Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather Seminar
For Both Sailors & Power Boaters
Friday, January 12, 2018

Seminar Overview

Learn a little meteorology and reduce some of the uncertainty of boating on the Great Lakes. An enhanced understanding of basic weather principles and a few simple forecasting skills can allow you to improve cruise planning, racing performance and reduce the likelihood of being exposed to uncomfortable or hazardous weather conditions.

The Basic Marine Weather Seminar will provide attendees with an understanding of basic meteorological principles and explore the conditions favoring the development of severe weather. Graphics and case studies of actual events will be used to focus on the interesting and unique forecasting challenges associated with the Great Lakes. Attendees will also develop a basic daily forecasting resource kit based upon readily available government and university websites.

Strictly Sail Chicago

McCormick Place-South Building

Chicago, IL

January 12, 2018

9:30 am to 5:00 pm

$125 per person. Registration includes a 40 page seminar workbook and a two-day ticket to the Chicago Boat Show.

Registration: Click here to register at the Strictly Sail website. (Scroll down to "Seminar Series.)

Please send questions regarding the seminar to Mark Thornton at Please click here to view the speaker's biography.

Seminar Outline

Section One: Introduction
Section Two: A Solid Foundation (Basic Meteorological Principles)
Section Three: Interpreting Weather Graphics
Section Four: The Invisible Forces Controlling the Wind
Section Five: Clouds And Precipitation
Section Six: Dissecting A Low Pressure System
Section Seven: Observational Tools (Radar & Satellite Imagery)
Section Eight: Thunderstorms
Section Nine: Waves
Section Ten: A Daily Forecast Routine
Section Eleven: On-board Resources (Monitoring The Weather After You Leave The Dock)

Click here for a flyer for this seminar. Click here for a detailed outline of this seminar.