with Amanda Marquis
Whether you are looking to charter, learn to sail, purchase a multihull or simply enjoy a day on the water, the Cruisers University is an event that is worth attending. Held over four days from May 12th until the 15th, the show and collegiate style courses were well balanced with lecture and activities revolving around being underway. Named “The Ultimate Aid to Navigation,” the classes ranged from general cruising topics, such as: Crossing the Gulf Stream, Proper Provisioning and Cruising with Children, to Master Certification Courses. These classes paired with boat demonstrations and sea trials, (on 20 different boats) both power and sail, allowed a person to get the complete package.
I sat down with Paul Jacobs, General Manager of United States Yacht Shows, and he spoke to me about the development of this boat show. Jacobs is obviously a man who is passionate about boating and about educating both new and seasoned boaters alike. I found the large emphasis on the class curriculums with a “hands on” approach to be impressive and extremely informative. With this being its first year, the size of the show was smaller than some of the other shows, but this is not to say that there was any shortage of information. The size of the show is perhaps what made for a feeling of purpose and a bit more personal. My hope is that the show will grow larger every year, yet keeping the comfortable feel that they have established.