Pointer Maritime University 

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2021 - 2022 PMU Schedule Coming Soon

                  [Live in Person and Online]

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.

2021 Sessions:
(Last year)
Chesapeake Racer Cruiser Association and ORR Race Scoring

Randy Goodman,CRCA Tidewater Fleet Captain and BBSA Skipper and Jay Tyson, CRCA

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021

USCG Comms and SAR

USCG Sector Virginia will describe changes to USCG commnications networks and its impact on SAR communications

Saturday, Feb 20, 2021

Hull and Bottom Prep and Paint Product Update

Interlux Regional Rep Rob Owens will provide a lecture on best practices for prepping your bottom or dec for painting and new products from Interlux

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021

Battle of the Ironclads

Nted author John Quarstein will provide a lecture on the Battle of Hampton Roads between CSS VIRGINIA and USS MONITOR

Saturday, Mar 6, 2021

Anchoring Considerations

ASA Instructor and PCYC Member Steve Runals will provide a lecture on anchoring considerations

Saturday, Mar 13, 2021

Boat Inspections Lessons Learned

Capt Frank Lanier, boat surveyor and author of many articles on boat survey results and trends, installation and maintenance do's and don'ts.

Saturday, Mar 20, 2021

Cruising Traditions and Courtesies

Our own Eileen Turner will provide a lecture on what to expect when visiting another yacht club that has a recipriocal rights agreement with OPCYC (or your yacht club)

Saturday, Mar 27, 2021

Virtual PMU - TBD


Saturday, Apr 3, 2021

Mark Wheeler
Mark Wheeler

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Racing Team
Racing Team

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Mark Wheeler
Mark Wheeler

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