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URI Friends of Oceanography Offers
Short Course in Celestial Navigation

Narragansett, R.I.-- September 18, 2000 -- Every boat owner should know how to find his way home without the aid of fancy electronic instruments. To help modern sailors get a handle on the essential skills that helped Odysseus and Columbus navigate their courses, URI Friends of Oceanography is offering a short course in Celestial Navigation.

The course will be held on Wednesday, October 4, from 6-9 p.m. in the Coastal Institute Building on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus. The class, taught by veteran sailor and navigator Arthur "Mac" Cuddy, will explain the basics of celestial navigation and cover the celestial triangle, sextant, nautical almanac, and sight reduction tables. Participants will also learn to determine their position given the time and several sun sightings.

Cost for this course is $25 for members of Friends of Oceanography and $35 for non-members. Preregistration is required. For information or registration, call 874-6602.

Established in 1985 to support and promote the activities of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), Friends of Oceanography informs and educates the membership and the general public about the scientific, technological, and environmental research that takes place at GSO. The organization sponsors public lectures, open houses, marine-related mini-courses, science cruises on Narragansett Bay, and an annual auction. The Friends office is located in the Coastal Institute building on URI's Narragansett Bay Campus. For information about Friends of Oceanography, call 874-6602.


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