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The GLCCSchool kicked off the 2023-24 season on November 16th with the webinar An Introduction to Cruising the Great Lakes by Craig Murchison. New webinars are being added every day so check back often. If you are new to our school click Enroll for Free on our home page to get started. And don't forget to check our Recording Library too.
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Niels Jensen
There are currents in all of the five Great Lakes, and the prevailing winds and outflow of water to the ocean affect these systems. Generally, the currents’ speed is estimated to be between one and four statute miles per hour. They are therefore significant to the movement and safety of today’s recreational boat traffic, and influence both passage times and fuel economy. People who engage in long-distance sailboat racing or cruising on the Great Lakes may find Great Lakes Currents of particular interest.
Skills
Steve Wyckoff
One of the best parts of cruising is sharing a rum drink with friends at the end of a perfect day on the water. For centuries, cruisers around the world have saluted the setting sun, rum glass in hand. How rum became part of this tradition goes back hundreds of years.
Cruising Guide
Eric Sunstrum
Stretching from Lake Ontario's Murray Canal in the west to the City of Brockville Ontario on the St. Lawrence River in the east, the Bay of Quinte and 1000 Islands areas offer some of the finest cruising on the Great Lakes.
Cruising Guide
Marilyn Kinsey, Lou Bruska
Are you going to the 2024 Rendezvous in Escanaba? Is your home port not in Lake Michigan? Then this webinar is for you!
Skills
Bill Rohde
Making the leap to that first longer-distance overnight passage can be intimidating. It shouldn’t be. From this webinar you'll gain the confidence to undertake longer passages including overnights, sharply expanding your cruising horizons. Plus, you'll find that longer passages definitely add a special dimension to the cruising experience.
Cruising Guide
Mark Gagyi
From major cities to quaint fishing ports, from island anchorages to first class marinas --- the 2nd largest concentration of boaters in North America already know about Lake Erie's charms. Do you?
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Wednesday, January 17, 2024 and Thursday, January 18, 2024
This package first covers generation of power giving you a solid understanding of solar power systems and how to design an appropriate system to meet run your boat's electrical requirements. The second webinar dives into Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries that are a huge leap forward over conventional batteries for marine electrical systems.
Mechanical
Tom Trimmer
Having plenty of electric power on board while cruising can make the difference between a fantastic experience and a marginal one. Solar energy is an excellent source of electrical power for the cruising sailboat or power boat. However, figuring out the size of solar panels you need and matching them up with the various accessories required for a complete high-performance system can be a daunting task.
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Tom Trimmer
It’s time to replace your batteries again. Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO or LFP) batteries can be pricey but are they the best long-term investment for your power needs? Many experts say yes! What is this battery technology all about and how do I determine if it is the best alternative for my boat? This seminar will address LiFePO4 battery technology and how to design a battery bank to meet your power needs.
Cruising Guide
Steve Wyckoff
Grand Traverse Bay is one of the most beautiful regions of Michigan known for its lakeshores, cherry orchards, vineyards, and boating. Not only will the scenery amaze you, but there is also much to see and do as you cruise this area of Northwest Michigan. This webinar highlights anchorages, harbor towns and marinas available to cruisers.
Navigation
Lucy Hick
Learn all about NOAA's Custom Chart Application from Lucy Hick, NOAA's acting Great Lakes Manager. This webinar is FREE TO ALL!
Cruising Guide
Eric Sunstrum, Charlie Ellins
Looking for a serene inland cruising experience? ... Or a shortcut from the upper lakes to Lake Ontario? The Trent Severn may be for you!
Package
This series starts January 31, 2024 and there's a new webinar each week for the next four weeks! Get all five in this one package! Beginning in March 2024, you can view the recording of these webinars and be ready to begin your "Gitche Gumee" adventure.
Cruising Guide
Dave Carr
This webinar will take you from the Sault Locks at the lake's eastern end, west along the lake's Michigan and Wisconsin southern shores, up Minnesota's northwest lakeshore, and finally along Ontario's breathtaking north and east wilderness shores before closing the circle in Whitefish Bay and the Sault. Lake Superior may be vast, but when understood, it provides unique and breathtaking cruising, historic destinations, interesting ports of call, pristine waters and secluded sailing and anchorages. Updated for 2024 and presented by Dave Carr.
Cruising Guide
Dave Spencer
Georgian Bay is well known as a cruiser’s paradise for good reason. From the cliffs of the Bruce Peninsula to the busy harbours of off Severn Sound to the winding Small Craft Route up the eastern shore, Georgian Bay offers variety, scenery and adventure for the cruising boater. This webinar explores Georgian Bay’s beautiful anchorages as well as the towns and small settlements that serve the boating community along its shores.
Navigation
Larry Brandt
Radar is an extremely useful tool, but do you know how to use it effectively? This webinar will help you discover your radar's full potential.
Cruising Guide
Niels Jensen
Lake Superior's South Shore is often a first time Lake Superior cruiser's introduction to the lake's expansive and varied cruising areas. Join GLCC Past Commodore Niels Jensen in this webinar updated for 2024, as he explores one of his favorite cruising areas.
Cruising Guide
Dave Spencer
This seminar will cover the area of Northern Georgian Bay from Byng to Killarney. The area is largely wilderness, has a variety of wonderful anchorages and is unique in the Great Lakes as many of the waters are unsounded. You need a sense of adventure to cruise here.
Cruising Guide
Dave Carr
Wilderness cruising at its best! Scattering of Islands, boreal forest, towering shorelines, abundance of wildlife, protected anchorages, parks with hiking trails, great fishing, secluded anchorages, and many areas of interest. This section of Lake Superior is worth the experience. Updated for 2024 and presented by Dave Carr.
Cruising Guide
Dave Spencer
If you're thinking of cruising Lake Huron's North Channel this course is for you. The North Channel usually makes every list of top ten cruising destinations in the world.
Package
This is a webinar series that Great Lakes boaters should not miss. Boating on the Great Lakes requires many skills, but none is more important than a basic understanding of marine weather forecasting.
Weather
Mark Thornton
Marine Weather Basics is the first class in the GLCC School’s four-part Marine Weather Essentials series tailored for Great Lakes boaters and offered for either individual or specially priced package registration.
Cruising Guide
Niels Jensen
Isle Royale represents the ultimate in wilderness cruising. Join Niels Jensen as he explores its wondrous anchorages, hiking, fishing, and wildlife.
Weather
Mark Thornton
This second class in the GLCC School’s four-part Marine Weather Essentials series explores the forces controlling the wind, and then examines how Doppler weather radar is an important resource in avoiding a hair-raising encounter with a thunderstorm.
Cruising Guide
Niels Jensen
The yachting center of Lake Superior combines over 600 square miles of pristine, protected, National Park island cruising with extensive services in several nearby towns, marinas, and the largest charter fleet in the Great Lakes.
Weather
Mark Thornton
The third session in GLCC School’s four-part Marine Weather Essentials series delves into large-scale surface weather patterns.
Weather
Mark Thornton
This final class in GLCC’s four-part Marine Weather Essentials series covers thunderstorms and offers a strategy for preparing your own daily marine forecast.
Cruising Guide
Roy Eaton
Cruising Canada's North Channel puts you in one of the top ten cruising destinations in the world. Join Roy Eaton as he shares his local knowledge of and experiences in this wonderful part of our Great Lakes.
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This is a two-date webinar. 3/19/24 and 3/26/24
Thunderstorms can quickly spoil an outing in many ways—strong winds, large waves, dangerous lightning, waterspouts, or visibility-limiting rain. This in-depth two-session webinar will examine the various types of thunderstorms and the ingredients that lead to their formation.