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Tim G

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Navigation workshops
« on: November 24, 2019, 11:26:48 AM »

Hi Folks,

Would folks be interested in a couple of navigation workshops this winter?  These typically run for three hours on a Saturday afternoon.  We'll cover introductory material in the first session and then build on that in the second session. Please respond to this message if interested and we'll schedules couple of sessions offset from the pool sessions.

The sessions will draw on: Sea Kayak Navigation, by Franco Ferrero, 2007. Pesda Press.  Whether you participate in the sessions or not, I highly recommend this book for anyone venturing out on the water.

Best,

Tim
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purplesurfcat

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Re: Navigation workshops
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2019, 12:22:18 PM »

Hi Tim,
Bethany and I are definitely interested if we are in town. It sounds like a great use of some winter weekend days.

One idea I'll throw out -- perhaps for the second day -- is to use some likely touring destinations to do some route planning exercises. Folks could bring charts from spots they've been (or want to go) -- and it could be a chance for people to learn about some different areas with different local factors to take into account when planning.
John
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Cat

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Re: Navigation workshops
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2019, 05:53:52 PM »

Hi Tim, I am definitely interested
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Tim G

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Re: Navigation workshops
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2019, 12:08:33 PM »

Hi Folks,

Let's plan on two dates - Saturday, January 25 and February 22, 1:00-4:00 pm.  At the Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road, Kingston, RI 02881. We'll use the upstairs meeting room.

Bring a base plate/orienteering compass, and any other navigation tools you might have.  A chart or two...

recommended resource:

Ferrero, F. 2007. Sea Kayak Navigation. Pesda Press
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Tim G

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Re: Navigation workshops - Resources
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2020, 05:02:32 PM »

Hi Folks,

Thanks for a good session today.  Here are links to the resouces that we discussed today:

NOAA weather prediction center: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/#page=ovw,  Use the tab for fronts: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/#page=frt

NOAA marine forecast: https://www.weather.gov/box/

Windguru: https://www.windguru.cz/23024

Windfinder:  https://www.windfinder.com/#4/39.5000/-98.3500

Neracoos bouy system:  http://www.neracoos.org/,  click bouy map: http://www.neracoos.org/realtime_map

related to Neracoos is Dial-a-bouy: 888-701-8992, this is helpful when you don't have internet - you do need the bouy ID which you can get ahead of time from Neracoos for NOAA bouys - ex Georges Bank would be 44011

You can also get some info from Magic seaweed: https://magicseaweed.com/ 

For all of these resources, remember that this is guidance, what you experience may differ from forecasts, so be aware of how actual conditions compare to forecasted conditions and adjust your plans accordingly - also use discrepancies as a learning opportunity, try to determine why things were different.

practice with your compass.  find a spot on the shore to take bearings with your compass and then translate that onto a chart to determine your position. practice taking true bearings off of a chart and convert to magnetic.  Use the compass rose to check your conversion

I'll send out some resources for next session in a couple weeks.

e-mail me with any questions from today - gleasont63@gmail.com

Best,

Tim







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Ricardo C.

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Re: Navigation workshops
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2020, 08:46:44 PM »

thank you for a great class Tim! very practical and helpful information. Looking forward to the next session
Ricardo
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