This year SAIL’s Secrets of the ICW seminar will be held on Sunday, October 11, at the
Historic Inns, Governor’s Hall Ballroom 58 State Circle, Annapolis. For directions, click here
Mark & Diana Doyle
On the Water ChartGuides Authors
Paul and Sheryl Shard
Distant Shores Television Producers
Author and Expert on Boat Systems & Diesel Engines
Co-author of The Boat Galley Cookbook
Expert Q&A Hour
$95 includes the price of an all-day seminar, expert Q&A, continental breakfast and lunch.
This Year’s Itinerary
1000-1100: Cruising & Enjoying the ICW: Mark & Diana Doyle
1100-1200: Provisioning and Equipping for the Long Haul: Paul and Sheryl Shard
1300-1400: Preparing Your Boat for the Haul South: Tom Hale.
1400-1500: Energy Independence for Cruisers: Nigel Calder.
BREAKOUT SESSION: The Boat Galley on the ICW: Carolyn Shearlock
1500-1600: Q&A: Doyles, Hale, Calder, and others
2015 Seminar Speakers:
Mark & Diana Doyle are the authors of On the Water ChartGuides (formerly Managing the Waterway). Mark is the founder of Bluewater Yacht Deliveries and holds a 100-ton USCG Master’s License. His first roundtrip of the ICW was in 1987. Diana is a former university professor with a Ph.D. from Yale and holds a 50-ton USCG Master’s License. She is the founder of the SeaBC Sea Bird Count and is Tools of the Trade editor for American Birding Association's Birding Magazine. Together, they have sailed extensively between Canada and the Bahamas, including the Gulf of Mexico, inland rivers, and all five Great Lakes. Their boat inventory has included a C-Dory Pilothouse 22, Catalina 30, C&C 30, Allied Princess 36, Vagabond 47, and PDQ 36 catamaran. They write for PassageMaker and SAIL and live aboard their PDQ 34 power cat, m/v Semi-Local.
Known worldwide for their Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series and videos, Paul and Sheryl have been cruising for nearly 30 years. They have ranged far and wide on a succession of sailboats, filming in more than 60 countries on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Great Lakes and Caribbean. Since 2010 they’ve been living and cruising aboard their swing keel Southerly 49, Distant Shores II. Paul and Sheryl have sailed more than 90,000 miles together and co-authored the book Sail Away! A Guide to Outfitting and Provisioning for Cruising, which is in its third edition. The Distant Shore series airs in 24 languages worldwide. They are lively and engaging speakers and not to be missed.
SAIL Magazine Contributor Nigel Calder got into motorcycles and sailing dinghies as a teenager, and has never been far from mechanical things and boats ever since. In a varied career, before becoming a full-time sailing writer he worked on an automotive assembly line, in a foundry and machine shop, and on offshore oil production platforms. He and his wife, Terrie, built a couple of 70-foot canal boats, on which they lived in Oxford, England, and a 39-foot Ingrid cutter, which they cruised from a base in Louisiana. They then sailed a Pacific Seacraft 40 for 5 years, following which they had a Malo 45 built in Sweden. Calder, a veteran cruiser, is known as the author of several marine titles, including Marine Diesel Engines, Boatowners Mechanical andElectrical Manual, Refrigeration for Pleasure Boats and How to Read a Nautical Chart. He recently spent two years in groundbreaking research on how to apply hybrid propulsion technology to recreational boats, funded by a grant from the European Union.
Tom has spent his life working in, on and around boats. He grew up in his father’s boatyard on Martha’s Vineyard, where after college he returned as the designer and engineer for a number of boats built at the yard. Eventually he put together a group to buy Haven Harbour Marina in Rock Hall, MD, and in 1991, it was named national marina of the year. He then moved to Annapolis where he served as the Technical Director and the VP of ABYC for many years. Later, after nearly a decade serving as Director of Customer Care and Rib Engineering for Zodiac, he returned to the boatyard business as the Manager of the Deltaville boatyard of Zimmerman Marine. He then retired from marina/boatyard management and took over the rains as the Managing Editor of Waterway Guide publications, for which he had been the Chesapeake Bay Cruising Editor for many years. In 2014 he retired again to go cruising full time. Tom and Cristina live aboard Tadhana, a Mariner 37 Pilothouse, have explored the Chesapeake extensively. They traveled south with the Sail Rally Down the ICW in 2014.
They say an army marches on its stomach, and so does a cruising crew. Remember all those long, wet afternoons on passage when only the anticipation of a hot, tasty meal could lift your spirits? Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley Cookbook, is not only a culinary expert but a live-aboard sailor as well. She’s one of the cruising experts you’ll meet at SAIL’s Secrets of the ICW Seminar in Annapolis on October 11. She joins ICW Snowbird Rally co-leaders Mark and Diana Doyle, systems guru Nigel Calder, Snowbird Rally technical consultant Tom Hale, and renowned filmmakers and cruising gurus Paul and Sheryl Shard. The seminar will be held at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, just a short walk from the boat show. Breakfast and lunch are included, and there’ll be a Q&A session with our speakers after the presentations.