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Strictly Sail Long Beach Opens Oct. 24

posted: 10/7/2013

LONG BEACH -- Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Long Beach will bring more than a sailboat show to Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor Oct. 24-27.

The event, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association will present new and brokerage sailboats in a wide array of sizes and prices, along with the latest gear. And not only will Strictly Sail Long Beach offer boaters an opportunity to experience the latest in sailboat design and technology, it will also provide four days of sailing seminars, hands-on boater training and educational resources for beginners and seasoned sailors alike.

Attractions at Strictly Sail Long Beach include the Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, a hands-on clinic that offers practical and professional advice on maintaining, repairing and upgrading boats and engines. The show also features Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training -- on-the-water workshops that teach fundamental sailing skills, docking under power, and an introduction to catamarans.

Admission to Strictly Sail Long Beach is $10 for adults; free for youths 15 and younger accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for active duty military personnel with I.D. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office (cash only).

Hours for the show are noon-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Call (714) 633-7581 or visit strictlysaillongbeach.com for more information.

Here is a schedule of the educational seminars planned at press time, for boaters planning to attend Strictly Sail Long Beach:

Free Hourly Seminars

Thursday Oct. 24

12:30 p.m.: Exploring Catalina Island, Holly Scott, Tent A.

12:30 p.m.: The Weather Briefing: Self-Reliant Weather Interpretation Skills, Lee Chesneau, Tent B.

1:45 p.m.: Preparations for Offshore Cruising, Liza Copeland, Tent A.

1:45 p.m.: Communications for Cruisers, Steven Bowden, Tent B.

3 p.m.: Fifteen Upgrades for Your Boat, George Day, Tent A.

3 p.m.: Cruising Mexico: Paperwork Requirements, Rogellio Gregg, Tent B.

4:15 p.m.: What’s It Really Like Cruising the California and Mexican Coasts?, Pat & Carole McIntosh and Phil & Nora McCabe, Tent A.

4:15 p.m.: Exploring the Channel Islands, Holly Scott, Tent B.

5:30 p.m.: What’s It Really Like Cruising the California and Mexican Coasts?, Pat & Carole McIntosh and Phil & Nora McCabe, Tent A.

5:30 p.m.: Anchoring, Holly Scott, Tent B.

Friday, Oct. 25

12:30 p.m.: Lessons Learned Along the Way, Nigel Calder, Tent A.

12:30 p.m.: Placing a Yacht in Charter: Tax and Income Benefits, Craig Fecker, Tent B.

1:45 p.m.: Bahamas Adventure: Exploring the Exumas, George Day, Tent A.

1:45 p.m.: Solar Power on Boats: Facts, Myths and Hype, Patrik Swanljung, Tent B.

3 p.m.: Commuter-Cruising Baja and the Sea of Cortez, Pat & Carole McIntosh and Phil & Nora McCabe, Tent A.

3 p.m.: Finding the Right Multihull for You, Monte Cottrell, Tent B.

4:15 p.m.: Cruising the Pacific Northwest to Alaska, Liza Copeland, Tent A.

4:15 p.m.: Cruising Mexico: Paperwork Requirements, Rogellio Gregg, Tent B.

5:30 p.m.: Cruising Southern California, Holly Scott, Tent A.

5:30 p.m.: Mariners’ Tips & Tools for Tropical Cyclones and the 1-2-3 Rule for Avoidance, Lee Chesneau, Tent B.

Saturday, Oct. 26

10:30 a.m.: Cruising for Cowards, Liza Copeland, Tent A.

10:30 a.m.: Boat Ownership: Facts and Myths, Greg Farah, Tent B.

11:45 a.m.: What Does It Cost to Go Cruising? Three Budgets, George Day, Tent A.

11:45 a.m.: The Weather Briefing: Self-Reliant Weather Interpretation Skills, Lee Chesneau, Tent B.

1 p.m.: Sailing the Gold Coast of Mexico -- Banderas Bay to Acapulco, Pat & Carole McIntosh and Phil & Nora McCabe, Tent A

1 p.m.: Spin Trim, Sam Heck, Tent B.

2:15 p.m.: The 10 Things They Never Tell You About the Cruising Life, George Day, Tent A.

2:15 p.m.: Communications for Cruisers, Steven Bowden, Tent B.

3:30 p.m.: Lessons Learned from US Sailing Accident Review Reports from 2010-2013, Bruce Brown, Tent A.

3:30 p.m.: Twenty Classic and Affordable Sailboats for Blue Water Cruising, Zuzana Prochazka, Tent B.

4:45 p.m.: How to Keep a Starboard Attitude While Cruising, Bob Bitchin, Tent A.

4:45 p.m.: Four Not-to-be-Missed Destinations for West Coasters: Tips on Chartering from the Pacific Northwest to French Polynesia, Zuzana Prochazka, Tent B.

Sunday, Oct. 27

11:45 a.m.: Lessons Learned Along the Way, Nigel Calder, Tent A.

11:45 a.m.: Sailing Made Easy: Beginning Sailing Techniques, Brenda Wempner, Tent B.

1 p.m.: Solar Power on Boats: Facts, Myths and Hype, Patrik Swanljung, Tent B.

1 p.m.: Voyaging Realities, Arrival Procedures and Travels Tips Ashore, Liza Copeland, Tent A.

2:15 p.m.: Countdown to Cruising, George Day, Tent A.

2:15 p.m.: Cruising the San Juans and Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Roger Phillips, Tent B.

3:30 p.m.: Mediterranean Magic, Liza Copeland, Tent A.

3:30 p.m.: Spin Trim, Sam Heck, Tent B.

Paid Seminars

Friday Oct. 25

2-5:30 p.m.: Nigel Calder teaches Hassle-free Anchoring and Docking, focusing on topics such as kedging off, ground tackle design issues, anchor retrieval and understanding the limits of chart accuracy.

Saturday Oct. 26

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Nigel Calder teaches DC Systems design, installation, optimization and troubleshooting.

2-5:30 p.m.: Nigel Calder teaches Do-it-Yourself Diesel Engine Maintenance, optimization and troubleshooting, focusing on topics such as often-overlooked critical installation issues, core maintenance, test cranking and charging circuits.

Each of Calder’s courses costs $75 and includes same-day admission to the show. Pre-register at striclysaillongbeach.com

Sunday, Oct. 27

8 a.m-5 p.m. at Shoreline Yacht Club (next door to the show): Lee Chesneau, former senior marine meteorologist for NOAA, teaches about Marine Weather, offering a full-day comprehensive seminar to improve boaters’ understanding of how to garner weather information. Registration price includes a one-day ticket to the show.

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