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 mooring in New York, we focus on the next part of our adventure in  America and we and look back with wonder. Hiding from Hurricanes After a month in Puerto … Continue reading The Great Loop – America (The ICW): 1

Breaking the Ice with a Net

(You can listen to this via podcast here) On the ocean, our radio is almost like a telephone (power permitting). Now, back in Australia we have used our HF (SSB) to speak to buddies in New Zealand. The crackle and buzz moving us to melancholy; we remember how great the radio was on our travels. … Continue reading Breaking the Ice with a Net

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 extremely successful (and fun) two-hour navigation workshop at Women Who Sail Australia's (WWSA) “Gathering on The Bay”, a yearly event, SisterShip Training were asked to hold all women Coastal Navigation courses. … Continue reading PartnerShip Training for Everyone

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 visited yet be prepared. Beautiful markets at the weekend Stunning location Fabulous food View to help you lose concentration! 😉 Helpful and friendly team, they made us all feel very … Continue reading Moreton Bay Navigation Course – Round Up

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 are open to everyone. It wasn't about leaving anyone out, it was fulfilling a request. Now, men are joining in. It's great, looking forward to meeting you all. Coastal Navigation: … Continue reading It’s a bit sexist isn’t it?

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.   "Lisa gave us very relevant information and we could ask specific advice for our boat.  She also didn't cover material that is already included in the Safety and Sea Survival … Continue reading Storm Handling – Emergency Procedures

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 two sides of equal length and consequently, it has two internal angles that are also equal. This rule is used when the second bearing between the bow of your boat … Continue reading Double the Angle off your Bow


Nautical Mile/One Minute of Latitude We know that we measure in degrees (°), minutes (’) and seconds (ʺ)  or decimals of a minute. One minute of latitude is equal to one nautical mile (1,852 metres or 1.852 kilometres). TIP: You MUST measure distance from the latitude scale adjacent to the area you are working in … Continue reading Distance

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 of a calculator we must convert the minutes (or seconds as per the example) to a decimal. Once calculated, the navigator would not say, "We will arrive in 3.5 hours, … Continue reading Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds – Decimalise Example

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 the chart and in the log book. Latitude should always be written first (in some areas in the USA longitude is written first, latitude first is more widely accepted): E.g.                         … Continue reading Latitude and Longitude