A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Greg Rudzinski
Date: 2017 Jan 5, 04:53 -0800
If weekly radio time checks can be performed then a good mechanical wrist watch or clock that is rated would work for CN purposes. The Golden Globe Race is an 8 month race so time checks made by radio ( SW, SSB or speaking a ship by VHF ) could become unavailable for many reasons. The quartz watch would be a very inexpensive safety option for continuing the race should the SW/SSB go down. Something for the GGR racing committee to think about.
From: Bill Lionheart
Date: 2017 Jan 5, 08:22 +0000
Even after it has been fully serviced and calibrated is it going to get you plus or minus one second a day? Is it really better than a well chosen modern mechanical wristwatch? Wristwatches also the advantage that they are strapped to the best thermal regulation system you have on the boat - your body. Golden Globe participants might be thinking "is it worth spending hundreds of dollars on a chronometer so that I can get away with not checking the radio time signal some days?". Bill