NEW! US Sailing Launches 4-hour Coastal Safety at Sea Course

Saturday, January 25, 8am-12pm - Room 327
In support of coastal races and cruising, US Sailing now offers Coastal Safety at Sea Seminars. The new half-day seminars for skippers and crewmembers who participants in coastal or nearshore races, will help them understand the latest safety practices and ensure thay are familiar with the gear necessary to be safe. The curriculum is derived from the one-day and two-day seminars offered by US Sailing and will be moderated by the same instructors.
Topics may include;
  1. Emergency Communication Equipment and Techniques
  2. Personal safety gear (life jackets, harnesses, tethers, and personal electronics)
  3. Crew Overboard prevention and recovery
  4. Search and Rescue procedures
(Topics will be determined by local instructors based local waters and needs.)
Cost $65.00 - 
One (2) day admission ticket to the show included with the price of the seminar.
Speakers: Moderated by Brian Adams and John Rousmaniere,
Coffee and water will be served.
 Click Here to reserve your seat. – seating is limited.

New for 2014! Gary Jobson's Notes - An Inside Look at the 34th America's Cup Races

ROOM 324

Gary Jobson, President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, posted a series of notes on the America's Cup, beginning with his thoughts during the Louis Vuitton Cup and continued after each race day until the winner of the 34th America's Cup was decided. Gary will present an insiders view of the America’s Cup with racing insights and his expert commentary during the 2014 Progressive Strictly Sail Chicago Show. Check the seminar schedule below for days and times.

Also be sure to check out several educational videos he has posted showcasing the science behind 34th America's Cup. You can watch all of the videos by visiting the "Science of the 34th America's Cup" page, or by going to NSHOF's Online Film Library. The Film Library now includes a two-part report by Walter Cronkite on the 1987 America's Cup, when NSHOF Hall of Famer Dennis Conner reclaimed the Cup from Australia.

NEW FOR 2014!—Lin & Larry Pardey America's Most Recognized Cruising Couple

About Lin & Larry:

Lin and Larry Pardey are among America's (and the world's) most knowledgeable and recognized cruising sailors. They are known as "America's first couple of cruising." Together, Lin and Larry have sailed over 200,000 miles, including two circumnavigations east to west and west to east aboard self-built, wooden, engine-free cutters under 30 feet. Author of a dozen books, countless magazine articles, and co-creators of five cruising documentaries, Lin and Larry have shared their sailing experiences with tens of thousands of people around the globe prompting many to take up the sport and live the dream of the cruising lifestyle. Their motto has always been, Go simple, go small, go now!
Check back for details regarding Lin & Larry’s special presentations.

Back By Popular Demand: The Guru of Sailing Systems, Nigel Calder

Nigel will present his three-hour comprehensive seminars designed to help do-it-yourselfers get the job done—stress free!

Anchoring & Docking skills

Friday January 24, 2pm to 5pm, Room 329
Hassle-free anchoring and docking, kedging off if you get it wrong, and understanding the limits of chart accuracy so you don’t run aground in the first place! Course Fee: 60.00 per person, includes same day admission to the show.  
Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option.

DC systems design, installation, optimization and troubleshooting.

Saturday January 25, 9 am to 12:30pm, Room 329
Course Fee: 60.00 per person includes same day admission to the show.  
Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option.

Do-it-yourself diesel engine maintenance, optimization and troubleshooting.

Saturday January 25, 2 pm to 5:30, Room 329
Course Fee: 60.00 per person, includes same day admission to the show.  
Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option.

Lee Chesneau presents a One-day Marine Meteorology Weather Course

Sunday January 26, 2014 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Room 326

Lee Chesneau, Senior Marine Meteorologist, formerly with NOAA/NWS's Ocean Prediction Center, and now owner of Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather, will provide a challenging full day weather course as a follow up to his daily hour long seminars.

Lee's 40 years of forecasting marine weather and strategic route planning on a global, synoptic, and local scale for mariners has been now successfully transferred to the classroom where he takes you step by step toward understanding both the atmospheric environment that you boat in. As a former mariner, Lee knows that this is necessary and important for not only determining your own weather forecasts, but making strategic decisions whether operating with the coastal waters, offshore, or in trans-ocean crossings. Click here for course outline.

Course Fee: $99.00 in advance ( or $150 at the door) Registration includes two-day ticket to the show.
To register
Click Here to Register

Location: Navy Pier Room 326

Email Lee Chesneau

Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar with John & Amanda Neal—sponsored by West Marine, Blue Water Sailing & Mahina Expeditions

Saturday Jan 25th, 2014  8:00AM - 6:00PM  Room 326
This nine-hour seminar will give you the knowledge and tools to save years and thousands of dollars as you prepare for your cruising lifestyle. The seminar covers 18 topics with dedicated PowerPoint presentations that follow the seminar's invaluable 260 page Offshore Cruising Companion. The organized format allows you to follow, absorb, understand plus retain crucial information vital to your safety and comfort.
Key topics include: Boat Selection, Outfitting for Offshore, Piracy & Security, Communication, Medical Emergencies, Cost of Cruising, Storm Survival Tactics, Insurance, Anchoring, Rigging & Sails, Weather & Cruise Planning.
Presenter/author/cruiser John Neal teamed up with professional rigger/sailmaker/international yacht racer Amanda Swan Neal in 1994 and together they have introduced thousands of people to offshore cruising through seminars and sailing expeditions. Their combined 73 years and 584,000 miles ocean experience spans the globe. Pete McGonagle recently completed a two year cruise with his wife and son from New England to the Caribbean and Panama. Pete's ocean experience includes 39,000 miles cruising, racing and delivering yachts and over 1,000,000 miles as an officer on merchant ships.
Cost per single: $179.00, couple: $299.00  Registration includes two-day ticket to the show. 
Seminar includes the 260 page Offshore Cruising Companion which details the 18 topics covered. The seminar outline and registration forms are available Click HERE to register..
Click HERE to email John questions


Two-day Marine Navigation Seminar—presented by Chicago's very own 3rd Coast Cruising

Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26 from 10am–4pm
Room 328

Learn navigation skills you can use anywhere in the world! Have you dreamed of sailing in a tropical paradise—but the thought of navigating reefs and channels held you back? Have you ever wondered how you would navigate in your GPS failed? Take our two-day Navigation Seminar to learn the essentials of navigating without a GPS and gain the confidence you need to navigate destnations close to home, in the tropics and just about anywhere in between.

Click here for more information or call Captain Jim at 1-866-Sail-3rd (724-5373)