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UK, USA & Germany: Ocean cruising experts share their sailing knowledge at Boat Show Forums

By WCC — last modified Jun 29, 2016 03:24 PM
Sailing rally organisers World Cruising Club will be hosting a series of forums this Autumn set to inspire sailors to extend their offshore cruising boundaries.

Published: 2016-06-28 23:00:00
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: United Kingdom , Germany , USA

World Cruising Club Forums - September and October 2016:

Ocean Sailing Forum - Southampton, UK
Saturday 17 September 2016

Ocean Sailing Forum - Annapolis, MD, USA
Saturday 8 October 2016

Ocean Cruising Forum - Hanseboot Hamburg, Germany
Saturday 29 October 2016

Practical preparation advice for an offshore passage from ARC sailors and cruising rally experts.

Each forum will feature a panel of experienced bluewater cruisers sharing their personal experiences of sailing offshore passages and living on board, together with industry professionals giving their own practical top tips. The objective is to share their knowledge and experience in a friendly and informative way and audience members are encouraged to participate and to ask questions.

During the two-hour forums, panellists will discuss the planning and preparation required for ocean cruising, with special emphasis on WCC rallies including the ARC, Caribbean 1500 and World ARC. Topics covered include preparing your boat, selecting equipment, sail handling, life onboard, crew management, route planning and weather. Anyone interested in sailing off across the oceans, whether you're planning for the future or almost ready to set-sail, is welcome to attend.

"It was very informative and a must for anyone thinking of undertaking bluewater cruising." Said Andy Hilton who previously attended one of WCC's Ocean Sailing Forums - 18 months on, he and his family are currently cruising in Fiji exploring with World ARC.

"A great way to connect with like-minded sailors with the added benefit of interacting with the very knowledgeable people in the sailing community. You are able to talk to them without being intimidated and it's a really friendly atmosphere." said Brian Luna who came to last year's forum in Annapolis with a general interest in learning more about offshore cruising.

Held alongside international boats shows in UK, USA and Germany, the forums also provide an opportunity to take the panel's ideas and suggestions with into the show and speak to the specialist bluewater exhibitors.

ARC organisers World Cruising Club will also be on hand following each Forum to answer questions about the world's most popular cruising rallies and all aspects of preparing to go bluewater cruising.

Full details of each forum, including venue, times and registration can be found at:

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