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Navigating to Dominica without electronic aids

Nov 2, 2005

Location: Dominica
Author: Luke
As we had made ready for passage the night before, all we had to do was hoist the anchor and raise the sails and get underway. Simon had also replaced the windlass belt, which now uttered a wonderfully improved sound. We had the best sail today, we navigated fully without electronics, we really became true sailors today. We built a chip log and tried out the technique of dropping bread off the bow to measure our speed. After estimating our speed and knowing our time we were then able to dead reckon our course the whole way. After a 40 mile sail we dropped anchors and made our stern fast to as tree in Dominica. We spent the afternoon studying for our oceanography mid-term exam, which took place after dinner. Another good day in the Caribbean