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    From: Richard Toohey
    Date: 2021 Jan 13, 10:58 -0800

    Hello all - thought I'd post a short introductory msg as the newest member to the group!  My name is Rich.  I'm an avid celestial navigator and, ta boot, a celestial circumnavigator!  Thirty years ago, as I resigned my commission with the United States Navy (nuke subs) to start that 3 1/2 year journey, I had a choice to make - spend $5,000 on that newfangled positioning technology just entering the market (GPS) or spend $500 on a used Weems and Plath sextant at the local second hand nautical store in San Diego.  My finances dictated the latter and I never looked back.  Currently I'm refitting another boat with my wife to cruise again (but no circumnavigation).  The new VHF I bought came equiped with GPS, but that's all the upgrading I'm doing.  I just love the practise, the science, and the art of celestial navigation and I'm looking forward to plotting positions again!  Thanks!  Rich

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