UPDATE: The contest is closed. I posted all the submissions and messages I received via email or Facebook in the comments below. The winner was drawn at random from all the correct entries, congratulations to Alex Rook. Thanks so much for playing. And don’t forget to check out the creative problem solving methods everyone used below.
The correct answer is: 41° 7′ N x 71° 39′ W.
Now you can watch a video of this delivery!
Read on to find out how to enter the contest. OR just skip to the last paragraph for contest rules. Its fun. Its puzzling. Its for sailors!
The weather during our recent training-delivery from Fort Pierce, Florida to Warwick, Rhode Island was, for the most part impeccable! We saw only one hour of light rain, conveniently while anchored in Norfolk Virginia! Winds remained abaft the beam for all but 15 fun filled miles of rail dipping close hauled sailing under reefed main and jib on the smooth, short-fetch waters south of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Starry nights and moderate winds prevailed for much of the journey.
There was however, a surprising spell of fog that offered a fantastic hands-on opportunity to teach dead reckoning navigation and radar skills to our two students, Dorthy and Fred – new owners of Aviva, a Beneteau 423. As educators we could not have asked for a better teachable moment! We worked on determining multiple CPAs with EBLs and VRMs. We learned to identify radar conspicuous objects and use range arcs to fix our position. And we also kept frequent dead reckoning plots on the chart to help determine set and drift. We were busy!
Throughout the voyage we practiced other skills like: anchoring and docking; line handling and knots; safety and emergency procedures; rules of the road, lights and sound signals; vhf protocol; and perfected our triangulation and running fixes. We all enjoyed using flash cards to quiz each other. These methods of constant study and practice have enriched our sailing experience and while we are always learning a lot, the most important thing we have learned is that we have so much more to learn!
Now, here’s a quiz for you!
A wise sailor never relies on just one source of information to make decisions, but rather uses all available resources! So, start digging for clues in this blog post to determine Aviva’s lat/long position (within 1 mile of accuracy) based on our radar screenshot below. Email Teresa your answer. Please don’t post it on facebook or in the comments. Every correct answer will be entered to win a hardcover copy of The New Complete Sailing Manual. (Sorry Fred & Dorothy, you are not eligible!) The winner will be chosen randomly at noon on June 10th, so get your answers in now!
If you are interested in learning more about sail training opportunities for both coastal and offshore passages on your boat, please email Teresa.