Offshore Masterclass

See course Dates and Locations Below

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This one day masterclass is drawing on the unique offshore skills that Lisa had developed while she sailed solo around Antarctica and around Australia.  Lisa will be sharing her firsthand account of her demasting, building a jury rig, and transferring fuel from a container ship as well as storm survival techniques such as use of drogues and heaving too.

Lisa has faced down 15-meter waves and 80 knots of wind alone in the Southern Ocean and because of her risk assessment and disaster management, she lived to tell the tale.This is a first person account offering a wealth of knowledge that can be applied as a guideline to personal cruising and keep your vessel and your crew safe on an ocean voyage. Lisa is delivering these courses Australia wide to a yacht club near you working in partnership with Sistership and Pacific Sailing School.


Topics to be covered are:

Understanding your vessel and its strength or limitations,

Ways of communication at sea including satellite systems,

Food preparation for an extended voyage,

Risk assessment of your vessel and voyage,

Using your risk assessment to design your preparation plan or refit schedule,

Storm management and preparation,

Use of different drogues and how to set up your vessel to use a drogue,

How to heave too and the effects on your vessel while heaving too in storm conditions,

Planning for all disaster scenarios including knock down, collision, demasting, flooding, loss of rudder, severe storms, and abandon ship.

Managing a demasting, ways to remove mast and what equipment options work or don’t work,

Discussion on building a jury rig and options for this,

Conducting a fuel transfer at sea in rough conditions,

Managing a flood or broken through-hull fitting,

Ways to patch damage to hull as a temporary measure,

Finishing with an open discussion.


Course dates and Locations:



1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach QLD 4217

20th October 2019

Royal Queensland Yacht Squardron - Brisbane

578 Royal Esplanade, Manly QLD 4179

Date TBC

d’Albora Marinas - Nelson Bay

Level 1, d’Albora Marinas, 6 Teramby Road Nelson Bay NSW 2315


Course Cost $295. Duration 1 day 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Locations and times are listed above and more locations are still to be announced and will be posted here. Lisa will be aiming to deliver these courses to all major yachting hubs Australia Wide. If you would like to have Lisa run a class at your local yacht club please touch base.

For all booking enquiries please contact

We reserve the right to cancel a course 1 week in advance if the we have low numbers. A full refund will be given in this event if you can not make an alternative course.