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Chart and Compass Reading

I am new to sailing and have a 1974 Oday 27. I live on the west coast of Vancouver Island (Victoria). I hear some of the waters here can be tricky and I need to understand the navigational ins and outs. Would it be best to take a course or can it be self taught with a steep learning curve. Any thoughts?
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Re: Chart and Compass Reading

I would say that depends on you. Some people learn better through courses, other people learn better through self-education. And probably a combination of both is best.
Right now I started studying celestial navigation myself, bought some books and just studying them, when I don't understand something I just google it. Looking now for a sextant as well, and nowadays it would be so easy to test yourself considering all the electronics you have available as well.
All in all, I would say its always best to start studying yourself and then if you feel it doesn't go well look for some courses as well. Its always better to go for the courses anyhow a little bit prepared.
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Re: Chart and Compass Reading

I learned my navigation skills from about age 18 to 29 from a number of mentors; for shortening the learning curve I would recommend a Canadian Power Squadron course.
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Re: Chart and Compass Reading

Read Chapman's Piloting.
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Re: Chart and Compass Reading

In the area you are going to sail there are tidal currents of 4 to 5 to 6 knots. If you do not learn properly from local experts you are likely to find yourself under full sail and going backwards at 2-3 knots. Even the Juan De Fuca outside Victoria can run at 3 knots.

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Re: Chart and Compass Reading

James, what sort of navigation are you looking to do? For day sailing, no need really, as long as you can look at a chart, look at the coast/markers and figure out pretty much where you are then you are good to go.
If you're planning on overnight voyages around the area then you need a little more work, but dead-reckoning and celestial navigation are zero use just off Victoria, by the the time you figure out where you think you are, you have probably already run into an island
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Re: Chart and Compass Reading

You really need help, Victoria isn't on the west coast of anything
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Re: Chart and Compass Reading

Thank you so much for the advice. And particularly Captain Obvious for pointing out how much help I need. Who knew. I am fortunate to have a few solid sailors among my friends. They are more than willing to help, so I think I might be okay given some time. I'm starting with small day trips until I have an idea what I'm doing. I'm in no rush for overnighters. However I am excited about sailing from Ladysmith to Victoria next week to bring my O'day home. My sailing instructor is coming with me so I know it will be fun.

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That'll be a great trip down, wave as you go past Sidney and make sure you hit the passes at the right time or you are going to be fighting some interesting currents. Also make sure you have plenty of fuel for the trip, that's a decent length to try and do in a day and the wind has been pretty light all summer. A current atlas and tables are your friend - learn how to use them, tides tell you very little about currents.
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Re: Chart and Compass Reading

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Thank you so much for the advice. And particularly Captain Obvious for pointing out how much help I need. Who knew. I am fortunate to have a few solid sailors among my friends. They are more than willing to help, so I think I might be okay given some time. I'm starting with small day trips until I have an idea what I'm doing. I'm in no rush for overnighters. However I am excited about sailing from Ladysmith to Victoria next week to bring my O'day home. My sailing instructor is coming with me so I know it will be fun.
I was just teasing you but it actually sounds like you are doing everything right, local knowledge is everything. Remember every mistake is a lesson learned, we've all been there...
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