Seminar Speakers

Nigel Calder


Nigel Calder got into motorcycles and sailing dinghies as a teenager, and has never been far from mechanical things and boats ever since.  In a varied career, before becoming a full-time sailing writer he worked on an automotive assembly line, in a foundry and machine shop, and on offshore oil production platforms. 

He and his wife, Terrie, built a couple of 70-foot canal boats (on which they lived in Oxford, England), and a 39-foot Ingrid cutter.  They then sailed a Pacific Seacraft 40 for 5 years, following which they had a Malo 45 built in Sweden. This was replaced by the same boat but with experimental electrical and propulsion systems. It was used by the European Union HYbrid MARine (HYMAR) project, of which Nigel was the Technical Director, for extensive testing of hybrid propulsion systems.  Nigel is a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Electrical Project Technical Committee.

Nigel and Terrie have sailed in the North Sea, Scotland and points further north, the US East Coast and Bahamas, and extensively in the Caribbean, with Pippin (now aged 28) and Paul (27) augmenting the crew along the way.

Nigel is best known for his Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, and his Marine Diesel Engines, both in their third editions, and both considered the definitive works in their field.  In addition to over 200 magazine articles, he has also authored a ‘Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean’, ‘Cuba: A Cruising Guide’, ‘Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook’ and ‘How to Read a Nautical Chart’.

Lee Chesenau

Lee Chesneau

A senior marine meteorologist, lecturer, & author. Lee is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where he earned a B.S. Degree in Meteorology. 

Lee has a distinguished & extensive career with NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) & Satellite Service. Additionally, he is also a retired naval officer, having served on two capital ships, and as a route analyst for a commercial weather & ship routing company.

Today, Lee is an accomplished U.S. Coast Guard certified instructor for basic and advanced meteorology at five continuing training institutions for professional mariners. He offers the same curriculum to educate and train recreational boaters on becoming  self-reliant in their own marine weather knowledge in marine weather forecasting & applying these forecasts for strategic vessel routing. 

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Rich Boren founded Cruise RO Water after spending four years cruising Mexico with his wife and two teenagers. Using his experience to build and assemble a collection of cruising gear that makes sense in the real world of cruising has been a key to his company’s success.