What is it really like to be at sea? The many tips in this seminar about departure routines and requirements; routes and world weather systems; storm avoidance and storm strategies; sails, sail plans and chafe; on board safety rules and watch-keeping routines; radio nets and resources; cooking, cleaning, fishing, seasickness, guests and crew will turn a possible nightmare into positive memorable experience. Arrival in a new destination can be fraught with problems without preparation, whether in local waters or overseas. The suggestions in this session will turn a potentially frustrating, negative experience into a stimulating new adventure. General arrival strategies will be covered together with procedures when visiting a foreign Port of Entry, officialdom requirements, documents and fees. Different resources for gathering local knowledge of cultures, language, food, finances, communications, inland travel, medical facilities etc: will be suggested along with techniques for avoiding possible dangers, security on board and leaving the boat for an extended period.
Liza is a lifelong sailor, both cruising and racing. After marrying Andy aboard the classic Yacht Ticonderoga they explored the world, including a 6-year circumnavigation with their three children. Bagheera has now taken them 124,000 n.m to 114 countries. Liza is the award winning, best selling author of 4 cruising narratives Just, Still and Comfortable Cruising. Cruising for Cowards, co-authored with Andy , is their current, practical and technical A-Z for cruisers whether coastal cruising or offshore. Liza writes for many yachting magazines, and presents at major boat shows and organizations in Canada, the U.S. and UK. When not travelling the world she loves life in Vancouver B.C.