Passage-Making Seminars

Unlike other seminars where speakers represent a product or a service they want to sell, our seminars are designed to tell you what it is really like out there….from the mouths of folks who have been there. It’s not theory … it’s real.


Annapolis MD – prior to the opening of the U.S. Sailboat Show on Oct. 3 –  a full day of seminars focusing on the Essentials of Blue Water Sailing is designed to support cruisers planning offshore passages this season or in seasons to come. The seminar is open to the public.


Hampton VA – seminars and demonstrations are specifically geared to sailors participating in the Salty Dawg Fall Rallies to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. During the last week before departure, the seminar content is focused on last-minute preparations and passage planning.

Sign up for the Salty Dawg Fall Rally to the Caribbean in November, and attend the seminars at Bluewater Yachting Center in Hampton VA prior to departure.



To read about the Ladies Roundtable, click here.



Our thanks to Jack Martin & Associates  and Pantaenius America for their generous sponsorship of our Essentials of Blue Water Sailing Seminar in Annapolis. Please contact them for your boat insurance needs.



The mission of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association is to transfer the talent and experience from experienced passage makers to new sailors ready to make the transition from coastal or lake cruising to long distance open-ocean adventures. One of the important ways in which we transfer that knowledge is through our seminars and on-line training reference materials. From equipment repairs to heavy weather tactics, offshore forecasting to selection of anchors, and offshore cooking to first aid – the material presented at seminars and available in the Salty Dawg reference library is extensive.

Core to our Mission is the belief that veterans who have sailed many offshore miles can best anticipate the needs of those who are planning their first offshore passage or expanding their horizons in future passages. That’s what makes us different!