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1 days ago
Topic:
Old C-MAP charts

kenkavanagh
Posts: 1
kenkavanagh
Posts: 1
Topic: Old C-MAP charts
Old C-Map charts ( c. 1995 ) covering Irish Sea to Sweden available FOC.
Pay postage only.
Details on request.
7 days ago
Topic:
New route planning app - Savvy Navvy

Simon Currin
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Posts: 685
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 685
Topic: New route planning app - Savvy Navvy
Dick,
We are agreed and you are correct I was being a little tongue in cheek. The more serious point is though that the ‘automatic’ routing function on the Navionics App is very good and worth exploring.

Simon
Dick wrote:
Hi Simon,
I am afraid your nervousness about my response, although I know done in jest, masks a mis-portayal of my concerns: the safety aspects of the use of routing software by those who do not have the knowledge and training background that are essential to their safe use. Daria wisely mentioned that there were product limitations (being addressed by the designers). I am flagging some of what I see as “skipper pre-requisites” for the safe use of this product. Used by skippers with the requisite background I have absolutely no trouble with.
I know you to have the requisite background knowledge and experience to use these products wisely. My focus is not with the product itself, but in the safety aspects of its use (and its advertising). Using these products without experience and training in the tasks that this product finesses is, to my mind, a safety issue for the skipper, his/her crew and any rescue personnel who might be sent out to help them. It is the safety aspect that concerns me.
Please do not get me wrong. I was not challenging that you used “such a tool for planning purposes and found it really good for the reasons Daria states”. I am sure that it produced what it advertised. I am in no way a Luddite and I like very much many of the technological advances that have accrued over the last few decades. I think they have made all wandering by boat much safer. I would be very unhappy to return to life before chart plotters, EPIRBS, AIS, GPS and the like.
In essence, I see wandering afar by sailboat as one area where one jumps the learning curve at their peril. And too many marine products, to my mind, are advertised, implicitly or explicitly, as ways to jump the learning curve. Statistically, they are likely to do fine. Most skippers, nowadays, feel that GPS is so dependable that one can go to sea without celestial knowledge/training or a sextant (and I hesitantly agree, although for 2 decades, I have carried a sextant: never used for anything beyond recreation). I do not believe we have yet to achieve that degree of reliability with chart plotting, routing software, MOB equipment and the like. They all need training in the background skills that they aid in executing.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
7 days ago
Topic:
New route planning app - Savvy Navvy

Dick
Posts: 233
Hi Daria,
I like your description of the use of this routing software as a way to collect data on the proposed route and to mix it in with other data inputs. That seems wise. Add that to training in traditional skills and experience on the water and you have the makings for enabling this product to be a useful aid in everyday life on board.
And I particularly like your bringing to mind the word complacency. It captures perfectly a condition that every skipper should watch out for and guard against. Much of what we do is routine and un-dramatic and it is easy to get complacent and forget how easy it is for a routine outing to go pear shaped. And when things go pear shaped on a boat, the ante is higher: running out of fuel in a car, you pull to the side of the road: on a boat, not so safe nor so easy; for crew, for the boat, or for any sent out to help.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
7 days ago
Topic:
New route planning app - Savvy Navvy

Dick
Posts: 233
Hi Simon,
I am afraid your nervousness about my response, although I know done in jest, masks a mis-portayal of my concerns: the safety aspects of the use of routing software by those who do not have the knowledge and training background that are essential to their safe use. Daria wisely mentioned that there were product limitations (being addressed by the designers). I am flagging some of what I see as “skipper pre-requisites” for the safe use of this product. Used by skippers with the requisite background I have absolutely no trouble with.
I know you to have the requisite background knowledge and experience to use these products wisely. My focus is not with the product itself, but in the safety aspects of its use (and its advertising). Using these products without experience and training in the tasks that this product finesses is, to my mind, a safety issue for the skipper, his/her crew and any rescue personnel who might be sent out to help them. It is the safety aspect that concerns me.
Please do not get me wrong. I was not challenging that you used “such a tool for planning purposes and found it really good for the reasons Daria states”. I am sure that it produced what it advertised. I am in no way a Luddite and I like very much many of the technological advances that have accrued over the last few decades. I think they have made all wandering by boat much safer. I would be very unhappy to return to life before chart plotters, EPIRBS, AIS, GPS and the like.
In essence, I see wandering afar by sailboat as one area where one jumps the learning curve at their peril. And too many marine products, to my mind, are advertised, implicitly or explicitly, as ways to jump the learning curve. Statistically, they are likely to do fine. Most skippers, nowadays, feel that GPS is so dependable that one can go to sea without celestial knowledge/training or a sextant (and I hesitantly agree, although for 2 decades, I have carried a sextant: never used for anything beyond recreation). I do not believe we have yet to achieve that degree of reliability with chart plotting, routing software, MOB equipment and the like. They all need training in the background skills that they aid in executing.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
7 days ago
Topic:
New route planning app - Savvy Navvy

Simon Currin
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Posts: 685
Simon Currin
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Topic: New route planning app - Savvy Navvy
Now here is a confession that I’m almost too nervous to share with Dick! I have used such a tool for planning purposes and found it really good for the reasons Daria states. Both the Navionics Boating App and the PredictWind App have similar automatic routing functionality built in. They offer very quick (and mostly accurate) routing through complex territory and can save a lot of laborious work. Absolutely not to be relied on for real world navigation but well worth investigating for those prepared to treat it as an aid rather than as gospel. The Navionics version can be configured to mitigate risk as, I suspect, most others can. They certainly have very obvious cautionary notices that leave the user in no doubt where the navigator’s responsibility resides.

So once again my technophilia has been outed and I nervously await the response!
Simon
8 days ago
Topic:
New route planning app - Savvy Navvy

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 711
Dick, I couldn't agree more. Complacency is our worst enemy, and it is so easy for some to become completely reliant on such devices. I like this product for initial planning because it points out things you might not always be able to take into account easily, like currents for example. A known glitch that is being worked on now is that the near coastal routing can take the user inside some rather treacherous shoals. Logic tells us that other glitches are likely to exist within products of this nature, only to be found under the worst of circumstances. I like your warning about the level of competency required to even think about using such products.

In our book, use everything available knowing that no one tool is perfect. Then use your own skills, and powers of observation, to make sense of what the tools convey.
8 days ago
Topic:
Royal Cork YC wins Marina of the Year

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 711
Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, the oldest yacht club in the world, have been announced as the winners of the prestigious, NMU International Marina of the Year 2018 at The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) NMU Marina of the Year Awards at the London Boat Show. Now in their fifth year, the Awards, sponsored in 2018 by specialist insurer NMU, are voted for by berth holders. They recognise the best of over 160 Gold Anchor accredited marinas from across the globe.


http://www.marinaoftheyearawards.com/
10 days ago
Topic:
New route planning app - Savvy Navvy

Dick
Posts: 233
Hi Daria and all,
There is a safety issue embedded in the product you mentioned which I would like to use your advisement to kick off from:
In the unending quest for new and easier ways to accomplish tasks, I believe that some of these new pathways should come with a “warning” label. I see adverts or notices for these pathways and shudder with a degree of apprehension as I can see a significant portion of the boating public being drawn into their seductive advertising without the requisite (my judgment) background. There are (at least) 3 sets of boaters whose safety might be compromised: those who truly have so little experience as to believe the advertised advantages and not realize the safety aspects; those with some experience who are drawn to the easy way the app promises; and those quite experienced who, because of fatigue or being rushed, employ the app and suspend their experienced concerns (every year we hear about at least a couple of experienced skipper relying on a chart plotter in just this way and getting into trouble). Wariness should be in direct proportion to one’s reliance on indirect input (read technological/electronic).
In the app you cited, I would not be surprised to actually see a warning: “Not to be used for Navigation” being on the first page to open just before you click the box labeled “Accept”. (One sees this warning so often that it is rather rendered impotent as a true warning.) My “warning” label would be quite long. It would include a thorough description of the kinds of experience and training necessary to use the app safely. In this instance, it would include a thorough grounding in traditional chart plotting, and then move this training from the classroom to the boat with on-the-water runs plotted and executed. In the UK, the label could read, “Not to be used until a such-and-such level of RYA training is achieved. In most countries, that sort of specificity is not available.
I mention this as a generic problem in our community, not just the product you mentioned. The same caveats could be applied to chart plotters, MOB equipment, anchor handling equipment and many other products whose advertising interests are to sell the product.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
11 days ago
Topic:
New route planning app - Savvy Navvy

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 711
Check out this new app. You put in your starting point and your ending point and it plots the route for you, taking into account wind and currents. It's in beta testing and they are looking for input. There are some known bugs. Mobile apps for android and iOS are already in development.

https://app.savvy-navvy.com/chart/@40.2982006,-15.2897657,4.91z
edited by DariaBlackwell on 1/9/2018
11 days ago
Topic:
Safety Notice about Hooks on Tethers

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 711
The sailing yacht CV30 was taking part in the third leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race having
left Cape Town on 31 October 2017 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia.

At about 1414 local time on 18 November 2017, the yacht was in position 42°30.3’S, 087°36.3’E,
approximately 1500nm from Fremantle, when a crew member, Simon Speirs, fell overboard. He was
attached to the yacht by his safety harness tether. The hook at the end of the tether that was clipped to a
jack-line, deformed and released resulting in him becoming separated from the yacht. Simon Speirs was
recovered unconscious onto the yacht but sadly could not be resuscitated.


Read initial findings here:

https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/safety-warning-on-the-use-of-safety-harness-tethers-on-sailing-yachts
12 days ago
Topic:
Loosing GPS internal signal in IPad

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 685
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 685
Topic: Loosing GPS internal signal in IPad
Augustin,
Welcome to the Forum. I am wondering if your boat electronics are wifi enabled? If they are it maybe that your iPad is attempting to log onto that and in doing so disabling location services. Does the same thing happen when you run the navigation app (or any other gps dependent service) on your iPhone?
Simon
edited by simoncurrin on 1/9/2018
12 days ago
Topic:
Loosing GPS internal signal in IPad

Dick
Posts: 233
Hi Agustin,
I do not have an answer to your question, but if you do not get an answer here on the Forum, you might try Attainable Adventures Cruising web site. It will cost you ~~20USD to join, but some of the discussion streams have been very active in regard to IPad use for navigation with many skippers reporting using them extensively. Any question posted will go out to all the people involved and I would suspect there would be great interest in your query: both in a warning of its occurrence and in solutions. I would also suspect you would get some good ideas pertaining to the IPad’s use in this area. Not to mention all AAC has to offer in other areas.
If you do follow up to AAC, let me know how it works out and, please, report what you do find as the IPad seems to be many people’s back-up and sometimes their primary.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
12 days ago
Topic:
Loosing GPS internal signal in IPad

navegante1105
Posts: 1
Hello: I wonder if this has happened to someone in his boat:
I have an Ipad with Navionics app installed. Everything works perfect until I switch on my electronics main switch( Tridata, GPS, Autopilot, Plotter)in my sailing boat. It is like it looses his internal gps signal(IPad) and then, it does not work anymore. If I jump to the pontoon and go further than a couple of meters, it works again. By the time I return to the boat, it freezes. It is like if my IPad were not compatible with some magnetic field created by my boat when I switch on my electronics. So, I cannot use my IPad as a standby plotter, if I do not want to loose all my electronics, including autopilot.
Thank You for the advice..Cheers, Agustin.
12 days ago
Topic:
Caribbean & Bahamas Cruising Guides and Charts

Christopher Barnes
Posts: 9
Yes. We still have both. You can email me at mbarnes at midland-school dot org and we can go from there.

dave.savage wrote:
Hi,
Do you still have any Bahamas charts available? Plus the exhumes guide.
Thanks.
13 days ago
Topic:
Westerly Oceanlord 41 - Badgers sett - For Sale

BadgersSett
Posts: 11
Badgers Sett has been our cherished live-a-board home since 1996. She is a centre cockpit, fin keel, monohull, sloop with an additional inner headsail. The Oceanlord is a well proven, sturdy, long distance cruiser, with comfortable accommodation. Designed by Ed Dubois and built to Lloyds Hull Construction requirements. With berths for eight, including a spacious owners aft cabin, two heads and lots of storage. She is well equipped for live-a-board cruising & easily sailed with all three sails on roller reefing systems and all control lines in the cockpit.
For more details and lots of pictures, please see www.Westerly41.com or email Ken direct at BadgerForSale@gmail.com
edited by BadgersSett on 1/14/2018
edited by BadgersSett on 1/14/2018
14 days ago
Topic:
YSP Crew Available

shpeck
Posts: 6
shpeck
Posts: 6
Topic: YSP Crew Available
Skippers interested in offering a passage to an OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme person please be in touch with Shaun Peck the Coordinator.
Cian Mullee (Aged 20)


Sailing Experience: My introduction to Sailing began as a child as I was brought up in a sailing family. I was always on the sea from a young age, gaining experience in all types of boats (Sail, Motor, Paddle.) At the age of eight , I started my first ISA(Irish Sailing Association) sailing scheme, the module 'start sailing'. After completing this module, I returned every summer for the seven years and completed the following modules
• Basic skills
• Improving Skills
• Advanced Boat Handling
• Go Racing
• Adventure 1+2
• Kites and Wires
Upon completing all of the available modules, I began gathering the various pre-requisites required to become a Sailing Instructor within the ISA. I obtained certificates of the following,
• Occupational First Aid
• Cardiac first Response
• Radio Operators Short Range (VHF)
• National Powerboat


I then moved on to the ISA Pre-Entry Assessment and Instructor Course. The Pre-Entry is broken into two parts, the first part examines your knowledge of sail theory and safety on the water. The second tests your sailing ability on the water, where you have a list of maneuvers and skills you must complete and demonstrate on the water. Upon finishing the Pre-entry you then are eligible to progress into the instructor course. The Instructor course is five days long and is centered around developing the correct methods of teaching and management of groups, with lots of emphasis on safety on the water, progression of the trainee's skills and of course they're enjoyment. Throughout the week I was asked to prepare sessions for theoretical and practical learning as well as various activities and methods of keeping the trainee engaged and interested. This course developed my teaching skills immensely and ignited my passion for helping others to learn the amazing skills that come with sailing. I then worked as a Dinghy Instructor worked in my local sailing club in Mayo for 3 summers improving my sailing and instructing skills. I then upgraded to senior instructor certificate under the ISA. My Irish Sailing Association certified qualifications and training as a Senior Instructor managing teams of 10-15 instructors have massively strengthened my interpersonal skills, my ability to work within a team as well as managing a team, my communication skills, and my ability to delegate and supervise in a positive and constructive manner. In this role I also became comfortable with establishing and implementing standard operating procedures, risk assessments and accident and injury incident protocols and reports. As a manager, I will look to implement evidence-based teaching strategies, evaluation approaches, and useful technology. Working in a changeable nautical environment greatly improved my decision making and ability to adapt to both foreseen and unforeseen challenges to my work plans, settings, and schedule in a flexible, productive, and safety conscious manner. This work also gave me huge appreciation for using multiple teaching and communication approaches to achieve the most engagement and understanding with a wide range of characters and personalities, insight which has helped me greatly in building strong professional research relationships. I also have gained considerable experience in cruising and racing yachts in my local sailing club and around Ireland competing in various events and cruises, mainly on my families' Ruffian 23 and also on multiple local boats. I've recently been helming a Hunter Formula 28, trying to gain as much experience and skills as possible. I'm constantly looking to improve my skills and experience to better myself as a sailor and an instructor. I'm very passionate about sailing and would it be a dream come true to create a career in the sport I love.


Personal Statement: I'm applying for this sponsorship because I have a deep passion for sailing and I desperately want a career in the sport of sailing, but as a young man from the west of Ireland, its proving very difficult to break into the industry. This sponsorship would help me overcome the various obstacles that are in my way at the minute. I'm a hard working individual that will take full advantage of the opportunity if I'm given it. The price of flights, ocean cruising gear and just the overall costs are proving too much for me at the moment and would be unfeasible for me to attempt for at least a few years. The sponsorship would allow me to make the jump into my dream life at a very young age to make the very best of an incredible experience that would open countless opportunities for me to build a career as a sailor; it would be an incredible experience that would allow me to live my dream. I hope you consider me for this unique experience, I will use it to it's maximum potential and ensure every cent invested in this sponsorship is used wisely to achieve the very best outcome. Thank you
14 days ago
Topic:
YSP Crew Available

shpeck
Posts: 6
shpeck
Posts: 6
Topic: YSP Crew Available
Skippers who may be interested in taking an OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme please be in contact with the Coordinator Shaun Peck

Charlotte Butterworth (aged 20)

Sailing Experience: I sail each year with The Ellen McArthur Trust – a charity that introduces water sports to young people who have overcome Cancer. This has boosted my confidence and encouraged me to pursue sailing as a hobby, which I now enjoy with my family. I competed in the Round the Island Race in 2014 and many other week long trips over the past 9 years. Being part of a skilled crew and learning more about sailing has made these trips an invaluable experience. This Easter I attended a graduate training course where I successfully completed my competent crew qualification and I am looking forward to volunteering as a leader this summer to share my love of sailing as well as enabling more young people to benefit from being part of such an inspirational organization.
Personal Statement: Undertaking this opportunity to become a more competent sailor I believe will not only increase my passion for the sport but enable me to be a more useful crew member on future trips with the trust at the benefit of the young people that we work with.
I have always wanted to have the opportunity to gain water experience outside of British waters in order to increase my confidence and understanding of long distance voyages and feel this is the perfect time to do so.
Having spent a gap year as a chef in a ski chalet I have learnt that extreme sports are my passion. Coming to appreciate the importance of effective teamwork and communication in order to utilise time effectively over the season is a skill I would bring with me on the voyage as well (as the ability to cook delicious meals after a long day on the water!) Being thrown in the deep end as head chef for 40 guests taught me to think on my feet get stuck in wherever I was needed.
14 days ago
Topic:
YSP

Sally
Posts: 18
Sally
Posts: 18
Topic: YSP
Hi Shaun, we have seen your recent posts re several candidates for the ysp. Our boat is currently overwintering on the west coast of Greenland at Aasiaat and we are sailing from there across to Canada and on down to Newfoundland over the months of June and July this year. This would not be 1,000 miles port to port passage but would be a very challenging trip. We would be happy to hear if any of the candidates are interested in joining us on this passage. We would want to meet with the candidate before confirming their passage and they would need to commit to the full two months. Please let us know if this is of interest. Regards, Sally & Simon
15 days ago
Topic:
YSP crew available

shpeck
Posts: 6
shpeck
Posts: 6
Topic: YSP crew available
If a skipper is able to take Stuart on a passage please be in contact with Shaun Peck the OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme Coordinator
Stuart Picken (aged 26)
Sailing Experience: I have extensive experience in coastal sailing around the UK. Much of it in a professional capacity. I have worked in sail training for a long time, and have a passion for youth work and personal development. This has meant for a long time sailing came secondary to the youth work it allowed me to carry ourt. Having said that, I achieve Yachmaster Offshore commercial endorsement 7 years ago, and have regularly sailed as 1st mate since then for Ocean Youth Trust Scotland on large sail training yachts accruing something in the region of 15,000 coastal miles. I also, until recently, held a RYA cruising instructor certificate. Unfortunately I allowed this to lapse, as I never found time to use it! My sailing experience has given me a high standard of coastal sailing, navigation and a very high standard of safety. Moreover, I have a reasonable level of experience of repairs an maintenance. I have little offshore sailing experience (a trip to the Faroe Islands some years ago), and no ocean sailing experience.
Personal Statement: I am in the process of purchasing my own boat. Small boat cruising is new territory for me! I am hoping, over the next few years, to transition toward sailing for my own reasons and for the pleasure of it - rather than purely as a tool for youth development! One aspect of this is attempting to gain experience of ocean sailing, as I have ambitions of taking my own boat offshore in the future. I find living an working in Scotland quite isolating from the bulk of the sailing community, and applying for the OCC sponsorship scheme is, for me, as much or more about tapping into a community of experienced ocean sailors as it about financial assistance. Although obviously as I go through the process of buying my own small boat financial limitations are a relevant concern! Ocean sailing, particularly, I am finding a world difficult to come into contact with. Ideally I would like to find a passage during the winter, however my work program is quite flexible and with warning I suspect I could fit most things in! Moreover, locations and types of boats and all the rest I am very flexible over. Having said that, I would very much appreciate being involve in pre-departure preparations in terms of victualing, maintenance and routing. Finally, I would like to say that I am a very personable young man, and easy going yet with an excellent work ethic. I would be more than happy to supply references with regards to sailing experience and my fitness of personality for extended periods of close quarters living!
15 days ago
Topic:
YSP crew available

shpeck
Posts: 6
shpeck
Posts: 6
Topic: YSP crew available
If a skipper is interested in taking Cormac please be in touch with Shaun Peck the OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme Coordinator
Cormac Mac Donagh (Aged 23)
Sailing Experience: I have been sailing dinghy's since I was 8 years old and I'm qualified with the ISA as a dinghy instructor. I have worked as an instructor in Mayo Sailing Club and Manhattan Sailing School. My experience on larger sailing boast is limited to short race meetings and day passages which is why I am keen to experience a longer voyage.
Personal Statement: I live in the Clew Bay area in Co. Mayo Ireland where I have been surrounded by boats of all kinds all my life. Whether it be sailing, diving or fishing I have always been heavily involved in water activities but I have never taken part on a long voyage. With the OCC youth program encouraging voyages around 1000nm I became immediately interested in joining. I have recently graduated from a masters in Sustainable Energy Systems and I am taking some time before I begin the working life to have some once in a life time experiences. I will be traveling in South America until around March 2018 so if there is an opportunity to take part in a voyage in this area I would be seriously interested. I'm not fussy as to where the voyage might be going, I'm just excited by the opportunity to experience a long distance sail. As am traveling for the next couple of months and I have not starting working seriously yet, I am on a fairly strict budget which is why the OCC youth sponsorship program is a wonderful opportunity for me to feasibly experience a long distance sail.




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