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The Great Loop – America: 3

Mariah II Branches Out – Part 3 of 3 (You can listen to this via podcast here) Bidding a sad farewell to the dramatic Canadian …

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The Great Loop – America: 2

Mariah II Branches Out Part 2 of 3 (You can listen to this via podcast here) Noel throws me a look as my loud sneeze …

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The Great Loop – America (The ICW): 1

Mariah II Branches Out – Part 1 of 3 (You can listen to this via podcast here) Watching the skyscrapers shrink as we drop our …

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Breaking the Ice with a Net

You can listen to Breaking the Ice with a Net via podcast here) On the ocean, our radio is almost like a telephone (power permitting). …

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PartnerShip Training for Everyone

Partnership Training is one arm of the SisterShip Training team, which is made up of: SisterShip Training Lisa Blair’s Offshore Masterclass PartnerShip Training After an …

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Moreton Bay Navigation Course – Round Up

A huge thank you to Morton Bay Trailer Boat Club.  In September they hosted SisterShip Training’s Navigation Course. The venue is spectacular, if you’ve not …

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It’s a bit sexist isn’t it?

Why aren’t men allowed?   Well, they are! Yes, we’ve previously run a few all-women navigation classes, because they asked us to. Now the classes …

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Storm Handling – Emergency Procedures

Here’s what they are saying about Lisa Blair’s Masterclass. Everyone is welcome, it is for all levels: Lisa shares her unique knowledge and experience.   …

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Double the Angle off your Bow

Finding your position with double the angle off the bow This calculation takes advantage of the properties of an isosceles triangle. An isosceles triangle has …

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Distance

Nautical Mile/One Minute of Latitude We know that we measure in degrees (°), minutes (’) and seconds (ʺ)  or decimals of a minute. One minute …

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Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds – Decimalise Example

Conversions If you are calculating the time you will arrive at your destination, you would use the Speed, Distance, Time formula. To enable the use …

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Latitude and Longitude

Writing latitude and longitude correctly is extremely important. The next person on watch must be able to read and understand what you have written on …

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The Great Circle

The Great Circle is the largest circle that can be drawn around the Earth’s sphere. When cutting a sphere exactly in half you have cut …

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How are Longitude Angles Measured?

The green shaded area depicts the angle measured from the centre of the Earth to the Prime Meridian to the longitude line west (in this …

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Longitude (Meridians)

The imaginary line drawn from the North Pole extending to the South Pole and running through Greenwich is the Prime Meridian. Just as the Equator …

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How are Latitude Angles Measured?

Latitude is measured by the angle at the Earth’s centre between the place in question and the equator. This image shows: The equator is at …

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Latitude

What do the Co-ordinates Mean? To find an exact position on Earth we must have two coordinates: Latitude and Longitude. Latitude and longitude are the …

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Where on Earth are we?

More importantly, what does that mean? Navigation is basically the art of determining where you are and what direction and distance you must go. Therefore, …

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How to Read a Synoptic Chart

Hot or cold? Remembering that air flows clockwise around Low Pressure systems and anticlockwise around High Pressure systems, a fairly typical summer Australian weather map …

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What are Synoptic Charts?

Let’s delve into the nitty-gritty of What are Synoptic Charts? Synoptic Information The synoptic information is compiled from hundreds of weather observations around Australia. To …

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Navigation Tool Kit

A SisterShip Training Pouch with everything you need   A stylish SisterShip pouch to hold all your chart work tools. Left sliding around in your …

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Introduction to Coastal Navigation Course

Calling all boaters SisterShip/Partnership Training is coming to Moreton Bay AND Sydney AND Port Stephens Moreton Bay: 21st and 22nd September at the stunning Moreton …

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Testimonials

Introduction to Coastal Navigation “Jackie has broken down very complicated content and presented it in a logical sequence. Well done!” “Jackie is super, knowledgeable and …

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Safety at Sea

What happens if I lose my rudder? Wouldn’t it be great to hear about real-life scenarios on losing your rudder? What about storm preparation? Communications? …

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southern cross finding south

The Southern Cross – Finding South

It’s easy to identify the Southern Cross (aka Constellation Crux) as it’s a compact group of bright stars close together in the form of, well, …

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Demasted – What Would You Do?

Ocean Sailing Preparation – Masterclass with Lisa Blair My heart jack-knifed in my chest as the boat bucked beneath me. I was alone in the …

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Subsidised Coastal Navigation Courses

A potential of $200 saving with SisterShip’s training! We are thrilled to announce a special collaboration between Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance and SisterShip …

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Fun Nautical Terminology

There is a complete nautical language to learn. There is some charming terminology, here are some of our favourites: Baggy Wrinkle (aka “those fluffy things”) …

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Navigation Tool Kit

Safety At Sea means looking after your equipment too! Navigation is an art, not a science and to perform this art well, you need good …

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The Best Navigation Course Available – so they say!

With half a dozen courses under our belts – the testimonials are rolling in. Here’s our favourite! “Last week, I completed my five day RYA …

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