The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Intermediate Marine Weather

Kit Griffin

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

18 Mar 2023  to 19 Mar 2023 0900h - 1600h

Members $220 / Non-Members $260

Scott Crawshaw

Forecasting weather conditions are major aspects of cruising under sail and power.

This two day, intermediate course, which begins with (and includes) the ½ day Basic Marine Weather and shows how weather satellites and technology have transformed forecasting to show cruisers the best way to combine their own observations with technology, is aimed at the cruiser who aspires to head offshore. Building on the lessons learned, it focuses on:

  • Anti-Cyclones
  • Swell and Sea Waves
  • Surface Water Circulation
  • Upper Air Charts and Satellite Imagery
  • Gap & Promontory Winds
  • Tropical and Sub-Tropical Weather
  • Tropical Cyclone Formation and Avoidance
  • Voyage Planning

Note:  Participants registering for this course should not register for Basic Marine Weather as the Intermediate Marine Weather course fee covers both.


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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