It's time of year to unfurl seminar sails

With winter on-the-water activity at a standstill for many area sailors, it's the time of year to turn to an always solid range of skill-enhancing, knowledge-advancing or just plain entertaining seminars and lectures, available locally from a variety of sources.

The listings include all-day seminars designed to help with cruising plans, boat speed or race results, as well as shorter weeknight evening sessions on things designed to make a boat safer or more comfortable and efficient for cruising or racing, or to clue a sailor in to state-of-the-art developments in electronics or navigation.


CBYRA'S seminar lineup

In conjunction with Cruising World magazine, The Capital and some area sail lofts, the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association will present a series of three seminars over the next three months.


First on the lineup is the Jan. 30 "Sailing & Seamanship Workshop" with world cruisers Jim and Diana Jessie.

This one-day seminar, at the Naval Academy's Revell Hall, is sponsored by Cruising World and will expand sailors' cruising horizons by focusing on the skills needed to become a self-sufficient voyager.

On Feb. 20, The Capital will sponsor a daylong seminar with sailing greats Gary Jobson, Buddy Melges and Jim Brady at the Holiday Inn on Riva Rd.

All three are interesting speakers and have promised to share the secrets of their success.

Sailmakers Bill Gladstone, Dave Flynn and Jim Cullen will share their knowledge on how to win more races this season in the two-day "Race & Win Performance Racing Seminar" over March 27-28 at Revell Hall at the Naval Academy.

The course is designed to cover virtually every facet of racing, with Saturday's focus on tactics, strategy and rules, and Sunday's agenda of topics to include sail trim, boat speed, helmsmanship and boat handling.

Attendees can save money on registration fees by signing up for all three seminars for $200 or can attend the sessions individually. Cost for the January "Sailing & Seamanship Workshop" alone is $75, the February day with Melges, Jobson and Brady is $40 as an individual purchase, and March's "Race & Win" is $60 per day, $100 for both days or $25 for the textbook only.

For more information and complete brochures on any or all of these events, or to register, call Amy Chalmers at CBYRA, (410) 269-1194, or write CBYRA Seminar, 612 Third St., #201, Annapolis, Md. 21403.


Fawcett, West seminars

Winter seminars at Fawcett Boat Supplies on City Dock are a long-standing tradition, and this year will be no exception.

The schedule for the 1993 seminar series at Fawcett's has been set to run at the store through mid-April, weekly on Tuesday evenings at 5 until March, when the time moves to 5:30.

The overall lineup includes presentations by manufacturers, factory representatives and other experts on a variety of technical subjects, ranging from electricity and plumbling to paint and polishes, sailboat hardware and cordage. The list is extensive.

For more information, call Fawcett's at (410) 267-8681.

Up at the Hillsmere Shopping Center at West Marine, things are busy over the winter, too, as West produces its own seminar series on Thursday evenings at 7.


Starting with West Marine Associate and West System Tech School graduate Dana Cunningham's practical guide to West System Epoxy on Jan. 21, West's seminar series will cover topics as wide-ranging as rope splicing, safe propane storage, 12-volt upgrades, solar panels and inverters, electronics integration, radar operation and radio navigation.

For more information on West Marine's seminar schedule, call (410) 268-0129.

All seminars at both stores are open to the public and free of charge.

Fawcett's winter seminars

Jan. 12, 5 p.m.: Standards for Yacht Systems -- Electrical, Plumbing, LPG; Tom Hale, ABYC.

Jan. 19, 5 p.m.: Marine Energy Systems -- Propane Bottle Storage; Bruce Dining, manufacturer.


Jan. 26, 5 p.m.: MMM Polishes, Sealants, Abrasives, Tapes; Bob Boyd, factory representative.

Feb. 2, 5 p.m.: Nicro Fico Hardware, Ventilation; Nils Kisling, factory representative.

Feb. 9, 5 p.m.: Harken Furlers, Travelers, Blocks; Tripp Estabrook, factory representative.

Feb. 16, 5 p.m.: Anchor Wiring, Meguires Polishes & Cleaners; Kevin Williams, factory representative.

Feb. 23, 5 p.m.: Schaefer Sailboat Hardware; Dick Purdy, factory representative.

West Marine winter seminars


Jan. 21, 7 p.m.: A Practical Guide to West System Epoxy; Dana Cunningham, West Marine Associate & West System Tech School grad.

Jan. 28, 7 p.m.: Rope Splicing; Dave Mansell, West Marine Associate, formerly of Annapolis Yacht Systems.

Feb. 4, 7 p.m.: Propane Aboard -- How to Make it Safe; John Potter, Ocean Outfitters.

Feb. 11, 7 p.m.: Upgrading Your 12-Volt System; John Potter, Ocean Outfitters.

Feb. 18, 7 p.m.: Solar Panels & Inverters; John Potter, Ocean Outfitters.

Feb. 25, 7 p.m.: Electronics Integration -- What Do I Gain?; Paul Barielle, Better Boat Company.