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    Re: Traditional Navigation in RTW yacht race, 2018
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2016 Jan 27, 10:50 +0000
    Back in 1999 Sir Robin, as part of a BBC series "Secrets of the Ancients" navigated a reproduction Viking ship from Norway to Shetland. I was very impressed at his skill in reading the waves and his general observations skills, which are the hallmark of a great navigator. This is a quote from the website http://www.bbcactivevideoforlearning.com/1/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleID=23403.

    "Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, tests these navigational skills and leads a voyage across the North Sea from Norway
    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."

    Geoffrey Kolbe

    On 26 January 2016 at 21:02, John Brown <NoReply_JohnBrown@fer3.com> wrote:

    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.

    More here:



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