Lanzarote Long Distance Cruising Seminar Week

Monday 12 September – Friday 16 September 2016

A week of free seminars for all sailors in the Canary Islands sponsored by the Canary Islands Tourism Promotion Board, the Lanzarote Tourist Board, the European Sports Destination, and Calero Marinas.

You do not have to be part of the Barbados 50 Rally to join these seminars – all sailors are welcome.

To book your place email: or contact the Barbados 50 office in Marina Lanzarote which will open on 5 September.

All seminars are to be held at the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife (Arrecife Yacht Club).


Date Time Seminar
Monday 12 September 1400 – 1500 World Cruising Today Jimmy Cornell
Best-selling author of cruising books and pioneer of the cruising rally concept, Jimmy Cornell has sailed over 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world and completed three circumnavigations. Here he gives an overview of the current global cruising scene.
1500 – 1545 How to support yourself financially while cruising Luc Callebaut
Luc shares a wealth of experience having worked as a diver, tour guide, film maker, to name but a few of the inventive ways he and partner Jackie have supported themselves for the past twenty years while sailing some of the most desirable cruising grounds of the world.
1545 – 1630 Climate change and the oceans Doina Cornell
Based on her experiences sailing to Antarctica, the Arctic and Tuvalu, places most threatened by climate change, Doina gives a brief overview of some of the challenges the ocean faces and an introduction to some citizen science projects sailors can get involved with while sailing across the Atlantic.
1630 – 1700 High Latitudes Q&A with Jimmy Cornell
Jimmy shares his experiences of sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic, completing a successful Northwest Passage transit in 2015.
Tuesday 13 September 1400 – 1500 Medical emergencies at sea and preparationDr Paolo Casoni
In 2014 Paolo sailed in the Atlantic Odyssey onboard his boat Mistero Blu and is back by popular demand following his successful medical seminar last year. He will be running an open session for medical advice on the morning of this seminar.
1500 – 1545 Safe diving and snorkelling Luc Callebaut
1545 – 1630 Sailing as a family Doina Cornell
Doina reflects on her experiences of spending seven years with her family from the age of seven while on a world voyage, and comparing it to what sailing family life is like today. A short presentation followed by Q&A with the chance to share tips and experiences.
1630-1700 French Q&A in French on all aspects of offshore cruising with Pascal Guiraudou, Luc Callebaut and Jimmy Cornell
Wednesday 14 September 1400 – 1500 Downwind sails – Thomas Wibberenz
Always a popular presentation, with Thomas Wibberenz of Parasailor. Sign up for a practical demonstration and advice for Parasailor owners with Thomas.
1500 – 1545 Communications and how to obtain weather informationSönke Roever
An experienced cruising sailor, author and organiser of popular bluewater cruising seminars in Germany.
1545 – 1630 Anchoring techniques – Thomas Wibberenz
1630 – 1700 German Q&A in German on all aspects of offshore cruising with Jimmy Cornell and Sönke Roever
Thursday 15 September 1400 – 1500 Energy management on passage Sönke Roever
1500 – 1545 Boat preparation for a long voyage – Thomas Wibberenz
1545 – 1630 Strategy and tactics for the Atlantic crossing… where to next? Post-Caribbean alternatives Jimmy Cornell
1630 – 1700 Women’s forum* with Jackie Lee, Pascale Guiraudou and Doina Cornell
An informal session chaired by women experienced in long distance cruising and a chance to share your concerns and experiences.
Friday 16 September 1400 – 1500 Practical matters cruising from the Caribbean to SE Asia Luc Callebaut
A comprehensive session on security and safety, communications, financial matters, repairs, and much more.
1500 – 1545 Photography at sea Sönke Roever
1545 – 1630 Atlantic Forum, Q&A with our panel of transatlantic veterans Jimmy Cornell, Pascal Guiraudou, Sönke Roever
  2000 Spanish El desafio de las altas latitudes: con Aventura en Antartida y el Arctico Jimmy Cornell
(High Latitudes sailing, Spanish language talk)

We were incredibly lucky to be able to attend the seminars and have benefited hugely from it all. We have moved on with the answers to many of the questions we were asking ourselves prior to being able to ask the experts for their opinions on so many things.
Thank you for making us all (The Atlantic Crossing Group) so very welcome.
— Phillipa Buchanan

  •  Promotur Turismo Canarias website
  •  Patronato de Turismo de Lanzarote website
  • European Sports Destination website
  • Calero-Marinas website
  • Real Club Arrecife website

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