Ultimate Cruising Symposium – Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show


    04/06/2017 to 04/09/2017


    $139.00 single/couple $249.00​

    Late registrations at the boat show is from 8 to 8:30 AM where we will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. We will wrap up at 5PM.

    Overview of the One-Day “Marine Weather, Seamanship & Navigation Strategies, & Boat Outfitting Symposium”

    This one-day intensive program simplifies complex issues involving weather (WX), seamanship & navigation strategies, as well as the importance of boat outfitting all in a one-day setting.

    Senior Marine Meteorologist Lee Chesneau

    Marine WX Fundamentals for Offshore Cruising Including WX Forecasting, Decision Making, & Vessel Routing:

    *A critical discussion of marine watches, advisories, & warnings as issued by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) & Environment Canada; from Small Craft Advisories/High Wind Warnings, to Gale, Storm, & Hurricane Force watches & warnings.

    *Tying in the three core synoptic scale charts as generated from the NWS’s Ocean Prediction Center (OPC): Surface Pressure; Upper Air 500 Mb, Wind/ Wave Analyses & Forecast products.

    *A hands-on exercise of understanding the key components of the previously noted synoptic scale products (charts), ranging from wind plots, fronts, troughs, squall & shear lines, clouds & local surface WX conditions, to upper air 500 mb flow patterns, wind & wave products (regional feet versus full ocean in meters); all products depicted on navigation friendly Mercator projection backgrounds.

    *Discussion of the most updated publicly held resources, education & training opportunities

    LT Chris Branning, USCG Helicopter Rescue Pilot & Ocean Racing Navigator

    Updating Modern Day Seamanship & Navigation Tools & Strategies:

    * Latest hardware/software WX & navigation tools

    * How Chris’s boat Rio100 won the 2016 Pacific Cup Race & set a record doing it…can it be applied to just leisurely offshore cruising?







    Pam Wall, Experienced Sailor (World Wide) & Expert on Boat Outfitting

    Proper Equipment to Have Aboard a Well-Founded Yacht- Above & Below Deck:

    Pam discusses the important equipment to consider having aboard to deal with the WX, the sea state, personal safety and well-being, & to have aboard a well-founded sailing vessel. From the bow to the stern, there will be information on the correct seamanlike equipment needed aboard:

    *Ground Tackle


    *Downwind Sailing

    * Safety Equipment

    *Comfort Products

    * Sun Protection


    *Items that make life aboard and cruising more efficient, safe, and comfortable during smooth sailing& bad WX conditions, large seas, swift currents, & storm situations.

    Speaker Biographies

    Sailor & Lecturer Pam Wall

    Renowned Pam Wall is well known for outfitting world cruisers, consulting on prospective routes for sailing, her sailing instruction, & as a seminar speaker who encourages and educates on the cruising lifestyle to all who attend her seminars.  Along with her husband, Andy, and two young children Samantha & Jamie, Pam has sailed around the world on their custom-made Freya 39 KANDARIK.   Pam’s boat was built at home and then took her family “Around the World” & later back and forth across the Atlantic to Europe three times. Pam worked for West Marine for over 20 years as their Outfitting Manager n& Cruising Consultant.  Currently Pam is working for the well- known sailboat and powerboat designer, Steve Dashew.  We strongly encourage you to join Pam at Strictly Sail Pacific 2017, Richmond with her tantalizing free seminars beginning on Thursday, April 6th & who will sprint & dazzle everyone on Sunday, April 9th with her critical role at the “Marine Weather, Seamanship & Navigation Strategies, & Boat Outfitting Symposium”. Contact Pam at:  pam@.com and visit her web-site: pamwall.com and Face Book Page: Pam Wall Cruising and Sailing Consulting

    LT Christopher Branning, USCG

    From age 18, Chris Branning made his bed every morning at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, commonly known as “King’s Point”. In his mind, the academy presented the shortest route to his childhood dream: flying military aviation. So, Chris made the decision to sacrifice thirsty Thursdays and all-of the animal-house trappings of a typical college experience to march, study, and spend a year at sea. Even he could never have imagined how far those choices would take him. Chris Branning is more than “OK” with being a detail-oriented perfectionist. It’s a valuable trait for any rescue aviator for the UCCG, where now LT Branning, who is a “Rescue Helicopter Pilot” as his current day job, moonlights as a part time racing offshore navigator. Hi moonlighting began in 2007, where he navigated “Morning Light”, a TransPac52, a 52-foot racing sailboat, as part of a team was 11 young sailors ranging in age from 18-23 years old. They placed 3rd in their division competing against seasoned “professionals.” See the Disney documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xliuVqWKq5w

    Fast forward to the summer of 2016, where Lt Branning, who has now has rapidly ascended the professional ranks, having just set a record on Rio100 who sped across the Pacific to set a new Pacific Cup Fastest Passage record. With an elapsed time of 5 days, 2 hours, 41 mins and 13 seconds, Rio100 knocked two hours off the record set in 2004. We are privileged & fortunate to have Chris enlighten us at this year’s 2017 Strictly Sail Boat Show on Sunday, April 9th “Marine Weather, Seamanship & Navigation Strategies, & Boat Outfitting Symposium” sharing his formula for success at last year’s Pacific Cup 2016 race, as it may apply to offshore cruising as well!

    Lee Chesneau, Senior Marine Meteorologist:

    Lee Chesneau is highly experienced senior marine meteorologist & graduate from one of the elite universities that offer degrees in meteorology, the University of Wisconsin (Madison). His Bachelor of Science (B.S) Degree in Meteorology was Lee’s ticket to a distinguished & extensive career with NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) & Satellite Service (NESDIS).  Lee also served as a U.S. Navy civilian Ship Routing Officer (SRO), a “Route Analyst” for a major commercial ship routing company (Oceanroutes, Inc), & his first career start as a naval officer, where he served at several U.S. Navy Fleet Weather Centers (Rota, SP, & Norfolk, VA), & on an aircraft carriers (USS Saratoga CV-60 & USS Guam LPH-9).

    Today, Lee in addition to being a highly seasoned & experienced professional marine meteorologist is an accomplished U.S. Coast Guard certified instructor for “Basic & Advanced Meteorology” at continuing training institutions (MITAGS, Linthicum Heights, MD & STAR Center, Dania Beach, FL & Pacific Maritime Institute, Seattle, WA, & the Maritime Institute, San Diego & Alameda, CA) for professional mariners. He offers the same curriculum to educate & train commercial fishing & recreational boaters at trade shows on becoming self-reliant in their own marine weather knowledge & forecasting, strategic vessel routing, & prudent decision making (e.g. Strictly Sail Pacific).   Lee has been a key speaker at numerous boat shows (such as Strictly Sail Pacific 2017 Richmond) & other symposia. See Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show seminar schedule for free seminars & his Sunday, April 9th role in the “Marine Weather, Seamanship & Navigation Strategies, & Boat Outfitting Symposium”  Lee has his own company: “Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather” www.weatherbylee.com  & can be reached by e-mail: lee@weatherbylee.com