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Sailing "guru" at Chicago Strictly Sail

Jan 7, 2015

The Chicago Strictly Sail website pulls no punches with the billing for these seminars. It acknowledges what we all already knew: author and sailor Nigel Calder is "The Guru of Sailing Systems." 

There isn't much about a voyaging sailboat that Nigel doesn't know in encyclopedic detail. Sure, you've met a few other folks who have the knowledge, but, unlike mot of them, Nigel knows how to talk and write about sailing systems in a clear, engaging way. It's impossible to run across him at a boat show or some other sailing event and not learn something — even if it's just the picaresque details of his and wife Terrie's latest foray into home renovation or boat modification!  

For serious Nigel fans, the Chicago Strictly Sail at McCormick Place offers a chance to immerse yourself in nine hours of pure Calder - three sessions, each lasting three hours. The first, on Friday, January 16 will cover anchoring and docking skills, followed by DC system design, installation, optimization and troubleshooting on Saturday the 17th and then do-it-yourself diesel engine maintenance on Saturday evening. The full schedule and all the details are on the Strictly Sail website. 

This is a great opportunity to learn from the Guru himself.

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Feb 24, 2015 01:12 am
 Posted by  iowajason

In addition to the charged lectures discussed here, Nigel also gave several open lectures sponsored by West Marine. My wife and I attended his "Lessons learned the Hard Way" seminar. My rule is that the best kind of mistakes to learn from are other people's mistakes.

Nigel was incredible. He covered everything from boat surveying to children. Many of the points were things we intellectually know (the ship ran aground because the were certain they were somewhere else; don't trust electronic charts to make navigation mindless). But great to reminded by someone who had lived it.

Also, attended part of his next session on the cruising grounds of Scotland. Glad he is enjoying the time there. Too cold and rainy for a Chicago guy who uses cruising to get away from that.

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