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Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 4:30 PM GMT

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Holiday Inn Guildford 
Edgerton Road
Guildford GU2 7XZ
United Kingdom

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Ocean Cruising Seminar 2019

in Guildford, UK

in association with

The Ocean Cruising Seminar covers a variety of subjects associated with the planning and preparation required for an offshore passage or round the world voyage. Lecturers have been chosen for their knowledge and experience in their specialist fields. Special emphasis will be on the ARC and World ARC and what to expect in terms of weather and equipment issues, but anyone interested in offshore sailing will benefit from the weekend.


The weekend will comprise a series of presentations made by industry experts, with opportunities for one-to-one discussions. A select number of companies will provide a mini exhibition of relevant equipment and services, with the opportunity to discuss insurance, liferafts and other useful issues.

There will be around 50-70 participants, and as we know there is lots of benefit in meeting fellow cruisers, lunch breaks and dinners have been arranged to facilitate mingling and discussions.


Seminar fee is 195 for one person, including breaks and meals.

Seminar fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday, plus breaks.

Optional hotel accomodation package available from 89 per room, including breakfast, if booked before 07 February. Hotel bookings made after this date may be subject to price increase, depending on availability.


The Ocean Cruising Seminar will begin at 8am (Coffee/registration) on Saturday 09 March, and finish around 4:30pm on Sunday 10 March.


You will learn about:

Outfitting your boat for offshore cruising

- how to convert your boat from a coastal cruiser to an offshore passage-maker and the equipment you need to consider


Sails and Rigging

- are your sails ready for offshore? Choosing and maintaining your sails. Top tips for maintaining your rig


Managing your Boat and Crew Offshore

- tips on crew management, watches and running a good ship.


Safety Equipment

- what equipment you will need and how to use it to keep your crew safe


Power Management

- how to do a power audit; understanding batteries and charging methods.


Communications Systems for Offshore

- how to keep in contact and get weather forecasts at sea


Enjoying Life At Sea

- it is fun to go sailing - what its really like --- including tips for provisioning


Understanding Ocean Weather

- learn the tricks for crossing oceans safely


Timeline to Departure

- most important things to remember


Comments from previous participants

"It was a very comprehensive programme. Very useful, and at the same time enjoyable."  Peter Hesleden

"An excellent programme that I would recommend to anybody considering joining the ARC - or making a long passage. Very well organised right down to the table plans which encouraged gave good opportunities to meet others and encouraged debate." Ian Forshew

"The program was very well organised and professionally run. The organisers were very visible, seemed interested in meeting each participant, were enthusiastic, entertaining and informative."  Carol Giles

Terms and Conditions:

1. DATES: The Seminar will take place from 08:00 on Saturday 09 March to 16:30 on Sunday 10 March 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford. Bookings made after 22 February 2019 are not guaranteed accommodation.

2. FEES: The seminar fee is 195 for one person inclusive of meals, breaks and seminar learning materials. Optional hotel package 89 per room, per night for up to two people in shared room with breakfast, booked at the same time. Optional dinner available on Friday 08 March, 20.

3. INCLUDED: The fee includes attendance at the seminar; lecture notes; lunch, teas and coffees during designated breaks on Saturday and Sunday; dinner with wine on Saturday 09 March. Travel to and from the seminar venue is not included.

4. ACCOMMODATION: Hotel accommodation at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, (89 per room/night inclusive breakfast) available for the nights of Friday 08, Saturday 09  and Sunday 10 March 2019, inclusive of breakfast, when booked with seminar.

5. GUEST RATE: A guest rate will be available for spouses/partners wishing to stay in the hotel and join the Saturday night dinner, but not attend the seminar.  Please ask for details. 

6. PAYMENT: Payment must be made in full at the time of booking.  Payment can be made online by credit or debit card (via PayPal).  Cheques (checks) can be sent by post, payable to World Cruising Club Ltd.  Fees payable in Pounds Sterling.

7. REFUNDS: Refunds will be made for cancellations received by the organisers on the following schedule: 75% for cancellations received by 31/01/2019; 50% for cancellations received from 31/01 until 22/02/2019. No refunds will be made for cancellations received from 23/02/2019, or for delegates or guests who fail to attend for any reason.

8. UNUSED SERVICES: For services stated in paragraphs 3,4 and 5 above, there will be no refund for unused services.

9. ALTERATIONS TO PROGRAMME: The Organisers reserve the right to alter any aspect of the seminar programme, including content and timings, although such changes will be kept to a minimum. The provisional programme will be sent out with delegate information two weeks before the seminar.

10. CANCELLATION: In the unlikely event of the seminar being cancelled all fees paid to the Organisers will be refunded.

11. ACCEPTANCE: By making a payment, signatories are accepting these terms and conditions for both themselves and, as agent, for all members of the party shown on the booking. The Organisers reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.

12. TRANSLATION AND LAW: In the event of dispute over translation of the terms and conditions, or any other materials issued by the Organisers, the English language version will prevail. These Conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and the signatory agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

13. DEFINITIONS: For the purpose of the Ocean Cruising Seminar Terms and Conditions, or any other material issued by the Organisers, the following terms shall be defined as:
“The Organisers” shall refer to World Cruising Club Ltd., trading as World Cruising Club, and its employees.
“The Seminar” shall mean the Ocean Cruising Seminar of 09/10 March 2019.
“The Signatory” shall mean the person or persons booking places at the seminar, or his or her representative.