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2024 Navigation Classes

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

2024 Navigation Classes at Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum presents 2024 Navigation classes. Register today!

 

Saturday, March 9, 2024 – Boating with Directions by Magnetic Compass

Single Day Program – 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

In this day-long workshop students will learn to:

  • Understand the Earth’s magnetic field and its influence on the compass.
  • Determine magnetic variation and deviation.
  • Switch among true, magnetic, and “compass” directions.
  • Prepare and use a Deviation Card.
  • Adjust a ship’s compass.

This program is for those 12+. Materials will be provided. There are no prerequisites for this introductory class.

Members $52 per participant | Non-members $65 per participant

Event Details
The class will meet on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are no prerequisites for this introductory class.

Cancellations
Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of a course will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. No refund will be given if canceled within 30 days of the course. If Mystic Seaport should cancel the class for any reason, including if the minimum number of participants is not met, we will notify you as soon as possible and fully refund your registration fees.

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Saturday, April 20, 2024 – Boating with Tides and Tidal Currents

Single Day Program – 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

This day-long workshop will provide an understanding of:

  • The celestial and geographic causes of tides
  • General tide and tidal current timing and local variationsHow to determine the state of the tide and tidal current
  • Boating with tidal currents

This program is for those 12+. Charts will be provided, and navigation instruments will be available for use during class. If you have your own instruments, feel free to bring them.

Members $52 per participant | Non-members $65 per participant

 

Please note that there is prerequisite knowledge for this course.
Event Prerequisites

Basic plotting skills are required for this class. Participants should have an understanding of the following chart plotting skills:

  • Proper use of parallel ruler, two triangles, or other angle-transfer tool
  • Proper use of divider or other distance measuring tool
  • How to determine a given position’s latitude and longitude [degrees, minutes, tenths OR degrees, minutes, seconds]
  • How to determine a given position’s location on a chart
  • Recognize chart notations for aids to navigation
  • Recognize characteristics of aids to navigation
  • Determine the bearing of a given position to an object
  • Plot lines of position [LOPs]
  • Determine location of two or more given LOPs
  • Determine the distance between two given positions
  • Given its height, determine geographical distance to a light
  • Given two factors, determine rate, time, or distance
  • Proper interpretation of chart datums for height and depth
  • Generate a proper DR plot for a given set of sailing instructions

Cancellations
Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of a course will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. No refund will be given if canceled within 30 days of the course. If Mystic Seaport should cancel the class for any reason, including if the minimum number of participants is not met, we will notify you as soon as possible and fully refund your registration fees.

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Saturday, April 27, 2024 – Modern Celestial Navigation I: Sextants and Sun Sights  

This is a two-day class that meets 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.

 

In this class on modern, practical celestial navigation learn to use, calibrate, and adjust sextants. “Shoot the Sun” to determine latitude and longitude. Correct sights for “dip,” refraction, and other factors. Determine the “GHA” and declination of the Sun in modern tables as well as the standard Nautical Almanac. Designed for beginners—if you can add and subtract, you can navigate by the Sun. Created and taught by Frank Reed, one of the world’s leading experts in celestial navigation.

This workshop is designed for beginners, and has no prerequisites. Basic addition and subtraction skills and introductory algebra concepts, especially positive and negative numbers, are needed. This class is recommended for ages 18 and up; students as young as age 13 are welcome.

Members $140 per participant | Non-members $175 per participant

Event Details
This is a two-day class that meets 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28. There are no prerequisites for this introductory class.

Cancellations
Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of a course will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. No refund will be given if canceled within 30 days of the course. If Mystic Seaport should cancel the class for any reason, including if the minimum number of participants is not met, we will notify you as soon as possible and fully refund your registration fees.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024 – Modern Celestial Navigation II: Position Fixes and Star Sights

This is a two-day class that meets 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5.

 

In this class gain knowledge in practical celestial navigation using twilight stars to determine latitude and longitude. Learn modern methods to get a position fix as well as the traditional “intercept method” using H.O.249. Also learn how to reliably identify over a dozen of the principal navigation stars including Arcturus, Vega, Canopus, and Polaris. The Modern Celestial Navigation I class is recommended as a prerequisite. Created and taught by Frank Reed, one of the world’s leading experts in celestial navigation.

It is recommended that attendees complete the Modern Celestial Navigation I: Sextants and Sun Sights class as a prerequisite to this class. This class is recommended for ages 18 and up; however, students as young as age 13 are welcome.

Members $140 per participant | Non-members $175 per participant

Event Details
This is a two-day class that meets 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. It is recommended that attendees complete the Modern Celestial Navigation I: Sextants and Sun Sights class as a prerequisite to this class.

Cancellations
Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of a course will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. No refund will be given if canceled within 30 days of the course. If Mystic Seaport should cancel the class for any reason, including if the minimum number of participants is not met, we will notify you as soon as possible and fully refund your registration fees.

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Saturday, May 25, 2024 – Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail

This is a two-day class that meets 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26.

 

In this class learn real celestial navigation from the historical perspective of the Age of Sail, directly based on the logbooks of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan on exhibit here at the Museum. Learn to use, calibrate, and adjust sextants. “Shoot the Sun” to determine latitude and longitude. Correct sights for “dip,” refraction, and other factors. Apply historical pencil and paper calculations exactly as done in the 19th century.  Created and taught by Frank Reed, one of the world’s leading experts in celestial navigation. Prerequisite knowledge for this class includes basic addition and subtraction skills and a good understanding of latitude and longitude on the globe. This class is recommended for ages 18 and up; however, students as young as age 13 are welcome.

Members $140 per participant | Non-members $175 per participant

Event Details
This is a two-day class that meets 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26. Prerequisite knowledge for this class includes basic addition and subtraction skills and a good understanding of latitude and longitude on the globe.

Cancellations
Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of a course will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. No refund will be given if canceled within 30 days of the course. If Mystic Seaport should cancel the class for any reason, including if the minimum number of participants is not met, we will notify you as soon as possible and fully refund your registration fees.

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Saturday, June 1, 2024 – Longitude by Lunars

This is a two-day class that meets 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2.

 

Learn to shoot and work the math of “lunars,” long considered the ultimate test of a celestial navigator. The Moon in “lunars” served as a great natural clock in the heavens. Applying the greatest math and science from two centuries ago, lunars today remain challenging and intricate and serve as window into the fascinating early history of navigation. Exploring logbooks from historic voyages (including HMS Bounty), we’ll learn lunars from the navigators themselves. Created and taught by Frank Reed, one of the world’s leading experts in celestial navigation.

For this class, it is recommended that attendees have completed an introductory course or equivalent experience in the use of a sextant and other basic concepts of celestial navigation. Previous attendance in the Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail class is highly recommended, but not required. Good math skills and a rudimentary familiarity with trigonometry are recommended.

Members $140 per participant | Non-members $175 per participant

Event Details
This is a two-day class that meets 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. Prerequisite knowledge for this class includes an introductory course or equivalent experience in the use of a sextant and other basic concepts of celestial navigation. Previous attendance in the Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail class is highly recommended, but not required. Good math skills and a rudimentary familiarity with trigonometry are recommended.

Cancellations
Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of a course will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. No refund will be given if canceled within 30 days of the course. If Mystic Seaport should cancel the class for any reason, including if the minimum number of participants is not met, we will notify you as soon as possible and fully refund your registration fees.

Venue

Mystic Seaport Museum
75 Greenmanville Ave
Mystic, CT 06355 United States
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(860) 572-0711
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