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Heavy Weather Avoidance Course
A five-day US Coast Guard-approved Heavy Weather Avoidance (HWA) course will be held at the Sea Education Association (SEA) facility in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on December 4-8, 2000. This course is specifically designed for vessel masters as well as shoreside managers who are required to make vessel routing and movement decisions. HWA stresses proper understanding and integration of vessel operational limits and capabilities with weather analysis and forecasting. Emphasis is placed on integrating elements of human performance, wind and wave analysis and forecasting and vessel stability into methods for making timely, accurate and appropriate weather and routing decisions.

Successful completion of a final exam awards participants with 10 days of sea-service credit and exceeds STCW95 requirements for showing proficiency in weather and oceanographic conditions.

For registration and course cost contact Capt. Peg Brandon at Sea Education Association (SEA) via e-mail ( or by phone: 800/552-3633 ext 1924. For detailed information on course curriculum contact Michael Carr, Instructor-Marine Weather & Safety Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies at

Westsail Owners Association
Westsail owners, previous owners, Westsail seekers, and those who just want to know more about this breed of live-aboard, cruising sailboat, are welcome to stop by our web site or join the organization. The new mailing address and web site are:

Westsail Owners Association
PO Box 3471
Merrifield, VA 22116-3471

Rick Kennerly
Annapolis, Maryland

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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