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Author Topic: Coastal Navigation & Trip Planning Weekend in Maine, June22-24  (Read 1114 times)


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Learn the basics of navigation in the coastal environment. This class covers compass use, nautical chart symbols and terms, course plotting, and causes and effects of tides. Also learn about: how to plan/execute a day trip, traveling speeds, effects of wind and current, and making adjustments underway.

Saturday morning will be spent in class. After lunch we'll break into small groups to follow student plotted courses, led by the students. Once we get off the water the "Tides Talk" happy-hour will be presented on the deck, followed by dinner.

Sunday morning we'll plot a route and head back out on the water for more practice. Ample time throughout the weekend to get questions answered. Participants will be given a packet of the presentation material and a Small Craft NAV-AID Course Plotter.

This class has been attended by RICKA, NSPN and AMC members, and participants have given positive feedback about the content and format of both the class room and on-water sessions.

When: June 22nd-24th (Friday night thru Sunday afternoon)
Where: AMC's Knubble Bay Camp in Georgetown, ME
Meals: Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Saturday dinner
Lodging: stay in the cabin or camp outside (Fri & Sat nights)
Cost: $135 AMC members / $145 non-members (includes lodging, 3 meals and NAV-AID)
Instructors: Dave Corbin, Steve Formisani
Registration: Gail Fensom, gailrond@comcast.net

About your instructors ...
Dave Corbin has been sea kayaking for the past 11 years. His certifications include: ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor, BCU 4 Star Sea paddler and Coastal Navigator, and he is also a Registered Maine Guide. Steve Formisani has been sea kayaking since 1993. In September 2001 Steve completed a 300 mile, 28 day solo paddle of the Maine Island Trail, w/out the aid of a GPS. Dave and Steve have navigated their kayaks along most of the Maine coast, including trips to some of its most remote islands (Vinalhaven, Swans Island, Great Wass, Isle Au Haut, and Matinicus Rock). This is their 5th year teaching this class.

Knubble Bay Camp is an Appalachian Mountain Club volunteer managed facility located about 15 minutes south of Bath, Maine. Weekends are organized around an all-day paddle Saturday and half-day paddle Sunday. Breakfasts and Saturday dinner are provided by the volunteer committee, with participants helping with prep and clean-up. Participants can share a bunk room in the cabin or tent outside. The weekends are known for great food, paddling, friendship, and Scrabble. Additional information about a particular weekend trip is available from the registrar. See www.amckbc.org for the 2012 season trips and classes.
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