Our off season classes help keep sailing
fresh in everyone's minds and also help hone
your navigation and sailing skills. These courses,
offered from October through March, cover theory of navigation,
weather, and radar.
Students learn the
navigational theory and practical skills
required to safely pilot a sailing vessel in
coastal or inland waters with a focus on
real world, practical navigation. The course
is taught in a classroom setting with plenty
of chart work to exercise various learning
The Basic Celestial course provides students the basic
knowledge needed to fix their position at sea when completely out
of sight of land. There are no prerequisites for this class.
Basic Celestial does not require students to learn and master the
more cumbersome calculations required in ASA’s 107 level
Celestial Navigation course.
Students will get hands-on experience with the sextant and
learn the fascinating concepts that make celestial navigation
possible. We highly recommend this course not only as an
important skill set for emergency navigation, but also as a fun
learning exercise that will allow you to better understand
everyday occurrences such as the changing length of the day
throughout the year and why the sun never sets in the summer in
most of Greenland.
In addition to the material
covered in Basic Celestial Navigation, ASA 107 teaches students
how to do sight reductions and navigate with the sun, moon, planets
and stars other than Polaris. ASA 107 is a prerequisite for
ASA-108, Offshore Passagemaking.
This more advanced course covers how to find
your position at sea plus other
routine and special procedures for safe, efficient offshore navigation. No previous navigation experience is required and the
only math involved is arithmetic.
teaches boaters how to take weather into account in
the planning and navigation of voyages, both local
and global. Anyone who ventures onto the water will
benefit from this course.
Weather is a big subject with many facets, but
when it comes to marine weather it really boils down
to wind prediction. Wind drives a sailboat and
creates the waves. Although severe weather is a
concern, sailors spend far more time dealing with
too little wind rather than too much. This course
teaches you how to find more wind when there is
little to be had, in addition to avoiding extreme
weather whenever possible.
Marlinspike seamanship is the mark of an able seaman to choose, care for, handle, and make work a variety of rope in any way needed.
Whether you want to make a built-in handle at the end of a water bucket, lash oars or other deck gear in place, attach a foot of a sail to a boom, or even extend a towing line, this
course will prepare you with the right tools.
A practical guide to safe, versatile, and efficient use of
small craft radar, covering brief overview of radar principles
and operation, definition of terms, navigation by range and
bearing, use of VRM and EBL in navigation and collision
avoidance, identifying radar targets and interpreting their
motions, and how to apply the Rules of the Road. Also, how to
interpret land masses seen on the radar. Rules of thumb on what
can and cannot be seen (resolving power).
Northern Breezes Sailing School schedule.]