May 4, 2013 to May 5, 2013
Marion, MA- Sponsored by the Marion Bermuda Race
This seminar is a hands-on course covering basic celestial theory, sight reduction of sun, moon, planets, stars, and specialty sights of certain bodies, like the noon sun sight and latitude by Polaris.
The class covers related topics such as time and time zones, sight planning, sextant accessories and offshore navigation plotting techniques, especially dead reckoning. Practical plotting of each kind of sight, as well as celestial running fixes, is covered in detail.
Sextant use is discussed during one session, but no sights actually are taken during the class. The emphasis is on practical use of celestial navigation, with plenty of pencil and paperwork. (Up to a dozen sights are reduced and plotted during the weekend, with numerous additional exercises.) using H.O. 249 and H.O. 229 in conjunction with the Nautical Almanac.
Students will find the Introduction to Celestial
A review of basic navigation concepts such as chart work, plotting, true to magnetic course conversion, DR, time/speed/distance, etc. is recommended.
For those who have had no previous exposure to the subject reading one of the following books before the seminar would be helpful:
Students should bring to class:
The Sippican Women's Club is located on Front Street near Tabor Academy in Marion Massachusetts
Sippican Women's Club
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