DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2010
Winter Solstice, a celebration for sailors!
Days are getting longer!
The Winter Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter or the first day of winter to refer to the day on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day and longest night, when the sun's daily maximum position inthe sky is the lowest.
The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. The 2010 winter solstice (summer solstice in the southern hemisphere) will occur on December 21, at 23:38 UTC . This is 11:38 pm Western European Time (WET) or 6:38 pm EasternStandard Time (EST).
Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.
Merry Christmas from Bonneville School of Sailing
Consider a gift of sailing as a stocking stuffer.
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OFF-SEASON LAND BASED CLASSES
INTRODUCTION TO RACING
New land based class offered during our off-season. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn racing secrets from Tim Adams, a Cabo Race veteran and former Sailing World instructor. Tim will be presenting a seminar on racing during our Winter Sailing Seminars that will introduce this class. That information will be forthcoming soon.
New this year. A land based class introducing basic navigation techniques using DISTANCE/SPEED/TIME formulas. Exploring Ded Reconing, the running fix, chart work with both nautical charts and topo maps. Information forthcoming.
Doug Hendricks will be teacing two CN land based classes this year. A new two week refresher class willbe offered for those who have taken Doug's complete class and just want to brush up, or for those who already have the concept, but could use some practice. The class will be primarily solving navigation problems Doug has encountered on his many ocean passages.
The popular 4 session CN class, offered the last two years, will begin on February 25th and will run for consecutive Friday evenings through March 18th. More information coming soon.