2019 Small Craft Skills Seminar

The Pocketyacht and seas - one amazing partnership

Join us at SEAS for an intensive classroom and on water shared learning experience. This 3-7 day program is offered again due to popular demand. Over the years since 2011 more than 500 sailors have participated and grown through the Small Craft Skills Seminar program.

So once again we are excited to announce this most unique learning experience expressly for the small boat sailor, whether highly experienced or new to the water. The program will be centered at the SEAS sailing education facility in Sheboygan Wisconsin and works like this:

Seminar Format and Objective

The format for the three day seminar is half day classroom and half day on the water in boats followed by an optional four day fleet cruise aboard participant boats. We ask that you bring your boat and if you don’t have one no worries, you are still welcome and will have ample opportunity to sail with others. At the conclusion of classroom we will go to the boats and apply as much of what we have discussed in practical use as we rig, launch, test, share sailing and boat handling techniques and more

The format for the course is based on shared knowledge and experiential learning. Each participant will be asked to select three topics from a supplied list of fifty possibilities. Your choices will be considered and one will be selected by us and you will be informed of which one. We ask that you either have knowledge of the topic or begin learning about it through experience or study. At the Seminar you will have up to twenty minutes to present your topic in any manner you wish (lecture, slides, power point, video, etc) followed by fifteen minutes of Q/A about the topic you present. Preparing for the presentation is a great way for you to reinforce your existing knowledge, gain new insights or learn a completely new skill or technique. The Q/A is an amazing shared knowledge experience where every view point is added to your presentation. All presentations and notes from Q/A are compiled and sent out to all participants after the seminar.

The Fleet Cruise
The 2019 fleet cruise is a four day post seminar opportunity in which seminar participants can put into practice what they have learned and to continue the fun. We will depart of for Door County on Sunday evening and set sail on Monday morning given favorable conditions. The cruise will be lead by Howard Rice. There will be opportunity to stay aboard boats, camp and even engage with on shore lodging. All cruises to date have been deemed perhaps the best part of the seminar.

Sign up and we will send you Seminar details about this shared experience of teaching and learning together.

The cost of the seminar is $400 with the optional Fleet Cruise at $200.