Home       Navigation Training     Yachtmaster Prep       Astro Nav      Nautical Interest      Personal Profile       Contact Details 

Click on links below.

Links Page - weather and lots of interesting sites

Ian's Weather Page - All about weather

Ian's Book Choice - Some good, some great

Astro Nav - Some history of celestial navigation and sight reductions methods

Astro Nav Notes - Detail how to do it to support an RYA Ocean Course

RYA Training Schemes

Notes about VHF/DSC GMDSSRadio

The phonetic Alphabet

Electronic Nav.


Unexpected finsh to yacht race!

There is a Moving Restriction Zone for small craft in the area of Collision - Chart

Collision Regs 9. Narrow channels
Small vessels or sailing vessels must not impede (larger) vessels which can navigate only within a narrow channel.

Link Southampton Port VTS and information- info

The skipper of this yacht maybe knew these rules but was too keen to finish his race

Link to printable Collision Regulations.


Q. What was a sailor's square meal?

A. A meal served on a square plate used by the Royal Navy!

"Cold enough to freeze the brass balls off a monkey"! .....................

Brass triangles that supported stacks of iron cannon-balls on sailing ships were called monkeys and that in cold weather the metal contracted, causing the balls to fall off.

Photo - Admiral Nelson's Victory. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

HMS Victory was launched in 1765 at Chatham Dockyard and was commissioned in 1778. She continued in active service for the next 34 years which included her most famous moment-the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Link for more detail


You can find lots of interesting and useful information about astro-celestial navigation and other sailing interest.