Celestial Navigation Lessons & Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen
This four-day shore-based Celestial Navigation Course is offered by Offshore Sailing School for those taking the Offshore Passage Making course and for coastal sailors who want to learn about Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen. During this Celestial Navigation course, you’ll stay ashore at the South Seas Resort base, attending class for a minimum of five hours each day.
During our Celestial Navigation Lessons, in addition to learning the extensive theory that supports this ageless navigation tradition, drills each day include the use of HO 249 and Nautical Almanac tables to reduce sights to lines of position on a chart. Various scenarios are presented in exercises to make the process of calculating positions easier each day.
Steve Colgate, founder of Offshore Sailing School, above is practicing taking a sight. Of course, when you're out on a boat underway, it gets a bit harder than this. And that's the beauty of taking Celestial Navigation Lessons and heading out on the Offshore Passage Making sequence.
All of this is in preparation for using a sextant aboard to calculate a sailboat’s position based on the sun, planets and stars. All materials needed for our Celestial Navigation Courses are provided. At course end you will be tested for US SAILING Celestial Navigation certification.
The pre-requisite for Celestial Navigation is US SAILING Coastal Navigation certification.
Generally the schedule for this course is Wednesday through Saturday, with arrival Tuesday evening and departure Sunday morning. If you are going on to the Offshore Passage Making Course, you will board a Dufour Sunday evening.
Celestial Navigation Course packages
The package price per person, for this course starts at $2295 double occupancy, lowest season, and includes:
- The comprehensive four-day Celestial Navigation course ashore
- Five nights accommodations ashore, double occupancy, with applicable tax (ask for private rates)
- Celestial Navigation Course materials
- Diploma and certification
- Exclusive benefit from The Sailing Company - your choice of a year's subscription to Cruising World or Sailing World magazine
Locations and dates for Celestial Navigation Courses in 2014
- South Seas Island Resort, FL March 19 - 23 and November 12 - 16, 2014
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