Never mind, I see now that the date has moved to 24 March.
Was there just not enough interest for the 10 Feb Celestial Nav. class?
I got books for Christmas but was hoping to take a class from experienced navigators to get an idea of what tools and how nice a sextant I would need.
If there is not enough interest in PSC, can anyone advise on classes around DC or Annapolis that were worth while.
We do have several members who are ASA celestial instructors and/or have a lot of experience with celestial navigation. The course we are offering this year is a basic introduction to celestial navigation. If there is a enough interest, we could offer more advanced courses in either emergency navigation or precision celestial navigation. We have the capability to do both in a class room setting. Practical application of celestial takes time on the water.
There are three commercially available celestial courses in the area:
One is the Maryland School of Sailing. It is available as either an online course or a home correspondence course. Both are taught by Tom Tursi, who literally wrote the book on celestial navigation for ASA.
The other is with the Annapolis School of Seamanship, which is a school for commercial mariners. It is an introduction, similar to the course we are offering this year in both length and detail. I don't know anyone who has taken this course, but the school has a great reputation for diesel engine and electrical systems classes.
JWorld also offers a class, but I don't know anything more about it. JWorld does have a good reputation for racing instruction.
There are some good DIY references that provide a good start on the topic. One is a Vanderbilt online course at https://my.vanderbilt.edu/astronav/overview/.
Another is Self-Taught Navigation: Ten Easy Steps to Master Celestial Navigation by Robert Kittredge. Finally, Dutton's Nautical Navigation has a a couple chapter on celestial.
None are as good as having an instructor lead one through the process, but absent a course and good instructor, these provide a good and inexpensive start to the process.