Learn the Ropes... and Take The Helm... At Strictly Sail Pacific!

The 2012 Strictly Sail Pacific show offers the most extensive sailing seminar program ever. Whether you are getting started in sailing or preparing for the Transpac or Pacific Cup, there is a seminar for you.

Choose from over 100 Free Seminars, sponsored by Blue Water Sailing magazine, or register for Advanced Seminars by Jimmy Cornell, Lee Chesneau and John & Amanda Neal.

New for 2012, Take The Helm at one of the many on-water sailing clinics at the Discover Sailing Learning Center. Click here to learn more.


Many of the world’s top sailing experts are gathering in force at Strictly Sail Pacific to share their passion and experience to help educate and inspire YOU to take the next step in your own sailing journey!

Best of all, the one-hour seminars are absolutely FREE with your paid show admission! Click here to review the exciting seminar schedule, where you're sure to find several topics perfectly suited to your own sailing goals and lifestyle!

Here is just a sample of the exciting seminars coming to Strictly Sail Pacific this year.

George Day: "The Ten Things They Never Teach You About the Cruising Life"

Blue Water Sailing and Cruising Compass magazines’ publisher and editor George Day shares real world experiences from more than 100,000 offshore miles and gives candid insight into the cruising life, touching on both the rewards and the hardships. A must for anyone seriously considering the cruising life!

Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

At 40,000 miles, the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race is the world's longest yacht race and is a big challenge for every crewmember - all of whom are ordinary people achieving extraordinary things. Join some of the Clipper Race Skippers to hear more about their journey, the adventures in the race, and tales of the grueling leg from China to California.

Bob Bitchin: Cruising the Big Blue Ball Called Earth!

Want to know what it's like sailing the Caribbean? Well, join Latitudes & Attitudes founder Bob Bitchin and his wife Jody on a circumnavigation of this portion of the big blue ball we call earth. As would be expected, this is no ordinary look at this part of the world.

It is the slightly cockeye'd view from the decks of Lost Soul, as they cruised the West Indies and all the favored ports of these great cruising grounds. Funny and never boring! This is a must if you plan on sailing the Caribbean, or just need a good laugh!

Kame Richards: “Sail Trim” and “Tides and Currents in San Francisco Bay”

A noted sailmaker and sail designer, Kame is a highly respected seminar presenter who shares his notable experience including racing in San Francisco Bay, the California Coast, nine Hawaiian races, eight Mexican races, as well as races in the Great Lakes, Florida, Texas and Europe.

He also has cruised extensively including expeditions in New Zealand, Australia and Mexico

Click here for the full schedule of FREE seminars


Need more than an hour? In addition to the FREE seminars, Strictly Sail Pacific offers a complete lineup of advanced sailing seminars presented by some of the best sailing authorities in the world. Choose from Jimmy Cornell's Long Distance Cruising Master Class, Lee Chesneau's Two-Day Marine Meteorology Weather Course or John and Amanda Neal's Mahina Expeditions Offshore Cruising Seminar.

Jimmy Cornell
Long Distance Cruising Master Class - Including Planning Your Dream Voyage - Sunday, April 15th

Course Fee: $125.00 per person or $200 per couple (includes two one-day tickets to the show).

Jimmy Cornell, long-distance cruising sailor; founder of the highly-successful ARC transatlantic rally; and author of World Cruising Routes, World Cruising Destinations, A Passion for the Sea, and the recently released Cornell's Ocean Atlas, will make a rare US appearance at Strictly Sail Pacific to present his popular one-day seminar on long-distance cruising.

Click here to Register for The Long Distance Cruising Master Class.

Lee Chesneau
Two-Day Marine Meteorology Weather Course (Level 1)

Date: Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14

Course Fee: $395 per person (includes a two-day ticket to the show and course workbook).

Lee Chesneau, Senior Marine Meteorologist and formerly with NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center, offers a two-day Marine Meteorology Weather Course. Marine Weather Level 1 is an entry-level course for attendees with little or no marine weather background.

Click here to register for the Level 1 Marine Meteorology Weather Course. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

John Neal, Amanda Swan Neal and Pete McGonagle Mahina Expeditions Offshore Cruising Seminar

Date: Saturday, April 14

Course Fee: $179.00 per person or $299 per couple (includes two one-day tickets to the show).

This exciting and interactive nine-hour seminar will give you the knowledge and tools to save years and thousands of dollars as you prepare for your cruising lifestyle. Key topics covered include: Boat Selection, Outfitting, Piracy & Security, Communication, Medical Emergencies, Storm Survival Tactics, and Weather & Cruise Planning.

Click here for the seminar outline and to purchase tickets.

This seminar always sells out, so pre-registration is necessary.


Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to learning new skills or improving existing skills. This year, Discover Sailing and ASA have teamed up to create a selection of on-the-water learning events that will add more fun and excitement to your Strictly Sail Pacific experience, and take your sailing skills up a notch at the same time. All sailing clinics are taught by an ASA certified instructor while underway aboard 30' to 40' sailboats.

The first of the on water learning events features a series of three 90-minute hands-on skills workshops including Introduction to Sailing, Coastal Cruising and Docking under Power. These sessions are offered for a nominal registration fee - Click here for more information.

If you're looking for greater content and more practice time, sign up for one of two brand-new 3 1/2 hour on-the-water sailing clinics. Click here to learn more about the Advanced Cruising Skills and the Introduction to Cruising Catamarans courses.

Space is limited and advance registration is highly recommended.


Besides the wealth of outstanding seminars, stop in at the Authors Corner and meet top writers and editors who have plenty of tales to share! Check out the latest sailing publications and books and meet the people behind them.


On San Francisco Bay at Jack London Square in Oakland, California. Just across the Bay from downtown San Francisco, with easy access from around the Bay Area by ferry, BART or bus.

Thursday and Friday, April 12 - 13.........10am - 6pm
Saturday, April 14...................................10am - 7pm
Sunday, April 15.....................................10am - 5pm

$15 - One-Day Adult Pass
$25 - Two-Day Adult Pass
$45 - Four-Day Adult Pass (Available Online Only)
FREE - Children 15 years and under (when accompanied by a paid adult)

Avoid the hassles of traffic and parking and take the Capitol Corridor Train directly to Strictly Sail Pacific... and a friend can travel for free! The Capitol Corridor train stops at Jack London Square's Amtrak station (an easy 3-minute walk to Strictly Sail Pacific). For more information and to purchase your 2-for-1 train ticket, click here for details.

Visit www.strictlysailpacific.com for complete event details, updated exhibitor list and seminar schedules.

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