All are welcome to come for a fun-filled, informative session to discuss cruising whether heading to the sunny south or across the lake. We have all had fears and felt inadequate or negative about certain aspects of boating. In this interactive session strategies that are particularly relevant to a women’s perspective will be shared so that all will want to embrace the love of the cruising lifestyle.
A wide variety of topics will be addressed along with your particular fears and fantasies.
Skills: Preparing to go cruising – what are important skills to have? Modifying the right boat to handle and live aboard, on-board system fundamentals and how they will affect your lifestyle, partnership in decision making, establishment of roles based on expertise….
Voyaging Realities: Making the decision to go cruising; longer passage preparation; essential equipment; storm avoidance; watches and routine; safety at sea and man-overboard strategies, easy provisioning and good galley equipment for your planned trip; medical emergency strategies and seasickness remedies. Comfort on deck and below. Lifestyle adjustment - avoiding loneliness and boredom, relationships on board, security on board and ashore, stress-free arrivals and ensuring fun adventures ashore.
Liza is a lifelong sailor, both cruiser and racer. After marrying Andy aboard the classic yacht Ticonderoga she has explored the world, including a 6-year circumnavigation with Andy and their three children. Their Beneteau Bagheera has currently taken them 123,000 n.miles to 114 countries as they continue to enjoy the cruising lifestyle. Liza is the award-winning, best-selling author of four cruising books. Just and Still Cruising recount their world travels with Comfortable Cruising describing their voyage around North and Central America. Cruising for Cowards, co-authored with Andy and updated for 2015, is their practical and technical A-Z for cruisers whether coastal voyaging or offshore. Liza also writes for many yachting magazines, presents at major boat shows worldwide and gives frequent talks for a variety of clubs and organizations. When not travelling the world she loves life in Vancouver B.C.
In 2004, while pregnant with her second daughter, she learned sailing on the beautiful but challenging waters of the St-Lawrence River. In 2013, Isabelle left her job as a successful financial planner in order to embark on a voyage of a life time with her family around the Atlantic Ocean. After living aboard their boat, Morning Haze, for almost two years, Isabelle returned home with the conviction that to stop dreaming your life, you have to live your dreams. Back on land, Isabelle became the new Administrative Manager of the World Cruising Club’s USA based sailing rallies. She now helps hundreds of ordinary people fulfil their own sailing dreams.