Speakers, aims and lectures of the cruising workshop 2020
The host of the boot Düsseldorf Bluewater Seminar, Sönke Roever, is a well-travelled long-distance sailor with more than 80.000 nautical miles sailing experience. From 2007 to 2010 he sailed round the world together wirh his wife and visited more than 35 countries. Since his return, the Hamburg-based sailor gives fascinating talks and workshops on all aspects of long-distance cruising and his time at sea.
„Our aim is to provide practical and, most importantly, helpful information to support participants as best as possible in the preparation of their long-distance cruise. Regardless, whether it is a circumnavigation or a cruise around the Baltic Sea. Most of the information is helpful with any cruising preparations even on home waters and no matter if you are a skipper or crew," Sönke Roever explains.
Real answers to real questions
In addition to the expert lectures given by Sönke Roever, other highly experienced speakers will be present at the seminar, too. The popular meteorologist, weather router and coach Dr. Meeno Schrader talks about global weather systems and explains large-scale weather conditions. An experienced sailor with more than 50,000 nautical miles sailed, Meeno Schrader is your perfect expert to explain how to deal with phenomena such as El Nino, Squalls or Easterly Waves and he will also talk about the accuracy in prediction models.
Another regular guest speaker at the workshop is Dr Alexander Hamperl (SeaDoc). The MD, anesthesist, intensive care and rescue medicine specialist, diving medicine physician. Alexander worked in university hospitals and as a physician on rescue helicopters. He is an experienced sailor on monohulls and catamarans on the Baltic Sea, the Med and in the Caribbean. He talks about what can happen while on board a yacht and which medication/equipment is needed, training, vaccination and seasickness. has been sailing on his Hallberg-Rassy 46 for several years during the summer months, while successfully teaching on RYA Yachtmaster sailing courses in Malta in winter time.
In his lecture, he explains what kind of competence and mindset a long-distance sailor requires and which factors are key to a successful voyage. The broad spectrum of issues looked at is rounded off by a lecture of Jimmy Cornell. Jimmy has more than 200.000 nautical miles experience and sailed several times around the world. He will talk about the main factors that can contribute to the success or failure of a voyage – covering the choice of boat and equipment, financial aspects and the cost of cruising, the “right” crew and dealing with emergencies, tools and spares.