• A Call to AntarcticaOn March 10, 2009 at 13:43:19 French time, Skipper Rich Wilson and Great American III crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne. Race time: 121 days, 41 minutes and 19 seconds
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Question asked by James:

Are you familiar with or do you ever use a sextant to confirm your positions?


sextantWe do have sextant aboard, yet so far I have not checked the GPS (Global Positioning System) against it. When I started long distance sailing there were no electronic position aids, so my first trans-Atlantic voyage was done using a sextant. It is very satisfying after a few weeks at sea, to have an island show up where and when it is supposed to show up. That is just amazing.

Learn the parts of a sextant.

Thanks for the question,





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