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Celestial Navigation

Kit Griffin

The Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St., Vancouver, B.C

13 Oct 2022 1900h - 2200h to 24 Nov 2022 

Members $240.00 / Non-Members $295.00

Malcolm Wilkinson and Kit Griffin

The Vancouver Chapter is pleased to offer a seven-week celestial navigation course instructed by Malcolm Wilkinson

To quote Wikipedia, here’s the benefit:
“The sextant is not dependent upon electricity (unlike many forms of modern navigation) or for that matter anything reliant on human-controlled signals (such as GPS satellites). For these reasons it is considered to be an eminently practical back-up navigation tool for ships. The sextant allows celestial objects to be measured relative to the horizon, rather than relative to the instrument. This allows excellent precision — day or night.”

Please join us in this easy-to-follow course where the assumed complexities are made clear.


Malcolm Wilkinson has been sailing for over 65 years and has been using celestial navigation for over 50 years. Malcolm raced sailboats successfully for many years, both locally and offshore before sailing with his wife Darcy, some 16,000 nautical miles to the South Pacific and return aboard their 44ft sloop, Meridian Passage II.  He is passionate about and has taught many celestial navigation courses to BCA members.

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  1. Chris Kasper says:

    Is there any way this course could be offered remotely as well? Or perhaps as a recorded tutorial subsequently? I’m in Calgary and would deeply love to attend and learn, but cannot physically do so in Vancouver.

    1. I am not sure if that is a possibility. I will check with the organiser and hopefully he will get back to you.

  2. Mr Kit Griffin says:

    Hello Chris nice to hear from you. Regrettably this particular instructor is tech-averse and does not have the ability to offer this online.
    In the meantime, have you come across this sailor on YouTube:
    the Practical Navigator ?
    If you have questions related to that, I could ask our current instructor.
    All the best
    Mr Kit Griffin – Vancouver Education

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kit – firstly, thank you for taking the time to check out the possibility of tech-teaching for me. It’s much appreciated. I’m well aware that doing actual, physical navigation is a dying art, but I feel much safer knowing and practicing it for the moment when systems – inevitably – crash. And there simply is no one here on the prairies who teaches it anymore.
      And no, I’d not ever seen “Practical Navigator”. So I’ll dive deeply – and hopefully, happily – down that rabbit hole. Thank you for that…

    2. Devin J. says:

      Thanks for looking into remote access to this course Kit. Hopeful something of similar scope will be offered in Victoria sometime soon. Will have to settle for books or those youtube videos in the meantime. Thanks.

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