Waggoner Guide Seminars

Advance your skills with a Waggoner Guide Seminar taught by experienced instructors.

Sat, March 7
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Cost: $55.00

Waggoner Cruising Guide Seminars at Victoria International Marina

Learn about weather and cruising in Southeast Alaska in a special presentation on March 7, 2020. In addition, Parks Canada and the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site will be and information reception after the seminars at the Victoria International Marina in Sidney, BC.

Weather Strategies—Making the Go/No Go Decision – 3 hours (9 am to noon) $55US

Presented by Mark Bunzel – Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide

Changing weather is one of the things most boaters and their crews fear most. Usually it is not deadly, but it can be downright scary when a pleasant day of boating turns ugly. Knowing the basics can help you interpret the weather and make a good go/ no go decision. This course will take you through the basics of how to understand the information available and how to combine it with tide and current information to determine the sea conditions. The class will use actual examples and gather weather data from the internet, cell phone and VHF radio. Software apps will be used and their shortcomings will be reviewed. They say timing is everything, and a few hours difference with the change of current can make all difference in the world. We will use a checklist approach where you can create your own system to create an understanding of the weather that fits your vessel and crew. For more information call 360-299-8500.

Location

Victoria International Marina
1 Cooperage Place
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V9A 7J9

Sat, March 7
39:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Cost: $55.00

ruising and Exploring Beautiful SE Alaska – 3 hours (3:00 to 6:00 pm) $55US

Presented by Leonard and Lorena Landon – Managing Editors of the Waggoner Cruising Guide.

The ultimate Northwest boating destination – Southeast Alaska. The dream is here. You have arrived in Ketchikan. Where to go, what to expect, and how to prepare. Beyond cruising the most popular “trapline” destinations, they will present how to explore the lessor traveled destinations. Topics include: trip planning; routing alternatives; what to expect in the way of weather, wind, & seas; anchorages & moorages; wildlife expectations; hot springs; ruins & relics; boardwalk villages; water & provisions; fuel & repairs; print & online references; VHF radio issues; communications/internet access via Cell/WiFi & other methods; information on permits and cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, LeConte Glacier, and other favorite locations like: Anan Bay Bear Observatory, Elfin Cove, and Hoonah; as well as off beaten track locations like Yakutat and Point Baker. You will likely want more than one cruising season in Southeast Alaska for the many adventure opportunities in this glorious cruising ground. This seminar will help you make your choices and start your planning for the trip of a lifetime.

For more information call 360-299-8500

 

Location

Victoria International Marina
1 Cooperage Place
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V9A 7J9

Sat, April 18, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Spend a day learning about some of the most magical and easily accessible cruising in our area! Longtime experts will teach you about clearing Canadian Customs, navigating through the Gulf Islands, selecting a weather window to cross the Strait of Georgia, where to go in Desolation Sound, how to anchor and stern tie, provision, and much more. The seminar will include information on cruising to Princess Louisa Inlet and transiting Malibu Rapids and the Upper and Lower Rapids in Okisollo Channel. Wrapping up the cruising with highlights and strategies for continuing up to the Broughton Island Group. We will provide you with round-trip planning to help maximize your time on the water.

Location

Marine Technology Center
1606 R Ave 
Anacortes, WA 98221

Sat, Mar 21, 2020 –Sun, Mar 22, 2020
8:30 AM to  5:30 PM

This two-day workshop combines the Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar (174 presented since 1976 to 11,000 sailors) with Skagit Valley College’s Cruisers College top hands-on classes including marine diesel engines and systems, marine electrical systems, plus sail repair, canvas making, sewing and line splicing. Included in the seminar cost of $329 per single or $559 per couple is one copy of the Offshore Cruising Companion, the 260-page textbook which retails for $60.

Learn more about this course and sign up online.

Location

Marine Technology Center
1606 R Ave 
Anacortes, WA 98221

Cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska Seminar 2020 (dates TBD)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Anacortes Yacht Club, 504 7th St, Anacortes, WA 98221

Tuition: $225 per person or 2 for $395

Instructors: Mark Bunzel, Mike Beemer, Lynette Brower, Leonard and Lorena Landon

This three-day seminar covers all the information you need to cruise to Southeast Alaska, including exploring Northern British Columbia, Haida Gwaii, and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Topics include routes to and from Southeast Alaska, customs clearances, weather and tidal challenges, favorite destinations, permit processes for protected areas, getting parts and crew delivered to remote areas, and much more.

Cruising to Desolation Sound and the Broughtons Seminar 2020 (TBA)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Marine Tech Center, 1606 R Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221

Tuition: $150 per person or 2 for $250

Instructors: Mark Bunzel, Mike Beemer, Lynette Brower

Spend a day learning about some of the most magical and easily accessible cruising in our area! Longtime experts will teach you about clearing Canadian Customs, navigating through the Gulf Islands, selecting a weather window to cross the Strait of Georgia, where to go in Desolation Sound, how to anchor and stern tie, provisional, and much more. The seminar will include information on cruising to Princess Louisa Inlet and transiting Malibu Rapids and the Upper and Lower Rapids in Okisollo Channel. We will provide you with round-trip planning to help maximize your time on the water.

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