Martine Waitt 
World Cruising Club 
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Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 8:30 AM GMT
Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 4:30 PM BST

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Mandolay Hotel 
36/40 London Road
Guildford GU1 2AE
United Kingdom

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Ocean Cruising Seminar 2023

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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 60 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 225 for one person, including breaks and meals.

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

Optional hotel accommodation package available from 115 to 170 per room, including breakfast. Accommodation must be booked using seminar discount code to obtain the agreed rate.


The Ocean Cruising Seminar will begin at 8am (Coffee/registration) on Saturday 25 March, and finish around 4:30pm on Sunday 26 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 25 March to 16:30 on Sunday 26 March 2023 at the Mandolary Hotel, Guildford.

2. FEES: The seminar fee is 225 for one person inclusive of meals, breaks and seminar learning materials. Optional hotel package from 115 per room, per night with breakfast.

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 25 March.

4. GUEST RATE: A guest rate is available for spouses/partners wishing to join the Saturday night dinner, but not attend the seminar.  Please ask for details. 

5. PAYMENT: Payment must be made in full at the time of booking.  Payment can be made online by credit or debit card (via PayPal) or via bank transfer.

6. REFUNDS: Refunds will be made for cancellations received by the organisers on the following schedule: 75% for cancellations received by 03/03/2023. No refunds will be made for cancellations received from 04/03/2023, or for delegates or guests who fail to attend for any reason.

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

8. 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.

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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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 25/26 March 2023 
“The Signatory” shall mean the person or persons booking places at the seminar, or his or her representative.