Info for New Sailors @ Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show, January 14-18, 2016 @ McCormick Place - Part 1

Info for New Sailors @ Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show, January 14-18, 2016 @ McCormick Place - Part 1

Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show at McCormick Place January 14 - 18, 2016 purpose is to introduce sailing to non-sailors with the hopes of converting them into sailors.


(Ignore the dates in this video - it was filmed in 2012!)

Sure, you can roam around the show floor, kicking tires (or boat fenders), looking at all sorts of gear, more importantly there are sailing schools you can meet and discuss how to get into their programs. Part 2 of this series will explain what is important to visit on the show floor.

But there's a better solution for you to see.  On the lower level, there are seminar rooms, with seminars running full time during the show.  If you signed up for a sailing school, you would probably pay around $75 - $100 per day to get all of this education, but you'll pay $14 a day going to Strictly Sail Chicago.  It's worth the price of admission.

What could be of interest to someone just starting out?

Thursday, January 23, 2014
 Topic  Speaker  Room
1:00 PM Strings Attached: Strings Attached- a Yachtsman’s Guide to Cordage, Knots and Line Handling Alan Veenstra 315
1:00 PM Romance at Sea: How to have a Spectacular, Safe and Romantic Night Crossing Dan Bochnovic 301
1:00 PM Storm Tactics Lin and Larry Pardey 311
1:00 PM 40,000 Miles Later John Otterbacher 303
1:00 PM A Beginner's Guide to Planning a Cruise Randy Deering 316
1:00 PM Cruising the Uncharted Waters of Georgian Bay Jim Wooll 313
2:15 PM Basic Spinnaker (Asymmetrical and Poled) Handling and Trim Gary Shaw 301
2:15 PM Marine Weather Tom Igielski 307
3:30 PM Lessons Learned Along the Way Nigel Calder 311
3:30 PM Winches Craig Blazer 316
3:30 PM Atlantic Crossings: Lessons Learned from 20 Transatlantic Passages John Kretschmer 313
3:30 PM Sailing Made Easy Thom Burns 301
3:30 PM Cruising the Michigan Shore Lou Bruska 307
4:45 PM Cruising North of the 45th Parallel Lou Bruska 307
4:45 PM Electric Shock Drowning: A Preventable Tragedy Grant Crowley 316
4:45 PM Trim for Control David Flynn 309
4:45 PM The 30 Best North Channel Anchorages Jim Wooll 313
4:45 PM Seamanship & Leadership: Mentally Preparing to go Offshore Andy Schell 315
4:45 PM Sailing Technique for the Modern Cruising Yacht Paul Exner 301
4:45 PM Perspectives from a Cruising Family Marc & Jane Adams 303
Friday, January 24, 2014
11:40 AM What to Wear Jerry Richards 313
11:45 AM Lessons Learned Along the Way Nigel Calder 311
11:45 AM Gary Jobson's Best Stories Gary Jobson 324
11:45 AM Coastal Navigation with iPad and Adroid Devices Thom Burns 309
11:45 AM Short Handed Sail Handling Travis Blain 307
1:00 PM Basic Marine Plumbing for Your Sailboat Andrew Keene 313
1:00 PM Sailing in Heavy Weather John Rousmaniere 325
1:00 PM Basic Coastal Navigation Bob Sloat 318
1:00 PM Rigging Overview Colin Mack 307
2:15 PM Marine Radar Tom Igielski 307
2:15 PM Introduction to Safety at Sea Brian Adams 301
2:15 PM Trim for Control David Flynn 313
2:15 PM 34th America’s Cup Gary Jobson 324
2:15 PM SOLO John Otterbacher 303
3:30 PM Safety Below the Water Line Mark Kish 307
3:30 PM The Adventures that Shaped our Lives Lin and Larry Pardey 324
3:30 PM Weather Makers: Understanding Low Pressure Systems Mark Thornton 325
3:30 PM Mastering Storm Avoidance and Survival Tactics John & Amanda Neal 305
3:30 PM Sailing Technique for the Modern Cruising Yacht Paul Exner 301
4:45 PM Why We Sail John Rousmaniere 324
4:45 PM How to get taken for a ride (Crew Opportunities) Ed Tamminga 303
Saturday, January 25, 2014
10:30 AM How to Fly and Retrieve the Spinnaker Etienne Giroire 303
10:30 AM Thunderstorms: A Primer for Coastal and Inland Sailors Mark Thornton 325
10:30 AM The Compelling Power of Adventure Lin and Larry Pardey 324
10:30 AM An Introduction to Sailing with Instruments Matt Fries 307
11:45 AM Electric Shock Drowning: A Preventable Tragedy Grant Crowley 303
11:45 AM Basic Diesel Maintenance Mark Kish 313
11:45 AM How Sailors and Boats Get into Trouble John Rousmaniere 325
1:00 PM The Seamanship Ethos John Rousmaniere 305
1:00 PM How to Speak Pirate (or 18th Century Mariner) Mark Mitchell 309
1:00 PM Coastal Navigation with iPad and Adroid Devices Thom Burns 311
1:00 PM Sixteen ways to insure your partner shares your cruising dreams Lin and Larry Pardey 325
2:15 PM Strings Attached: Strings Attached- a Yachtsman’s Guide to Cordage, Knots and Line Handling Alan Veenstra 313
2:15 PM Force 10—Storm Sailing Strategies John Kretschmer 325
2:15 PM Assessing Your Marine Weather Self Reliant SkillsToward Maine Weather Self Reliance-Interpreting Your Marine Weather Lee Chesneau 309
2:15 PM Basic Spinnaker (Asymmetrical and Poled) Handling and Trim Gary Shaw 305
2:15 PM What's It Like to Live-Aboard a Cruising Sailboat on a Long Voyage Paul Exner 303
3:30 PM Perspectives from a Cruising Family Marc & Jane Adams 301
3:30 PM Staying on Board (and What to Do if Your Shipmate Goes Overboard) John Rousmaniere 324
3:30 PM Taking the Helm Dawn Riley 309
3:30 PM Doppler Weather Radar: A Sailor’s Best Friend Mark Thornton 311
4:45 PM Board Weather Forecasting Chuck Burger 324
4:45 PM Sailing Seminars Debreif: Your Questions Answered by the Experts George Day 325
4:45 PM Getting to the Mac Race Starting Line for the First Time Matt Gallagher 303
4:45 PM SOLO John Otterbacher 307
Sunday, January 26, 2014
10:30 AM 40,000 Miles Later John Otterbacher 303
10:30 AM How to Fly and Retrieve the Spinnaker Etienne Giroire 305
10:30 AM Sailing: Getting Started on Your Adventure of a Lifetime Alan Veenstra 316
10:30 AM An Introduction to Sailing with Instruments Matt Fries 307
11:45 AM Romance at Sea: How to have a Spectacular, Safe and Romantic Night Crossing Dan Bochnovic 311
11:45 AM Rigging Overview Colin Mack 309
11:45 AM Partner In Command Betti Garcia and Seaby Bess 305
11:45 AM Weather Makers: Understanding Low Pressure Systems Mark Thornton 307
11:45 AM Training Opportunities Dawn Riley 303
11:45 AM Where to Begin Sailing - Easy and Affordably Glenn McCarthy 301
1:00 PM Basic Marine Plumbing for Your Sailboat Andrew Keene 303
1:00 PM How to get taken for a ride (Crew Opportunities) Ed Tamminga 315
1:00 PM Force 10—Storm Sailing Strategies John Kretschmer 307
1:00 PM Shape for Speed Wally Cross 313
1:00 PM Perspectives from a Cruising Family Marc & Jane Adams 309
1:00 PM Marine Radar Tom Igielski 305
2:15 PM Ten Things They Never Tell You About the Cruising Life George Day 305
3:30 PM Sailing Made Easy Thom Burns 303
3:30 PM Logistics in the Age of Sail Mark Mitchell 305
3:30 PM Short Handed Sail Handling Travis Blain 307

For more details on the seminars, click here.

ADMISSION Ticket $14.00**  Purchase Online.

Kids 15 and younger FREE (must be accompanied by a paying adult)

When: January 14–18, 2016

Show Hours: 11am–8pm Thursday & Friday, Weekend Hours 10am–7pm Saturday, 10am–5pm Sunday, Monday 10am–5pm

Where: Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago is located at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616.

 

 

Go to the Show and begin your sailing journey, it is time to get your plans made for the 2016 summer!

 

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