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Archive for December, 2013

OCC Seminars contents

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

February 20 and 27 and March 6, 2014

Night 1 – Afford To Cruise?? You Can’t Afford Not To.
You will learn how much cruising really does cost, whether to Catalina for the weekend, to Mexico for the season, through the Panama Canal, or across the South Pacific .
Find out what money and credit cards to carry.
You will be healthier that you have ever been, but Carole and Laurie will tell you why you will still need medical insurance for physical health – and boat insurance for financial health.
Affordable cruising starts with deciding what type of Cruiser you want to be, selecting the right boat to suit that, and equipping it properly.
Laurie and Carole will tell you how to do this, including how to compromise – both of you.
You will learn how to protect your boat from lightning, and what to do when you are hit (they were).
All this information is delivered with terrific pictures and great stories.

Night 2 – Planning for Good Luck.
Ever notice how some sailors are just plain lucky, avoiding bad weather, never having major equipment break or malfunction, and having happy co-captains and crew? Ever take the next step and notice how these “lucky” sailors are also the ones who plan ahead?
Proper planning includes ensuring your boat is properly maintained at all times, that your boat is set up to be as safe as possible, that you have properly done your passage planning, and that your preparations to leave port are thorough and complete. Laurie and Carole put all their experience into informing you how to do this.
Proper anchor selection and anchoring techniques are covered in detail, and will almost certainly save many marriages.
Laurie and Carole sailed around the world for more than 6 years without ever striking sustained winds at sea of more than 35 knots. One goal of this seminar is to provide you with bad-weather avoidance skills such as patience, knowing what superstitions you should not ignore, and where to get the right information.
They provide practical solutions to standing watches and how to use radios and radio nets to the best advantage.
All this is interlaced with great pictures and gripping stories.

Night 3 – Things you never knew you needed to know
Whether you are going out for a couple of hours, overnight, to Mexico, or around the world, the real trick is to accomplish this while maintaining cordial relationships with the members of your family. This is not easy, but Carole and Laurie will tell you how they did it. Further counseling by way of a discussion on how to allocate blue and pink jobs will prove vital.
This seminar also covers the miscellaneous aspects of sailing and cruising, the ones that you don’t necessarily think of, but which have the ability to rise up and cause severe interference to your plans.
You will be advised of a list of stuff you never thought of, but which is essential equipment to have on board.
Laurie will provide the skills needed to sail safely in coral filled water, to avoid going aground, and explain how to get off when you do (and you will).
By way of light relief, Carole and Laurie will cover flags and flag etiquette, cocktail time etiquette, crazy cruisers they have met, and what can be learned from them, clothing optional and why it shouldn’t be, and the realities of carrying guns on board.
All this information is delivered with terrific pictures and great stories.

Balboa Yacht Club Seminar

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

March 27, 2014
Carole and Laurie will be giving another of their popular seminar presentations on March 14, 2014 at Balboa Yacht Club, Newport Beach.
Contact us at for details.

Orange Coast College Seminar Series 2014

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

February 20 and 27 and March 7
Carole and I will be giving our popular “Cruise Now – you will never regret it” seminar series at Orange Coast College in Newport Beach.
Contact the College directly or email us at


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