Ahoy there my sailing friends!
March is quickly passing and April is about to be upon us. Here on the Gulf Coast, its the beginning of the prime sailing season, and boy do we have a great lineup of sailing related events this year to look forward to. Here’s a quick list of the stuff I’m involved in at the moment:
Most of you know I teach sailing, but you might not know that I teach much more than just basic keelboat classes. This year, I’m delighted to announce two brand new courses that I’ll be introducing in April:
Digital Weather - April 9 @ HSH Yachts
On April 9, I’ll be joining HSH Yachts’s fantastic Jeremy Hood in a full-day weather course. The first half of the day, Jeremy will be covering everything you want to learn about weather basics, theory, and forecasting. The second half, I’ll be covering digital technologies to receive weather data while underway, and getting your hands “dirty” actually pulling down real weather with some fantastic digital toys. And for those of you with an interest in some of the more modern communications technologies, we have a definite treat for you in store. Details Here
Laptop / Computer Navigation - April 30 @ HSH Yachts
Later in April and also at HSH Yachts, I’ll be teaching a full day hands-on course on electronic navigation technology using laptop computers. I’ll be covering safe and effective navigation using modern navigation software; understanding digital chart types and how to get them; using AIS and DSC to increase situational awareness and enhance safety; understanding and connecting vessel instrumentation using NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000; and tips and tricks to get the most from your electronic navigation aids. Details Here
I’ve put a huge amount of effort into making these courses hugely valuable and full of awesome hands-on sessions, so if you’ll be in the Houston area in April this year, definitely make sure to reserve a spot.
Featured in Telltales Magazine
I’m also thrilled to announce that in a partnership with Telltales Magazine, I will be writing an electronics column and articles on various boating technology. My first article, on AIS and DSC technology, was featured in the March issue, and the April/May issues will run a 2-part series on laptop navigation as a basic introduction to the topic. Pick up a copy at your local chandlery, marina, or Clear Lake area newsstand today, and tell me what you think!
For those of you keeping track of my preparations for ocean sailing, I’ve made slow progress this month, mostly due to the huge effort involved in writing articles and planning the courses. But fear not, progress continues apace! The past month has seen the completion of the re-wiring of the entire boat’s electrical system, new LED navigation lights, fiberglass propane tanks to replace the degrading aluminum tanks previously on deck, and a freshly scrubbed bottom.
Upcoming projects for the next few months will hopefully include the standard maintenance of fresh bottom paint, a new depth sounder to replace my old worn out but faithful Simrad, a new AIS system to integrate with the navigation electronics, and brand spanking new rigging to bring her up to offshore standards. I’ll keep you posted as we move forward, and if you know anybody selling a nice pair of Lewmar self-tailing 46ST winches for a good price, let me know!
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Featured Sailing Site
I’d like to begin a little tradition here on the blog and feature a sailing website that I think you’ll really enjoy. Today I’m delighted to feature Morgan’s Cloud: Attainable Adventure Cruising
. A fantastic site with stories, technical articles, and just a tremendous amount of interesting information, these folks have been there, done that, and probably designed the t-shirt themselves! One of my inspirations for high-latitude cruising, they have some breathtaking photographs as well. Check ‘em out - it’s worth a spot in your daily websites for sure.