The Marion Bermuda Race is one of the few offshore races that continues to award a celestial navigation trophy for race navigators who navigate by sextant. And now, in an effort to help more racers give celestial navigation a try, the Marion Bermuda Race Committee is offering teaching sessions at the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Mass. The sessions will be run by Ron Wisner, past winner of the race's celestial trophy and a former Ocean Navigator celestial seminar student.
Ron is a personable celestial navigation enthusiast who will help you get a handle on this knowledge. Navigating by celestial is fun and very satisfying — it provides a great feeling of self-sufficiency.
From the press release: The Marion Bermuda Race is the ONLY offshore race with an official celestial class and trophy. While the race officially sanctioned electronic navigation in the 70's, many of our new and returning entrants choose the extra challenges of navigating by the sun, moon and stars.
Learning celestial navigation can be a bit daunting, but we're here to help. There will be informal celestial workshops held through the summer on Sunday afternoons, once a month at the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA from 16:00 to 18:00. The dates are 6/29, 7/27, 8/17 and 9/28. Future dates to be announced. These will be hands-on gatherings to help navigators with sextant handling, sight reductions, becoming familiar with the almanac and reduction tables, etc.
Please RSVP RSVP to Ron Wisner at firstname.lastname@example.org for each session you plan to attend. In addition, the Marion Bermuda Race has made celestial mentors available for you. Please contact Ron Wisner or Editor@marionbermuda.com to be paired with an experienced celestial navigator who can help answer any questions or coach you through learning this incredible skill.