Sailing

What is your compass bearing

The position of Polaris, or the North Star, is an important marker for celestial navigation.

 

What is your compass bearing?

 

INTRODUCTION

 

In committing yourself to act, what informed and guided your decision? How did you reach your destination? Do other factors influence the direction of travel?

Using a compass and its application to navigation as metaphors, I’ll pilot you, and guide you like the position of Polaris, or the North Star is to celestial navigation.

For a successful personal agency to make positive things happen, we need a guiding beacon. What’s yours?

One of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, the granite-faced, chain-smoking, W. H. Auden in his powerful, selfish tribute and immortalised poem by the film industry, painfully gasped:

 

“He was my North, South, my East and West.”

 

Wow. Beat that as a metaphor of a compass rose. Who guides you?

 

MAIN PART

 

WHERE ARE YOU?  WHAT IS YOUR DIRECTION OF TRAVEL?  WHAT INFORMS YOU?

 

Let me tell you a true story and a nautical incident that I was involved in last month. The grounding and capsizing of the 42’ luxury yacht was due to a lack of diligence, poor seamanship, and as referenced by the title of this article, not using a compass or applying the basic principles of navigation despite having mountains of reference points, and explicit aides to prevent this incident.

On the 7 May, the Irish yacht, Dawn Glory, started a seven-day cruise around the Isle of Skye northwards through the Kyle Rhea tidal gate and fast flowing narrow tidal channel that separates mainland Scotland from the Island.

The cruise plan took a small fleet of the Howth Yacht Club to the Crowlin Islands, Rona, across the Minch to the Shiant Islands, along the east coast of the Outer Hebrides, and the back to Skye.

The crew and I were having a late supper after a long passage.

As darkness and the cold night enveloped the anchorage in the loch, sudden crunching noises and the boat rapidly tilting, capsizing from the vertical to a ninety-degree horizontal position, indicated that Dawn Gory had run aground and was falling onto a rocky outcrop.

The is the important issue and the key point, despite having detailed charts, the latest navigation devices, GPS chart plotters, and iPads with the best digital charts, this incident happened. It may have had very serious consequences.

Good seamanship, navigation, and the successful use of a compass in piloting a boat require expert insights with constant reference to guiding beacons, lights, and charts mapping out the course.

The causes of this yacht going aground incident were:

  • Not listening
  • Not responding to facts
  • A lack of understanding and
  • Poor seamanship

The skipper and first mate did not accurately know their position.

They did not use their compass to fix the boat’s position and did not respond, and ignored feedback.

My hypothesis in using this analogy to the personal agency in our, your lives, is that we need to be informed by a sound compass bearing to make well-informed decisions.

In reality, some constraints from the dynamics of family life, the communities expectations, and societies cultural expectations may inhibit this. Other obvious factors such as our finances, economic well-being, and personal health may impinge on our ability for personal agency.

However, by positively and successfully using our agency, it may be possible to overcome the negative influences. 

What I am suggesting is that having clarity of thought, the ability to have informed insights and deliver solutions will impact upon our, your direction of travel and prevent catastrophes such as hitting the rocks and going aground.

Despite being told by the alert crew, the skipper and mate did not listen or react to informed insights.

 

SUMMARY

 

LEARNING POINTS

In summary, I have used the metaphor of a compass, a compass bearing, and navigation regarding your direction of travel.

The true story of Dawn Glory going aground on a moonless night in a remote loch could have been catastrophic.

What do you use to guide, lead, and inform your life?

Are you well informed?

If you were in a four person life raft floating on the ocean and had to make a decision on which one of the five people had to be ejected for the others to have chance to be saved, who would you vote out? The skipper, the first mate, cook, the PR rep, or the mother?

What is your compass bearing?

 

Eddy Jackson
Learning Bibliothèque | Online School
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Kyle Rhea 360 Video

SAILING WEST COAST OF SCOTLAND | YACHTING SKYE | CRUISING SHIANT ISLANDS & OUTER HEBRIDES | SAILING THE MINCH

 

Sailing Shiant Isles Minch Outer Hebrides Scotland from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 Introduction

An early April cruise on the West Coast of Scotland covered two hundred and fifty miles from Armadale, Skye through Kyle Rhea to the Crowlin Islands, Rona, the Shiant Islands, the new Isle of Harris, North Harbour, Scalpay, and Loch Harport, had calm settled weather. A small fleet of three yachts from the Penguin Crusing Club sailed in company. The video was filmed aboard the Dutch yacht Ab Fab on charter from Armadale.

 

The Penguins at Scalpay North Harris from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

Ab Fab was the first yacht to use the new Isle of Harris Marina pontoons in north harbour on Scalpay. The Penguin fleet sailed across the Minch from Rona via the Shiant Islands.

 

 

Kyle Rhea | Penguins Crusing Club | Outer Hebrides Voyage from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

 

Thought of the Day

In terms of individuals, boat crews, and the larger flotilla, what is going on here?

What are their narratives and story? 

How do they make things happen?

You can apply this problem-management approach in many contrasting situations and organisations.

 

Main Part

How does it feel being surrounded by rainbows plunging into the swirling lochs at dawn on a murky Spring day? Even at neap tides, the currents and eddies buffet vessels as they transit this narrow passage between mainland Scotland and the Isle of Skye.

Kyle Rhea is a classic pilotage and great care must be taken due to strong tidal streams. Eight knots are the norm in this tidal gate. However, with good timing and seamanship skills, the Kyle Rhea is a must-do and terrific transit to complete.

Once through, new scenery, adventures, and challenges begin.

 

 

Kyle Rhea 360 Video Yacht Transit from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

THE ABOVE 360 VIDEO REQUIRES CHROME OR A 360 FRIENDLY BROWSER

Travelling north on neap tides, a yacht records a 360 video of the passage between the mainland of Scotland and the Isle of Skye.

 

 

Sailing from Rona to the Outer Hebrides - Crew Feedback from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

The crew let down their hair and have fun on Rona. When sailing in fair winds in the Minch travelling south along the coast of the Outer Hebrides they burst into song.

 

Eddy Jackson
Learning Bibliothèque | Online School
www.communicationuk.com

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