Classroom/Winter Training Program

Winter Training Coordinator: JEANNE Burns

Pentagon Sailing Club offers short courses designed to provide advanced classroom training beyond the Basic Sailing Course and in support of the Bay Skipper program. Bay Skipper Candidates will gain skills and knowledge that will help successfully complete the Bay Skipper qualification program.

Training Benefits: Specialized classes... like sail trim, navigation, anchoring, rules of the road, etc.... all taught by PSC experienced sailors, and aimed at those who want to learn more about sailing beyond our basic sailing classes. Of note, the piloting & navigation classes are part of our ASA 105 (Coastal Navigation) certification course.

Our Winter Training courses are our most popular off-season training events. Make your class reservations today so that you don't miss out! Contact Michael Burns, Winter Training Coordinator, for more information. Registration is easy, just complete the form on the website and pay online. You can use FVSMs for each class.

If you are interested in joining PSC, please contact a PSC Bridge Member or submit a membership application.

Contact our Training Commodore, John Laffman with any questions.


 2018/2019 Winter Training Schedule One Class left and test day! On the water session starting soon! 

March 24, 2019Introduction to Celestial Navigatio 

This is basic level class open to all, but with a knowledge of dead reckoning navigation.

You will learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant.

Course will include:

  • Introduction to the required tables in H229 and the Nautical Almanac.
  • Using the Sextant (bring your own if you have one)
  • Shooting the sun (we will use an artificial horizon weather permitting)
  • Using the nautical almanac and other resources, including Apps, calculate a line of position at different times and calculate or running fix.

*Required to have working knowledge of dead reckoning navigation, i.e., chart reading and plotting. Ideally you would have successfully completed  the PSC navigation class or have ASA 105.

The course is expected to last 6 hours. The class will start at 9:00am and continue to about 3:00pm. For those that want to practice they can stay after class ends.

Instructor: Dr. Philippe Duverger

Dr. Duverger is an instructor at PSC and an offshore skipper for the United States Naval Academy. We are very fortunate for him to agree to teach this class. Space is limited so don’t wait. This class will fill up quickly. 

Location: American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amhurst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150 in the Upstairs Meeting  

 April 6, 2019 -  Exam Day - opening for registration soon




  1. One FVSM coupon may be used per session. 
  2. You may cancel your reservation for a class up to 15 days in advance of the class. However, if you cancel after that date (or if you just fail to show up), please do not expect a refund.
  3. No exams are given following any of these classes. The required Rules of the Road, General Knowledge, and Navigation Exams are given during the Bay Skipper Exam Series session.

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