Welcome to s/y Bluesipp's Track Library

This site is undergoing two major changes:

It will shortly provide a source of information for those interested in becoming Bluesipp's new owners

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.

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Information on sy Bluesipp will start to appear here in April 2015.  Meanwhile some extra details may start to arrive
 at the bottom of the list of links (Above the OCC badge in the left margin)

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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 will remove 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!

Bluesipp for sale..........

But here is better news for would be voyagers.       Bluesipp will be coming on the market during 2015.  I will use this Blog to publish information and news as preparations for the sale go ahead. Watch these spaces!!


Ground Tackle

Bluesipp carries:


Best Bower anchor........................CQR  45lb

Kedge.............................................Bruce 20kg

Second kedge/stern........................Bruce 15kg

 (Also original HR Danforth type.....never used)

Folding dinghy anchor


In anchor locker shackled to CQR                 10mm chain  60metres

Below decks an additional                             10mm chain  30metres

In cockpit locker shackled to 15kg Bruce      10mm chain 10metres                                                                                                                                          spliced to 20mm multiplait  50metres 

These all exceed the normally suggested dimensions but give great peace of mind!

Here are a few pictures:

So comforting to have faith in our anchor.   (Sainte-Anne -  Martinique)

And here is an example of it working beautifully among the Red Sea reefs.........

This is a gust of course but the average

was still plenty 

Fifty metres of good 10mm chain out and riding perfectly.

Here is Old Faithful  -  newly galvanized with 60m of newly galvanized chain.

A pic of the anchor itself to be added


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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