Seminars and splicing classes in La Cruz – February 2019

We love sharing our enthusiasm for cruising! Wanna meet up?

  • October 2019: Annapolis Boat Show
  • January 2020: boat shows, TBD
  • February – March 2020: cruiser seminars (Banderas Bay, Mexico)

Cruisers University: Annapolis, October 7-10 SOLD OUT!

Premier education sessions at CU bring energy and information that we look forward to every year – especially busy fall show! The schedule of sessions (and links to seminar details) are posted on the website – and tickets are already on sale, for the show and for our Cruisers U seminars! Topics in Annapolis.

  • Cruising Women – Behan’s 2-day Master Class with Pam Wall
  • Cruising on a Budget – Silver, Gold, & Platinum
  • Top New Cruiser Mistakes…and how to avoid them
  • What Me Worry? Putting Your Cruising Fears to Rest
  • Safety at Sea (Jamie’s double session)
  • Splicing & Whipping (get hands-on!)
  • Route Planning
  • Offshore Rigging & Sails – When Things Go Wrong
  • Behan joins Lin Pardey and others for a seminar on how to make writing, blogging & vlogging pay

The full schedule for Cruisers U is here; to register for Annapolis, visit

Salty Dawg Rendezvous dinner: October 10

Join us at the Maryland Yacht Club for socializing, dinner, and our keynote presentation at the Salty Dawg organization’s 8th annual Annapolis rendezvous. Jamie and I can’t wait to share inspiration from our favorite moment and hurdles overcome while circumnavigating as a family. You don’t have to be participating in the rally or a Salty Dawg member to join the fun. Information and registration details online!

US Sailboat Show (Annapolis): October 10-14

This is such a great show for cruisers! Jamie and I have a mix of will lead the shoreside component of “Take The Wheel,” a full-day training that includes orientation boat designs and purchase — coupled with an afternoon on the water to put what you learned into practice. In addition, we’ll be spending time with Behan’s publisher for Voyaging with Kids, Lin Pardey, in her booth with The Boat Galley’s Carolyn Shearlock. Home base for Women Who Sail at the show, we got dubbed “the smiles and hugs” booth after our first year togehter — come find out why! Our favorite part of the show is a big dinner with our coaching clients. Hanging out at the casual pizzeria in Eastport with a bunch of gonna-go cruisers is a massive energy boost! Get in touch if you’d like to learn more.

Banderas Bay, Mexico: winter 2020 cruiser seminars

Totem is spending most of the 2020 winter in Banderas Bay, Mexico, preparing ourselves and supporting the prep of others for a spring passage to French Polynesia. Last winter, our seminars included topics ranging from weather, to DIY rigging checks, to passagemaking and provisioning. Join us! South Pacific passage planning meetings We anticipate that cruisers in Banderas Bay with an eye on the Marquesas will again gather to share information and plans for their South Pacific passages, a the casual hangout adjacent to PV Sails in La Cruz. Find the Cruisers Comfort lounge by either walking down Calle Tiburon (dirt road that fronts Ana Banana’s), or taking the stairs behind the parking lot at the port captain to PV Sailing; look for signs.

Click image to link to live map for Cruisers Comfort


Winter Boat Shows: January – February, 2020

Plans are coming together! Watch this space for details; Jamie and I anticipate going back to Toronto and Seattle to share stories, plan some meetups, and hopefully entice a few folks to GO SOONER (or make their wait until the docklines cut easier!).


Keep in touch, and drop us a note if we’ll see you at a show – or if you’d like us to speak to your organization!  

Offshore Forum panel, Seattle Boat Show, 2019: with John & Amanda Swan-Neal (Mahina Tiare) and Will & Sarah Curry (Hydrovane)