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Navigation: A Newcomer's Guide

by Sara Hopkinson

Navigation: A Newcomer's Guide Synopsis

Get to grips with navigation at sea. This best-selling book gives you all the information you need to know to do just that! It starts from scratch, uses no jargon and features diagrams and pictures, instead of words, wherever possible. It has been updated to cover all modern navigation. It is recommended by Fernhurst Books for beginners and Day Skipper students. Written by an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner who runs her own RYA Training Centre which specialises in navigation, it is the perfect place for newcomers to navigation to start. It explains simply how to look at charts, find your position, look at tides, plan your passage and determine the course to steer. It will help you find out where you are and how to get to where you want to be. In a new innovation, diagrams from this book are being made available to navigation instructors to use in their own classes.

Navigation: A Newcomer's Guide Press Reviews

This book is unreservedly recommended for newcomers to boating and for students on RYA courses: it is one of the very best. (Cruising Association; June 2020) This excellent book has the best explanation of accessing your course to steer I've ever read. Sara Hopkinson sensibly assumes she is teaching a babe in arms and as a result the pages on applying tidal vectors are failsafe. I like her simple checklist of getting aboard, preparing for a passage and setting off - simple, clear and impossible to misinterpret. Her no-nonsense approach will be a huge benefit to the novice sailor grappling at home with training, but it will also be welcomed by the harassed skipper, a little rusty from winter lay-up, who just wants a quick reminder of what he's supposed to be doing. I will keep a copy aboard myself. (Yachting Monthly) I gave a copy to a dinghy sailor who had very little navigation knowledge and, within an hour or so, she felt confident enough to do the basics to get a boat from A to B using chart navigation. A good first introduction to navigation. (Sailing Today)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912621040
Publication date: 5th May 2020
Author: Sara Hopkinson
Publisher: Fernhurst Books Limited
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 96 pages
Categories: Navigation & seamanship, Sports training & coaching,

About Sara Hopkinson

Sara Hopkinson is an experienced sailor, and a Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner. She runs an RYA Training Centre in Suffolk which specialises in navigation, radio, radar and first aid courses. She has also been a Coastguard Rescue Officer for many years and Deputy Station Officer of HM Coastguard, Holbrook. Sara has written books for the RYA and Fernhurst Books' Skipper's Pocketbook, VHF Afloat and VHF Companion.

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