Welcome aboard s/y Bluesipp

                               This site is at present undergoing two major changes:

 1.        It  provides a source of information for those                       .       interested in becoming Bluesipp's new owners.

.....              Please scroll down to the next post.

 2.          It will also eventually contain as much information from the Library as I am able to rescue from Google's disastrous downgrading of Google Maps.  This involves a major re-design of the site and will take quite a lot of time. I am very sorry.

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


For prospective new owners .....

Bluesipp is now seriously for sale.

Brief details will appear on various brokerage sites but much more comprehensive information will appear here as I update this Blog.
For the moment I have published a number of pages as links at the top of the left-hand margin.

This is still a "work in progress" but in the meantime do please contact me via email :

This address is neither a link nor will it copy. [  (at) should be replaced by @  ] Sorry for the inconvenience but I hope it may frustrate spam crawlers.


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 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!

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


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 

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

  Google Earth'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