3rd International boot bluewater seminar 2019

Düsseldorf, Germany – Saturday, 26th of January 2019

Welcome to this comprehensive one-day-seminar that covers all essential aspects of planning a long distance voyage such as safety, equipment, energy management, communications, navigation or crew ability. Get helpful practical information from experts such as Leon Schulz, Dr Meeno Schrader, Dr Fabian Steffen or Sönke Roever who have all sailed thousands of miles worldwide.

The seminar language will be English


09.00 – Registration


09.30 – Welcoming the participants

Petros Michelidakis
Director boot Düsseldorf


09.45 – Long distance communications and navigation

Sönke Roever
Sailed over 80,000 miles, including one circumnavigation. Author of several sailing books.

Mobile and satellite phones. VHF, SSB and HAM. WIFI, Internet and email. How to obtain weather information offshore – such as weatherfax or GRIB data. GPS, radar and AIS.

11.00 – Coffee break


11.15 – Medicine on board

Dr Fabian Steffen
Specialist for anaesthesia und intensive care

What can happen and which medication/equipment is needed? Training. Vaccination. Seasickness.

12.15 – Lunch


13.00 – Energy management

Sönke Roever

Basic principles. Energy balance and management of consumption. Battery types. Alternators. Windgenerator, hydrogenerator, solar panels, diesel generators. Charging and power management.


14.15 – Global weather systems

Dr Meeno Schrader
Popular meteorologist, weather router and olympic weather coach who has sailed more than 50.000 miles worldwide, TV and radio weather expert, founder of the WetterWelt GmbH

Weather pattern in the Atlantic. How to deal with easterly waves, squalls and tropical storms. Influence of El Nino and climate change. Pacific and Indian Ocean passages weather. Reliability of forecast data. Meteorological navigation.

15.15 – Coffee Break


15.30 – What do bluewatersailors really need to know or have before casting off?

Leon Schulz
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor. Leon provides RYA sailtraining in safety, comfort and style on his Hallberg-Rassy 46 during six months per year and offers RYA Yachtmaster and RYA Ocean Theory courses during winters in Malta.

In what respect is cruising different to living at home? Which skills, knowledge and equipment contribute to the success of a voyage? How much and what should you definitely master before casting off and what can you take in during the actual voyage?


16.30 – Questions and answers

Leon Schulz and Sönke Roever

Questions and answers on the day’s essential subjects

Finish 17.00


The seminar will take place at the world’s largest boat show “boot Düsseldorf” in the congress center right on the fairground.

The cost is Euro 95,- per person and Euro 145,- per couple.

Booking fee includes the one day seminar, entrance to the boat show for the whole weekend, lunch, coffee and refreshments.

In order to book a place please email us at info@blauwasser.de


A big “thank you” to you for arranging this special day – greatly enjoyed myself.

Anders Goransson from Great Britain


Subject to alterations – last changed: 02. Febuary 2018