Cruisers College Understanding Northwest WeatherUnderstanding Northwest Weather

with Mark Bunzel

October 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $45

Register here.

Understanding Northwest Weather is one of the biggest challenges when cruising in this area. It can make the difference between a good trip, or a trip where the crew is not sure they ever want to boat again!
Waggoner Cruising Guide Editor, Mark Bunzel, will take you through a proven technique for understanding the weather and making an effective go or no-go decisions. He will take you through the many weather resources available on the Internet, cellular telephone or the WX transmissions on the VHF radio. He will share with you his Weather Checklist for recording the weather and which items are the ones critical to you for interpreting safe cruising conditions. Together, you will plan a trip and gather the weather information to predict what the conditions will be like. Mark will also discuss how the tides and currents for a days cruise need to reviewed together with the weather to identify safe cruising conditions. The Lunar Cycle will also be discussed and how it can factor into the days cruising conditions. Power boat cruisers avoid the wind and sailors love the wind – to a point! Both will be reviewed.
After taking Understanding Northwest Weather, you will have a good understanding of Pacific Northwest weather and how you can determine the best conditions for your cruise.


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About Mark

Mark is an experienced boater having cruised extensively in the Pacific Northwest, the Inside Passage and throughout Alaska on assignment while writing and photographing beautiful locations for magazines and to update the books he edits and publishes. He has cruised the Chesapeake, and the Intracoastal Waterway, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, the Canal du Midi, Greece, Honduras, and he lead the first American charter crew to sail the coast of Vietnam. He is the principal owner of Fine Edge Nautical Publishing and the co-Author of Cruising the Virgin Islands, the most popular cruising guide for the Virgin Islands.

He is the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide and is responsible for the annual research for all of the marinas and anchorages between Olympia and Ketchikan, Alaska. Mark’s articles and photography have appeared in magazines including PassageMaker, Northwest Yachting, Canadian Yachting, Dockside, Latitudes and Attitudes, Power Cruising, Soundings and Pacific Yachting. Mark holds a U.S. Coast Guard Masters rating in Power and Sail. He is on the board of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend and is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), the presenters of the Seattle Boat Show. Mark is the former chair of the Seattle Boat Show Committee for the NMTA, and he is the founder of Seattle Boat Show University.

All seminars are held at the NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology in Anacortes.

Address: 1606 R Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221

Take the R Avenue exit off of Highway 20. Proceed North for about 1 mile. The MTC will be on your right noted by the stainless steel sculpture of two joggers (across from The Market grocery store). Make the next right on Seafarers Way, then the next right into the parking lot for the MTC. There are restaurants and motels nearby.


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