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# SAILING- MODULE 1

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## Familiarization and working with Rhumb Line

Sailing and Great Circle Sailing

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OBJECTIVES
You will be able to:
Calculate d.lat, d.long, departure,
course and distance using parallel,
plane and Mercator sailing methods.

## Calculate GC distance and Initial

course.
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SAILING

Parallel Sailing
Sailing along a parallel of Latitude.
Course to be due East (090 T) or due West
(270 T)
Causes change in Dlong but no change in
Dlat
Departure is Distance along a parallel of
Latitude, measured in NM

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SAILING

## Example Parallel Sailing (Ch 2 Pg 2)

A ship leaves position Lat. 37 28 N
Long. 47 28 E and steers 090 T at 12 knots
for 8 hours. Find the position reached.

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Departure

Position Lat. 37 28 N
Long. 47 28 E
Distance = Speed x Time = 12 x 8 = 96 miles
Departure, Distance in NM
DLat

Dlong

=
=

120.95
2 01.0 E

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Initial Lat
DLat
Final Lat

37 28.0 N
Long.
0
DLong
37 28.0 N
Long.

47 28.0 E
2 01.0 E
49 29.0 E

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## Example Parallel Sailing (Ch 2 Pg 2)

Find the course and distance from
Lat. 53 42 N Long. 178 27 W
to Lat. 53 42 N Long. 179 53 E.

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Initial Lat
Arr.
Lat
DLat

53 42.0 N
Long.
178 27.0 W
53 42.0 N
179 53.0 E
0
D Long.
1 40.0 W
x 60
100.0

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SAILING

## Vessel proceeding along same latitude in Westerly

direction, hence course is 270 (T)
Distance = Dep = Dlong x Cos Lat
= 100.0 x Cos 53 42.0
= 59.2
Course 270 (T) and distance 59.2

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SAILING

Plane

Dep

DLat

Always draw
course from
N/S Line

Sin Co =

Cos Co

Tan Co

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SAILING

## Example Plane Sailing (Ch 2 pg 4)

Find course and distance from
Lat. 27 28 N Long 47 02 W
to Lat. 24 53 N Long. 49 16 W.

DLat

Always draw
course from
N/S Line

Dep
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From Lat
27 28.0 N
Long
47 02.0 W
Lat24 53.0 N
Long
49 16.0 W
DLat 2 35.0 S
DLong 2 14.0 W
x 60
x 60
.
155.0 S
134.0 W

Dlat = 1 17.5 S
Mean Lat = Initial Lat + Dlat
= 27 28.0 N + 1 17.5 S
= 26 10.5 N

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Dep

## = DLong x Cos Mean Lat

= 134.0 x Cos 26 10.5 = 120.3

## Tan Course = Dep/ DLat = 120.3/ 155.0 = 0.77613

Hence Course = S 37.8 W (37.81608)
= 217.8 (T)
Distance =

= 196.2

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SAILING

## Example Mercator Sailing (Ch 2 Pg 12)

Find by Mercator Sailing the True Course and
distance from
A in Lat. 38 41 N Long. 32 54 W to
B in Lat. 49 50 N Long. 5 14 W

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MP

Long.
2505.90
032 54.0 W
3441.05
005 14.0 W
DMP 935.15 DLong 27 40.0 E
x 60
1660.0 E

Di
sta
nc
e

Co

ur
se

DLong

DMP

Lat.
38 41.0 N
49 50.0 N
DLat 11 09.0 N
x 60
669.0 N

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Tan

## Course = DLong / DMP

= 1660.0 / 935.15 = 1.77512

= 060.6 (T)
Distance =

= 1363.0

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## Rhumb Line Sailing

1. Parallel Sailing
2. Plane Sailing
3. Mercator Sailing
Degrees must be converted to minutes

## Great Circle Sailing

Work with degrees, Not Minutes

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SAILING

## The shortest distance between two places on the

earths surface is the Great Circle Track.
Great circles appear as straight lines on Gnomonic
Charts.
The plane of the G.C. passes through the earths
centre.
The equator is a great circle.
Great circles cross the equator at two points 180 of
longitude apart.
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PA = 90 Lat A

P
D.Lo
ng

PB = 90 Lat B
B

A
Equator
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(ii)

P

PA = 90 Lat A
A

D.Lo
ng
PB = 90 +
Lat B
Equato
r
B

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(iii

PA = 90 +
Lat A

P
D.Lo
ng

PB = 90 Lat B
B

Equator

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Equato
r

B
PA = 90 Lat A
D.Lo
ng
P

PB = 90 Lat B

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B
Equator
A
PA = 90 Lat A

D.Lo
ng

PB = 90 +
Lat B

P
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A
Equator
B

PA = 90 +
Lat A
D.Lo
ng
P

PB = 90 Lat B

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2.
3.

## Stay in SAME hemisphere.

Work out 90 or 90+ Latitudes, depend on
Departure and Landfall positions.
If two positions are in different hemisphere,
one leg is 90-Lat and the other is 90+Lat

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## Great Circle Sailing (Ch 3 pg 7)

Find the great circle distance
from Wellington NZ (A)
to

Panama (B)

41 38 S
07 24 N

175 28 E
079 55 W

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## Calculate Dlong first:

Long A = 175 28E
Long B = 079 55W
D.Long = 255 23W
360
D.Long = 104 37E = Angle P

## Using the South Pole in triangle APB, find PA & PB

PA = 90 - 41 38 S
PB = 90 + 7 24 N

=
=

48 22
97 24
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A 41 38 S
B 07 24 N

175 28 E
079 55 W

B7 24
N
79 55
W

Equat
or

41 38
S
175 28
E

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## Cos AB = (Cos P x Sin PA x Sin PB)

+ (Cos PA x Cos PB)

## Cos AB = (Cos 104 37 x Sin 48 22 x Sin 97 24 )

+ (Cos 48 22 x Cos 97 24)
= - 0.18704 0.08557
= - 0.27261
AB
= 105.81939 (AB in degrees and decimals)
= 105.81939 x 60 = 6349.2
(to convert into minutes as 1minute = 1nm)
Distance AB = 6349.2 nm
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## This method is used to obtain the value of INTERIOR

angles within the Great Circle triangle.

## Cos Angle required =

Cos Opposite side (Cos Adjacent side x Cos Adjacent side)
Sin Adjacent side x Sin Adjacent side

Or even simpler:

## Cos Angle = Cos Opp (Cos Adjs)

Sin Adjs
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Therefore to obtain the Initial Course we require
Angle A:

## Cos A = Cos PB ( Cos PA x Cos AB)

(Sin PA x Sin AB)

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We have:
PA = 48 22
PB = 97 24
AB = 105.81939

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To find Initial course:
Cos A = Cos PB ( Cos PA x Cos AB)
(Sin PA x Sin AB)
Cos A = Cos 9724 ( Cos 4822 x Cos 105.81939)
(Sin 4822 x Sin 105.81939)
Cos A = (-0.12880 - ( - 0.18111)) =
(0.71910)

0.07274

A = 85.82841
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To Name Initial course:

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t
Di r e c
DLong

## Initial Course = S 85.8E

= 180 85.8
= 94.2 (T)

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Wor the
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Initial course by ABC Method:
A= Tan Lat A
= Tan 4138.0 = 0.23181 S
Tan Dlong
Tan 10437.0
Named opposite to latitude A except when Dlong (P) is
between 90 and 270
B= Tan Lat B
= Tan 724.0
Sin Dlong
Sin 10437.0
Always named same as Lat B
C

= (A + / - B)

= 0.13422 N

= 0.09759 S
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Tan Course =

1
(C x Cos Lat A)

13.70992

## Course = S 85.8 E (85.82824)

Named East or West basis on Dlong
Initial Course = S 85.8 E
= 094.2 (T)

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REVIEW
You are now able to:
Calculate d.lat, d.long, departure,
course and distance using parallel,
plane and Mercator sailing methods.

Course.
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END

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