Grand Large Yachting’s Blue Water Seminar Coming to Miami International Boat Show

If blue water sailing adventures are in your future or in your dreams, Grand Large Yachting (GLY) will help you prepare. The company is bringing its renowned educational seminar to the United States for the first time on Saturday, February 17, 2024, during the Miami International Boat Show.

Having built a reputation over two decades as ocean-going sailboat builders of leading brands, service specialists and educators, Grand Large Yachting’s mission is to help experienced or beginning sailors to realize their sailing dreams in a safe and confident way. The company’s passion for the ocean also guides clients to respect the power and vulnerability of the world’s oceans as a natural resource, and as a pathway to discover new horizons.

The one-day course will be held on February 17, at the Curated Show Room, a vintage supercar collection, at 2100 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137, from 8 am – 5 pm. The event will include engaging presentations, conversations and educational programs over coffee, lunch and beverages. The cost is $350. To register or for questions, contact: or visit

“We are pleased to bring the international sailing expertise of Grand Large Yachting to the U.S. for the first time and help educate our customers and new friends on the adventures that await them!” says Ryan Helling, partner at Swiftsure Yachts and dealer for GLY.

Experts, including experienced sailors who can relay their experiences and relate to your questions, will lead the seminar. Some of the questions to be answered are:

  • Is blue water sailing right for me?
  • Where and how do we start to prepare?
  • How do we provision?
  • How do we plan our navigation and destinations?
  • My partner is ready, but I’m not sure if I am—how can I know?

The presenters will address the main topics to consider in long-distance cruising—weather, routes, budgeting, self-care, provisioning, packing and will help clarify the preparations, answering specific questions and sharing a wealth of experience to transform the dream of sailing into a reality. Among the experts are Anita and Knut Skauan, a Norwegian couple living in Brazil who sailed their Outremer 45, Maïs Uma over 6 years. After exploring the world in a unique way, they will share their stories and answer questions. Their website is


8:30 am     Welcome Coffee

9:00 am     Key Figures About Blue Water Sailing: Xavier Desmarest

9:30 am     MAÏS UMA, 6 Years Sailing Around the World: Anita & Knut Skauan

11:00 am   Downwind Sailing on Monohulls: Pete McGonagle

12:00 am   Lunch Break

1:00 pm     Insurance, A Step Not An Issue: Hugo Hanham-Gross

1:45 pm     Choosing a Performance Catamaran for Circumnavigating: Holly Rollo & Stéphane Plihon

3:00 pm     Health at Sea: Dr. Philippe Burtin

4.00 pm     Dream, Fear, Challenge – An Open Discussion

4:30 pm     Conclusion: Xavier Desmarest

5:30 pm     Happy Hour: Join us at Outremer Booth, Miami boat show (FEC 642)

About Grand Large Yachting (GLY):

Over 1,500 ocean yachts with respected names like Outremer, Allures, Gunboat, Garcia and RM Fast Ocean Sailing, have been built in nine sites throughout France, by GLY’s team of 650 people. Dedicated to the construction of the finest boats from aluminum to carbon GLY has won international awards for its multi and monohull ships and added a charter operation and service division to its shipyards to complete all aspects of the sailing experience. GLY founders, Xavier Desmarest and Stephan Constance made their passion for the sea a reality in building, servicing and helping clients realize their similar dreams.

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