Apr 20, 2018

Yapese master navigator to lead special seafaring course at University of Guam

Larry Raigetal, a master navigator from Lamotrek, Yap, is scheduled to lead a special six-week courseon traditional seafaring navigation and climate change, starting Monday, at the University of Guam.

He is a nephew of the late traditional navigator “Papa Mau” Piailug.

In this September 2016 file photo, Matson General Manager Bernie Valencia, right, stands with Larry Raigetal during a vessel naming ceremony at the Port Authority of Guam. The ship, “Papa Man”, was named after the late traditional navigator Pius “Papa Man” Piailug who is sometimes referred as “Micronesia’s grand master navigator.” Raigetal said he is the nephew of Piailug. (Photo: Rick Cruz/PMP)

The university said students and the public are welcome to participate in the course, which costs $630.

“As of now, the course is not free to audit because there is limited seating,” said university spokesman Jonas Macapinlac. He said he does not have updated information on the seats available. Anyone can sign up for the course, he said, and payment can be made to the university’s Professional and International Programs, which can be reached at 735-2600.

Celestial navigation

The UOG Center for Island Sustainability is bringing Raigetal to Guam, according to the university, which stated, “this course would be an exciting opportunity for UOG students as well as the general public to learn basic seafaring principles from a master.”

Course content will include basic principles of traditional seafaring navigation as well as an introduction to celestial navigation, indigenous mathematical measurements, and other topics, the university stated. The course will also include environmental lessons on climate change in both scientific and humanistic contexts.

The 45-hour course starts April 9 and ends May 18, and is worth three credits for students. It is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.


By Steve Limtiaco (slimtiaco@guampdn.com) for Pacific Daily (Part of the USA Today Network), April 6, 2018