A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Dick Pratt
Date: 2015 Oct 31, 16:23 -0700
All Volvo Ocean Racers in the last edition of the event had paper charts, sextants, chronometer watch, current year nautical alminac, tables of choice - HO 249 or HO 229.
The Team Vestas Wind accident highlighted the heavy reliance on electronic navigation. The race director said, paper charts and the race-provided sextants are age-old navigation tools that are good backups — if the sailors use them.
All navigators chose their own navigation software but that all the boats were provided with C-Map digital charts. The Cargados Carajos Shoals were not seen at the most zoomed-out display level. The race recommends that digital maps show reefs and islands at all levels of display, and Lloyd said the race was working with C-Map on such changes, which may eventually affect the average sailor.
Since the inquiry, small changes have been made to the race’s rules. Officials have said there will be more and are also reassessing the level of competency on each boat