Marine Weather Planning

Learn how to refine your navigation and route planning skills by effectively incorporating marine weather planning, predictions, observations, and technology.

2x 90 Min Sessions English Unlimited Access

In this online class, guided by Captain Lisa Batchelor Frailey — seasoned meteorologist and passagemaking expert — we'll explore seamlessly integrating navigation, weather, and oceanography to plan your routes and passages with precision and confidence. Learn how to manage risks effectively and leverage favorable conditions for safe and successful coastal and ocean journeys.

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This was an excellent class that I highly recommend for anyone potentially interested in expanding their knowledge about weather, routing, and navigation.

Clearly a subject matter expert, excellent and well organized presentation, exceedingly professional. Would happily recommend. As a pilot/sailor, this is EXACTLY the level of detail that is needed in instruction, granular and complete. Very satisfied..


An online class for sailors of all levels seeking to enhance their understanding of weather dynamics to optimize their sailing plans accordingly. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or just starting out, this course offers valuable insights into interpreting weather charts, utilizing weather models, and effectively navigating bluewater passages, equipping you with the confidence to navigate diverse weather conditions at sea.


Explore essential weather topics while gaining a deep understanding of marine weather dynamics. Learn to interpret synoptic weather charts, evaluate GRIB files, and work with weather routers to optimize passage planning. Finally, through a detailed passage scenario from Norfolk VA to USVI, participants will acquire practical insights into climatology, route planning, Gulf Stream crossing, and enroute weather observations, to gain the confidence and knowledge needed to navigate effectively.


  • Marine Weather Basics: What Mariners Need to Know
    Circulation around Highs and Lows · Winds, Fronts & Clouds · Sea State Parameters
  • Navigation Basics
    Passage Planning Methodology · Climatology · Tides & Currents · Getting Data & Information while Offshore · Vessel Performance & Constraints
  • GRIB Files and Viewers
    Pros & Cons · Strategy · Apps & Chartplotters · Marine Weather Sources
  • Weather Models and Marine Parameters
    Reading a Synoptic Weather Chart · Key NOAA OPC Products for Mariners
  • Weather Routers
    Human & Automated
  • Gulf Stream
    Weather and Navigation Considerations
  • Passage Scenario - Norfolk VA to USVI
    Climatology · Route Planning & Departure Timing · Gulf Stream Crossing · Enroute Weather & Observations



Sail Solomons ASA School & Charter Base, Founders

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey are both lifelong sailors and retired military officers. Andy served in the Royal Air Force in aviation and intelligence, and Lisa served in the US Navy in aviation, meteorology and oceanography – a combination of skills that have proven very useful to sailing and passagemaking. They founded and operated Sail Solomons ASA school and charter base, receiving numerous awards for ASA Outstanding School and Outstanding Instructors.

Andy and Lisa wrote ASA’s textbooks for Bareboat Cruising, Catamaran Cruising, and Dinghies and Outboard and are the primary contributors to ASA’s Advanced Cruising and Seamanship text. Their most recent book, Docking & Maneuvering Made Easy, is American Sailing’s new textbook for the ASA 118 Docking Endorsement. Lisa also regularly teaches the ASA 119, Marine Weather Endorsement.

Cruising for seven years onboard their Passport 47 ZINGARO and Outbound 46 KINETIC, Andy and Lisa have made numerous coastal passages and ocean voyages, conducting cruising and passagemaking training while living aboard in exotic locations. They also organize and lead sailing flotillas on cruising catamarans and monohulls in the Caribbean. Andy and Lisa are regular speakers at Cruisers’ University and present many live and virtual seminars.

Andy and Lisa launched Kinetic Sailing to offer marine consulting, charter brokerage, instructional yacht deliveries and tailored instruction with a global scope. They are USCG Captains, cruisers, instructors, analysts and business owners with a wealth of experience in the sailing industry.