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WORKSHOP - 2017 Celestial Navigation, Annapolis MD


  • National Sailing Hall of Fame 69 Prince George Street Annapolis, MD, 21401 United States (map)
Celestial Nav. Workshop
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Fall 2017 seminar now open for registration!

Join Andy, Mia & friends at The National Sailing Hall of Fame, Annapolis in October for another weekend of sailing history and celestial navigation. While there is hardly an argument anymore for celestial as a backup to electronic navigation, it's part of sailing history, and as ocean sailors, we owe it to ourselves to at least have a general understanding of it, I say! Plus, it makes those long night watches that much more enjoyable when you know your place - physically and philosophically - in the universe.

Note that the course officially starts Saturday, but there is an optional happy hour & 'History of Navigation' talk Friday night at Weems & Plath in Eastport!


Workshop Details

Working hard at the US Sailing Hall of Fame at our Feb. 2014 seminar.

This will be a hands-on workshop, where you'll learn the concepts of celestial and do some actual sextant sights on the docks. Plus, you'll get to hang out with some like-minded people in a cool & inspiring environment! The basic course outline looks like this:

Day Zero (Friday):

  • Happy Hour at Weems & Plath's shop in historic Eastport. Tours of the shop & products available for purchase. Free beer & wine. Food available for purchase.
  • CEO Peter Trogdon to give talk on the 'History of Navigation'
  • Live music!
  • Free to attend for everyone! Not just course participants!

Day One (Saturday):

  • In-depth discussion of celestial concepts & a series of 'thought exercises' to get you in the right frame of mind and learn your position spatially on the surface of the Earth.
  • Hands-on work with the sextant and practice taking sights.
  • Diving into the books and how to 'reduce' a sight.

Day Two (Sunday):

  • Practice sight reduction problems based on real-world passages Andy & crew have completed.
  • The running fix concept.
  • Introduction to star sights

#isbjornsailing crew Dan taking sights offshore from Lunenburg-Annapolis, summer 2016.

Special thanks to Weems & Plath & Bacon Sails, for helping to organize and promote this celestial event!

Cost is $500, and the Workshop is limited to the first 8 people who sign up. 

What the workshop includes:

  • Copy of Hewitt Schlereth's Celestial in a Nutshell
  • Universal Plotting Sheet booklet
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Weems & Plath Star Finder
  • Use of a pre-owned sextant for practice during the weekend, with the option to buy one at the end of the Workshop (courtesy of Bacon Sails in Annapolis)
  • Happy hour & live music Friday night before the course. 

Click here to read some of Andy's articles on celestial that he's written over the years.

Weekend Schedule:

Group dinner at the Fall 2016 seminar.

  • Friday, Oct. 20, 1900: Join Andy, Mia & friends at Weems & Plath for an Open House, including live music, free drinks, tours of the workshop & food for purchase. Open to all.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 0900-1700: Workshop begins at the National Sailing Hall of Fame building in downtown Annapolis. 69 Prince George St. Coffee and tea (included) during the morning session, with a break from 1200-1300 for lunch.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 1900: Meetup downtown, location TBC, for an optional group dinner at your own cost. (RSVP required).
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 0900-1530: Workshop Day 2. Coffee & tea in the morning, with a 1200-1300 lunch break. Stay later for Q&A and storytelling if you so choose, but we'll formally end at 1530 for those who need to travel home.

Testimonial from the February 2014 workshop:

"The seminar was an interesting academic exercise that fed my curiosity about celestial navigation. Andy is a a charismatic instructor that involves his students and makes great use of visual examples to successfully teach otherwise potentially difficult concepts to grasp." -Fred Roller


How to Register

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