To order, please email:

To order, please email:

Orange Coast College Cruising Seminars

Carole and I will be conducting a three day seminar series at Orange Coast College (OCC) from 7pm to 9pm on each of January 19 and 26 and February 2.

The link to the OCC website is:

Then go to “Courses” then “Seamanship” then “Guest speakers”.  OCC will be very happy to assist with registration if you call 949-645-9412.

Those of you who have attended previous seminars will know how informative and entertaining we are.  Carole has been credited with demonstrating to a very large number of apprehensive spouses that cruising can be both fun and rewarding, and sailing skills are not a prerequisite.

The series will cover almost every aspect of cruising;

January 19 – 7pm to 9pm

Surviving Togetherness

Terrific pictures

Entertaining stories

Gripping stories

Different sailing and cruising styles and what they mean to you

Buying a boat considerations

Compromise and keep your partner

Setting up a boat

Safety and ways to stay safe on board

Boat names and why they are important

Boat papers and why you need them

Blue and Pink jobs on board

Surviving togetherness

Anchors and anchoring techniques – practical information that will save your boat and your marriage

Why trading your wife for camels is a really bad idea – based on experience


January 26 – 7pm to 9pm

Plan to always be on an even keel

Terrific pictures

Entertaining stories

Gripping stories

The land is more dangerous than the sea

Superstitions you should not ignore

Long term planning

Learning patience – the most important skill a non-racing sailor needs to gain

Bad-weather avoidance – we never struck sustained winds at sea of more than 35 knots

How to not get hit by lightning and what to do when you are (we were)

Going aground (you will) and getting off (because of this seminar)

Sailing in coral


Planning passages

Fishing in 3 oceans and far more than 7 seas

Provisioning – you never have enough toilet paper

Markets and bargaining

Cooking on board

Spare parts

Medical supplies

R & R – Repair and Replace


February 2 – 7pm to 9pm

Things you never knew you needed to know

Terrific pictures

Entertaining stories

Gripping stories

Pirates and how to avoid them (we did)

Absolutely essential things to have on board – and why

Things that came on board in mid-ocean

How to get out of a Sudanese jail

How to ignore the depth-charges exploding around your boat every night

Crazy cruisers we have met

Best places to charter and why

Dealing with officials in 56 countries

Guns on board

Clothing optional, and why it shouldn’t be

How much does cruising cost, and why everyone else tells lies about it

Disasters, and how to recover from them

Flags and flag etiquette

Cocktail time etiquette

Money and credit cards

Sailing with children and why this is a really good idea

Land cruising


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