You’re the navigator and need to plot a true course on your chart. You start by asking the helmsman what compass course they’re steering and get a response of 172 degrees. With a variation of 17 degrees east and a deviation of 3 degrees west, what true course do you plot?

Send your answer to cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct answers.

Thanks to last week’s Mindbender winner, Harold Kernodle, for his answer to “A stay that runs from the bow to the masthead is called what?”: a forestay or headstay.

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