$125

Modern Celestial Navigation

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Community Boating Inc.

21 David G Mugar Way

Boston, MA 02114

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Modern Celestial Navigation

Join us October 19th & 20th from 10am-4pm

Tired of getting lost at sea? Nothing puts a damper on your spirits quite like sloshing around the middle of the ocean with no idea where you are. We have the answer for you so you will always know where you are and are not. CBI is proud to offer the celestial navigation course that you need in today’s GPS world. Space in the course is limited so secure your spot early.


This TWO day class is not your grandparents' celestial navigation! A fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a 21st century perspective. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to adjust and use sextants available on the market today. We'll learn streamlined calculations using a common handheld solar-powered calculator. This workshop is designed especially for yachtsmen and recreational boaters. If you're dreaming about a trans-oceanic voyage or a circum-navigation, in this workshop you'll learn all the techniques to determine latitude and longitude anywhere on Earth using the Sun and the brighter stars. We'll also discuss celestial navigation options for upcoming ocean races with celestial classifications including Annapolis-Bermuda, Marion-Bermuda, and others.

Celestial navigation stands as the only autonomous backup to GPS and electronic navigation, and it is a tradition that connects us with maritime history. Weather permitting, class participants will have opportunities to experiment with sextant observations. We'll also learn how to use the Sun and stars as a highly accurate compass, a technique valuable in near-shore waters as well as blue-water sailing. This is real navigation, celestial navigation for the 21st century, not just a class about navigation.

  • Requirements: Basic addition and subtraction, good familiarity with latitude and longitude. Some familiarity with basic algebra, especially positive and negative numbers.

  • Recommended for ages 18 and up, students as young as age 13 welcome.

You'll need to purchase the recommended scientific calculator for the class: the "Casio fx-260 Solar" (original or newer "II" model). These are widely available for less than $10 at Walmart, Staples, and other stores.

Taught by Frank Reed, a gifted teacher and a recent guest expert in celestial navigation on Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk science talk show on The National Geographic Channel.


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Community Boating Inc.

21 David G Mugar Way

Boston, MA 02114

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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