A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Geoffrey Kolbe
Date: 2016 Jan 27, 10:50 +0000
to Shetland without modern magnetic compass or chart. He tries out the only piece of navigation equipment he thinks they may have had - a sun-compass.This wooden disc with a central hole and notches along the outer edge and a pin fixed in the centre may have acted as a compass; casting a shadow from the sun which would help seafarers head in the right direction. Sir Robin and the rest of the crew are amazed at the accuracy of this simple tool which, along with the aid of some fair winds, brings them safely to their destination."
In celebration of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, a new Golden Globe Race will be staged to mark the 50th anniversary of that Epic, starting in 2018.
The competitors will be sailing without modern technology or satellite based navigation aids. (Not even electronic calculators, but slide rules should be be OK :-))
At the moment there is a full list of provisional entries.
Any Navlisters thinking of entering? You will need an older type of boat between 32 and 36 feet long.