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Offshore Navigation (JN) Class – Sextant Training
September 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Offshore Navigation Class will be an in person class held at the Yarmouth Firestation #2 on RT 6A in Yarmouth Port. The instructors will be Hugh Blair-Smith and Nick Vandemoer. September and October will be the time to learn about how to use a sextant and taking sun sights.
Regular lectures will be held on Tuesday night’s starting November 1st and finishing in mid February, 2023.
- 13 Sep Distribute course materials
Introduction – Overview of celestial navigation; presentation of height-of-eye tool
Lecture – Chapter 2 – The Sextant
Lecture – Use of “Celestial Tools” for Meridian Transit (MT) Sun sights
Arrange – beach support team assignments to students
Homework – Read Introduction and Chapter 2; do Chapter 2 problems
Preview – Practice handling sextant; read Chapter 4 and Appendix D; try an MT sight
- 20 Sep Review Homework – Chapter 2
Lecture – Chapter 4 & Appendix D – Altitude Corrections & Sight Requirements
Lecture – Use of “Celestial Tools” for LL and UL regular (non-MT) Sun sights
Homework – do Chapter 4 problems (Review by Apx E, and by email/phone as req’d)
Preview – Learn “Celestial Tools” sight reduction for Sun (including Meridian Transit)
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