New ORCV Navigators Course

            To be next run in 2018 

What is proposed?

  • A new 3 x 2hr session course, run at Bells Hotel in Sth Melbourne
  • Limited to 35 participants
  • Targeting Ocean sailors
    • Ocean racers
    • Cruisers
    • Skippers and Crew wanting to increase their knowledge
  • Focused on competencies (skills) rather than knowledge
  • Non accredited supplement to formal qualification courses
  • Covering use of navigation technology plus some first principle stuff

When?

T.B.C

Where?

Bells Hotel in Sth Melbourne, in the Ballroom upstairs. Meals will be available downstairs beforhand. The courses will start at 7 pm.

How much? $150 for ORCV members; $200 for non-members (full course - all 3 sessions).

COURSE OUTLINE

Homework Watch some prescribed videos (eg plotting)  

Night 1

7-9.30 pm

Introduction

Where am I ?

  • GPS read Lat/Long and plot on a chart
    • Discuss datums and chart age
  • Positioning through observation
    • Lights
    • Landmarks
    • Depth
  • Positioning through dead reckoning
    • Previous log (hence the need to log)
    • COG vs Bearing and SOG vs Log (direction, current and leeway)
    • Very basic polars (wind angle and boat speed)
  • Backup Nav tools (eg Mobile phone, hand compass)

 

 

Group Exercise

 

Group Exercise

 

Group Exercise

Homework

Watch some prescribed videos (eg taking bearings, measuring distance)

Exercise – 2 different bearings and distance calcs

  • SYC to Sth Channel
  • Sth Channel to Blairgowrie
  • Any hazards ?

Watch weather forecasts during the week

 

Night 2

7-9.30 pm

Homework review

Discuss the weather last week

How do I get to where I want to go?

  • Recap on bearings, discuss:
    • Measuring on a chart (2 methods)
    • True vs Magnetic
    • Boat instruments
  • Waypoint entry into GPS:
    • Through cursor
    • Through Lat/Long
  • Navigate via GPS:
    • Go to Waypoint
    • Using a Route
  • Verify route is safe (avoid Vestas Wind scenario)
    • Zooming in/out
    • Waypoints - How far off and in what conditions ?
    • Observations during voyage

 

 

 

Group Exercise

 

 

 

 

Individual (Laptop simulator or handheld)

Homework

Exercise – Long route plan – Launceston to Melbourne via Lady Baron (Flinders Island)

  • Route
  • Hazzards
  • Weather
  • Bolt holes

Watch weather forecasts during the week

 

Night 3

7-9.30 pm

Discuss the weather last week

More advanced route planning (revisit Homework)

  • Weather, what to consider
  • Bolt holes and “what if”
  • Risk Mgmt – what else could go wrong ?
  • Fuel and power

Advanced technology

  • AIS
  • Weather routing (eg Expedition, Predict Wind)
  • Trackers

Navigation & Radio roles overlap

  • Skeds
  • Emergencies

Navigation in Ocean races

  • Race planning
  • Plans change (forecasts slow down, speed up and/or increase, decrease)

 

 

Group Discussion

 

 

 

Exercise using Predict wind

 

Enrolements:

Expressions of interest.