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SSCA Webinars for January and February 2024

Joan Conover | Published on 1/8/2024

Seven Seas Cruising Association Announces Spring Webinars 

Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) announces its upcoming complimentary webinars supporting best practices for cruising. Sign up below for each seminar of interest for the Spring 2024 series.

Our webinars, listed on the Seven Seas Cruising Association Youtube Channel offer videos highlighting the SSCA SUMMIT series focused on international cruiser members circumnavigations such as our new SSCA Content Creator Summit, a series to encourage adventures offshore. The first SSCA Content Creator session features Jimmy Cornell, who talks about the types and ways he has created content, for both books and video content. See his story here:

There is also the Circumnavigators Summit series/playlist, Easier and Safer Cruising series as well as  our Best Practices series. The following webinars are our January and February webinars held Thursdays 7 PM EST for interested boaters. The other webinars are available at :

Items are organized via playlists and there are both SSCA member only, and complementary webinars offered as a public service.

Thursday January 25, 2024, 7:00 PM EST

Arctic Expedition Cruising (Norway, Greenland, and Iceland) Summer 2023

Joint Cruisers Deb and John Rapp for this year’s adventure in the North Atlantic.

Deborah (a Great Lakes racer and sailboat racing coach) and John Rapp (an avid power boater and former pilot) in 2012 began an 11 year 25,000 nm adventure in their new 44’ sailing boat, Mahayana. They have sailed the Caribbean from Dry Tortugas to Grenada, the Great Lakes (completing a 9,000 km America’s Great Loop), the Canadian provinces, west to east of Cuba/Hispaniola/Puerto Rico/Antigua, and Bermuda. You will find this experienced couple at the Annapolis Boat Shows, in April and October, and on ski slopes in upstate NY. Join Deb and John in their latest adventure, ‘Arctic Expedition Cruising (Norway, Greenland, Iceland) on January 25, 2024 at 7 PM for an hour of amazing cruising adventures.

When: Jan 25, 2024 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Arctic Expedition Cruising (Norway, Greenland and Iceland) Summer 2023

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Thursday February 8, 2024, 7 PM EST

“Navigating the ICW with Aqua Map”

Long time Senior System Engineer, Luis Soltero, has taken the next step with communication tool sets in conjunction with highly enhanced Inter coastal Waterway (ICW) marine charts. By using the updated Aqua Map application/charts, created from additions to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine charts, he is now navigating ICW channels with high precision.  He will also discuss Bob423 tracks, Predict Wind route planning, and offshore vs. inshore routes. The Aqua Map charts are provided with data integration with NOAA charts,  US Army ACES survey data and other US government provided materials. Aqua Map has also started a collaboration with NOAA to provide user depth data directly to NOAA as a public service. The Aqua Map corrections to the NOAA nautical charts for the ICW offer the best approach for consistent and more detailed data for cruisers. Aqua Map  continue to provide cruisers solutions to the always changing ICW depths. 

When: Feb 8, 2024, 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Navigating the Intercoastal Waterway with Aquamap

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Thursday, February 15, 7 PM EST

 “Communication Strategies with Predict Wind Datahub”

Senior Software Engineer and Developer, Luis Soltero, shares his ideas and development tools for offshore and near shore using the new Datahub as well as Predict Wind services. This webinar is focused on cruisers who need integration support of various data streams from differing on board systems, conversion of data types (NEMA), as well as storage and reuse of collected data to onboard or remote systems. His tools have been utilized for cruisers for over twenty years, his software was the first to be used to compress and facilitate data communications via Iridium; his background has made the tools he has created something all cruisers should be aware of.

When: Feb 15, 2024, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Communications Strategies with Predict Wind Data Hub

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February 22, 2024, 7 PM EST

“Satellite communication strategies with Starlink and Iridium.
By Luis Soltero

Marine Engineer Luis Soltero, developer of many critical communications applications for offshore cruisers, presented his strategies during the SSCA Melbourne GAM 2023. The audience requested a repeat of this presentation as he answered questions on the various applications used, installation concepts and much more. This presentation presents not only his strategies as we go forward with offshore communications, but explains this body of work. This is an excellent webinar to help cruisers understand the various ways to be more successful with receiving and sending data while out of range of cell services. This technology is the most recent approach for offshore passaging for small boat cruisers.

When: Feb 22, 2024 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Communication Strategies with Starlink and Iridium

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