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Night and astronomical navigation in Gijón

Port of departure: Gijón, Spain
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The coordinator: Alvaro, 50 years old
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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.

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  • Sailing course
It will be between 3 and 4 hours of navigation, depending on the date.

The program to follow will be the following:

- Navigation lights.
- Anchor lights.
- Cabin lights.

- Voice signals in case of fog.
- Detection and recognition of lighthouses, ports etc.

- Use of the plotter.
- Use of GPS.
- Use of the radio.

- Take security measures.
- Duration of the watches.
- Relays.
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Additional information
We will sail in a Bénéteau Oceanis 331.
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Port of departure
Gijón, Spain
Cantabrian Coast
The boat
The Beneteau Oceanis 331 is a cruise ship whose main feature is the ease of use and its comfortable maneuver. It is equipped with the highest level of technology, its measurements make it the ideal boat to start on the cruise sail. With its three cabins, the comfortable kitchen, its spacious living room and the bathroom, it is the ideal boat for sailing with family and friends, for coastal navigation or long tarries.
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  • Model:Bénéteau - Oceanis Clipper 331
  • Capacity:8 spots
  • Length:10.00 m
  • Cabins:3
  • Year:2001
  • Bathrooms:1
  • GPS
  • Life jackets
  • VHF
  • Sounding line
  • Electric windlass
  • Autopilot
  • Wind equipment
  • Generator
  • Tender
  • Fish finder
  • Shower
  • Diving equipment
  • Bimini
  • Water skis / float
  • Fishing rods
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Meet Alvaro, the coordinator
50 years old
1 review
CY E-MBA, with extensive experience in project management (certified PMP) and, above all, father of a passionate family of the sea, boats and Asturias. With a natural vocation of service to customers. Innovation and creativity are essential to move conversations from "cost" to "value".
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    May 2020
    Fantástico! Una experiencia estupenda que bien merece la pena: por lo ameno del aprendizaje, el trato agradable y cordial, y sobretodo por la mucha navegación. Gracias y hasta la próxima.
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