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Basic Marine Weather with Scott Crawshaw

Brent Alley

Saanich Fairground, Poplar Room, 1528 Stellys X Rd, Saanichton

04 Dec 2021 0900h - 1200h  

Members $50 / Non-Members $65

VI Education

An understanding of basic weather is an important attribute of seamanship. This 1/2 day course is aimed at the cruiser who will be sailing in internal/coastal waters and has access to VHF radio broadcasts and possibly even the internet.

Cruisers 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


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 qualification and is a CYA Yachtmaster.

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 currently lives in Victoria, with his wife Sonia, and has recently retired from the RCN and has become a full time grandpa.

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

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