Sunday, September 27, 2020

Marco Island Power Squadron

Left to right: P/C Tippy Cavanagh (Instructor), P/D/C Ben Coons, Mary Alice Wilson, Charles Wilson.

Left to right: P/C Tippy Cavanagh (Instructor), P/D/C Ben Coons, Mary Alice Wilson, Charles Wilson.

Marco Island Power Squadron students learning the use of sextants to locate position. Left to right: P/C Tippy Cavanagh (Instructor), P/D/C Ben Coons, Mary Alice Wilson, Charles Wilson.

Marco Island Power Squadron students learn the use of sextants to locate position. The Junior Navigation course deals with learning the basics of celestial positioning. Students must do a run on the upper and lower limbs of the sun. A single sight from

Left to right: P/D/C Ben Coons, P/C Tippy Cavanagh (Instructor).

Left to right: P/D/C Ben Coons, P/C Tippy Cavanagh (Instructor).

each of these two runs is then reduced and the resulting lines of position are plotted as a running fix.  Students must be accurate to within five miles.

The Squadron offers Safe Boating classes to the public at no charge as a public service and offers many boating-related courses to its members from Seamanship to Celestial Navigation. The Marco Squadron has over 175 members and is part of the United States Power Squadron.

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