Coming Up in GLCCSchool: Sharing the Helm

dancline - December 4, 2017

Boating as a couple doesn't have to be stressful if both partners team to be safe, comfortable, and happy. On Monday, December 4, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central, sailing couple Angele and Jim Passe reveal their secrets for working effectively as a team and maintaining their sanity and good humor aboard. Cruising couples should not miss Sharing the Helm. Click here for more information and to register for class.

Landlubbers often say when we describe a cruise: “Oh that seems so relaxing!” Really?  Boat repairs, navigation, weather, provisioning, docking, sail handling, anchoring, night watches, seven foot waves…relaxing you say? To our credit, we must give the impression that it doesn’t take much effort to have perfect days of sailing ending with cocktails in an idyllic anchorage.

But frankly, boating is serious business and boating as a couple can be stressful if both partners do not have a system to be safe, comfortable, and happy. That’s what we call “sharing the helm”.   In this webinar, we will address co-leadership aboard, on practical issues such as boat maintenance and handling, navigation, decision-making about itinerary and weather, negotiation about new purchases, and of course choosing the wine to sip at sunset. We will talk about our strategies for sharing responsibilities and we will bring ideas gleaned from other experienced cruisers.

If you are looking for tips to “share the helm” and make your cruising more relaxing, this webinar is for you, whether you have been boating as a couple for a while, or are new partners in the adventure. Initially presented at GLCCSchool several years ago, Jim and Angele have shared their couple cruising insights in person or via video recording at live seminars, yacht clubs, power squadrons, and have also spun off an article on this same subject soon to be published in a notional boating magazine. If you cruise as a couple you'll want to attend this webinar.

Angèle and Jim have cruised together for more than forty years. They are Great Lakes Cruising Club members and 2003 recipients of the club's prestigious Admiral Bayfield award.