COMING SOON AND GAINING MOMENTUM: CRUISERS UNIVERSITY!
When you ask Paul Jacobs of United States Yacht Shows to talk about the upcoming Cruisers University slated for May 12-15 at the Baltimore Marine Center Inner Harbor, his first enthusiastic response might surprise you: “It’s time to quit dreaming and start cruising,” he says.
“What are you waiting for? Now is the time to learn all you need to know before you go cruising,” said Jacobs. “In this four-day event, you will be introduced to more live-aboard boating concepts by internationally known boating talent than anywhere else on the planet. Series of classes on proper boat systems, cruising destinations, living and loving your life aboard, and navigating in safety are all presented in a comfortable educational setting. Live product demonstrations and sea trials, Cruising Ambassadors, interaction with other cruisers and instructors, evening social events, and all meals and parking are available to participants.”
Sail America is actively engaged in this event and is coordinating the “Introduction to Cruising” seminar program.
“We are very pleased to partner with the United States Yacht Shows and to help provide a first-rate curriculum,” said Sail America Executive Director Jonathan Banks. “We are equally optimistic about the quality of the programming and are happy to be supporting such a worthwhile event.”
Featured Presenters include:
Liza Copeland is a lifelong sailor (cruiser and racer). Since 1973, Liza and her husband, Andy, have sailed over 150,000 miles together, including a circumnavigation with their three children. This adventure was followed by cruising around North and Central America. Another seven years were spent in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, West Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and currently in the Pacific Northwest. In all, their Beneteau Bagheera has taken them 116,000 n.miles to 114 countries.
Jeff Thomassen has been working various aspects of the marine industry his entire life. He has been a certified outboard mechanic, diver, fuel dock manager, fleet service manager and more. Over the past 12 years, Jeff as been working in the marine electronics sector as an installer and sales rep, and is currently the sales director for OCENS, one of the leading satellite communications solutions providers known for their award winning email "OCENS Mail" and weather services "WeatherNet."
Ralph Naranjo is the Technical Editor of Practical Sailor, and is currently writing a Seamanship book for McGraw Hill. For 10 years he served as the Vanderstar Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy, overseeing the sail training program and acting as the Academy's lead agent on the development of the new Navy 44-foot sail training sloops. He moderates U.S. Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars, is a past Chairman of the Safety at Sea Committee, and has written extensively about a wide range of marine topics. His sailing experience includes a family voyage around the world aboard his sloop Wind Shadow. For 15 years he served as a judge for Cruising World magazine's "Boat of the Year" Contest, he has managed a full service boatyard, consulted on boat building projects, and strongly believes that "self reliance, capable seamanship, and weather awareness" are an offshore voyager's best allies.
For a complete list of classes and instructors, visit www.usboat.com/schedule/CU program registration.html
For detailed event data, admission tickets, and registration, visit www.usboat.com or contact Nancy Grisham: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: (410) 263-7802.
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