NOTE: You may want to save this note for future reference or put this information in your contact/address book for us for your future use and reference. I will do my best to describe all the many ways you can contact us and follow us so you can do so however suits you best.
For Wayne’s past followers please note that the previous Email address email@example.com is NO LONGER IN SERVICE!! Please replace this with Learnativity@satphone.me which is Wayne’s NEW Email while at sea or anytime we only have a satellite phone based connection.
KEEPING YOU POSTED:
As has been my habit for the eight years since I began my own grand sailing adventure, I will send out a “LTY (Learnativity) Update” each day of the passage. These will start with a quick statistical synopsis of our position, weather, etc. and then my typically wondering ponderings of what I’ve learned, observed and thought of the past day. These are not written for sailors nor about sailing per se but rather my personal observations and thoughts from the past day which I’m told provide an interesting glimpse into the day to day adventures and life according to Wayne. Christine will post her daily take on our adventures on her SailingWriter.com blog. And we will now also have our new satellite based gadgets sending out automated location updates and posting these to a map so you can see exactly where we are any time you’d like by going over to http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Learnativity where you will see a “dot” on a world map that pinpoints our location at that time.
Each LTY Update will begin with the same list of “stats” for those interested and then a brief, again consider the source, recounting of the stories that day has produced.
UNDERSTANDING LTY UPDATES
I will start out each daily LTY Update with a standard set of statistics that will give you things like our location, distance travelled, weather conditions, etc. I will use this same format you see below so those of you interested can compare one day to the next and track our progress. Some of you find this the most interesting part as you get a sense of the differences from day to day and others of you just want the stories. So I put these stats right up front so you can either skip over them or analyze them in more depth however you choose. For those of you new to all this, here are some quick explanations of each statistic and the acronyms I’ll be using:
LTY Stats EXPLAINED:
LTY (local to us) TIME: For this passage we stay in the same time zone from Majuro to Fiji so it won’t change. Keep in mind that this time zone is UTC/GMT +12 (Eastern Daylight time is UTC-5) and we are also on the western side of the international date line. So for example 09:00 AM on Thursday for us would be 17:00 (5PM) on Wednesday for our friends in the Eastern time zone of Canada and the USA.
LOCATION: This will be our current location at the time I write the LTY Updates, usually in the morning our time, and will be relative to our distance from Majuro or Fiji or some nearby island.
POSITION: This is our precise GPS based position in latitude/longitude format at the time of writing. It will look like something like this; 07 08.888 N, 171 16.860 E That happens to be our position off Eneko island and tells you we are just over 7 degrees north of the equator and just over 171 degrees East or Greenwich or the zero Longitude line. Many of you might enjoy cutting and pasting this lat/long string into something like Google Earth, or Bing to see a satellite based photo of our exact location where you can zoom in and out to see just where we. Expect to see LOTS of blue most of the time! Or this also works in most map programs as well Or with our new automated position tracking feature in our new Iridium GO!
SOG: = Speed over Ground (ocean floor for us). This is as measured by the GPS satellites and is quite accurate however our speed changes up and down a lot as we sail and/or motor through different conditions.
COG: = Course over Ground. Also GPS based and is essentially the compass direction we are headed at the time of writing.
WIND: This is “Apparent Wind” meaning the wind as we feel it on LTY and is measured in knots per hour. This will vary from the “true wind speed” as would be felt if you were standing still on the water. We use Apparent Wind because this is what our sails are getting and what matters to us.
SEAS/SWELL: This will give you a sense of what the seas around us are like at the time of writing. There are three measurements here: Height measured in meters from the top to the bottom of the swells (not wind waves) which are usually present and formed by large weather distrubances often far away from where we are at the time. Frequency of the swells which is the distance in seconds between each peak of the swell. And the compass direction these swells are coming from. The most comfortable direction for the best “ride” for us is when our direction relative to the swell has them coming from our sides or behind us. This is what the term “following seas” refers to. Bashing directly into the swells and waves is slower and rougher. Longer frequency is also more comfortable.
WEATHER: This will be a short summary of what the weather is like; sunny, overcast, raining, etc.
AIR TEMP: given in both Centigrade and Fahrenheit for those who are not yet bilingual! ;)
SEA TEMP: in C and F degrees
BAROMETER: in mm
TOTAL DISTANCE:: in the beginning this will be distance travelled from Majuro and then after the half way mark or so I’ll switch over to distance to go to destination in Fiji.
HOW TO RECEIVE LEARNATIVITY UPDATES:
You can receive these LTY Updates a number of ways, or not at all if you prefer. One way you can chose is to be on our Email list such that you receive each LTY Update as soon as it is makes it out of our sat phone connection, but into the sky and back down to you. If you already receive too many Emails and do NOT want to receive these Emails please let us know and we can easily take you off the list. Another way to follow along with our adventures is on our blogs. These LTY Updates post automatically to the Learnativity blog I’ve been keeping the past 8 years at http://learnativity.typepad.com For a MUCH better written and concise perspective on our adventures, Christine will be posting each day to her SailingWriter.com blog. For both of these blogs you have the option to automatically receive an Email notification each time something new is posted by entering your email address in the “Subscribe” box you’ll find on our blog pages. Last but not least, and what most of you prefer, if you are “friends” with our respective FaceBook profiles, you will see a notice each time we post something new with a link that will take you to the full blog posting.
This passage we are particularly well connected while at sea and when in very remote locations, by using our new Iridium GO! satellite based “modem” which provides us with a little WiFi “bubble” on Learnativity that allows all our devices to send out text messages, location updates and Emails. Not good enough for any web browsing but still a huge benefit and safety feature for us allowing us to connect with all of you and download satellite photos and other weather data.
We will provide the details on the various ways YOU can connect with us by sending texts or Emails in a follow up note in the next day or so. Pretty amazing to have such connectivity and we very much look forward to hearing from you and providing you with a daily glimpse into this amazing aquatic world of ours. The only restriction we have is that the satellite connection is VERY slow so to keep file size down we ask that you send us TEXT ONLY, no attachments, photos or the like. Text based Emails can be as long as you like, (mine certainly are!!!!) but photos and any large files create a bit of a “pig in a python” situation clogging up our sat phone based connection till they pass all the way through so we ask that you speed our communications by sticking to text only please..
HOW TO CONTACT/FOLLOW US:
Regular Email when we are NOT on passage.
WE do NOT receive any of these until we have a land based web connection. This is actually most of the time and you can use these addresses to send us mail, photos, attachments, anything you like. When we are out on passage these will all be stockpiling in our inbox and we will do our best to review and catch up to them when we get our next good internet connection. However if it is something important either send us a text only Email to the other @sea addresses or resend it when you hear that we have “landed” and have good web access.
EMAIL WHEN WE ARE ON PASSAGE: (Iridium satellite based)
Christine Hodgins: www.facebook.com/christine.hodgins
Christine Kling (the author) www.facebook.com/ChristineKlingAuthor (Christine's Author page)
Christine’s blog: sailingwriter.com
Learnativity blog: www.learnativity.typepad.com
World Phone Voicemail: +1-501-492-9634 (has voice mail that is forwarded to me via Email)
US Based (T-Mobile) cell phones (with call forwarding)
: Christine: +1-954-336-5772
Other contact info: