Cruising and Safety at Sea Seminars

Strictly Sail Pacific is less than two weeks away and Blue Water Sailing magazine is sponsoring lots of excellent FREE seminars!

This year’s lineup includes seminars by John and Amanda Neal, Jimmy Cornell, Pam Wall, Gino Morrelli, Brion Toss, George Day and many more. Also at Strictly Sail Pacific 2013 is US Sailing’s new half-day Coastal Safety at Sea seminar sponsored by West Marine.

This new seminar is a great way to keep up with current techniques and products. This first-ever Coastal Safety at Sea seminar will meet the new training requirements for sailors racing in San Francisco offshore races, and is certified by US Sailing.

Intended to address the needs of coastal racers and cruisers, the four hour seminar will focus on personal safety gear, man overboard recovery, emergency communications, Coast Guard search and rescue, and breaking wave prediction and avoidance. Upon completion, you’ll be entered in the US Sailing database as having taken a Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar. Speakers include Chuck Hawley, Chairman of the Safety at Sea Committee of US Sailing; Bruce Brown, Safety at Sea Moderator and sailor; and Jim Antrim, local Naval Architect and active racer. Note: this is intended primarily for coastal sailors. If your plans include Transpac or Pacific Cup, you should consider the 8-hour version of the Safety at Sea seminars.

Each certification is good for 5 years and is geared toward specific audiences.  The half-day seminar will focus on key topics pertinent for coastal sailing and racing:


Personal Safety Gear

Search and Rescue – (USCG)

Heavy Weather techniques

Emergency Communication

Breaking Waves – prediction/anticipation

Vessel Traffic

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2013

Time: 9:00 – 1:00

Registration:  8:30

Location: Waterfront Hotel, Oakland – Regatta Room 1

Cost: $50.00 Sign-up at

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