Cruising and Seamanship skills are constantly evolving. There have been improvements in sails, boats, and gear; and of course a revolution in electronics and navigation. Learn the latest in Cruising & Seamanship skills at the North U Cruising and Seamanship webinar.
Cruising & Seamanship Webinar
A Four-Session Course led by North U Director Bill Gladstone
- Sign up for single sessions or the full series
- Two-hour sessions, eight hours total
- Live Sessions: April 12, 14, 19, 21.
- View, Review, Revisit the recordings as often as you like, for months and months, after the live sessions
– The latest in Cruising and Seamanship skills, terminology, in all weather conditions
– North U Cruising and Seamanship workbook available by mail
Course Topics & Schedule
All Live Sessions 7:30 – 9:30 pm Eastern (US) 4:30 – 6:30 pm Pacific
Session 1 – Tuesday, April 12: Upwind Trim
Session 2 – Thursday, April 14: Downwind Trim
Session 3 – Tuesday, April 19: Marine Weather, Heavy Weather Sailing & Safety
Session 4 – Thursday, April 21: Cruising and Seamanship
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North U Cruising and Seamanship Webinar
Robust, four-session course focusing on boat speed, sail trim, and seamanship challenges.
Cruising Skills & Know-how
Whether you have a pocket cruiser, sloop, or light displacement vessel, it is good to stay informed and up to date with the important skills needed to both sail and live in your boat. Come away with a great understanding of the navigational, mechanical, and interpersonal skills necessary to be a proficient cruiser on today’s waters. North U’s Cruising & Seamanship webinar gives you the expertise needed to face the new and unique challenges each cruise presents.
Seamanship Skills & Insights
Competence in Seamanship is important for every sailor, no matter their experience. The knowledge areas that fall under it will help you sail safely, regardless of weather or situation. You don’t need to be an expert sailor to grasp and utilize Seamanship. In the North U Cruising & Seamanship Webinar, you’ll leave with a solid awareness of the technical and anticipatory skills that allow for a safe and enjoyable journey.
Sailing efficiently upwind, against the force that drives us, is a marvel of modern design. In Upwind Trim you get a brief look at the theory of upwind sailing and in-depth training on proper trim. You’ll learn how to sail fast and point high with balance and control in all conditions. We explain proper sail shape and the use mainsail and jib controls to achieve optimum performance. A special section addresses Performance Problems with Trim Solutions.
Most of our cruising time is spent reaching. If not, it’s time to choose a new destination! In Downwind Sail Trim we address proper use and trim of gennakers, asymmetric spinnakers and symmetric spinnakers when reaching and running. We also explain proper use of whisker poles for jib and main sailing and look at the new Code Sails and furling systems.
Marine Weather, Sailing & Safety
The sources weather information are expanding everyday. Our special session with Marine Weather University founder Chris Bedford will help you select the best sources for your needs and teach how to combine your own observations with forecast information to create a local forecast and plan your passages.
Heavy Weather Sailing & Safety
Heavy Weather Sailing is a part of cruising. Gain a better understanding heavy weather trim to maintain comfort and control when conditions are rough. We address sudden squalls, and wavy storms, and the preparation, strategies, and techniques you need to make your way through them.
Cruising and Seamanship
What is Seamanship? What are the characteristics of a good cruising yacht? What are the advantages and disadvantages of various rig and keel configurations? How can you put new sailors at ease during their inaugural sailing adventures?
Cruising is sailing… and so much more. Navigation, night sailing, tides and currents, wind shifts, engine care, heads, dinghies… The list goes on and on. Spoiler Alert: When you go cruising problems will arise. In the webinar, we look at some of the challenges you might encounter along the way. We offer solutions, and an approach to problem solving that will help ensure a successful cruise. And then we encourage you to go. Don’t wait. Go…
Add the Advanced Cruising and Seamanship Book to your Webinar
The companion book is the all new 4th edition Advanced Cruising and Seamanship Book. Written by Bill Gladstone and edited by the ASA development team, the book covers Sail Trim, Performance, Safety, Navigation, Weather, and Seamanship topics. Much has changed since the first edition of the Cruising & Seamanship Workbook. There have been improvements in sails, boats, and gear; and of course a revolution in electronics and navigation. What has not changed is the role of the sailor to assure a safe, enjoyable passage. Learn the latest in Cruising & Seamanship skills with the all new 4th edition Advanced Cruising and Seamanship by Bill Gladstone. You can add the book to your registration and we’ll ship it to you – free shipping for US orders only.
Session 1: Upwind Trim
- Upwind Trim Theory in Brief
- Mainsail Trim and Controls
- Jib Trim and Controls
- Moderate Air Trim
- Light Air Trim
- Heavy Air Trim
- Performance Problems and Trim Solutions
Session 2: Downwind Sails and Sail Trim
- Reaching Trim
- Running Trim
- Gennakers, Spinnakers, Whisker Poles
Session 3: Marine Weather, Heavy Weather Sailing & Safety
- Marine Weather Forecasting with Chris Bedford
- Sources of Marine Weather Info
- What is Heavy Weather?
- Heavy Weather Forehandedness
- Heavy Weather Sailing
- Alternate Storm Strategy
- Misery and Danger
Session 4: Cruising and Seamanship
- What is Cruising?
- Cruise Planning
- Heavy Weather Sailing
- Anchoring and Docking
North U Director Bill Gladstone has been teaching sailing and racing for decades. The author of the North U Performance Racing Trim and Performance Racing Tactics books and creator of the North U Seminars and Webinars, graduates of Bill’s programs are racing and winning in fleets the world over.
But that is not all. Bill is an avid cruiser with extensive experience on the east and west coasts, great lakes, and Caribbean. Together with John Rousmaniere he created the original Cruising and Seamanship curriculum. This update was created in conjunction with the American Sailing Association.