Museum to Hold Fall Sailing & Navigation Series


Midcoast Sailing Center (MCSC) a program of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum (SPSM) will kick off its fall Nautical Navigation Series this month.  These classroom-based or hybrid classroom/on-water courses are designed to be small, providing personalized instruction.

Women on the Water” will be held September 27 & 29 (two nights) from 5-6:30pm ($60).  This class is designed for women who are looking to increase their knowledge and confidence on the water. Tailored to the specific interests of participants, class may include safe line handling, use of a VHF radio, taking command of a vessel, & basic navigation using paper charts.  One session will be shore based and the second will be on the water, providing an opportunity to use new skills to approach situations safely and with confidence.

Introduction to Nautical Charts and Navigation” will be held from 6-7:30pm on October 3 and 5 (two evenings).  If you are interested in learning how to navigate without using electronics, this class introduces the traditional art of navigation using paper charts. You will learn how to recognize chart features and symbols and use latitude, longitude, and compass bearings to identify where you are. You will gain familiarity with the tools used for navigating and the process of solving simple navigation problems using speed, distance and time. These skills will provide you with the confidence to approach situations when a GPS or other electronic aids to navigation are not available

Intermediate Navigation and Dead Reckoning” will be held from 6-7:30 on October 17 and 19 (two evenings).  This class is designed for sailors interested in deeply immersing themselves in paper chart navigation. You’ll have a chance to practice your skills with a compass, dividers, and parallel rules as you work through problems using triangulation and dead reckoning. Practice problems will include set and drift and converting compass courses from magnetic to true north.

All classes are held in person at the museum and are taught by MCSC’s Program Director, Coast Guard licensed captain and longtime sailing instructor, Diane Sternberg.  Each class costs $60 for the two evening sessions.

A full calendar of classes being held can be found on the museum’s website on the MCSC tab.  For questions or to register for a class, contact Sternberg at 207-701-7625 or diane.sailpowersteam@gmail.com.  FMI: www.SailPowerSteamMuseum.org.