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Expedition Software How-To With North U’s Bill Gladstone & America’s Cup Winning Navigator Peter Isler

Saturday February 15th North Sails Detroit welcomed Bill Gladstone and Peter Isler into the loft to conduct a full day Seminar on the tactical and navigation software Expedition. Bill is the owner of North U and Peter is a two-time America’s Cup Winning Navigator. This seminar was brought on following last year’s Mackinaw Seminar presented by Bill Gladstone and Karl Kuspa from North Sails. During that Seminar Bill touched briefly the Expedition Software. After the event there were many inquiries about how to learn more about the software. The customer asked and North delivered. Apparently the Detroit Area is not the only area looking for a seminar like this. The North Detroit Seminar drew participants from Texas, Canada, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio with several Michigan Participants traveling several hours to attend. Thankfully Michigan’s Winter Weather blessed us with a great weekend for travel. 

This was a hands on event. If a participant did not own the software, they were able to download it on a trial basis to use for the class. Peter and Bill sent out homework and tasks for the participants to complete prior to the seminar and also sent out post seminar notes and tasks.  “What a great opportunity to learn from one of the industry’s best navigators. The pre-work coupled with the hands-on all-day course proved to be a fantastic learning environment and was truly one of the best classes I’ve attended in quite some time”- Lynn Kotwicki- Rear Commodore, Bayview Yacht Club. Lynn wasn’t the only one feeling this way. “It was a great class and huge learning experience. It was always great getting a chance to meet and talk with sailors!”- Andrew Wescoat- Houston, TX

“I have been using this software for about a dozen years. What I learned this weekend is that I had only scratched the surface of the capabilities of this software”- Karl Kuspa, North sails

The night before the full day Seminar, North hosted an open house. Why not take advantage of having Peter is town. Despite it being Valentine’s Day, there was still a group of about 20 people. Participants ate pizza and enjoyed adult beverages while Peter gave a high level look at Expedition and the software’s capabilities. After the presentation, Bill and Peter mingled and answered one on one questions. “Thank you for organizing, and to Peter for presenting and Karl and Chelsie for hosting the Friday Open House and Saturday Hands-On Training.”- Mike Staker. 

–Our pleasure Mike!

This Seminar was the third of six hosted at North Sails Detroit. For more information about the remaining schedule please click here. We hope to see you at the next one!

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Karl Kuspa

Sail Expert, Loft Manager — Detroit, Michigan

Learning to sail at Edison Boat Club where his father was commodore in 1981, Karl has now been an intricate part of the marine industry for over 30 years. Beginning his racing career in the Flying Scot and Etchells, Karl...

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