VIDEO – This is how you plan the route

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route planning

How to plan a course is the theme of the new video-episode of Sailing School. Through the use of the nautical charts, compasses and squares, route planning is when you decide where to go and how to get there, defining a safe course with margins of error, identifying the most critical points of navigation such as shallow water, conspicuous landmarks and escape routes.

How to plan the cruise route

The video shows an example of route planning to be done together with the crew, and related calculation of distance, duration on which to base the verification of embarked fuel.
In the example in the video, we see how the skipper and crew plot a course to navigate from the exit of the western mouth of the breakwater in La Spezia, to the port of Viareggio, on a general chart, and use the pilot book to get essential information about the final piloting.

Some tips on route planning

Route planning is an exam topic for the boating license , we want to add to the theory and content of the video, some route planning tips:

  • In addition to map and pilot house, maps of harbors and seabed adjacent to the landing area are very useful
  • Conspicuous points (lighthouses, beacons, buoys, mede, landmarks) for coastal navigation should be looked for first on the chart and then in reality . This is to reduce the risk of mistaking one conspicuous point for another, convincing ourselves that we have located the right one.
  • For good piloting, you should identify some intermediate waypoints, mark them on the chart and on the electronic gps, and have them as reference during navigation.
  • Plan an alternate route in case of bad weather or emergency
  • Check the route plotted on the nautical chart against the route plotted on the plotter or navigation apps.
  • Read the ordinances related to the area of the port of arrival.
  • Read up-to-date reviews from other boaters on ports of arrival and related services, found in many apps dedicated to recreational cruising

Fifteenth video episode of SAIL School.

Today’s video, as well as all previous episodes of SAIL School, are available on the SAIL Newspaper youtube channel there are both beginners and experts!

 

 

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