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Calgary 2019 - Preparation for and the Realities of Cruising
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The Calgary Chapter is kicking off the summer cruising season with a daylong seminar jam-packed with practical advice for everyone who is considering going offshore. The first session will focus on preparation for coastal and offshore cruising, the second on the realities of cruising. Presenter Liza Copeland is an award-winning, best-selling author of four cruising books that document her family travels around the world and around North and Central America. All welcome!

2019-05-04
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
0900h - 1600h
Where: Smart Technologies Building
3636 Research Road NW
Calgary, Alberta  T2L 1Y1
Canada
Contact: Steve Colleaux


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Course Info:

Morning Session - Technical and Practical Preparations for Coastal and Offshore Cruising

  • Choosing the right boat and equipment for the voyage planned within budget limitations.
  • Size, design and outfitting (re-fitting) for blue water, including:
    • rigs and sails
    • anchors, rodes and anchoring techniques
    • dinghies and life rafts
    • electrical systems and power management
    • engines and fuels
  • Weather and routing considerations when planning, charts & guide books
  • Accessing weather and communication options
  • Cruising costs and money management
  • Insurance, boat and medical
  • Safety equipment and strategies to practice
  • Comfort on deck and below
  • Stowage, spares and tools
  • Pets and kids
  • Setting the date to leave the dock

Afternoon Session - Voyaging Realities and Routines

What is it really like to be at sea?  Liza's tips will help turn a possible nightmare into positive memorable experiences for the crew and your guests.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Departure routines and requirements
  • Routes and world weather systems
  • Storm avoidance and storm strategies
  • Sails, sail plans and chafe
  • On board safety rules and watch-keeping routines
  • Radio nets and resources
  • Cooking, cleaning, fishing
  • Seasickness

Instructor
Liza Copeland is an award-winning, best-selling author of four cruising books that document her family travels around the world and around North and Central America. She and her husband, Andy, have also written a practical how-to text for both coastal and offshore cruisers entitled Cruising for Cowards (2nd edition published in 2014). Liza writes for a variety of magazines, and gives seminars at boat shows and inspirational talks to a wide variety of other organizations in Canada, the US and UK. The Copeland family continue to enjoy cruising in Bagheera, a 1985 Beneteau First 38, which has now logged over 124,000nm to 114 countries. 

Lunch:
Lunch is not included; you may wish to bring a bag lunch.

Cost:
BCA Members:  $80
Non-Members:  $110

Maximum Class Size:
25 participants

Cancellation:
There is a $15 processing fee in the event of participant cancellation.

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