Celestial Navigation

Published by Swain Sailing School and Yacht Charters on Friday, 4th January 2002 - 11:11AM in Newport, RI Courses


Celestial Navigation Course

Offered from our Newport location

Master the ancient art of open ocean position fixing using a sextant and timepiece. You will be able to apply your knowledge of sight reduction Methodology to reduce a sextant sight to a plotted line of positioning using any celestial body found in the Nautical Almanac.


6 day course

Instructor: Capt. Jeff Werner

Textbook: Starpath Celestial Navigation by David Burch

Course Structure:

6 day course; combination of webinar, indoor and outdoor classroom

Tuition: $1895pp; includes all course materials

Class size: class capped at 10

Prerequisite: US Sailing Coastal Navigation Certification

Day 1: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Time: 0900 – 1600

Format: Webinar

I. Student-Instructor Introduction

II. Objectives of Course

III. Tools Needed for Celestial Navigation

IV. The Earth and its Coordinates

V. The Heavens and its Coordinates

VI. The History of Celestial Navigation

VII. The Sextant

VIII. The Nautical Almanac

IX. Time

X. Homework Assignment

* In preparation for the Day 1 webinar, please read Chapters 1-2

Day 2: Thursday, June 9, 2016

Time: 0900 – 1600

Format: Webinar

I. Review Homework Assignment

II. The Noon Sight for Latitude

III. Position Lines and Plotting

IV. Sun Sights

V. Homework Assignment

Day 3: Friday, June 10, 2016

Time: 0900 – 1600

Format: Webinar

I. Review Homework Assignment

II. Running Fixes (Sun-Run-Sun)

III. Sight Reduction Tables

VI. Homework Assignment

Day 4: Monday, June 13, 2016

Time: 0900 – 1600

Format: Classroom

I. Review Homework Assignment

II. Outside of Classroom: Sextant Adjustment and Taking a Noon Sight

III. Outside of Classroom: Sun Sights

IV. The Stars

V. Using the Pub. 249 Vol.1 and the Starfinder

VI. The Planets

VII. Homework Assignment

Day 5: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time: 1500 – 2200

Format: Classroom

I. Review Homework Assignment

II. The Moon

III. Polaris, the Pole Star

IV. Sight Reduction Form 104 Review of Differences

V. A Day’s Work of Celestial Navigation at Sea

VI. Outside of Classroom: Star Sights

VII. Outside of Classroom: Star Identification

VIII. Conclusion

Day 6: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Time: 0900 – 1700

Format: Classroom

I. Administer US Sailing Celestial Navigation examination to students

II. Instructor grades exam

III. Review exam results with students

IV. Conclusion

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