On those cold Sunday winter afternoons, do you dream about cruising the Great Lakes? Exploring hidden anchorages? Visiting small harbours? Or just running free before the wind with nothing but an empty horizon as far as the eye can see? If so, this seminar is for you. Get an overview of this vast lake system. Discover some little-known facts that make the Great Lakes such a terrific cruising ground. Get an idea of the planning that is involved including navigation, weather, provisioning, safety and legal/insurance issues that you will deal with. And most of all, leave with some new thoughts and ideas of this incredible natural resource that is right at our doorstep.
Michael Leahy has spent nearly 30 years sailing and exploring the Great Lakes. In addition to a career in public and private education, he joined the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and became a 2Coxswain. He was later promoted to Vice-Commodore responsible for unit training. Inter-agency activities included joint training exercises with police and Coast Guard marine units and participation in the maritime security plan for the G20 Summit in Toronto, ON. He has his Master's license and for years has sailed, taught navigation, weather, written course material, led training exercises and conducted seminars. He is publisher of Great Lakes Sailing, a web-based (www.great-lakes-sailing.com) publication that provides readers with a comprehensive listing of ports-of-call around the Great Lakes basin and a selection of articles that cover a broad range of topics that matter to all boaters - both power and sail.