I tried to start a thread like this back in May. BUT I don't think anyone was smart enough to figure out how to make it happen.
Then comes r1texas and the very cool app he showed me...EveryTrail! Ahm...he's another dude from Texas I might point out to those Easties couldn't work their GPSs!
Anyway, there is now a very easy, very cool way to share that very thing many of us newbs ask about all the time..."What route did you take from X to Y? And what was it like?"
So, this is the thread where I'd like to start collecting those routes and trip reports so that newbs can come here and see what SN sailors have done - and enjoy some of the yarns that go along with those trips.
I won't go into detail on the how-to's of EveryTrail but it's stupid simple to use. Either use the iPhone app they provide, or just upload a GPS export file, or upload directly from your Garmin.
Once that's done, you get the animated map you see below (r1texas' trip from Houston to Florida) - and you can add text telling the story, as well as pics along the way.
Then you just go down into the panel below right of your map and copy the code out of the "Flash map with photos for websites & blogs" window and post it here:
It can be any trip as far as I'm concerned. Why make rules, right?
I've just been one of those newbs who has always wondered what a good route was from Houston to Florida, how long it took, what the scenery/seas were like, etc. Then along comes r1texas and BOOM!
This approach can give people like me all that information - for any passage in the world. I mean, how cool is that?
In the past guys CD, Valiente, CharlieCobra, Sequiter, etc. have put up descriptions and pics of their trips - but I always wondered what their route was. That would give me a sense of how to eventually make that trip myself and know what to expect.
But, I also think there's a lot of value in me knowing how to sail your boat from your marina to the nearest bar so when I come to the Chessie to sail with you, I can helm after you've fallen overboard and frozen to death. So get that trip up Bubble!
The reason I ask, is because it can also be useful for analyzing race course tracks.
You can say "Ah, at this point there was a wind shift and we should have tacked." or "We could have held this tack longer, because the water doesnt' shoal for a while yet."
But I didn't want to junk up the archives with a bunch of 'round the cans tracks without knowing the intent of the thread.
That's a good idea. Start a thread like this in the Racing forum and let's do it. Of course, the only course I typically race is the GR course - and there's no way in hell I'm ever going to catch Kriz until I get new sails.
PS - I think I'll start using EveryTrail for the GR race results. Really cool app.