Cruise News: Salty Dawgs schedule comprehensive webinar series

Salty Dawg

Apr 22, 2021

Many Canadian cruisers have discovered the Salty Dawg Sailing Association. The Dawgs is an educational and charitable organization that conducts rallies, educational seminars and webinars, and rendezvous to help sailors realize their long-distance cruising dreams.  The underlying principle of this volunteer led organization is to transfer knowledge and skills from veteran “Salty Dawgs” to less experiences sailors, enabling independent decision-making and develop offshore confidence.  Truly, sailors helping sailors. 

During Covid times, like everyone else, the organization is providing its series online:

Spring/Summer Series Part I – May 4 to May 27

Spring/Summer Series Part II – June 1 to June 29

10-11 Webinars in each series

The webinars are free for Salty Dawg Members (lots of Canadian boats already are); Non-Members – $25 for the entire series or $12 for an individual webinar.


SDSA Spring/Summer Webinar Series – Part I (May 4 to May 27)

May 4 – May 27, 2021


Entire Spring/Summer Webinar Series – Part I

Register for All

Free for Salty Dawg Members

Non-Members pay $25 for all in this group

May 4, 2021


History of Antigua and Nelson’s Dockyard
Learn about the history of Antigua and some of what to expect and see after your arrival. 

Dr. Christopher Waters, Director of Heritage Resources, National Parks Authority 

May 6, 2021


ParaAnchors and Sea Drogues
Why blue water sailors need these.  Conditions when appropriate, how to deploy, adjusting, recovery, storage and budget.  Cool photos and videos

Zack Smith,
Fiorentino ParaAnchor

May 11, 2021


Refit/Restore an Older Boat: Part II – Hull and Below Decks
Hull, electrical, electronics, plumbing, engine, generator and cabinetry.  What to look for in a used boat; project length; contract or DIY; typical budgets, lead time, shake-down.

M-Yacht Services,
Marc Mayo



It’s Not All About the Boat
Enjoying your time at sea.

Seale George,
Salty Dawg World Class Sailor

May 12, 2021


Windvane Self Steering
Imagine a crew member who spends endless hours steering, doesn’t eat or sleep, and never complains? A windvane self steering system will steer your monohull or catamaran for short distances or across oceans with absolutely no power consumption.  Will and Sarah Curry provide an overview of the different types windvane systems (and emergency rudder options), demonstrate the Hydrovane, and discuss what a windvane can do for you with video and cruising anecdotes.  

Will and Sarah Curry, Hydrovane International Marine Inc.

May 13, 2021


Being Found – EPIRBS, AIS and PLBs
What to know so you can be seen and found.

Brian Flowers,
Life Raft & Survival Equipment Inc. (LRSE)

May 19, 2021


Safety at Sea – Dealing with Stressful Situations

A course on this topic usually conjures up MOB drills and inflating a life raft. These are helpful for those specific emergencies. The focus of this class is preparation, practices, and procedures to lower the risk of getting into an emergency, and improve the outcome.

Behan and Jamie Gifford,
Sailing Totem

May 20, 2021


Heavy Weather Sail Trim 
Heavy air tactics and strategy for cruising sailors.

Dave Flynn,
Quantum Sails

 May 25, 2021


The Sailboat Selling Process 
Selling your boat from start to finish.

Josh McLean,
David Walters Yachts

May 27, 2021


Q&A Session, Ask the Experts
Pose any question on prerecorded webinars, any other webinars in this series, or other sailing related question you’d liked addressed/

Dave Flynn / Quantum Sails
Bob Osborne / Salty Dawg Ocean Class sailor,
Seale George / Salty Dawg World Class sailor, and
Steve Stelmaszyk / Salty Dawg World Class sailor


SDSA Spring/Summer Webinar Series – Part II (June 1 to June 29)

Jun 1 – Jun 29


Entire Spring/Summer Webinar Series-Part II

Register for All

Free for Salty Dawg Members

Non-Members pay $25 for all in this group

 June 1, 2021


Weather Routing Tools
A review of the weather routing tools available to the cruising skipper.

Nick Olson,
Predict Wind

June 8, 2021


Offshore Power Management/Off the Grid
Choosing power sources, charging options, and sizing.

Simon Ytterbom / Victron Energy

June 9, 2021


Successful Offshore Fishing
Blue water fishing techniques for all – including references to different locations

Kevin Ferrie / Salty Dawg Ocean Class sailor

June 10, 2021


Using the Salty Dawg Comprehensive Offshore Checklist
Compiled by World Class Salty Dawgs; an extremely comprehensive list, valuable to all who go offshore

Russ Owen. Salty Dawg World Class Sailor

June 15, 2021


Trim for Control
… sail trim for cruising sailors

Dave Flynn, 
Quantum Sails

June 17, 2021


Route Planning Strategies – A Cruisers Perspective
This webinar will covers fundamental parts of route planning and considerations for better efficiency and comfort along the way.

Behan and Jamie Gifford,
Sailing Totem



 Seamanship Tips to Ensure a Safe Passage
 Getting crew and boat ready.

Russ Owen,
Salty Dawg World
Class Sailor

June 22, 2021


Heavy Weather Tactics 
slow down; heave-to; run off; drogues and para-anchors; tactics and tips for monohulls and catamarans; how to set-up.

Zack Smith,
Fiorentino ParaAnchor 

June 23, 2021


Catamaran Heavy Weather Tactics
Handling catamarans in heavy weather, as well as catamaran characteristics that make for safe operation in heavy weather conditions.

Gino Morrelli,
Morrelli Melvin Design & Engineering, Inc.

June 24, 2021


Caribbean Weather Patterns and Impacts on Sailing
Chris will cover general weather patterns and some unique weather features that can impact safety and convenience.

Chris Parker,
Marine Weather Center

June 29, 2021


Q&A Session, Ask the Experts
Pose any question on prerecorded webinars, any other webinars in this series, or other sailing related question you’d liked addressed

Dave Flynn/Quantum Sails
Russ Owen/Salty Dawg World Class Sailor,
Kevin Ferrie/Salty Dawg Ocean Class Sailor, and
Linda Stelmaszyk/Salty Dawg World Class Sailor

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