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Old 15-12-2003, 12:03   #1
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Pardey Seminars



The American Sailing Association has announced a series of day-long workshops entitled Priorities for Confident Cruising, featuring world-renown sailing adventurers Lin and Larry Pardey. Readers who have marveled at the Pardeys' accounts of their non-motorized world travels for more than three decades can take advantage of this rare chance to learn from the masters in person.
The Pardey's many magazine articles and books such as Capable Cruiser, Cost Conscious Cruiser and Self-Sufficient Sailor have kindled the dreams of ocean travel among eager sailors around the world.
These day-long programs, explore the details of preparing skipper and crew for the realities of affordable cruising. Topics include choosing a boat you can afford, or upgrading the one you have, general boat preparation and preparing for storm management (among others).
The morning session is handled by Lin and Larry working together. In the afternoon the group is split into two. Larry discusses gear maintenance, tips for better engine service, rigging, spares, tools and upgrades. Lin discusses paperwork and financial planning for cruising plus cost saving once you are underway. The afternoon sessions covers gear that will help you be more self-sufficient plus luxuries that really add to the pleasure of cruising. The whole group re-unites for a summation.
Dates and Locations:
Chicago, IL -- January 28, 2004
Miami, FL -- February 11, 2004,
Houston, TX -- March 6, 2004
Oakland, CA -- April 13, 2004
The base price of the workshops is $99 which included lunch. Discounts are available for ASA members, couples and early registration. Register on-line at
The American Sailing Association sets standards for certifying sailing instructors and sailors. Its education system is administered through more than 250 professional certification facilities throughout the world. Contact Harry Munns at P. O. Box 12079, Marina del Rey, CA 90295, (310) 822-7171, (310) 822-4741 (Fax), email or for more information.
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Old 16-12-2003, 08:37   #2
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Do you really need this?

Half the fun of cruising is in not knowing exactly what is going to happen. You can get seminared to death and it won't make you a better sailor. Use your common sense, read some books, take a deep breath and go! Or go to every seminar from the ultra-simple Pardeys (whom I respect) to the have-it-all Dashews (whom I respect less) and learn everything there is to know and then realize you don't have the guts to leave.
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Old 27-02-2004, 20:12   #3
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I went to a seminar in Chicago that the Pardey's conducted and I found it very worthwhile. I bought thier DVD and book "storm tactics"
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Would you mind rating those products, Irwinsailor?

I've certainly read books and articles by the Pardy's and always found their experiences entertaining, but am now interested more in what is useful. Would you consider the DVD and book must reads for a trip to Bermuda or similar off-shore trip?
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I don't know if I would call it "must read" but I would call it worthwhile. I have no offshore experince yet so any heavy weather techniques would be useful.
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I received the DVD as a present at christmas time. I would give it good marks although it probably doesn't provide any more information than a book, and a book is a little easier to use on the boat. There was some interesting heavy weather footage, and it was interesting to see the effect using the sea anchor had on the upwind side of the boat. The theory they demonstrated was using a parachute anchor to lie at a 45 to the wind and waves. As you drift slowly down wind, your keel creates turbulence the causes the wave to "calm" and not break on your boat. They give this theory and show how to rig for the situation.

As I am a cat owner with much smaller keels, I am not sure how well this technique translates.

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