Coastal Navigation for Sailors Course   - Tacoma - 2019

Sailing Course

Coastal Navigation for Sailors Course

Coastal Navigation for Sailors Course - Tacoma - 2019

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Become comfortable navigating a sailboat on the Salish Sea (within sight of land) for a day sail or overnight cruise. This course will build on the navigation skills learned in the Mountaineer's Basic Crewing Course and will consist of two classroom sessions plus one on-the-water day sail.

First classroom session - Saturday, May 25th, 9am - 3pm, Tacoma Program Center,  North 30th & Carr Streets, in Old Town Tacoma, upstairs classroom.

Second classroom session - Saturday, June 1st, 9am -3pm - same location.

Day sailEither Saturday, June 8th or date agreed by class.

After completing the course, you will have learned:

  • Tools of the Trade - paper charts, compass, difference between true and magnetic north, plotting aids, computer-based charts;
  • Dead Reckoning - using speed, time traveled and distance traveled to plan a route;
  • Piloting - Using known landmarks, chart information and currents to determine and track your position;
  • Basics of Computer-based Navigation - Introduction to use of GPS and electronic charting software at home and onboard.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Roster
Required Equipment

 

Classroom materials:

  • Coastal Navigation book from US Sailing ($20.95 on Amazon)
  • Rolling rule or parallel ruleDividers (I strongly recommend rolling rule)
  • Pencil, paper to take notes and eraser to clean chart after exercises
  • Chart 18448 (Puget Sound, Southern Part) will be provided for in-class use. If you would like to bring your own copy of 18448 so you can leave the class with work plotted on the chart, that is fine.

Day-sail gear:

  • Personal PFD (boat owners may have extras)
  • Non-marking or light soled shoes
  • Appropriate clothing for the expected weather conditions (it is always cooler on the water)! Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Personal food and water
Course Materials
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Course Outline

Topics we will cover during this course

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Course References

Links to items discussed in class, websites mentioned and apps discussed.

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Vestas Wind Grounding

PDFs of an article in July Practical Sailor, reprinted by permission of editor.

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Coastal Navigation text, Chapter 2

Chapter 2 reading material for first class meeting.

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Chapter 5, Coastal navigation text

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Can't Replace the Navigator

Reprint of article from Practical Sailor discussing the importance of knowing the art of navigation.

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Chart Accuracy

Reprint of article from Practical Sailor detailing different levels of accuracy used in charts.

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