[Update 2030hrs] – We’re pretty much on top of things, the site behaves as normal again. Sigh… Thanks for everyone’s understanding!
[Update 1630hrs] – we’re in the process of updating all maps. The basic Currently Cruising and individual boat maps are back up. We’ll work our way through all the other maps in the next 24 hours. I apologise for the interruption of service. Marius.
Today (Wednesday afternoon in Sydney) Google terminated support for version 2.0 of their maps. The software library we use to deploy most maps on Skipr.net uses that version of Google maps and it crept up on us unexpectedly. Lots of egg on various faces. We’re working hard to restore maps to Skipr, please be patient, it could take a little while… We’ll post updates here.
By the way, reporting a position works fine and so does the mobile version (which you can use on the desktop as well).
I’ll be giving a talk about some of the ins and outs of keeping in touch while cruising. We’ll start by looking at the most common options to maintain reliable internet access on a boat and going over the history, operation and future of Skipr.net.
The venue is the monthly meeting of the Coastal Cruising Club of Australia (CCCA) on Thursday 21st November at the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, 1 Green Street, Cremorne.
Here are the presentation slides:
As part of our “Boat of the Month” series , this month we feature Diomedea on our front page.
Many yachts head North during the Australian winter cruising season, but few venture East across the Tasman to New Zealand. That is of course only a jumping-off point for warmer climes in the Pacific – Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia and those further East.
Word is that perhaps we’ll see Diomedea venture further afield over the next 6 to 24 months. Follow them here on Skipr.net and on their Sailblog.
Fair winds, David and Andrea…
We have just introduced a more convenient position reporting page. It takes advantage of the built-in GPS in many of todays tablets such as the iPad and provides instant feedback about the position you enter, even when reporting manually.
It’s use is mostly self-explanatory, but to get the most out of its features, below are a some of its highlights:
The Update button appears when an automatic position is available, tap it to transfer that position to the Lat-Lon form.
The Green Marker represents the position in the Lat-Lon form. The marker may be moved manually to refine the Lat-Lon form values.
The Geo (Arrow) button appears when an automatic position is available. Tap it to zoom and centre on that position (marked by a blue dot)./skp/
The Marker button appears when there is a Lat-Lon value in the form. Tap it to zoom and centre the marker.
Continue reading “New Position Reporting”
We were totally blown away by the response to my suggestion for ‘Skiprs’ attending the Wooden Boat Festival to get together for breakfast. Over 60 people responding to the invite. We had to change the venue to cope with the numbers, causing a bit of last minute confusion despite our best efforts to contact people.
It was a thrill for me to see the enthusiasm for Skipr.net and it looked like everyone was enjoying meeting together. Thanks everyone – we’ll do it again.
The Wooden Boat Festival (pictures) has established itself as THE venue for anyone who enjoys boats and anything made of wood (or antique outboards!). It has grown into an event that every cruising sailor needs to attend (and indeed, plenty were there. Joy and I spent three days walking around and still didn’t see everything.
The enthusiasm by the volunteers who largely run the Fest is inspiring and infectious. Well done, Hobart.
In this newsletter:
Hobart Skipr Meetup
New Reporting page
Alternative ways to report your position
Off the beaten track
For those of you on the East Coast of Australia, I hope you and your boat survived some terrible weather over the past few weeks – it’s a good time to head South, speaking of which…
With so many cruising boats in Hobart for the Festival and the Circumnavigation, there is a unique opportunity to catch up with other “Skiprs”. Catch up with boats you follow on Skipr.net or have a chat with Marius about what you’d like see next on Skipr.net.
We’re having a casual breakfast get together – nothing formal, just an opportunity to catch up with people you might have only read about on Skipr.net. Join us for Sunday breakfast on 10th February at Cafe T42 on Elizabeth Street Pier from 0830hrs to around 1030 (this is a change in venue due to the confirmed numbers sofar !). If you’re planning to be there, drop us an email (email@example.com), so we can give the Cafe some idea about numbers – it is bound to be a busy day around the Dock that day!
Joy and Marius
It’s that time of the year – the best time to cruise to Tasmania! It is promising to be a super year to be in Hobart in early February.
We will be there and look forward to meeting up with many of the “Skiprs”.
In this newsletter:
The 2013 version of Skipr.net – apply to become a tester
The Passage Companion – save $$$ on key cruising guides
In the Flesh – meeting up with Skipr’d crews
Join Skipr Plus – helping Skipr expand and evolve
Cruising in Company – Island Cruising Association seminars Continue reading “Newsletter December 2012”