cruising Consultant.  Now if you are in need of help outfitting or just getting information on your cruising needs, contact Pam at:  pam@pamwall.com and visit her web-site: pamwall.com and Face Book Page: Pam Wall Cruising and Sailing Consulting

   

Cruising the Abacos in the Bahamas

Pam Wall, Sailing and Cruising Consultant               

Saturday, December 3, 10:15 AM - 1:15PM - Tent D:$65

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You don't have to circle the globe to find paradise — the Bahamas are so near and yet so far! In this seminar Pam will teach you about sailing to these magnificent islands —when to go, how to get there, where to sail once you arrive, all the "musts" to have aboard, what you'll find once you are there. The seminar will also discuss the weather for all seasons and considerations for crossing the Gulfstream.           

Pam Wall is well known for outfitting world cruisers, consulting on prospective routes for sailing, her sailing instruction, and as a seminar speaker who encourages and educates on the cruising lifestyle to all who attend her seminars.  Along with her husband, Andy, and two young children Samantha and Jamie, Pam has sailed around the world on their custom made Freya 39 KANDARIK.   Pam's boat was built at home and then took her family Around the World and later back and forth across the Atlantic to Europe three times. Pam worked for West Marine for over 20 years as their Outfitting Manager and Cruising Consultant.  Now if you are in need of help outfitting or just getting information on your cruising needs, contact Pam at:  pam@pamwall.com and visit her web-site: pamwall.com and Face Book Page: Pam Wall Cruising and Sailing Consulting

 

Building Your Cruising Confidence - "You've Got This!"

Bill Cullen, Thebookofsail.com

Saturday, December 3, 4:45 PM - 6:45 PM - Tent D:$65

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Most people have the ability and knowledge to go cruising. But, often the difference between those who cruise and those who do not is confidence. This seminar  provides experienced sailors with a great refresher to reinforce what they already know or provides those new to cruising with a great foundation of knowledge and tips for their first cruising experience. Either way, the goal is to build confidence in yourself. 

Bill Cullen has been a professional captain and delivery skipper for over 40 years, with 100,000 miles of offshore racing, cruising and delivery experience. He was a yacht broker for a decade and has owned and restored over a dozen sailboats. He has cruised the Bahamas, eastern and western Caribbean, the South Pacific and the French canals. You may have read his “How To" and “Gadget” articles in various sailing magazines including Sail Magazine and Southwinds.

At Sea-Level Surface Pressure Map Workshop

Lee Chesneau, Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather

Saturday, December 3, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM -Tent D:$65

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This reinforcement workshop takes a closer look at and examines more in-depth Surface Pressure Maps.

• There will be a reinforcement exercise built around surface pressure map symbols, beginning with reviewing one’s understanding the surface station plot (wind direction     & speed, atmospheric pressure,& current weather conditions (fog, rain, or thunderstorms)).

• Attendees will be given an opportunity to practice drawing isobars around surface atmospheric pressure readings from station plots; then one will learn what it means to   identify where low and high pressure systems are.

• There will be a practice learning exercise to consolidate the difference between “Issued” and “Valid” This is important to understanding the 24 -hour tracking of directional   movement of the low and high pressure centers on the surface pressure from the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC).

• Attendees will practice determining true wind direction & speed barbs from a surface pressure map depicting “Low” & “High” pressure only.

• Ref: the National Weather Service marine advisory, watch, and warning program; there will be a couple of scenarios for attendees to consider strategy options before       leaving the dock, as well as after leaving the dock.

• Finally, based on reviewing additional surface pressure maps symbols (fronts, troughs, ridges), there will be a practice exercise on being able to identify the specific        weather conditions associated with the map symbols; such as associated clouds, visibility restricting weather conditions (fog, or precipitation types; rain, or    thunderstorms).

Pre-requisite: Attend free seminar “The Weather Briefing…Assessing Your Marine Weather Self Reliant Skills” (see boat show free seminar schedule)

Lee Chesneau is a senior marine meteorologist, lecturer and author. He had a distinguished career with the NOAA National Weather Service and Satellite Service and also served as a U.S. Navy officer and as a route analyst for a commercial weather and ship routing company. Today, Lee is an accomplished U.S. Coast Guard certified instructor for basic and advanced meteorology at a number of continuing-training institutions for professional mariners. He offers the same curriculum to educate and train recreational boaters on becoming self-reliant in their own marine weather knowledge for application in marine weather forecasting and strategic vessel routing. 

Understanding the 500 Mb Chart Workshop

Lee Chesneau, Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather

Sunday, December 4, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Tent D:$65

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Lee will breakdown the different components of a 500 Mb chart, considered to be the holy grail of weather forecasting, and then go deeper into your understanding of weather forecasting; Specifically in addition to the 500 Mb station plot, we will delve into the components of a 500 mb chart (altitude versus pressure); iso-height contours, wind barbs & their spacing, iso-height labeling.

Specifically, you will learn:
• To identify upper level troughs and ridges.
• How 500 Mb has direct impact on where surface low and high pressure weather systems originate, intensify, weaken, and move (direction & speed of motion).
• To identify and recognize through practice exercises the four (4) basic flow patterns well depicted on 500 Mb charts.
• To apply and practice the 500 Mb “Rules of Thumb” as it impacts surface weather conditions and forecasting including predicting where the strongest winds on the        surface will be.
• To use and exercise the A.B, C, & D zones associated with a 500 Mb chart (as discussed in detail in Heavy Weather Avoidance by Chen & Chesneau, (www.chesneaumarineweather.com/?p=214)

Pre-requisites: "Introduction to the 500 Mb Chart”, & “Wind and Wave Concepts & Charts" and "Introduction to the At Sea-Level Surface Pressure Chart" – Free Seminars (see boat show schedule)

Lee Chesneau is a senior marine meteorologist, lecturer and author. He had a distinguished career with the NOAA National Weather Service and Satellite Service and also served as a U.S. Navy officer and as a route analyst for a commercial weather and ship routing company. Today, Lee is an accomplished U.S. Coast Guard certified instructor for basic and advanced meteorology at a number of continuing-training institutions for professional mariners. He offers the same curriculum to educate and train recreational boaters on becoming self-reliant in their own marine weather knowledge for application in marine weather forecasting and strategic vessel routing. 

Understanding Weather and Cruise Decision Making Workshop

Lee Chesneau, Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather

Sunday, December 6, 1:45 PM - 4:45 PM - Tent D:$65

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Offshore Blue Water Cruising on the high seas waters always involves receiving the marine weather forecast issued from NOAA or other government agencies such as Environment Canada. We will delve into integrating the core weather maps for vessel forecasting and route decision making inclusive of 500 mb, surface pressure, & wind/wave analyses & forecast charts.

This course exercise will practice:

  • Discuss concepts utilized for long distance voyage planning for both North Pacific & Atlantic Oceans (from pilot charts, to graphical, & text based marine weather forecasts).
  • We practice the importance of developing a culture documentation & verification of 48/ 96 hour Graphical Forecast Verification Page
  • Utilizing the Graphical Pacific Briefing Page from the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), we will get an understanding of synoptic scale weather through 5-days (120 hours) by the integration of surface pressure, 500 mb, & Wind & Wave Analyses and Forecasts Charts.
  • We then tie that into the local marine weather forecasts through 5-days, along with the marine interpretation message from the OPC. Plan a North Atlantic Ocean virtual voyage from Tampa Bay to Bermuda, to the Azores & into the Mediterranean Sea (or the English Channel.

Pre-requisites: "Introduction to the 500 Mb Chart”, & “Wind and Wave Concepts & Charts" and "Introduction to the At Sea-Level Surface Pressure Chart" – Free Seminars (see boat show schedule)

Lee Chesneau is a senior marine meteorologist, lecturer and author. He had a distinguished career with the NOAA National Weather Service and Satellite Service and also served as a U.S. Navy officer and as a route analyst for a commercial weather and ship routing company. Today, Lee is an accomplished U.S. Coast Guard certified instructor for basic and advanced meteorology at a number of continuing-training institutions for professional mariners. He offers the same curriculum to educate and train recreational boaters on becoming self-reliant in their own marine weather knowledge for application in marine weather forecasting and strategic vessel routing. 

 

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