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    From: Bill Lionheart
    Date: 2020 May 13, 10:01 +0100
    Dear Greg,

    Great to hear from you. I have an Oyster 39 Ketch made in 1981 and the longest passage we have done so far is Inverness to Copenhagen, but I too hope to cross the Atlantic in her some day.  I have also done St Lucia to Bermuda in a bigger yacht. I actually did the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased  based course in the 1990s. The instructor had crossed all the major oceans several times but taught from her bungalow in rural Oxfordshire. She didnt like theory, but relied on mnemonics to know when to add or subtract, but she knew the navigational stars like old friends and could name them from a glimpse through the clouded sky in her garden. I am sorry I cannot remember her name. I didn't take the exam - I didn't have a boat then either.

    I actually do want to get the Yachmaster Ocean qualification now, and partly as it is lock down, and partly as with RYA exams it helps to know "their way to do it"  and also as I find it much harder to put celestial navigation in practice at sea than I do on land, I just signed up to do RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased course with Navathome.com , who have very well regarded on line courses.

    If Greg or anyone else undertaking the same course right now wants to talk about it please feel free to contact me off list on my gmail which is billlionheart (or google my work email at Manchester if you like).

    Welcome also to Navlist, which has a rich history of discussion of everything related to traditional navigation and it is well worth searching the archives. There is a wealth of experience among our  members of both maritime and aeronautical celestial navigation, practicals and theory.   If there is some practical advice to all those learning celestial navigation during lock down start taking sun sights with your oven tray or bucket  filled with water and any improvised sextant and whatever view you have of the sky from your current confinement. It all makes so much more sense when you try to do it!

    Bill Lionheart

    On Sat, 2 May 2020 at 17:17, Greg Hill <NoReply_GregHill@fer3.com> wrote:

    Thanks for letting join. I've just started my RYA AstroNavigation Theory course in preparation of leaving UK next Spring to sail off for the next 5yrs or so. I'm 60 yrs young and my wife who retires soon is just a little bit behind me at 55. We own a Trewes Viscount 40' steel ketch built by Van Dam in 1968. We have owned "Blue Argolis" for 16 yrs and have had some great seafaring adventures including a circumnavigation of the UK during school holidays with our 2 children. But it's now time to start "phase 3" which is some serious Blue Water trekking probably starting with the ARC 2021. Anyway I shall be absorbing as much as I can from all your wise and experienced Celestial navigators over the foreseeable future. Hi to everyone and once again thanks .

    Kind regards

    Greg Hill - Blue Argolis

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