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Sextant astronomical navigation course in Valencia

Port of departure: Valencia, Spain
650€ Per personFull boat
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Coordinator: Maria José, 43 years old
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Do you want to learn to navigate with the stars?

Participant in this magnificent sextant navigation course by the incredible Dr. Juan Ramon Pina Membrado. Yacht Captain and PPER, from a very young age he discovered in nautical one of his great vocations, being a passionate connoisseur of traditional astronomical navigation methods.

We will learn to navigate without the need for GPS and only guided by the stars, in a 4-day outing.
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Activity dedicated to
  • Sailing course
  • Cursos de perfeccionamiento a vela
Plan
Day 1

17: 00h - Boarding
17: 15h - Briefing
18: 00h - We are going to do the grocery shopping for everything we need, food, drink, etc.
20: 00h - Stowage purchase
9:00 p.m. - Dinner and briefing of the next day's activity

Day 2

9: 00h - We set sail
10: 00h - Theoretical-Practical Classes.
TIME, DAYS, TYPES OF HOURS, BITACORA CLOCK TIME (HRB).
12: 00h - Pause and Pica-Pica (30 minutes).
EARTH COORDINATES: Latitude and Longitude.
CELESTIAL COORDINATES:
- Horizontal: Height and Azimuth.
- Equatorial: Declination and Schedule.
- Uranographic: Declination and Sidereal Angle.
14: 00h - Lunch.
16: 00h - Theoretical-Practical Classes.
SPANISH NAUTICAL ALMANAQUE
SEXTANTE: adjustment and handling. Practice with the Artificial Horizon Petrel.
CALCULATION OF THE HOUR OF OBSERVATION OF THE POLAR
OBSERVATION OF THE HEIGHT OF THE POLAR IN THE EVENING TWILIGHT.
21: 00h - Dinner. Night navigation, observation of the sky and establishment of guards. Boat sailing, just go 30 miles from the coast.

Day 3

6:30 am - Diana.
OBSERVATION OF THE HEIGHT OF THE POLAR IN THE MORNING TWILIGHT.
9:00 am - Breakfast.
10: 00h - Theoretical-Practical Classes
OBTAINING LATITUDE WITH THE HEIGHTS OBSERVED IN THE TWILIGHT.
MERIDIAN HEIGHT OF SUN, THEORY AND CALCULATION OF THE HOUR OF OBSERVATION.
12: 00h - Pause and Pica-Pica (30 minutes).
12: 30h- Determination of the Meridian Height of the Sun.
14: 00h Lunch.
16: 30h - Theoretical-Practical Classes
OBTAINING THE LATITUDE AND LENGTH WITH THE SUN MERIDIAN.
CALCULATION OF THE HOUR OF OBSERVATION OF THE POLAR.
OBSERVATION OF THE POLAR IN THE EVENING TWILIGHT.
21: 00h - Dinner.
Night navigation, observation of the sky and establishment of guards.

Day 4

Ship sailing back to port.
6:30 am - Diana.
OBSERVATION OF THE HEIGHT OF THE POLAR IN THE MORNING TWILIGHT.
9:00 am - Breakfast.
10: 00h - Theoretical-Practical Classes
OBTAINING LATITUDE WITH HEIGHT OBSERVED AT TWILIGHT.
MERIDIAN SUN HEIGHT, I CALCULATE OBSERVATION HOURS.
12: 00h - Pause and Pica-Pica (30 minutes).
12:30 pm - Determination of the Meridian Height of the Sun.
14: 00h - Lunch.
16: 30h - Theoretical-Practical Classes
OBTAINING THE LATITUDE AND LENGTH WITH THE SUN MERIDIAN.
17: 00h - End of Course and arrival at the Base Port.
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Included in the price
  • Final cleaning
Additional information
Students will work on board in pairs.

Didactic material to be contributed by students:
- Sextant (minimum 1 for every 2 students).
- Spanish Nautical Almanac 2020.
- DIN A4 squared notebook, pen, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener.
- Drawing compass.
- Square or bevel.
- Wristwatch with second hand.
- Front with red light.

Includes: boat + seminar
Does not include: food, fuel, mooring in a port other than the base port, a common boat is made for the purchase of food and other expenses.
Notes: The program may be modified depending on the weather conditions or for reasons that the teacher explains in order to guarantee the success of the training session.
A COVID antigen test is mandatory for everyone's safety, cost € 60
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Port of departure
Valencia, Spain
Levantine Coast
Crew members
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Meet Maria José, the coordinator
43 years old · From Valencia, España
2 reviews
Adventurous, traveler, I have traveled all continents competing in Ironmans. I have done the mythical Titan Desert twice. Ultralight pilot and yacht captain. I am a nomad of the Universe wanting to travel the world.
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2 users have valued the coordinator
  • Una semana en velero por Ibiza y Formentera desde Valencia
    Marina
    August 2020
    A memorable, fun and risky experience, very complete: we have been very lucky with the weather and we have been able to sail with little wind and medium-high wind; at night, calm; As soon as you return to Denia and have the boat moored in port, there was a storm time! It has been amazing! We have visited the city of Ibiza and the island of Formentera; but, above all, sailing along the coast from cove to cove, anchoring, bathing from the boat, entering the port on a sailboat, ... with sun, clear sky, breeze, ... unforgettable.
    Coexistence, key point: a 7-day dive of 9 people on a boat in which we have had moments of tension, but also very good times in a group that we will undoubtedly always remember each and everyone!
    Regarding the skipper, the ship was not taken by María José, but another skipper; I think this should be explained before booking; On the other hand, we set sail two boats at the same time from Denia, organized by María José, and we have done the whole trip together, in parallel. The two crews and the two skippers have connected very well! In addition, we have helped each other, passing ice when it was finished on a boat, lending us the SUP board or helping with a breakdown on the boat. We have all made an effort to make the trip to everyone's taste, following individual proposals and making group agreements. The bosses, always ready to make the trip to everyone's liking. And also, they have given us their enthusiasm for sailing and sailing and have passed on their knowledge and nautical experiences.
  • Semana de navegación a vela por Ibiza y Formentera
    Eduardo
    August 2020
    Magnificent experience. To repeat without hesitation. Relaxation, idyllic landscapes, sport, food in very pleasant company, Captain with great experience. Difficult to improve
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