Great Circle Sailing

What is a Great Circle I hear you ask!? Well I didn’t know much about them either UNTIL NOW! So if you are excited to learn new things about circles and sailing, then please dear reader – carry on and be enlightened! A Great Circle is a circle whose plain intersects with the centre of…

The Magnetic Compass

The Ocean Yachtmaster syllabus requires that you know a few things about compasses – how they work and how to use one. The Earth’s Magnetic Field Imagine that inside the earth is a powerful bar magnet. This lies with its blue end toward North and its red end towards South. It’s axis is not exactly…

Celestial Navigation Course

Tonight I am starting a Celestial Navigation Course at Naval Point Club Lyttelton. I am a bit apprehensive as I don’t enjoy working with numbers and calculations, so we shall see how we go! I am planning on taking notes and writing them up here on my blog so that I can refer back to…

Navigation & Instruments

We recently did a trip up the coast on Wildwood and I downloaded the Navionics app on my iPad. It cost about NZD$50.00 for the app with the Australian and NZ charts on there. I was really disappointed when it didn’t work! My iPad didn’t have the GPS built in, but after chatting to someone…

Radar

I am currently studying for my Ocean Yachtmaster Certificate. The syllabus requires that we learn about all sorts of different aspects of navigation, safety, boat handling, and much more. So this post is about all I need to know about Radar! For the Ocean Yachtmaster certification, you need to have a general understanding of the…