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OCC'S SAILING CENTER TEACHES CELESTIAL AND GPS NAVIGATION
Friday, December 12, 2003

A non-credit eight-part course that teaches the basics of celestial navigation ­ progressing all the way up to GPS navigation ­ will be offered this winter by Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship.

The class meets Monday and Wednesday evenings, Jan. 12 through Feb. 4, from 7-10 p.m. at OCC's Sailing Center in Newport Beach. Registration fee is $135.

Six class sessions will be devoted to the basics of celestial navigation. Students will learn to navigate utilizing the sun, sextant, chronometer and tables. Students will learn to take noon sights, high altitude sights, and check for compass deviation.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) section of the course will cover the use of GPS as an offshore navigation tool. Representatives from the GPS industry will be on hand to give demonstrations. Students will have an opportunity for "hands-on" use of GPS units.

OCC's Sailing Center is located at 1801 W. Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, between the Balboa Bay Club and the Orange County Sea Scout Base.

Visa and MasterCard holders may register by phone.

For information about OCC sailing courses, or to request a free sailing schedule, call (949) 645-9412.