Stars and Compass Competition 2020

Here is something for you to do to fill your time during the COVID-19 restrictions. With no boating happening you can sharpen your pen and paper navigation skills. No excuses this year!

The Stars and Compass Trophy was donated by Richard Hawkins with the aim of encouraging the practice and use of traditional navigation methods. No answers are to include the use of modern computer based devices such as GPS, chart-plotter, Navionics etc.

The beautifully etched glass chalice, created by Leisa Wharington, is awarded for the best individual entry in a competition based on answering a number of questions and completing navigational exercises. The competition is open to all navigators/sailors with a YA number, not just RBYC members.

This year’s question paper has been set by last year’s winner, Peter Osbourne, and can be accessed via the button below. If you are unable to download it and need a hardcopy please contact Robina Smith, [email protected] and she will try to organise a copy for you.

All entries must be submitted to the RBYC office by the close of business on Thursday, 18th June, 2020 with the winner presented with the trophy at Presentation Night (whenever that will be or in whatever form it will take in light of the current situation).

There are a number of ways to submit a paper this year.

  • You must include a cover sheet with your name, address, email address and phone number
  • Scan it and email to the RBYC Sailing Office – [email protected]
  • Posted to RBYC – Addressed – Stars and Compass, Royal Brighton Yacht Club, 253 Esplanade, Middle Brighton, VIC 3186
  • Drop it off, in an envelope addressed to Stars and Compass, to the RBYC restaurant in it’s opening hours. Please check the website for the opening hours as they change.
  • Please email Robina Smith, [email protected] when you have submitted a paper so that we can ensure all papers have been collected for marking.

We urge you to test your navigational expertise and give it a go (No one has ever achieved answered all questions correctly)!