Tweeting all the way home

Nick Jaffe Nick Jaffe just cleared customs in Coffs Harbour after a 2 year solo sail from Europe. Apart from being an accomplished sailor, Nick also worked out how to make the Internet work for him along the way.

And not just by getting regular weather reports via a Satellite…

Check out his Website, Blog, his Flickr photostream, his Video and his Tweets. And of course, there is a tracking page.Well done, Nick!

I guess it had to be a 27 year old to show us how it’s done…

Using Instamapper to track boats

I’ve been exploring various tracking options as part of an exercise to move Skipr tracking up ” a notch”. Here is the track which we created using an iPhone, taking Te Moana from Iluka to Camden Haven recently.

GPS tracking powered by

The iPhone reported positions via the boat’s wireless broadband connection. Because of restrictions by Apple on the way applications may be developed, the phone needs to be devoted to reporting GPS positions, rather than report “in the background”. If a phone call is received, the iPhone stops tracking, but will resume after the call is finished.