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Friday, December 15, 2006

A four-part workshop that teaches "Radar for Yachtsmen" will be offered this winter by Orange Coast College's School of Sailing and Seamanship.

Sessions are scheduled for Thursday evenings, Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1 and 8, from 7-10 p.m. at OCC's Sailing Center in Newport Beach. The center is located at 1801 W. Pacific Coast Highway, between the Balboa Bay Club and the Orange County Sea Scout Base.

Registration fee is $125.

"Radar is absolutely essential for safe navigation in the fog and darkness," says Brad Avery, director of OCC's School of Sailing and Seamanship. "It shows where other vessels are, and defines the coastline and harbor entrance. This workshop series will teach attendees how to set a radar system up, adjust the picture, interpret the contacts and navigate safely."

OCC's four-part series will offer a brief overview of radar principles and operation, and will provide a definition of terms. It will look at navigation by range and bearing, and use of the Variable Range Marker (VRM) and Electronic Bearing Line (EBL) in navigation and collision avoidance. Students will learn to identify radar targets and interpret their movement. They'll also receive instruction in how to apply the "Rules of the Road."

Each attendee will gain hands-on instruction on the Starpath Radar Training Simulator.

Visa and MasterCard holders may register for the workshop by phone. For information, phone (949) 645-9412.