Although night navigation is not considered as “low visibility” (be careful with this question in the PER test), some precautions are necessary. This activity will focus on learning, improving and improving coastal navigation at sunset. We will learn to make proper use of the equipment on board.
Night navigation is very special. Not having the sunlight will allow us to live in a much more intense way the whole world around us. So that we can appreciate it in all its splendor, however, we must prepare the boat and follow some rules that we will learn in this journey with an experienced skipper. We will also look up to admire the stars and see what they tell us. Astronomical navigation techniques include celestial coordinates, time, position and apparent movement of the stars with respect to Earth.
During the course we will explain the terrestrial and celestial sphere, in addition to the -apparent- movement of the stars. Also how to calibrate and use the sextant to understand how our ancestors used to navigate when they could not glimpse the coast. After that we will go sailing and identify the main constellations and the directions to the Polar (always locating the north). During the navigation we will continue reviewing what you have to take into account when navigating at night.