On Mar 4th, 2023, Frank Palmieri and Rick Cecilio of the City Island Yacht Club Cruising Committee gave an in-person class in Electronic Navigation using the OpenCPN software. Frank covered the basics of OpenCPN options and how to transfer routes developed in OpenCPN to a chartplotter. Rick taught basic OpenCPN download and installation. He walked the class through downloading nautical navigation maps to a laptop and then activating the maps in OpenCPN. Interactive exercises in creating waypoints and routes helped the attendees to
understand the concepts and process of using OpenCPN.
Twenty-two CIYC members and guests attended the class. Feedback from the students was very positive. Josh Jorgensen, CIYC member, said “The eNavigation course walked us through all the steps needed to access charts, plan out routes and export as waypoint lists or into Navionics. Rick and Frank were excellent instructors, making the course practical and hands-on.” Josh added he has already been able to use OpenCPN to plan weekend cruises to Oyster Bay and beyond. Frank and Rick say they look forward to teaching this class again in the future.