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2016 Seminar Speakers

The Toronto Boat Show provides an extremely popular seminar series, with over 200 free seminars set to Educate, Inspire and Motivate the boater in you!

See below this year’s 2016 line up of speakers on the main stages, Presentation Theatre and Salon 107. Speakers & schedule subject to change.


New this year! Do not miss this great educational opportunity to register in advance to attend Full Day & ½ Day Seminar & Workshops!


John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal: Offshore Cruising All-Day Seminar
Sunday, January 10, 2016: 9am – 5pm

Lee Chesneau: Surface Pressure Map Workshop
Saturday, January 16, 2016: 2pm – 5pm

Lee Chesneau : Understanding the 500 mb Workshop
Sunday, January 17, 2016: 10:15am – 1:15pm

Lee Chesneau : Understanding Weather and Cruise Decision Making Workshop
Sunday, January 17, 2016: 2pm – 5pm

Click here for a printable version of the main Seminar Schedule, (Presentation Theatre, Salon 107, Salon 105 and 110W)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

10:30am

Paul & Sheryl Shard, David Hayes & Isabelle Tremblay hosted by Andy Schell of the World Cruising Club (2 hours)

Ocean Sailing Forum (same for both days) *no fee required but pre-registration strongly encouraged to guarantee seat.

Presentation Theatre

12:30pm

John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal

Storm Avoidance and Ten Survival Tactics

Salon 107

1:00pm

Sharon Green

30 Years of Ultimate Sailing

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

How to Sail Your Boat Across an Ocean

Salon 107

3:00pm

Sharon Green

30 Years of Ultimate Sailing

Presentation Theatre

3:30pm

John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal

Voyaging Preparation

Salon 107

4:30pm

5:00pm

Ken Blodgett

Tips on Cruising the North Channel

Presentation Theatre

6:00pm

Liza Copeland

Cruising for Couples

Presentation Theatre

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

10:30am

10:30am

Mike Evans & Jayne Finn

Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour, All Around The Circle

Presentation Theatre

12:00pm

Sharon Green

30 Years of Ultimate Sailing

Presentation Theatre

1:30pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean

Salon 107

2:00pm

Sharon Green

30 Years of Ultimate Sailing

Presentation Theatre

3:30pm

4:00pm

4:30pm

5:00pm

Greg Marlo

Comparing Your Yacht Ownership Options

Presentation Theatre

MONDAY, JANUARY 11

1:00pm

John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal

Selecting a Cruising Boat

Presentation Theatre

1:30pm

2:00pm

Mike Evans & Jayne Finn

Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour, All Around The Circle

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

3:00pm

Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson

Sailing the Baltic

Presentation Theatre

4:00pm

Amanda Swan Neal

Diesel Engine Essentials with Amanda

Presentation Theatre

5:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean

Presentation Theatre

6:00pm

Michael Leahy

The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas

Presentation Theatre

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12

12:00pm

Michael Leahy

The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas

Presentation Theatre

1:30pm

Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson

Across the Atlantic & Back

Salon 107

2:00pm

Mike McKeown & Scott Cain

Cruising Georgian Bay

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

3:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Provisioning for Cruising

Presentation Theatre

3:30pm

4:00pm

Wally Moran

ICW (Part 1): Tips and Techniques

Presentation Theatre

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13

12:30pm

1:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Provisioning for Cruising

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

Mike McKeown & Scott Cain

Cruising Georgian Bay

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

3:00pm

Ken Gillstrom

Transiting the Panama Canal in a Pleasure Craft

Presentation Theatre

4:00pm

4:30pm

5:00pm

Ken Blodgett

Tips on Cruising the North Channel

Presentation Theatre

5:30pm

Amanda Balasubramanian

From Bay Street to Bequia (and beyond!)

Salon 107

6:00pm

Craig Hamilton

Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering

Presentation Theatre

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14

12:00pm

1:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

Ken Gillstrom

Reducing Anxiety in Boating

Presentation Theatre

3:00pm

Craig Hamilton

Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering

Presentation Theatre

5:00pm

Wally Moran

Sailing South - First Timers' Guide to the ICW

Presentation Theatre

6:00pm

Mike McKeown & Scott Cain

Cruising Georgian Bay

Presentation Theatre

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15

12:00pm

Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson

Offshore to the Bahamas

Presentation Theatre

12:30pm

2:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

How to Sail Your Boat Across an Ocean

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

Ken Gillstrom

Cruising the Galapagos

Salon 107

3:30pm

5:30pm

Liza Copeland , Sheryl Shard & Mia Karlssen (2 hours)

Women Cruising – Fears, Fantasies, Facts and Fundamentals

Presentation Theatre

5:30pm

6:30pm

Cornelia Manske & Michael, Zoe, Maia, Liam Buratynsky

Make the Dream a Reality - A Family Circumnavigates

Salon 107

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16

10:30am

Paul & Sheryl Shard, Joy & Ian Winterborn and other bluewater sailors, hosted by Andy Schell of the World Cruising Club (2 hours)

Ocean Sailing Forum (same for both days) *no fee required but pre-registration strongly encouraged to guarantee seat.

Presentation Theatre

11:00am

12:30pm

Cornelia Manske & Michael, Zoe, Maia, Liam Buratynsky

Make the Dream a Reality - A Family Circumnavigates

Salon 107

1:00pm

Liza Copeland

Preparations for Sailing South

Presentation Theatre

1:30pm

4:00pm

Alexei Pachkevitch

Sailing the Great Lakes: Toronto to Thunder Bay and Back

Presentation Theatre

5:00pm

Ken Blodgett

Tips on Cruising the North Channel

Presentation Theatre

5:30pm

6:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

How to Sail Your Boat Across an Ocean

Presentation Theatre

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17

10:30am

Cornelia Manske & Michael, Zoe, Maia, Liam Buratynsky

Make the Dream a Reality - A Family Circumnavigates

Salon 107

11:00am

Scott Parent

Crossing the Frozen Fresh Water Sea

Presentation Theatre

11:30am

Fred Oliff & Andrew Seko

Charts, Sailing Directions and Water Levels

Salon 107

12:00pm

Liza Copeland

Cruising All Round the Caribbean

Presentation Theatre

1:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

Michael Leahy

The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

3:00pm

Amanda Balasubramanian

From Bay Street to Bequia (and beyond!)

Presentation Theatre

3:30pm

Mike McKeown & Scott Cain

Cruising Georgian Bay

Salon 107

4:00pm

Robin Martel

Electronics for How You Use Your Boat

Presentation Theatre

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