Saturday

        Welcome to s/y Bluesipp's Track Library

    If you have visited the Library before you may wish to go to the World Index link on the left
                                 Welcome back and I hope you find something useful.

Total disaster has struck. Google Maps has moved everything to its new downgraded format and my entire indexing system has collapsed. If this is not corrected the Library has become virtually useless. ...  .............................I am very very sorry



All tracks are now available in the compact Google Earth KMZ format.      This is the simplest view to download and will help decide which tracks might be useful in your navigation system.



                   If this is your first visit try the introduction below before jumping in.

And if you have tracks that I could add to the Library do please let me know  ( Contact )

                       
 To avoid this post dropping off the bottom I have given it a pseudo publishing date

Friday

Introduction  

  Google's remarkable imagery offers an overhead view of almost any anchorage in the world in quite amazing detail.
Here are just a few examples showing the tracks of the anchoring vessels :-


El Qeisum in the Red Sea .....s/y Bluesipp





Morsby Island, Chagos ...........s/y Taniwani





Tuamotus ...................s/y Vagabond Heart taking a careful look before entering Makemo atoll


This site provides what I hope is a really helpful passage planning tool  ......
Tracks actually laid down by fellow sailors displayed on Google Earth.
And those same tracks also in .ptf and .gpx formats.
You can use the site just for downloading the .ptf or .gpx files for your navigation program without installing Google Earth on your computer. But you miss half the fun and many of the advantages.  Google Earth is available for free download  here  

All tracks are available as  .kmz  files for Google Earth and as .ptf  for MaxSea  and as .gpx  for OpenCPN and others.  

(You can view a track on Google Earth by downloading its KMZ file and opening it with Google Earth.
You can view the track on a marine chart if you use MaxSea - download the PTF file and open in MaxSea.
If you use a system accepting GPX track files, for example Open CPN, you can use that to display the track on a marine chart.)

Downloaded PTF and GPX files can be viewed later on your nav system without internet connection. In general you need the internet to view KMZ files.

Some help on how to download files is given in the "Downloading" link above the OCC logo top left of this screen.

                             

 Here is a track from s/y Vagabond Heart as seen on the chart she used to enter Anchorage Island in Suvarov (Suwarrow)   This chart and track are displayed here on a computer running Open CPN.








And here is the same track on Google Earth :-












Google Earth also provides photographs from within the anchorages giving an excellent idea of what to expect - often quite different from what you might assume from the chart. These can be accessed from the small icons shown on the image. (But only when you are viewing it in GE, not from this screen shot)
Lat and Long can also be read off for any point on the GE display.

Two other things are rather striking .... Vagabond Heart picked out her anchorage quite beautifully, and the marine surveyors did a remarkably accurate piece of charting!

This library is growing all the time with tracks donated by fellow cruisers, and at present holds over 200 tracks containing more than 1,750 anchorages as well as many many reef passages, harbours and marinas.

The tracks  have been freely given and are freely available for you to download. But  of course you do so entirely at your own risk.
The tracks are for interest and planning only and they should not be used for navigation.

I shall be very happy if you share these tracks - in an unmodified form -  with other cruisers but never for commercial purposes. (Please see the Collective Commons License at the foot of this page)


In the right hand side bar (towards the top of this window) is a brief explanation of downloading a track (Malé), this is always available as an aide-mémoire wherever you are in the Library itself.

On the next post below is a rather fuller description of how I got the above images of Vagabond Heart's track from the Library.......
  




To avoid this post dropping off the bottom I have given it a pseudo publishing date

Thursday

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 

  To avoid this post dropping off the bottom I have given it a pseudo publishing date

Friday

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

Saturday

Callisto - Solomons Vanuatu Fiji

As promised the appropriate sections of Callisto's tracks have been added to the three boxes.  The disaster that appears to be looming is that importing sketches in KMZ seems to be ruled out. Major re-think would be needed.

Thursday

Solomons to Fiji

A sketch of Callisto's track added to the World Index.  And the Google Maps changes really caused problems - but because the main index map is actually more capable than before!!!
I will provide KMZ only of this track and then provide the full range and descriptions within Fiji, Vanuatu and (new ) Solomons boxes.

Wednesday

Palau

Part of Callisto's east-going voyage from Philippines to Fiji.  Approaches to Palau extracted, converted and posted.  The changes to Google Maps look to be threatening a large problem for this site........   the most recent posts appear on the site but are missing on the new Maps.