Seminars

Sailing Education

The 2019 Show will feature the most comprehensive sailing education program in the U.S. Whether you're just starting out, a high school sailor, a cruiser with numerous passages under your belt, or an experienced racer, we'll have something for you!

Check below for the current schedule. And be sure to check back regularly for updates and additions.

In addition to choosing from over 150 FREE hourly seminars, plan to attend the following outstanding and essential advanced programs.

Thursday, January 10

Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Presented by Nigel Calder

9 AM–5 PM - $150 per person

The diesel engine is a critically important piece of safety equipment aboard any cruising boat. Distinguishing between contemporary and older diesels, Calder details often overlooked critical installation issues, and takes a careful look at fuel, oil, cooling, airflow, and powertrain systems, describing in detail all normal maintenance procedures. He also discusses basic troubleshooting techniques for common diesel engine problems and defines what an untrained boat owner can reasonably expect to handle and which tasks should not be attempted. You will come away from this seminar with an enhanced understanding of your engine and the confidence to carry out routine maintenance, which alone will save you the price of admission. No previous experience is required. 

Friday, January 11

Understanding and Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems

Presented by Nigel Calder

9 AM–5 PM - $150 per person

The number one source of problems on boats large enough to have an electrical system, both power and sail, lies in their electrical systems. Tech guru Nigel Calder, author of the best-selling Boat Owner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual takes you through the core design and installation requirements necessary to head off electrical systems problems. He then delves into step-by-step troubleshooting techniques, including using a multi-meter, that will rapidly identify most problems that arise. Not only will you leave class with a far better understanding of your electrical systems and knowledge of how to fix common problems, but you will also likely save the price of admission by not making service calls or swapping out perfectly good parts in search of solutions. No previous experience is required.

Saturday, January 12

Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar

Presented by John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal along with Nigel Calder

8 AM–6 PM - $149 per individual; $279 per couple

Self-sufficiency and preparation for your cruising adventures, whether to the Caribbean, the Med or South Pacific are the focus of this intensive eight-hour seminar. Technical guru and author Nigel Calder joins John & Amanda Neal for 18 dynamic topics illustrated with PowerPoint presentations and documented in included 260-page Offshore Cruising Companion. In-depth topics include: Selecting and Outfitting a Boat for Offshore Cruising, Diesel Engine Overview, Storm Survival Tactics, Rigging & Sails, Communications, Anchoring, Piracy & Security, Managing Your Escape, Cost of Cruising and Best Worldwide Cruising Areas. This is the 166th Offshore Cruising Seminar John and Amanda have presented to 12,000 sailors since 1976.

US Sailing's 4-Hour Coastal Safety at Sea Course

Moderated by Brian Adams

9 AM–1 PM - $65 per person

Did you know that 95% of boating accidents happen less than three miles from shore? The Coastal Safety at Sea seminar, presented by US Sailing provides the information and skills needed for safe boating on the Great Lakes and coastal waters. Moderated by Brian Adams (a highly respected sailor with extensive racing, cruising and delivery work in the Great Lakes and East Coast), this four-hour seminar is designed specifically for near-shore boaters, sailors, and cruisers and their boats. This could be the most important day of your boating life! Topics include Giving Assistance, Personal Safety Gear, Crew Overboard Recovery, Emergency Communication and Search and Rescue.

Sunday, January 13

NEW! Preparing Your Chicago-Mac Forecast: A Workshop for Sailors

Presented by Mark Thornton

8:30 AM–4:30 PM - $125 per person

Long-distance sailing and weather forecasting are inseparable. Experienced Chicago-Mac sailors understand that developing a detailed weather forecast and monitoring its evolution on the racecourse is an important strategic and safety aspect of participating in this summer classic. Misjudging the wind forecast can quickly send you to the back of your fleet, while failing to properly assess the risk for severe weather can unnecessarily jeopardize the safety of the crew.

The workshop is designed for Chicago-Mac and other long-distance sailors interested in improving their marine weather forecasting and management skills.
 
  • You will develop the following skills at the workshop:
  • How to decode the confusing symbols and meteorological shorthand on forecast graphics.
  • How to predict the development and movement of low pressure systems and their accompanying frontal boundaries.
  • Why the wind behaves the way it does and how to prepare a detailed wind forecast.
  • How to prepare a detailed wave height forecast.
  • How to forecast the potential and nature of severe weather.
  • The terminology used by the National Weather Service during hazardous and severe weather events.
  • How to use Doppler weather radar to help you avoid a hair-raising encounter with thunderstorms.
  • Where to find forecast graphics and a strategy for preparing a multi-day marine forecast.
  • The advantages and challenges of using a weather routing program.

 

The workshop combines classroom instruction, case studies, and hands-on forecasting exercises to create an engaging learning experience. For additional details, click here.

 

Registration for the advanced seminars will be available soon. If you'd like to be put on a waiting list, please write to Keith Ogulnick. We will contact you as soon as registration is available. Thank you.

 


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

PFD Basics

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Speaker: Phil Pollard

Location: Mainsail

Navigation Strategies to Help Keep Your Yachting Lifestyle in Your Retirement Years

Six steps that to allow for your yachting lifestyle in retirement.

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Speaker: Bill Bloom

Location: Spinnaker

DC Wiring

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Speaker: Dan Bochnovic

Location: Mainsail

A Sail Through the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior

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Speaker: Cindy Kalow

Location: Mooring

Short Handed Sail Handling

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Speaker: Travis Blain

Location: Windward

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Rigging Maintenance

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Speaker: Dave Ramer

Location: Mainsail

Short & Singlehanded Sailing Techniques

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Speaker: John & Amanda Neal

Location: Masthead

Navigation Strategies to Help Keep Your Yachting Lifestyle in Your Retirement Years

Six steps that to allow for your yachting lifestyle in retirement.

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Speaker: Bill Bloom

Location: Spinnaker

Sailing the Apostle Islands

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Speaker: Niels Jensen

Location: Windward

Outdrive Service

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Speaker: Ryan Bumber and John Casey

Location: Mainsail

'She-man-ship' Becoming a More Confident Sailing Partner

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Speaker: Cindy Kalow

Location: Masthead

Three Strand Splicing

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Speaker: Dave Ramer

Location: Mainsail

Diesel Engine Essentials

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Speaker: Amanda Swan Neal

Location: Masthead

Offshore Medical Emergencies (two hours)

Learn to handle onboard medical emergencies with rock star confidence

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Speaker: Shelly Galligan

Location: Masthead

Planning Your Great Loop Adventure

Prepare and plan for your Great Loop Adventure!

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Speaker: Kimberly Russo

Location: Spinnaker

St. Mary's River and the Soo Locks

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Speaker: Niels Jensen

Location: Windward

PFD Basics

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Speaker: Phil Pollard

Location: Mainsail

DC Wiring

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Speaker: Dan Bochnovic

Location: Mainsail

Sailing: More Fun, Less Work

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Speaker: TJ Craig

Location: Mooring

Storm Survival and Avoidance Tactics

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Speaker: John & Amanda Neal

Location: Spinnaker

Racing with an Asymmetrical Spinnaker

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Speaker: Rich Stearns

Location: Windward

Friday, January 11, 2019

Cruising the Michigan Shore

Sailing on Lake Michigan's sandy shore -- St Joe to Frankfort

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Speaker: Lou Bruska

Location: Windward

Offshore Cruising Boat Selection

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Speaker: John Neal

Location: Mooring

Rigging Maintenance

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Speaker: Dave Ramer

Location: Mainsail

Outfitting for Blue Water Cruising (Two Hours)

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Speaker: Pam Wall

Location: Spinnaker

Outdrive Service

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Speaker: Ryan Bumber and John Casey

Location: Mainsail

A Guide to Cruising the Great Loop

Learn the the basics of planning for and cruising America's Great

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Speaker: Kimberly Russo

Location: Masthead

Countdown to Cruising

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Speaker: Niels Jensen

Location: Windward

Short Handed Sail Handling

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Speaker: Travis Blain

Location: Mooring

Three Strand Splicing

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Speaker: Dave Ramer

Location: Mainsail

Personal Safety Onboard

Learn about the latest safety equipment.

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Speaker: Brian Adams

Location: Spinnaker

South Pacific Sailing from Panama to New Zealand

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Speaker: John & Amanda Neal

Location: Windward

Thunderstorms: A Primer for Coastal and Inland Sailors

Examine the various types of thunderstorms

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Speaker: Mark Thornton

Location: Mooring

From Day Sailing to Cruising: How to Explore more of Lake Michigan and Beyond

Planning, navigation, safety and seamanship skills

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Speaker: Paul Uhl

Location: Masthead

PFD Basics

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Speaker: Phil Pollard

Location: Mainsail

Restoration of 1932 Chris-Craft Runabout

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Speaker: Mary Richter

Location: Windward

Bleeding your Fuel System While out to Sea

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Speaker: Mark Kish

Location: Mooring

Making your Boat a Better/Simpler Day-sailor/Cruising Boat

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Speaker: Rich Stearns

Location: Masthead

DC Wiring

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Speaker: Dan Bochnovic

Location: Mainsail

Secrets of Successful Cruising

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Speaker: John & Amanda Neal

Location: Windward

Emergency Communications

Learn the various ways to ask for help in a distress situation.

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Speaker: Brian Adams

Location: Spinnaker

Cruising North of the 45th Parallel

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Speaker: Lou Bruska

Location: Mooring

Wilderness Cruising at Isle Royale National Park

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Speaker: Niels Jensen

Location: Masthead

Interactive Sailing Trivia Event

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Speaker: TJ Craig

Location: Masthead

Doppler Weather Radar: A Sailor’s Best Friend

Lean the tips and tricks of Doppler radar.

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Speaker: Mark Thornton

Location: Windward

Electric Shock Drowning

Electric shock: drowning explanation and safety tips

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Speaker: Grant Crowley

Location: Mainsail

MAC Programming

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Speaker: Chicago Yacht Club

Location: Spinnaker

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fiberglass Repairs

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Speaker: Phil Pollard

Location: Mainsail

Your First Year of Boat Ownership

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Speaker: Chicago Yacht Club

Location: Windward

Navigation Strategies to Help Keep Your Yachting Lifestyle in Your Retirement Years

Six steps that to allow for your yachting lifestyle in retirement.

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Speaker: Bill Bloom

Location: Spinnaker

Currents of the Great Lakes

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Speaker: Niels Jensen

Location: Mooring

Cruising the Michigan Shore

Sailing on Lake Michigan's sandy shore -- St Joe to Frankfort

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Speaker: Lou Bruska

Location: Mooring

Rigging Maintenance

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Speaker: Dave Ramer

Location: Mainsail

Outdrive Service

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Speaker: Ryan Bumber and John Casey

Location: Mainsail

Cool Products No One Knows About

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Speaker: Pam Wall

Location: Masthead

Weather Apps

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Speaker: Mark Thornton

Location: Spinnaker

Offshore Medical Emergencies (two hours)

Learn to handle onboard medical emergencies with rock star confidence

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Speaker: Shelly Galligan

Location: Mooring

Getting Started in Sailboat Racing

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Speaker: Rich Stearns

Location: Windward

Countdown to Cruising

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Speaker: Niels Jensen

Location: Windward

Best of the Loop

Best lock, lighthouse, wildlife sighting, restaurant and more.

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Speaker: Kimberly Russo

Location: Spinnaker

Three Strand Splicing

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Speaker: Dave Ramer

Location: Mainsail

A Family Sails Around the World

Share Pam’s adventures her family circumnavigate the world.

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Speaker: Pam Wall

Location: Masthead

PFD Basics

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Speaker: Phil Pollard

Location: Mainsail

Advanced Topics in Sanding, Staining & Varnish Applications (2-hours)

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Speaker: Mary Richter

Location: Masthead

STEM Sailing Seminar

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Speaker: Chicago Yacht Club

Location: Mooring

Emergency Communications

Learn the various ways to ask for help in a distress situation.

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Speaker: Brian Adams

Location: Windward

Interactive Sailing Trivia Event

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Speaker: TJ Craig

Location: Windward

DC Wiring

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Speaker: Dan Bochnovic

Location: Mainsail

'She-man-ship' Becoming a More Confident Sailing Partner

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Speaker: Cindy Kalow

Location: Spinnaker

Advanced Topics in Sanding, Staining & Varnish Applications (2-hours)

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Speaker: Mary Richter

Location: Masthead

Electric Shock Drowning

Electric shock: drowning explanation and safety tips

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Speaker: Grant Crowley

Location: Mainsail

Personal Safety Onboard

Learn about the latest safety equipment.

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Speaker: Brian Adams

Location: Spinnaker

Demystifying the Wind

Examine the dynamics that change the wind

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Speaker: Mark Thornton

Location: Mooring

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Taking the Leap from Day Sailing to Sailing Offshore

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Speaker: Paul Uhl

Location: Mooring

Fiberglass Repairs

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Speaker: Phil Pollard

Location: Mainsail

Rigging Maintenance

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Speaker: Dave Ramer

Location: Mainsail

Cruising North of the 45th Parallel

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Speaker: Lou Bruska

Location: Windward

Sailing: More Fun, Less Work

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Speaker: TJ Craig

Location: Mooring

WOW- Women on the Water

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Speaker: Chicago Yacht Club

Location: Spinnaker

Getting Ready to Cruise the Abacos, Bahamas

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Speaker: Pam Wall

Location: Masthead

Marine Systems, Safety and Maintenance Below the Water Line

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Speaker: Mark Kish

Location: Windward

Outdrive Service

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Speaker: Ryan Bumber and John Casey

Location: Mainsail

Three Strand Splicing

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Speaker: Dave Ramer

Location: Mainsail

Varnish Tips for Accessories

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Speaker: Mary Richter

Location: Mooring

A Round Trip Cruise of the Abacos, Bahamas

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Speaker: Pam Wall

Location: Masthead

MAC- Lessons Learned

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Speaker: Chicago Yacht Club

Location: Windward

PFD Basics

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Speaker: Phil Pollard

Location: Mainsail

A Sail Through the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior

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Speaker: Cindy Kalow

Location: Mainsail

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