------------      Welcome aboard s/y Bluesipp

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For Sale

Bluesipp is a 36 foot Hallberg Rassy sloop.  She is extremely well equipped for short handed or fully crewed sailing. She was launched in 1993 and has taken us safely and happily around the world.
You will find full details and plenty of photographs by clicking on the links in the left hand margin.
You can return here by clicking "Home"

All the pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them, and can be shrunk again by clicking on the X in their top right corner.


All posts below this are from the old track library and may not be of interest to prospective owners but I will leave them on the site because they still might be useful to fellow voyagers and anyway I don't really want to destroy them !!


The Google Maps Catastrophe

                   It seems there is little hope of Google restoring Maps to its previous standard. Sadly we are left with a seriously downgraded product.   The maps on this site have been compulsorily transferred to the new version and apart from a much clumsier appearance the Information Windows are much more difficult for navigators to use.  Worse than that though is that the tools for entering new tracks have been removed so I cannot add to those at present in the Library. And the final blow is that early in 2015 Google removed support for KMZ files so all my existing index maps will either be corrupted or disappear.  So this site becomes junk.   I still have all the track files and will gladly send links by email to anyone who would like them,  but there seems no way forward -or back!. Again I am very sorry - and saddened!

The links still remain in the margins lower down in case you are able to make use of them. You can go straight to the "new" version of the World Index here

Fair winds and friendly seas

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OCC Award

Golly Gosh!  What truly thrilling news.  We have been honoured with the OCC Water Music Trophy for providing cruising, navigation and pilotage information.

Collecting and publishing voyagers' tracks is in itself extremely interesting "work".   But recognition at this highest level is way beyond our hopes or dreams. Wow!!

This was posted on 22 Jan 2013.    But to avoid it dropping off the bottom I have given it a pseudo publishing date


How to get the files for Suwarrow (Suvarov)

This is an explanation of how to get the files. The illustrations are screen shots showing how I went about it, they are not active parts of the program. Clicking on them won't "work" - except the pictures might get bigger and clearer!  To get back to the smaller pictures click on the X in their top right corners.

First I selected the World Index from the list at the top left :-
        (The World Index is the Library's front door, you cannot easily get to the download files  any other way)

The Index Map appeared.
I zoomed in towards the position of Suwarrow (Blue Pin) and clicked on the pin

Clicking on the blue pin opened the information window shown below :-

This is the window which provides access to the Suvarov track files. 

Google lets you drag the map around but you cannot drag the window itself
To download the Google Earth file I clicked on the "here" link next to KMZ.

This let me download the Suvarov Google Earth file from the library .......

Opening the file with Google Earth produced the screen below. (I had Google Earth installed)

This shows the arrival and departure track provided by Vagabond Heart.

To see more detail of the entrance I zoomed in.
Here is a zoomed in view of the pass and anchorage :-

The lower left side bar shows that photos are enabled - their icons are shown superimposed on the image.

Google images can be saved on your computer for those peaceful times when there is no internet.

Click   File > Save > Save Image  and save to a folder on your computer, in My Documents for example.


When you have a Google image like this alongside your planning chart you are halfway there !!............           ....well almost.

      So try the World Index and see what the Library has in stock !

And if you have tracks which could be added to the Library do please let me know ......see the Contact page (Link top left)

 Sorry but this isn't really a proper Blog.  It was just a rather handy way of building the Library!

The posts below this are mostly experiments and jottings to remind me what I need to do and notes on what I have been doing.
Don't worry about them too much. (Well actually I am quite delighted to post the first one!)

 You can enter the Library itself via the World Index 

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