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Fall Cruising Seminars

Heading south of the border this cruising season? If so, you’d be wise to attend many of the helpful seminars offered in San Diego by Downwind Marine, West Marine and others.

Downwind’s kick-off event is October 16 and their seminar series runs through November 8. CLICK HERE for the full schedule and descriptions.

Downwind Marine Seminars:
2804 Canon Street, San Diego

Offshore Communication Training Series
(RSVP recommended; $25/person or $30/couple unless noted)

  • 10/16 — Using Your Marine SSB by Gordon West & Shea Weston, 5:30-9:30 p.m. 
  • 10/17 — SailMail Training by Jim & Sue Corenman and Shea Weston at Pt. Loma Assembly Hall, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ($50/$75)
  • 10/17 — Radar Made Simple for Cruisers by Terry Sparks, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • 10/18 — Icom M802 Made Simple for Cruisers by Terry Sparks, 5:30-9:30 p.m.  

Evening Cruisers’ Seminar Series
($3 at the backdoor of Downwind Marine, 6-8 p.m.)

  • 10/21 — Tips & Tricks for Life Afloat by Wendy Hinman
  • 10/22 — Charts Past, Present & Future by Capt. Ann Kinner
  • 10/23 — Cruising Mainland Mexico & PPJ Prep at Puerto Vallarta Marina by Dick Markie
  • 10/24 — Surviving a Haulout by CF Koehler
  • 10/25 — Life at Sea: What Works, What Doesn’t by Capt. Dale Parshall
  • 10/28 — Philosophy of Ground Tackle by Capt. Holly Scott
  • 10/29 — Safety Lessons for Offshore Cruising by Bruce Brown
  • 10/30 — Mexican Liability & International Health Insurance by DeAnne Amancio
  • 10/31 — Outboard Motor Care by Tom Teevin
  • 11/1 — Cruising the World: A Bluewater Family Adventure by Bob & Gail French
  • 11/4 — What’s New for Cruising Mexico by Capt. Pat Rains
  • 11/5 — 12-Volt Cruising by Barry Kessler
  • 11/6 — Off the Beaten Path in Mexico by Mark & Emily Fagan
  • 11/7 — Staying Friends with Your Diesel Engine by CF Koehler
  • 11/8 — Planning for Cruising by Capt. Ann Kinner

West Marine Seminar:
1250 Rosecrans, San Diego

  • 10/14; 1 p.m. — Rigging: Inspect & Prevent Rig Failure 

Other Events at Downwind Marine:

  • 10/19 — Baja Ha-Ha Welcome Party, with special discounts, a vendor fair (including author signings) and potluck, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • 10/21-25 — Baja Ha-Ha Week, includes morning buddy boat meetings with coffee and donuts, 10 a.m.
  • 11/2 — Annual Cruisers’ Potluck Party, with special discounts, a vendor fair (including author signings) and potluck, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Need Crew?

In an effort to making it easier for potential crew to find rides, and captain’s in need to find watch-standers, Downwind Marine has set up a special binder on their front counter that contains resumes and photos of a variety of potential crew. If you’d like your info to be added, drop by or mail in your info (2804 Canon Street, San Diego, CA 92106).


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Jean-Pierre Dick and Rouland Jourdain’s MOD70 Virbac-Paprec capsized and dismasted yesterday while training for the Transat Jacques Vabre.