Modern sailors have more weather resources at their disposal than at any time in history. Andy Schell will distill some best-practices when it comes to interpreting weather data. This seminar will focus on several important topics including: the difference between weather forecasting & weather routing; how to read synoptic charts & where to find them; reading & interpreting GRIB files; observing & reading local weather patterns; and apps & websites that offer the best weather data. This seminar will focus on offshore weather, but be equally applicable to coastal sailors.
Andy Schell & his wife Mia Karlsson own & operate the classic Swan 48 ‘Isbjorn’ - that’s Swedish for ‘Polar Bear’ - offering folks the opportunity to crew on long-distance ocean passages around the world, including passages in the Arctic, the Canadian Maritimes, Caribbean, trans-Atlantic, South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand & beyond, through their business 59 North, Ltd. Andy grew up sailing his mom & dad's boat's, all called 'Sojourner', on the Chesapeake Bay. During his 4th-grade, they sailed south as a family and spent the winter cruising the Bahamas. Andy has logged over 50 000 miles on a variety of boat from the 74' Schooner Woodwind to his and Mia's Swan 48 Isbjorn, including 3 Atlantic Crossings. Andy host the popular ‘On the Wind’ sailing podcast, where he interviews sailors from around the world. Check out Andy & Mia's all day seminar on Sat. Jan 20th "Preparing for Ocean Sailing" - click here for registration and payment details http://www.torontoboatshow.com/education/premium-seminars/