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Winter Is Seminar Season, Part 1

The winter months of January and February are so replete with seminars on virtually all aspects of sailing that we won’t have room to list them all in one post. But we’ll get a start with events this weekend.

When preparing for a Pacific Ocean crossing, prior planning makes all the difference. Pacific Offshore Academy #3 will be held tomorrow, January 13 (not on Sunday the 14th as previously announced). Richmond Yacht Club will host the full-day event. Topics and speakers will include:

  • Sails – Jeff Thorpe
  • Offshore gear – Nathalie Criou
  • VHF installation and use – Eric Steinberg
  • Navigation and tactics – Peter Isler
  • Optimizing your boat – Melinda and Bill Erkelens
  • Provisioning
  • Shipping your boat home – Mike Pasha

Break-out tables and tours of outfitted Pacific Cup boats showing typical installations will be available. $40 includes lunch. Register at The seminar will be followed at 5 p.m. by a social hour.

Spadefoot, an Austin-based Schumacher 28, was among the 11 boats racing doublehanded in the 2016 Pacific Cup. (We don’t know who took this photo; if it was you, email us and we’ll give you credit.)

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Meanwhile, in Marina del Rey, Del Rey YC will host a Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar. Register online for $75.

The Singlehanded TransPac Seminar Series will continue on Wednesday, January 17, 7 p.m., at Island YC in Alameda. This month’s topics will be Rigging and Sails. It’s free and everyone is welcome. For into on the complete series, see

On Thursday, January 18, at 7 p.m., the Corinthian Speaker Series at CYC in downtown Tiburon will feature America’s Cup veteran Ron Young talking about the Cup. It’s free, but RSVP to (415) 435-4771 or see

On Saturday, January 27, circumnavigator and ABYC-accredited electrician Clark Beek will conduct a Marine Electrical Seminar at Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito. $50 includes morning coffee and lunch from Mollie Stone’s. Register online at

Andy Turpin, Latitude 38’s Editor at Large and instigator of the Pacific Puddle Jump, will present a ‘Cruising Tahiti and the Pacific Puddle Jump’ seminar at the Seattle Boat Show on Saturday, January 27, and Sunday, January 28, at 3 p.m. on both days, on Stage #6 Club Level.

Where to go after the Baja Ha-Ha and Mexico? The Pacific Puddle Jumpers head for French Polynesia.

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Andy’s seminars will be followed by Latitude founder and Baja Ha-Ha Grand Poobah Richard Spindler speaking about 25 Years of Baja Ha-Ha, at 4 p.m. both days in the same location. The seminars are free with boat show admission. See

On that same weekend, San Diego YC will host a World Sailing Offshore Safety Course/US Sailing Safety at Sea with hands-on training. Pay $350 for the whole weekend or $250 for Sunday’s hands-on training only. See

For much more, check out our monthly Calendar, and tune into ‘Lectronic again next week.

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