Pointer Maritime University 

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 Look for 2023 PMU Schedule here this fall

               Live in Person at the Clubhouse and Online

 [ Sign up for PMU mailing list to recieve link to Virtual Session]]

One of the main differences between OPCYC and most other Yacht Clubs is the vibrant and ambitious training program called Pointer Maritime University, or "PMU."  The curriculum is geared to appeal to the entire membership with classes for motor and sail skippers, crew and other enthusiasts with a smattering of safety, maintenance, cruising, fishing, boat handling, and even local maritime history.  Basically, if it is boating-related, we do it.  Since we conduct classes on Saturday mornings during the winter and early spring, In a “normal year”, PMU provides our membership a ready-made opportunity to socialize during the off-season.  In fact, we probably see more of each other during PMU events than during the boating season.  PMU has attracted a growing number of attendees - we typically have attendance totaling over 100 different students each year.​ This year’s slate of PMU lectures will be different, driven by the COVID pandemic necessity to minimize the spread of the virus by limiting social gatherings to ten people. Our response to this challenge is to go virtual and host all of our PMU program this year on ZOOM.

Here is just a smattering of major topic areas:

  *  Boating Safety

  *  On-Water Medical Care

  *  Boat Handling Under Sail & Power

  *  Electronics - all the new stuff & how to take care of them

  *  Sail Trim

  *  Taking Care of Your Engine & Transmission

  *  Cruising Experiences

  *  Racing Rules & Racing Tactics

  *  Fishing

  *  Nautical Traditions and History


We are blessed with highly qualified instructors, some of whom are members, others who are just willing to come in and share their expertise.  And while we do not grant sanctioned course completion ratings, you can't beat the price:  FREE with your club membership.

We will conduct all of this year’s classes virtually using Microsoft TEAMS online meeting software. All of our classes are planned to be held on Saturday mornings from 0930-1200. The schedule of classes will be posted on the OPCYC calendar. Announcements will be made on the OPCYC Facebook page and broadcast email notifications. Specific details on logging in to the PMU TEAMS meeting will be detailed in "The Helmsman," and on the OPCYC PMU website.

2022 Sessions:
Albermarle Loop

Jack Lawson

Saturday, Apr 23, 2022

Navigation Apps

Tim Etherington, OPCYC Commodore will provide an update on new navigation applications

Saturday, Apr 30, 2022

HRBT - Project Update

Back by popular demand, Ha Koehler and her team of marine engineers will provide and update to the excellent lecture we received last year.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Boat Inspection - Lessons Learned

Capt Frank Lanier, will provide the latest iteration of his informative, often humerous (in a preverse way) and always intersting lecture on survey lessons learned

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Electrical Systems

Tentatively scheduled is a lecture on marine solar power systems by eMarine, a company out of Fort Lauderdale Fl.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Man Overboard - Live

To wrap up this year's PMU semester, Keith Midgette, Tim Etherington and the Luna Blu crew will provide a live video man overboard demonstration off Fort Monroe with our Commodore as the MOB victim. I may open to bribes to not pick up the Commodore- Luna Blu needs new sails! Do I have a offer, Karen?

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Mark Wheeler
Mark Wheeler

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Racing Team
Racing Team

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Mark Wheeler
Mark Wheeler

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