Navigation & Weather Planning for Passagemakers

Learn effective route planning for coastal and ocean passages by blending weather, oceanography, and navigation.
Sailors of all levels are invited to join Captain Lisa Batchelor Frailey - an expert in meteorology, passagemaking, and an ASA Master Instructor - as she helps you master the skills needed to plan coastal and ocean passages with confidence. In this online class you will learn how to use navigation, weather, and oceanography to find the best routes, avoid hazardous winds and seas, and use the elements to your advantage.
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Navigation & Weather Planning for Passagemakers



In this online class we’ll review some route planning and marine weather basics, learn to interpret synoptic weather charts and text forecasts, explore the pros and cons of GRIB files, learn to work with weather routers, and get data offshore.

Finally, we’ll put it all together with a bluewater passage scenario, from climatology through route planning, Gulf Stream crossing, enroute weather, and observations.

This online class is designed for sailors of all levels and there are no pre-requisites

Topics Include:

  • Passage planning methodology
  • Vessel performance and constraints
  • Climatology
  • Navigation Basics
  • Tides & Currents
  • Gulf Stream – weather and navigation considerations
  • Marine Weather Basics – what mariners need to know
    • Circulation
    • Wind, fronts, clouds
    • Sea state
  • Marine Weather Sources
  • Key NOAA OPC Products
  • Reading a synoptic weather chart
  • GRIB files - pros/cons, strategy, viewers
  • Weather models and parameters
  • Weather routers – human and automated
  • Getting information while offshore
  • Passage Scenario: Norfolk to USVI

What’s Included:

  • Downloadable PDF
  • Note-taking Outline


Andy and Lisa Batchelor

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey are both lifelong sailors and retired military officers. Andy served in the Royal Air Force in aviation and intelligence, and Lisa served in the US Navy in aviation, meteorology, and oceanography – a combination of skills which have proved very useful to sailing and passagemaking.

They founded and operated Sail Solomons ASA school and charter base, receiving numerous awards for ASA Outstanding School and Outstanding Instructors.  Andy and Lisa wrote ASA’s textbooks for Bareboat Cruising and Catamaran Cruising, and are the primary contributors to ASA’s Advanced Cruising and Seamanship text.

Cruising for seven years onboard their Passport 47 ZINGARO and Outbound 46 KINETIC, Andy and Lisa have made numerous coastal passages and ocean voyages, conducting cruising and passagemaking training while living aboard in exotic locations.  They also organize and lead sailing flotillas on cruising catamarans and monohulls in the Caribbean.  Andy and Lisa are regular speakers at Cruisers’ University and present live webinars including the ASA Marine Weather Course.

Andy and Lisa launched Kinetic Sailing to offer marine consulting, charter brokerage, instructional yacht deliveries, and tailored instruction with a global scope. They are USCG Captains, cruisers, instructors, analysts, and business owners with a wealth of experience in the sailing industry.


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All registrations include unlimited on-demand access to the recordings of the live online class. So if you are unable to attend live you can still register and watch at your leisure.


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