sextant

Let’s Talk About Sextants!

By: Equipment, Nautical Trivia, Sailing History

Ah, the sextant… that odd magical contraption that sleeps in an aged wooden box and stored in a seldom-used locker. Every once in a while you break it out and it’s glorious to behold – there’s poetry in its very existence. You look at the curves and the shiny mirrors, then you spin the dials – they feel substantial and real. You gaze at the increment markers and numbers and hold it in your hand just as Captain Cook’s navigator did with something oh so similar. As you feel the weight of this incredible innovative invention you mutter, “I wish …

What Is It Quiz

What Is It Quiz

By: Quiz

“What is it?” we ask. Here is a seven question quiz that will expose you as the sailing genius everyone knows you are or the not-so genius everyone has accepted you as… Either way, have fun!

Take a Coastal Navigation Sailing Course and Build Confidence

By: Standards

Long gone are the days when a sailor cruising alongside an unfamiliar coast had nothing but their compass and the principles of dead reckoning to go by. The age of GPS and electronic chartplotters is here, and with NOAA’s recent announcement that it would be discontinuing paper charts, it is clear that navigation has undergone a titanic shift. Far from making the fundamental principles of navigation obsolete, however, these changes reinforce just how important they are. GPS and other revolutionary electronic aids have greatly enhanced the sailor’s ability to get their position and travel safely, but they are of no …