Learn night time sailing and piloting
Navigating at night can be challenging and confusing for most sailors. Whether you are on familiar day time cruising ground or a new harbour, we show you how to interpret the many the lights you will encounter.
In busy harbours and closed waters such as Sydney Harbour it can be difficult to spot vessels or essential buoys due to background lights from buildings, roads and other structures.
Taking the time to go out on the Harbour with an experienced instructor will have you safely navigating and making your way.
This course is a one day course and is run in conjunction with Navigation for ICC . There are three sessions: one class room based and two on water. The course finishes around 9:30 pm (10:30 pm daylight saving).
You will receive detailed notes prior to the course and be asked to check some features on the chart we supply we need to look out for. The night takes us under Sydney Harbour Bridge, through the high traffic area of Circular Quay and on out to the heads, using the Eastern Chanel and Shark Island as key reference points. You will be asked to steer the yacht, use the leads on South Head to get a bearing, check the various Cardinal and other marks of importance. You will by the end be able to identify various marks, what they mean and why they are where they are.
This course is an essential part of piloting. (Navigation inside a Harbour)
Covered on the course:
- Marine buoys and lights: types, colours, characteristics
- Using leads to guide you
- Basic chart work (piloting)
- Establishing your position taking bearings
- Lights for different vessels
Detailed course notes available on booking.