Free Seminars

Free Seminars


Saturday, January 24


11:00 – 12:00

Catamaran Safety “The True and False Of Multihull Safety”

Speaker: West Coast MultiHulls – Don Margraf

  • Are the designs of these boats inherently safer, or unsafe?
  • How do they compare to monohulls and what do sailors need to know to operate them safely in all conditions?
  • A discussion of the technical and the practical, the how-to’s and don’t-do’s of ocean sailing in multihulls.

Don Margraf is an ocean cruising and racing sailor, delivery skipper, a rigger, surveyor, consultant to builders. He has developed and marketed unusual designs like the unstayed Freedom rigs of the 80’s-90’s and has been a representative for major catamaran and trimaran builders for the past 15 years.


12:30-1:30

 “Cruising Mexico, the Whole Enchilada:  Baja, Sea of Cortez, Mainland”

Speaker: Mexico Boating Guide – Pat Rains

Pat gives us the latest facts on clearing into Mexico, plus mile by mile all the anchorages, marinas, boat yards and fun stuff for your cruising itinerary.  Charts, photos, GPS positions, contact lists, plus an instant raffle during the seminar for free signed copies of “Mexico Boating Guide”, “Baja Bash” and “MexWx”: Mexico Weather for Boaters.”  You’ll leave excited!

Capt. Pat Rains, author of “Mexico Boating Guide,” has over 15 years’ experience cruising Mexico and Central America, holds a 100-ton US Coast Guard skippers license. She writes for The Log Newspapers, SEA, Passage-Maker Magazine, Cruising World, Boating World, and other popular boating publications.


2:00 – 3:00

“Power Management and the Green Sailor” Or “What I have learned after converting 300 boats to electric”

Speaker:  Mike Gunning

This is a look at the new technologies that the sailor can implement to improve boats environmentally footprint.

  • Improved house power systems
  • Propulsion technology and options
  • Battery technology – Solar – Wind
  • Cost savings and off the grid operations

This is based on much of what Nigel Calder has written about over the years.  Mike Gunning, Owner of Electric Yachts of Southern California since 2010


3:30 – 4:30

“Unlocking Asymmetrical Spinnakers”

 Speaker: Ullman Sails – Chuck Skewes

Understanding the use, purpose and how to handle an asymmetric spinnaker.  This seminar is designed to give people the basic skills to have confidence in buying and using asymmetrical spinnakers with simple tips on trouble free use and keys to keeping it safe.

Chuck sails more miles a year than he drives his car. Chuck has cruised and race sailboats his entire life, averaging over 1000 miles in cruising a year and over 6000 miles of racing a year.  With experience from Alaska to Panama and Hawaii and all points in between.  Chuck manages Ullman Sails San Diego and Ullman Sails Pacific NW.  Chuck has been a sail maker since 1984 and has several sailing championships to his name.


Sunday, January 25


11:00 – 12:00

“Unlocking the Offshore Cruising Inventory

Speaker: Ullman Sails – Chuck Skewes

Knowing the right inventory of sails to have offshore is critical.  You need to sail in a wide variety of weather yet storage is at a premium.  This seminar will go over the minimum inventory and the ideal inventory for getting the most out of your cruising.

Chuck sails more miles a year than he drives his car. Chuck has cruised and race sailboats his entire life, averaging over 1000 miles in cruising a year and over 6000 miles of racing a year.  With experience from Alaska to Panama and Hawaii and all points in between.  Chuck manages Ullman Sails San Diego and Ullman Sails Pacific NW.  Chuck has been a sail maker since 1984 and has several sailing championships to his name.


12:30-1:30

 “Cruising Mexico, the Whole Enchilada:  Baja, Sea of Cortez, Mainland”

Speaker: Mexico Boating Guide – Pat Rains

Pat gives us the latest facts on clearing into Mexico, plus mile by mile all the anchorages, marinas, boat yards and fun stuff for your cruising itinerary.  Charts, photos, GPS positions, contact lists, plus an instant raffle during the seminar for free signed copies of “Mexico Boating Guide”, “Baja Bash” and “MexWx”: Mexico Weather for Boaters.”  You’ll leave excited!

Capt. Pat Rains, author of “Mexico Boating Guide,” has over 15 years’ experience cruising Mexico and Central America, holds a 100-ton US Coast Guard skippers license. She writes for The Log Newspapers, SEA, Passage-Maker Magazine, Cruising World, Boating World, and other popular boating publications.


2:00 – 3:00

“Power Management and the Green Sailor” Or “What I have learned after converting 300 boats to electric”

Speaker:  Mike Gunning

This is a look at the new technologies that the sailor can implement to improve boats environmentally footprint.

  • Improved house power systems
  • Propulsion technology and options
  • Battery technology – Solar – Wind
  • Cost savings and off the grid operations

This is based on much of what Nigel Calder has written about over the years.  Mike Gunning, Owner of Electric Yachts of Southern California since 2010