Seminar Speakers

The Toronto Boat Show provides an extremely popular seminar series, with over 250 free seminars set to Educate, Inspire and Motivate the boater in you!


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 13

10:30am
Frank Bohlen
Gulf Stream Navigation
Salon 107

11:00am
Liza Copeland
Caribbean Planning Essentials
Presentation Theatre

11:30am
Mike Evans & Jayne Finn
Sailing South Labrador
Salon 107

12:00pm
Shawn & Heather Aberle
Boating and Cruising Lifestyle Dreams
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Wally Moran
Sailing South - First Timers' Guide to the ICW
Salon 107

1:00pm
Paul & Sheryl Shard
How to Sail Your Boat Across an Ocean
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Chad Buchner
Small Craft Adventures on Ontario Waterways
Salon 107

2:00pm
Janet Peters
Circumnavigating as a Reluctant Sailor
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Richard Hudson
To Patagonia
Salon 107

3:00pm
Steven Parry
Charter Sailing: Mediterranean, South Pacific and Caribbean
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Pam Wall
A Family Sails Around the World
Salon 107

4:00pm
Pamela Bendall
Practical Tips for Your Offshore Voyage
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

5:00pm
Ken Blodgett
Tips on Cruising the North Channel
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Ken Gillstrom
Evil in the Dark - Boating at Night
Salon 107

6:00pm
Andy Schell
Offshore Yacht Rigging
Presentation Theatre

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14

10:30am
Pamela Bendall
Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo
Salon 107

11:00am
Pam Wall
Destination Azores
Presentation Theatre

11:30am
Natalia Castagna & Ernesto, Camila, Matias Novillo
Family Cruising: The Boat, Homeschooling, and Life Afloat
Salon 107

12:00pm
Roy Eaton
Summer In Paradise - Georgian Bay and the Fabled North Channel
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson
Crossing the Atlantic
Salon 107

1:00pm
Liza Copeland
Cruising for Couples
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Diane Reid & Melissa Mayhew
All Female Exploration Crew Circumnavigate GB
Salon 107

2:00pm
Ken & Carol Gillstrom
Reducing Anxiety in Boating
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Michael Lahrkamp
Buying a Foreign Boat - Unencumbered By The Thought Process
Salon 107

3:00pm
Mike Evans & Jayne Finn
Sailing South Labrador
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Janet Peters
Circumnavigating as a Reluctant Sailor
Salon 107

4:00pm
Paul & Sheryl Shard
Sailing South to the Bahamas and Caribbean
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Salon 107

5:00pm
Richard Hudson
To Patagonia
Presentation Theatre

MONDAY, JANUARY 15

12:00pm
Shawn & Heather Aberle
Living The Dream – Tips, Tricks and Hacks
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Frank Bohlen
Gulf Stream Navigation
Salon 107

1:00pm
Carol Gillstrom
Romancing your Dream or Flogging your Sails
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Lee Chesneau
Clouds & What It Means to a Boater
Salon 107

2:00pm
Liza Copeland
Voyaging Realities and Tips for Arrival
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Chad Buchner
Small Craft Adventures on Ontario Waterways
Salon 107

3:00pm
Paul & Sheryl Shard
How to Sail Your Boat Across an Ocean
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Natalia Castagna & Ernesto, Camila, Matias Novillo
Family Cruising: The Boat, Homeschooling, and Life Afloat
Salon 107

4:00pm
Wally Moran
Cruising in Paradise - The Bahamas
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Roy Eaton
Summer In Paradise - Georgian Bay and the Fabled North Channel
Salon 107

5:00pm
Pamela Bendall
Sustainable Oceans and Climate Change: Implications for Boaters
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Mike Evans & Jayne Finn
Sailing South Labrador
Salon 107

6:00pm
Lee Chesneau
How Meteorologists Put Their Forecasts Together
Presentation Theatre

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

12:00pm
Liza Copeland
Cruising the Pacific Northwest to Alaska
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Lee Chesneau
Clouds & What It Means to a Boater
Salon 107

1:00pm
Roy Eaton
Summer In Paradise - Georgian Bay and the Fabled North Channel
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

2:00pm
Pam Wall
Cruising in the Abacos and Bahamas (2 hours)
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
How I Rebuilt a 40 Year Old Boat
Salon 107

3:30pm
Andy Schell
Crossing the Gulf Stream
Salon 107

4:00pm
Ken & Carol Gillstrom
Reducing Anxiety in Boating
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Diane Reid & Melissa Mayhew
All Female Exploration Crew Circumnavigate GB
Salon 107

5:00pm
Ken & Carol Gillstrom
When Things Go Wrong 
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Pamela Bendall
Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo
Salon 107

6:00pm
Wally Moran
Forbidden Paradise - Cruising Coastal Cuba
Presentation Theatre

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

12:00pm
Bruce Clark
Making the Transition from Lake Sailor to Bluewater Voyager
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
Trent-Severn Waterway on a Sailboat
Salon 107

1:00pm
Kurt Wege
Sailing in British Columbia is Awesome!
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Pamela Bendall
Practical Tips for Your Offshore Voyage
Salon 107

2:00pm
Ken Gillstrom
Evil in the Dark - Boating at Night
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Kurt Wege
A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation
Salon 107

3:00pm
万军
踏浪随风
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Sheldon Foulds
Crowd Sourced Navigation Charts & Depth Data
Salon 107

4:00pm
Wally Moran
Cruising in Paradise - The Bahamas
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Matt Rutherford
Non-Stop Single-Handed Circumnavigation of North and South America
Salon 107

5:00pm
Ken Blodgett
Tips on Cruising the North Channel
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Brent Hughes
Making it to The FINISH Line
Salon 107

6:00pm
Michael Lahrkamp
Buying a Foreign Boat - Unencumbered By The Thought Process
Presentation Theatre

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

12:00pm
Pamela Bendall
Sustainable Oceans and Climate Change: Implications for Boaters
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Ken & Carol Gillstrom
Sailing Away:  Making Your Cruising Dreams A Reality
Salon 107

1:00pm
Matt Rutherford
Sailing the Arctic
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Chad Buchner
Small Craft Adventures on Ontario Waterways
Salon 107

2:00pm
Liza Copeland
Current Caribbean Cruising Routes and Destinations
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Diane Reid & Jamie Gordon
Lifejacket Check…Bring Yours and Learn
Salon 107

3:00pm
Andy Schell
We the Navigators’ (2 hours)
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
St. Lawrence River: Toronto to Quebec City on a Sailboat
Salon 107

4:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

5:00pm
Mia Karlsson
Preparing for a Cruising Lifestyle
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Kurt Wege
A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation
Salon 107

6:00pm
Wally Moran
ICW (Part 1): Tips and Techniques
Presentation Theatre

6:30pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Salon 107

7:00pm
Wally Moran
ICW (Part 2): Destinations, Anchorages and Problem Areas
Presentation Theatre

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

12:00pm
Liza Copeland
Mediterranean Magic
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Andy Schell
Weather Forecasting Tips & Tools
Salon 107

1:00pm
Sheldon Foulds
Crowd Sourced Navigation Charts & Depth Data
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Wally Moran
Forbidden Paradise - Cruising Coastal Cuba
Salon 107

2:00pm
Sterling & Christine Bown
Down East Loop: A 3 Season Adventure
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Pamela Bendall
Practical Tips for Your Offshore Voyage
Salon 107

3:00pm
Mia Karlsson
Offshore Galley
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
Trent-Severn Waterway on a Sailboat
Salon 107

4:00pm
Matt Rutherford
Non-Stop Single-Handed Circumnavigation of North and South America
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Brent Hughes
Making it to The FINISH Line
Salon 107

5:00pm
Chad Buchner
Small Craft Adventures on Ontario Waterways
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Isabelle Tremblay & David, Rebecca, Demi Hayes
Sailing to the Caribbean or Crossing the Atlantic?
Salon 107

6:00pm
Yves Gélinas
Equip Your Boat for Easy Ocean Voyaging
Presentation Theatre

6:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

7:00pm
Cornelia Manske & Michael, Zoe, Maia, Liam Buratynsky
A Family of 5 Circumnavigates
Presentation Theatre

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20

10:30am
Brent Hughes
Making it to The FINISH Line
Salon 107

11:00am
Sterling & Christine Bown
Down East Loop: A 3 Season Adventure
Presentation Theatre

11:30am
Yves Gélinas
Equip Your Boat for Easy Ocean Voyaging
Salon 107

12:00pm
Cornelia Manske & Michael, Zoe, Maia, Liam Buratynsky
A Family of 5 Circumnavigates
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Steven Parry
Charter Sailing: Mediterranean, South Pacific and Caribbean
Salon 107

1:00pm
万军
踏浪随风
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Isabelle Tremblay & David, Rebecca, Demi Hayes
Sailing to the Caribbean or Crossing the Atlantic?
Salon 107

2:00pm
Diane Reid & Jamie Gordon
Lifejacket Check…Bring Yours and Learn
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Wally Moran
Sailing South - First Timers' Guide to the ICW
Salon 107

3:00pm
Chad Buchner
Small Craft Adventures on Ontario Waterways
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
David Forsyth
In Pursuit of A Dream
Salon 107

4:00pm
Greg Marlo
Yacht Charter Vacations - Antigua
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
How I Rebuilt a 40 Year Old Boat
Salon 107

5:00pm
Ken Blodgett
Tips on Cruising the North Channel
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Salon 107

6:00pm
Kurt Wege
A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation
Presentation Theatre

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21

10:30am
Isabelle Tremblay & David, Rebecca, Demi Hayes
Sailing to the Caribbean or Crossing the Atlantic?
Salon 107

11:00am
Yves Gélinas
Equip Your Boat for Easy Ocean Voyaging
Presentation Theatre

11:30am
Brent Hughes
Making it to The FINISH Line
Salon 107

12:00pm
Sterling & Christine Bown
Down East Loop: A 3 Season Adventure
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Sheldon Foulds
Crowd Sourced Navigation Charts & Depth Data
Salon 107

1:00pm
Kurt Wege
Sailing in British Columbia is Awesome!
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Bruce Clark
Making the Transition from Lake Sailor to Bluewater Voyager
Salon 107

2:00pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

3:00pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
Sailing the Great Lakes: Toronto to Thunder Bay
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
万军
踏浪随风
Salon 107

4:00pm
Greg Marlo
Fractional Yachting in the GTA
Presentation Theatre

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