On those cold Sunday winter afternoons, do you dream about cruising the Great Lakes? Exploring hidden anchorages? Visiting small harbours? Or just running free before the wind with nothing but an empty horizon as far as the eye can see? If so, this seminar is for you. Get an overview of this vast lake system. Discover some little-known facts that make the Great Lakes such a terrific cruising ground. Get an idea of the planning that is involved including navigation, weather, provisioning, safety and legal/insurance issues that you will deal with. And most of all, leave with some new thoughts and ideas of this incredible natural resource that is right at our doorstep.
Michael Leahy has spent nearly 30 years sailing and exploring the Great Lakes. Michael is a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. He became a 2Coxswain and subsequently was promoted to Vice-Commodore responsible for unit training. He currently serves on the Governance Committee of CCGA – Central & Arctic Region. Inter-agency activities have included joint training exercises with police and Coast Guard marine units and participation in the maritime security plan for the G20 Summit in Toronto, ON. He has his Master's license. For years, he has sailed, taught navigation, weather, written course material, led training exercises and conducted seminars. He is publisher of Great Lakes Sailing, a free, web-based (www.great-lakes-sailing.com) publication that provides readers with a comprehensive listing of ports-of-call around the Great Lakes basin and a selection of articles that cover a broad range of topics that matter to all boaters - both power and sail. Michael sails a Hughes Columbia 10.7m long-range cruising sloop from its home port on the North Channel. The purpose of this seminar is to provide an overview of this vast inland sea system, to talk a little of the planning required to go cruise them but most of all to encourage you to go venturing – to cast off your lines and seek out new places to explore and enjoy.