Advanced Cruising & Seamanship

Sailors of All Levels Are Welcome
LIVE Seminar at the 2021 Annapolis Boat Show

Advanced Cruising & Seamanship
LIVE Seminar @ the US Sailboat Show, Annapolis Maryland

Date: Friday, October 15th, 2021
Saturday, October 16th, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
COST: $229 ($199 for ASA members)

Become a better cruising sailor in one day with our Advanced Cruising & Seamanship course taught by the author and contributors of ASA’s newest best-selling book. This special class will deep dive into sail theory and trim while also tackling important topics like night sailing, close-quarter maneuvering, and cruising efficiently. This all-day class has been created for those looking to advance their cruising and seamanship skills. You will get an in-depth understanding of how to improve performance of your boat in both upwind and downwind situations, long-distance cruising skills, and more.
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9:00 - 12:00 | Morning Session | Sail Trim with Bill Gladstone

Improve your sailing performance as North U Director Bill Gladstone teaches trim technique for all points of sail. The class opens with a brief look at sail theory and then offers detailed trim technique to help optimize performance in light, moderate and heavy air. You’ll learn proper trim for speed, balance, comfort, and control; how optimum trim changes with sea state; and how best to respond to changing conditions. The class also covers reaching and running trim for gennakers, asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers, and Jib and Main sailing. We’ll also touch on at the use and trim of Code Sails. Bring your questions. Leave with better trim.

12:00 - 1:00 | Lunch

Enjoy a catered lunch from Annapolis Yacht Club (included in registration fee).

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Afternoon Session: Cruising and Seamanship with Lisa & Andy Batchelor of Kinetic Sailing

The exciting afternoon session teaches the most important skills for sailors to become advanced, independent cruisers. You will learn how to prepare yourself, your crew, and your boat to sail at night, and focus on navigation, steering, collision avoidance. Next the instructors will take the stress out of docking and close-quarter maneuvering as they break down the process and teach tips to help you handle your boat like a seasoned sailor. Lastly you will learn how to optimize the power systems, space and resources available on their boat. Maximizing cruising efficiency is a skill that will enable you to travel the world with confidence.

4:00 PM | Q&A Panel

During the Q&A you will get the opportunity to ask our presenters questions about topics covered in the course.


  • All you need to know about sail theory
  • Sailing to an upwind destination
  • How to sail downwind fast
  • Symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers
  • Preparing your boat and crew to sail at night
  • Developing situational awareness
  • Nightsailing tips and tricks
  • Close quarters maneuvering
  • Taking the stress out of docking
  • Practice drills for open water, close quarters, and docking
  • Optimizing the cruiser’s onboard power cycle 
  • Maximizing efficiency under sail and power
  • Managing onboard space and resources 
  • How to cruise efficiently… and reduce your carbon footprint 
  • And much more!


NONE - Sailors of all levels are welcome. This course covers topics for those interested in becoming advanced sailors.


Annapolis Yacht Club: 2 Compromise St, Annapolis, MD 21401


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Bill Gladstone

North U Director Bill Gladstone has been teaching sailing and racing for decades. The author of the North U Performance Racing Trim and Performance Racing Tactics books and creator of the North U Seminars and Webinars, graduates of Bill’s programs are racing and winning in fleets the world over.


Lisa & Andy Batchelor

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey are both life-long 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.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy
 All attendees must show proof of vaccination upon check-in at the event. Masks are mandatory.

Covid-19 Cancellation Policy
If the Annapolis Boat Show is cancelled for Covid-19 related reasons, ASA will promptly refund 100% of any registration fees to all attendees.

Regular Price $229, ASA Member Price $199

Promo code available in the ASA Member Portal.
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Friday, October 15th, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, October 16th, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM