Feel the need to revisit this as I was dubious about it as were others. I attended and, as a newbie who will be going to the Bahamas for the first time at some point in the next year, found it informative. Provided some basic info involved with a trip. Little bit on what is recovering from hurricanes and what is not, crossing the Gulf Stream, provisioning, weather, where to go, etc. Put on by Navionics and Waterway Guides (I think) but no sales gimmicks or anything shoved at me. I think there was a page showing the Waterway Guides and a couple of Navionics products given out to randomly drawn attendees but that was it. The rest was informative and useful at my level. Well worth the hour invested. For you elder statesmen maybe a waste but for me no.
No association, just got invited and attended.
BLACK EYED SUSAN
Grand Banks 42 Classic