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Thursday, September 5 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Understanding Weather: Making the Go or No-Go Decision

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Changing weather is one of the things most boaters and their crews fear most. It is usually not deadly, but it can be downright scary when a pleasant day of boating turns ugly. Knowing the basics can help you interpret the weather and make a good go or no-go decision that will help you stay safe and sane. This course will take you through the basics of how to understand the information available and how to combine it with tide and current details to determine the condition of the sea. The class will use actual examples and gather weather data from the internet, cell phone and VHF radio. Software apps will also be used and their shortcomings will be reviewed. They say timing is everything, and we want to make sure you’re prepared when the changing weather and currents interrupt your day. We will use a checklist approach to help you create your own systems and ways of understanding the weather that fits your vessel and crew.

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Mark Bunzel

Mark is the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide and is responsible for the annual research for all of the marinas and anchorages between Olympia and Ketchikan, Alaska. Mark’s articles and photography have appeared in magazines including Passage Maker, Northwest Yachting,Canadian... Read More →

Thursday September 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Discovery Stage