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Seminars for Southbound Cruisers in San Diego

As they have since before the Baja Ha-Ha even existed, Downwind Marine on Cañon Street near Shelter Island in San Diego will help cruisers prepare to cast off for Mexico with a series of educational seminars. The schedule is timed for the convenience of Baja Ha-Ha sailors, but the content is designed for all southbound cruisers.

Paradise Village harbormaster Dick Markie had to cancel his trip to the Bay Area in early September. If you’d been hoping to see his Mexico seminar at the Bay Model in Sausalito or talk to him at Latitude’s Crew List Party afterward, here’s another opportunity.
© 2021 Marcia Hilmen
  • Monday, October 18: Arno Chrispeels, president,
    International Health and Evacuation Insurance Options for Cruisers
  • Tuesday, October 19: Capt. Ann Kinner, USCG Master and owner of SeaBreeze Nautical Books & Charts
    The Cruiser’s Library and Update on NOAA/International Charts
  • Wednesday, October 20: Capt. Dietmar Petutschnig, president, Good Nautical and founder, Panama Posse
    Meet the Panama Posse — Cruising the American Tropics
  • Thursday, October 21: Bruce Brown, US Sailing Safety at Sea moderator and USCG trainer
    Safety Preparedness and a Safety Mindset Are Essential in Cruising — Train for Both
  • Friday, October 22: Damien Frye, National Channel Manager, Vesper Marine
    AIS Was Built for Cruisers Too — AIS Function and Benefits
  • Monday, October 25:Tim Gaub, aailmaker and manager, Doyle Sails
    Downwind Sailing — Tips and Sail Selection for Boat Speed and Sail Repair at Sea
  • Tuesday, October 26: Tom Teevin, outboard motor mechanic and college automotive educator
    Maintaining Your Outboard Motor While Cruising in Mexico
  • Wednesday, October 27: Capt. Pat Rains, USCG Master and author/publisher of Mexico Cruising Guides
    Cruising Mexico and Beyond
  • Thursday, October 28: Chef Melanie D. Cady, Certified French Chef and owner, Gourmet Galley Wench
    Review of Essential Galley Tools and Pressure Cooking Aboard
  • Friday, October 29: Dick & Gina Markie, harbormaster, Paradise Village Marina, Nuevo Vallarta
    Annual Update on Cruising Mexico — Everything You Need to Know and More
Pat Rains with big audience
Pat Rains addresses cruisers at a seminar in 2017.
© 2021 Marcia Hilmen

All seminars begin at 6 p.m.; the doors open at 5:45. Each costs $3 per person to attend.

Tom Teevin seminar
Your dinghy is your ‘wheels’ in Baja; Tom Teevin will help you learn to keep its outboard in tip-top shape.
© 2021 Marcia Hilmen

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