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Sextant astronomical navigation course in Valencia

Port of departure: Valencia, Spain
590€ Per personFull boat
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Maria José M.Maroto
Coordinator: Maria José M.Maroto, 44 years old
5 reviews

Do you want to learn to navigate with the stars?


A participant in this magnificent sextant navigation course from the hand of a Yacht Captain and PPER, from a very young age he discovered one of his great vocations in sailing, 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.


COURSE OBJECTIVES


Teach future deep sea and ocean sailors, whatever their nautical qualifications, to find land following the petrel method: with the only help of the Sextant, Spanish nautical almanac and wristwatch; No need to use a calculator, PC, tablet, or GPS.


MATERIAL AND METHOD


The Students will work in pairs, so that while one takes the Height, the other watches the time and records the data obtained. To this end, two Polar Heights and two Meridian Heights of the Sun will be taken.


Students will be provided with the following material to follow the Course:


• Sextant, at least 1 per couple.
• Spanish Nautical Almanac 2021, at least 1 per couple.
• DIN A4 squared notebook, pencil, pen, eraser and pencil sharpener.
• Bevel or square.
• Drawing compass.
• Wristwatch with second hand.
• Front with red light.


The use of mobile phones or calculators will not be allowed during the course.


CHECK IN


Thursday (Mode 1)
• CHECK IN between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Friday (Mode 2)
• CHECK IN: 9: 00h
• Set sail: 9:30 am


We deliver safe conduct for you to come from anywhere in Spain. And we ask for the antigen test before shipment.


Boats:


Beneteau Oceanis: 15 meters in length. 4 cabins, 4 bathrooms, great room and kitchen.
Sorrento Vagabundo: 17 meters in length, 4 double cabins, 3 bathrooms, large living room and kitchen. With Yanky, trinqueta and major.


We are waiting for you on board!

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Activity dedicated to
  • Sailing course
  • Cursos de perfeccionamiento a vela
Plan
FRIDAY

10: 00h: - Earth Coordinates and Main Lines of the Earth's Crust.
Time, days and hours (HcG, HcL, Ho and Hz).
HRB establishment of our vessel.
11:30 am: Break and coffee.
12: 00h: - Sextant, description, adjustment of the mirrors and calculation of the Index Error by the Sun.
- Horizons, types.
- Calculation of the True Height of the Sun and the Polar.
2:00 p.m.: Lunch break.
16: 00h: - Spanish Nautical Almanac, description and management.
- Time and Horizontal Coordinates.
- Calculation of the observation time of La Polar in the Evening Twilight.
- Obtaining the Height of La Polar in the Evening Twilight.
20: 30h: End of classes.

SATURDAY

5: 30h: - Diana
- Obtaining the Height of the Pole in the Morning Twilight.
- Uranographic coordinates.
9:00: Break for Breakfast.
9:30 am: Calculation of the latitude of the ship from the data obtained from La Polar.
11: 00h: Break and coffee.
11: 30h: - Calculation of the observation time of the Meridian of the Sun.
- Obtaining the Meridian of the Sun.
13: 30-14: 30h: Lunch break (depending on the time of year).
16: 00h: - Obtaining the latitude of the ship from the Meridian Height.
- Calculation of the time of observation of the Polar in the Evening Twilight.
- Obtaining the Height of the Pole in the Evening Twilight
- Calculation of the time of observation of the Polar in the Morning Twilight.
20: 30h: End of classes.

SUNDAY

5:30 am: - Diana.
- Obtaining the Height of the Pole in the Morning Twilight.
- Calculation of the latitude of the ship.
9: 00h: Break for Breakfast.
9:30 am: - Calculation of the latitude and longitude of the ship from the Meridian Height.
- Requests and questions.
- Obtaining the Meridian of the Sun.
13: 30-14: 30h: Lunch break (depending on the time of year).
15: 30h: - Determination of the latitude and longitude of the ship by the Meridian Height of the Sun.
- Delivery of Diplomas and Closure of the Course.
18: 00h: CHECK OUT.
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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
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Meet Maria José M.Maroto, the coordinator
44 years old · From Valencia, España
5 reviews
Professional Skipper (PPER), yacht captain, adventurer, traveler, I have traveled all the continents competing in Ironmans. I have done the mythical Titan Desert twice. Ultralight pilot. Passionate about my dedication to Nautica as coordinator and as skipper on board! This year we will go to the Caribbean! You dare?
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5 users have valued the coordinator
  • Prácticas de habilitación a vela + Baleares en Valencia
    dino pablo
    April 2021
    A unique experience that you have to live. Well organized, fun and with the direction of Maria Jose who knows how to communicate and explain what is necessary during the journey. Fully recommended and necessary after you have your PER to know what life on board is and start practicing in the real world beyond the unreal theory that makes you study at the PER.
  • Prácticas Patrón de Yate en Valencia.
    Juan
    April 2021
    Fully recommended, they have been very enjoyable and complete practices, life on board is very pleasant since it is a large, spacious and fully prepared boat. As for the professionals who make it possible to carry out the internships, say that they have thought of all the details. In my case, Simón was our Skipper, a very attentive person, he has constantly helped us, transmitting confidence, solving a sea of doubts that arose throughout the journey.
    Without a doubt, I will count on María José and her team to carry out future practices and activities.
  • Prácticas Patrón de Yate en Valencia.
    Alvaro
    March 2021
    Instructors: We have the extensive experience of Simón, a skipper of height who did not overlook any detail without explaining. María José also accompanied us during the journey, complementing the training with numerous tips.

    Boat: 50 foot sailboat in very good condition, 4 spacious cabins with their own bathroom. Very comfortable deck to learn and navigate.

    PY Course: Very positive experience, where we learned to navigate in various weather conditions. Two night sailing and motor cruises where we were able to learn how to orient ourselves in the dark and organize watches and courses.
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