New England Sailing Center (NESC)

Modern Celestial Navigation

Modern Celestial Navigation

  • Description:

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.

  • 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.

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. A few will also be available for purchase on the first day of class for $10.

Sextant not required, but if you have one bring it along and we’ll get it perfectly adjusted

  • Instructor: Frank Reed
  • Course Location: New England Sailing Center, 47 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown, RI – Getting To Us
  • Certification: Celestial Certificate
  • Duration: two day course
  • Cost: $185 per person
  • Curriculum:

A written exam will be administered at end of classroom session.

Visit our Modern Celestial Navigation Overview for more information on this course.