Throw away the GPS?
Ever since I was given a nautical sextant by our friend Pete, I have been looking for someone to give me a mini lesson in its operation. While I have come across many people who reportedly had the knowledge, I have never been quite able to pin any of them down so that I could learn the technique myself. When I came across the photo of young Roy with a sextant on Makai’s blog, I knew that yet another opportunity had presented itself. And fortunately for me, Eric was more than happy to spend a bit of time with me to give me that much needed first lesson. Will we be throwing away all of the GPS chartplotters on ZTC? No, not just yet. Being able to fix your position with a sextant is still, in my opinion, a nice nautical skill to have.
This morning we’ll be raising anchor and making way to the USVIs. We have a few friends there that we’re hoping to meet up with. It’s a good thing that we don’t have to rely upon my budding celestial navigation skills to get us there though. If we did, it’s entirely possible that we’d end up in St. Johns, Newfoundland instead of St. Johns, USVI. 🙂