A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2020 Sep 15, 14:55 -0700
Robin Stuart, you wrote:
"Actually Captain Lou Orion is a no-nonsense female sailing instructor."
Thanks! The name was new to me. Just now, after some digging around on their website, I found a bio for Captain Lou: https://www.blueplanetcruisingschool.com/meet-the-crew/. My initial googling of "Captain Lou Orion" took me here. Orion? Yes. Captain? Yes. But no what I was looking for today.
"I sailed on the 47 foot Blue Plane from Grenada to St. Thomas, USVI in February 2016 for the American Sailing Association Offshore Passagemaking Course (ASA 108). Only one other crew member had signed up for that course which meant we got the dusk and dawn watches for celestial. I was interested in testing my sextant skills in ocean swells which probably reached about 8 feet. Although sailing roughly north in tropical latitudes I did manage to bag one good Polaris sight. For the 35 sights I made on the trip the standard deviation of the intercept from the GPS position was 1.5 NM which I was quite satisfied with."
Absolutely. Excellent results for a sailing vessel in that size range.