November Meeting: Shamans, Shadows, Sextants and Ships

By Bob Naylor, Rear Commodore

Our guest speaker this month is Captain Elbert “Ash” Ashbaugh. Ash has a long and varied sailing career, and is presently the Director of Field Operations for the American Sailing Association. He will be delivering his popular presentation on navigation: “Shamans, Shadows, Sextants, and Ships.” Ash brings us his own in-depth research on this topic with special focus on the history of navigation at sea, and it’s origins in the cosmos.

How did those Vikings navigate the rough northern seas during long journeys across unfamiliar waters? Join us and find out – this session continues to be well received by groups everywhere, and it’s sure to be as interesting as it is entertaining.

CAPT Elbert “Ash” Ashbaugh

Tuesday, November 10th @ 7:00 pm
Guests welcome

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The meeting link is also on the AYC calendar

Ash says, “We talk about spirits, the Babylonians, Vikings, and the English. We find out what that funny wavy line is around the equator, why high noon isn’t 12 o’clock, and why the day is not 24 hours. A little background into Latitude and Longitude charts, how to use a sextant, and finding the sun using a Viking Sun Stone. The result is a better understanding of navigation at sea, some insightful trivia, and maybe a piqued interest in the subject.

Ash has been a USCG 100 Ton Master Captain and a sailing, navigation, and navigation instructor for over 25 years. After retiring from Silicon Valley as a computer scientist, he is part of the ASA education staff and is the Director of Field Operations for the relations with ASA schools and instructors worldwide.