Magnetic Pole Reversal
Most students studying navigation are so wrapped up in trying to grasp Variation and Deviation calculations little thought is given to why it changes and what a ‘magnetic flip’ actually means.
Using the geologic and fossil records scientists have estimated that the Earth’s magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia.
Over 40 women attend our Navigation Workshop!
The third annual Women Who Sail Australia sailing conference, The Gathering on the Bay, was held in Port Stephens in April. Usually a weekend event, this year an extra day of workshops was added, including marine navigation.
“It was a great class! Gave me the answers I needed very simply.” Claire Rowlands, attendee.
“Great stuff, we are proud to support such a worthwhile event.” Down Under Rally.
Navigation – Paper Charts or Electronic Charts?
I’ve read a few sailing forums recently where people say, “paper charts are unnecessary.” This is untrue. However, it’s not that simple.
Good seamanship means using various aid to navigation – the most important thing you can do to protect your boat and family and crew is to KNOW how to navigate.
Electronic charts, paper charts, and GPS Units ALL contain errors. But there are extremely important differences in each of these – some errors you can compensate for/adjust, others you cannot.