The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Basic Marine Weather

Kit Griffin

Jericho Sailing Centre 1300 Discovery St, Vancouver BC V6R 4L9,

18 Mar 2023 0900h - 1200h  

Members $60 / Non-Members $75

Scott Crawshaw

If you are a cruiser who will be sailing on internal waters, have access to VHF radio broadcasts (and/or the internet) and are interested in knowing about the weather in your local area, then this half-day course is for you.  Build your confidence.  Learn how to look at the environment around you, combine that with the weather report, and apply it to your immediate situation.

If this sounds like a tall order for a 3-hour course, that’s because you’ve probably never taken a course from Scott Crawshaw before. He not only knows his stuff, he knows how to teach it.

Course participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of weather, which include:

  • Air Circulation Patterns
  • Pressure, Temperature and Moisture
  • Air Masses; Fronts and Cyclogenesis
  • Fog, Clouds and Precipitation; and
  • Interpreting Weather Maps

Note: Please do not register for this course if you have already signed up for or intend to take  Scott’s Intermediate Weather Course as Basic Marine Weather is included as part of that course.


Scott Crawshaw has sailed for over 40 years and has over 50,000 miles of ocean water experience.  This includes skippering the Royal Canadian Navy’s Tall Ship, HMCS Oriole and four years of offshore sailing with his family aboard Peregrinata.  His qualifications include a Transport Canada Master Mariner, unlimited tonnage; a Navy Surface Command Qualification, unlimited tonnage; an ISPA instructor, a CYA Yachtmaster, and a CRYA Ocean Yachmaster Instructor.

He has sailed extensively in the Pacific, twice to Australia and five times to and from Hawaii.  He has participated in a number of international yacht races, including four Victoria to Maui International Yacht Races, where he was the winning skipper of the 2000 race and is the corrected time record holder.  In addition, he has competed in numerous Swiftsure races and a Van-Isle 360.  From 2002-2006, he cruised with his wife and two daughters down the coast of the Americas and across the South Pacific, including the Galapagos to Australia.

Scott has a degree in Physics and Physical Oceanography from Royal Roads Military College.  He lives in Victoria, with his wife Sonia, and, recently retired from the RCN, has become a full time grandpa.

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