The destination waypoint

It’s understandable that many skippers navigating with plotters make only minimal use of waypoints. The destination waypoint is still well worth plotting, however, even if you don’t bother with any others. It enables you to see at a glance how long you have to go, whether the destination’s bearing is matching up with your passage plan, how far it is, how your VMG (speed made good towards it) compares with boat speed and ground speed and, best of all, whether you’ll be in before closing time – also known as ‘Estimated Time of Arrival’!