Carol Cuddyer

Women Learning About Canal Cruising With Sea Sense

Sea Sense Canal Cruise in France

Sea Sense Canal Cruise in France

Sea Sense, the St. Petersburg, Florida-based sailing and powerboating school for women, is offering a new international class on Ireland’s Shannon River and canals. Every year, the company offers a different international course, with previous locations including various Caribbean locales, as well as Italy, Greece, France and Tahiti.  The 2010 course will be aboard a modern, 48-foot canal barge and will run from Sept. 11-18.

The boat for the course can accommodate a total of six students. Capts. Patti Moore and Carol Cuddyer, Sea Sense founders, will be the instructors for the seven day adventure and the itinerary includes free time for individual exploration of the area. The route will begin in Shannon and meander through the beautiful Irish countryside that is home to ancient Celtic monasteries. Each evening will be spent tied along the canal in picturesque village ports with hospitable people and warm pubs for dinner and music.

Canal cruising is a unique way to see the Irish countryside but is also an ideal learning opportunity for women to experience boat handling, navigation, and routine boat maintenance in a controlled environment. The course will focus on chart reading, helmsmanship, hands-on maneuvering and docking, knot tying and proper line handling, and basic engine checks and troubleshooting. Capt. Patti Moore says of canal cruising, “Rivers and canals provide a protected environment in which women can learn while doing. The international charters are great because everyone is in a new area and can focus on learning and working together, all while cruising in an absolutely gorgeous place.”

Sea Sense Canal Cruise in Venice, Italy

Sea Sense Canal Cruise in Venice, Italy

The Shannon River charter is open to women with any level of boating experience as the small group size allows instruction to be tailored to fit individual needs and goals. Individuals as well as groups are encouraged to request additional information. Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The per person price is $3,895 which includes the charter fee, instruction, fuel, and basic provisions for the week. Sea Sense will provide guidance and resources for travel but all registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and arrival to Shannon for the course.

Capts. Moore and Cuddyer provide all kinds of training and assistance, such as teaching deliveries and rendezvous instruction, to couples and mixed groups as well. I’d say that anyone interested in learning more about canal cruising might consider hiring them for a first-time experience.

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Learn to Run a Selene 47 Trawler

NextGen Selene 47 Holiday -- Photo: Billy Black

NextGen Selene 47 Holiday -- Photo: Billy Black

Selene Annapolis Charter has teamed up with the Sea Sense Powerboating School to offer the Selene 47 Holiday for charter and/or instructional charter on the Chesapeake Bay in 2010.

Charters are a five-day, four-night on-board comprehensive experience. Sea Sense will provide a structured course covering boat systems, operation, course plotting and navigation, boat handling, docking, and a variety of other topics for singles as well as couples. The instructional charter is intended to provide those with a serious interest in cruising a comfort level and knowledge foundation to schedule bareboat charters and confidently handle their own boat. Sea Sense Captains Carol Cuddyer and Patti Moore regularly offer in-depth trawler training around the country, including the popular two-day PassageMaker University Course for women.

Holiday is a 2009 Next Generation Selene 47, which means it has the increased engine room height, cruiser stern, prop pocket, offset galley, L-shaped pilothouse settee, and anchor pulpit of this latest model. She also features the latest in electronics, and both bow and stern thrusters for added maneuverability. Bart and Beth Beckman own Holiday and say, “Holiday is a fantastic trawler, perfect for a couple or two to explore and enjoy coastal cruising.” The company did not disclose the rates for these charters but said they are available upon request.

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