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Toronto International Boat Show: Women's Day - Jan 20, 2019

Women’s Day is a one-day educational opportunity for women of all levels and types of boaters! A full day of seminars, guest speakers and interactive sessions, all designed to educate and inspire women to get out on the water! All events during the day are intended to build confidence by presenting information in a fun and supportive environment. Built into the day will be time to meet other like women, ask questions, share stories and create communities that will live on outside this one day!

Rob MacLeod will be presenting the Get to Know Your D.D. (Dependable Dinghy) presentation. This is a paid event. There only a few spots left. Check it out! Women's Day


Toronto International Boat Show: Eastern Lake Ontario: Local Destination – Exotic Experience 

Rob MacLeod will be presenting Eastern Lake Ontario: Local Destination – Exotic Experience. I have long believed that if you can sail Eastern Lake Ontario, you will experience learn from most of the conditions you will encounter taking your boat from Lake Ontario, down the coast of the US and over to the Bahamas. Add tides and currents (and Chesapeake crab pots) and you have a great primer for heading south.

Presquile Bay, The Bay of Quinte, Prince Edward County and the 1000 Islands. International travel and exquisite anchorages. Museums, restaurants and theatre – all a 2 to 3-day sail from the West End of Lake Ontario. Cruising sailor and instructor, Rob MacLeod, returns to the boat show this year after a multi year absence and will take you through the knowledge, skills and planning to be able to enjoy the eastern end of Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River (Canada and US). Rob spent last winter cruising the US and Bahamas and will reveal how a 2-week trip to the eastern end of the lake can prepare you for your dream trip down the east coast to the Bahamas and Caribbean. 

This presentation will take place 3 times at the Toronto International Boat show:

Fri Jan 25 (4:30), Sat Jan 26 (11:00) & Sun Jan 27 (3:00)

Check it out! Seminar info


Seminar Series: The Basics

Sailing and Boating Instructor, Rob MacLeod presents a series of boating / sailing seminars at a variety of venues. These ‘no-charge’ seminars are open to everyone interested in getting out on the water. Based on Sail Canada’s Learn to Cruise curriculum, Rob will present The Basics of learning to Sail, Cruise and Navigate. A sailor and boating instructor for 40 years, Rob is available to answer your questions as part of this seminar series.

Rob is author of Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills - the text for Learn to Sail: The Basics. Copies will be available for purchase at the seminars.

This no-charge seminar series is open to the public. Registration is required for each series. This seminar series is hosted by Port Whitby Marine and Port Whitby Marina.


Learn to Sail: The Basics (For sail and power)

Based on Sail Canada's Learn to Cruise, Rob will cover the basics of sailing a keel boat. Rob is author of Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills. The seminar will cover a number of topics from the Ashore Knowledge part of the Basic Cruising Standard, including:

Seminar 1

  • I Terms and Definitions – a quick overview of parts of the boat
  • II Gear and Equipment – a bit about required equipment
  • III Safety –hypothermia, cold water shock, CO2, and gases produced on a boat
  • IV Rules of the Road and Canadian Regulations –"there are no rights on a boat"

Seminar 2

  • V Weather –how to get reliable information and then trust your observations
  • VI Duties of the Skipper and Crew – "as skipper, you are responsible"
  • VII Seamanship – anchors, anchorages, immediate action to boating situations

There will be an opportunity to write the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Exam (Sailing) after the seminars. There is a fee for taking the exam and certification.

Download the standard: Basic Sailing - Basic Power

Whitby Marina: Thursdays, Feb 21 & 28 - 7-9PM 

Email: Learning@InformedBoater.com to register.


Learn to Cruise: The Basics (For sail and power)

This seminar set is based on SC's Intermediate Cruising Standard. Whether sail or power, preparing for, planning and actually going cruising is a great way to combine boating with travel. If you think it is time to get your boat off the dock and go explore the world – near and far – then you will get a lot out of this 2-seminar series.

Seminar 1

  • I Cruise Planning Fuel, water, waste systems, appropriate personal clothing and safety gear, menu planning, spare engine parts and tools, going international
  • II Living Afloat & Boat Systems – The boat as a system: engine, water distribution systems, cooking systems, anchoring and sail systems

Seminar 2

  • III Weather   reports and sources
  • IV Seamanship Emergency and complete actions in emergency situations, Man Overboard (MOB), cruising with a dinghy, 

There will be an opportunity to write the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Exam (Sailing) after the seminars. There is a fee for taking the exam and certification.

Download the standard: Intermediate Sailing - Intermediate Power

Whitby Marina: Thursdays, Mar 14 & 21 - 7-9PM 

Email: Learning@InformedBoater.com to register.


Learn to Navigate: The Basics (For sail and power)

This seminar set is based on SC's Basic Coastal Navigation Standard. Whether sail or power, preparing for cruising means knowing the basics of navigation   Where are we going, where are we now, what hazards lie in our path and how do we avoid them and get to where we are going.

Seminar 1

  • I Charts and Documentation Basic chart plotting (paper-based): Dead Reckoning (DR), Estimated Position (EP), Fix (Lines of Position (LOP), 2 and 3-bearing Fixes)

Seminar 2

  • II Canadian Aids to Navigation System (lateral, cardinal, special buoys; and daybeacons), the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW), Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands (BVIs), navigating in currents and tides

Seminar 3

  • III Tides and Currents, Introduction to electronic navigation equipment, planning and execution 

There will be an opportunity to write the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Exam after the seminars. There is a fee for taking the exam and certification.

Download the standard: Sailing and Power

Whitby Marina: Mondays, Apr 1, 8 & 15 - 7-9PM 

Email: Learning@InformedBoater.com to register.