On November 9, Dr. Catharine Ascah provided information to Fleet members about medical topics of interest to bluewater cruisers including common ailments, medications, first aid kits, travel vaccines and travel to Mexico.
The November 23 meeting highlight was a presentation on Celestial Navigation by Andrew Evans, an accomplished solo-sailor from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Twenty-six Vancouver Island Fleet members learned the basics of taking sextant sightings and plotting their positions using almanac tables and their chronometers. Andrew & Marcia Garcon did a “show and tell” beforehand of their Mizzen stay-sail on Spirit Wind.
Mark your calendars for the next Vancouver Island Fleet meetings:
- January 11: a presentation on “Weather Routing Services & Forecasts” and ways for getting these offshore
- January 25: a talk by Tony Gooch on “Preparing for Heavy Weather” and self-steering systems
Hope to see everyone there!