Annapolis School of Seamanship Offers Winter Workshop for Cruisers

If you’re looking to add to your cruising skills knowledge base, you might consider attending  a workshop that will be hosted in January by The Annapolis School of Seamanship.  The organization recently announced the launch of a new Cruiser’s Winter Workshop to be held Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, 2010 at the world-renowned maritime training and conference center, Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The workshop brings together experienced and well known presenters Steve D’Antonio, technical editor of PassageMaker Magazineand owner of Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting; Ralph Naranjo, technical editor of Practical Sailor; Lee Chesneau, former Senior Marine Meteorologist for NOAA and owner of Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather, and John Martino, founder and president of Annapolis School of Seamanship.

According to the organizers, the interactive presentations will offer an in-depth look at a variety of topics important to cruisers from passage planning and marine weather to onboard systems and collision avoidance and will be conducted at an ideal maritime learning environment like no other education program has yet offered the sailing and power cruising community.

MITAGS Ship Bridge Simulator

MITAGS Ship Bridge Simulator

The weekend’s agenda includes introductory presentations for all attendees followed by in-depth break-out sessions designed to hone in on the specific needs and interests of the attendees. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the maritime simulation facilities at the Institute. MITAGS is one of the leading centers in full-mission ship simulation. Ship’s captains and pilots from around the globe come to MITAGS to hone their shiphandling and electronic navigation skills.

The event includes full group sessions, small group break-out sessions, and an interactive simulator tour as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday, lodging at the MITAGS hotel, breakfast Sunday morning, and a wrap-up panel discussion with all presenters; the all-inclusive price is $475 per person. MITAGS provides a free shuttle between the conference center and BWI Airport for hotel guests.

For registration information, visit or call 866.369.2248.

(from materials provided by the Annapolis School of Seamanship)

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