Spare Parts November 1, 2000 Issue

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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

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