It’s on again! Hobart 2015

admin | November 23rd, 2014 - 07:57

A combination of the Wooden Boat Festival and “van Diemensland Circumnavigation” [note 1] draws many of us down to Tasmania. I’ve set up pages for club cruises (RPAYC and CYCA) to Hobart. Additionally, this time we’ve also added an open cruise page.

So if you’re planning to come down to Tasmania, participating in the vDL-C 2015 or your boat is in Tasmania anyway, email skipper@skipr.net if you’d like to be on the Cruise Tasmania 2015 page.

Like in 2013, we’re planning a Skipr get together on the 8th February, probably over breakfast. It will no doubt be famously dis-organised and casual, but it will again be good to put faces to many of the regular boats on Skipr.net. Further detail here closer to the date.

Note 1: I might officially be Australian, but as an expired Dutchman I refuse to capitalise "van".

Off-shore, In-touch

admin | November 19th, 2013 - 09:22

I’ll be giving a talk about some of the ins and outs of keeping in touch while cruising. We’ll start by looking at the most common options to maintain reliable internet access on a boat and going over the history, operation and future of Skipr.net.

The venue is the monthly meeting of the Coastal Cruising Club of Australia (CCCA) on Thursday 21st November at the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, 1 Green Street, Cremorne.

Here are the presentation slides:

Links

Newsletter July 2013

admin | July 25th, 2013 - 16:44

In this newsletter:

Evolving Skipr.net
Sydney Boatshow ( catch up?)
Tips&Tricks
Join Skipr Plus

Evolving Skipr.net

I’m pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received about the new position reporting page. It’s the first phase of a re-design of the site to:
  • make it more tablet (iPad) friendly,
  • updating the boat pages to the latest version of Google Maps and
  • adding further social features.
The Currently Cruising page is “bursting at the seams” with the large number of boats now actively reporting on Skipr, so we’re looking to provide a “friends page” where you can choose which boats to “follow”.  Do you have any other suggestions for improvements? Email us. [...]

Hobart Wooden Boat Festival

admin | February 17th, 2013 - 10:16

click for full size picturesWe were totally blown away by the response to my suggestion for ‘Skiprs’ attending the Wooden Boat Festival to get together for breakfast. Over 60 people responding to the invite. We had to change the venue to cope with the numbers, causing a bit of last minute confusion despite our best efforts to contact people.

It was a thrill for me to see the enthusiasm for Skipr.net and it looked like everyone was enjoying meeting together. Thanks everyone – we’ll do it again.

The Wooden Boat Festival (pictures) has established itself as THE venue for anyone who enjoys boats and anything made of wood (or antique outboards!). It has grown into an event that every cruising sailor needs to attend (and indeed, plenty were there. Joy and I spent three days walking around and still didn’t see everything.

The enthusiasm by the volunteers who largely run the Fest is inspiring and infectious. Well done, Hobart.

Marius

Newsletter February 2013

admin | February 4th, 2013 - 07:40
In this newsletter:
Hobart Skipr Meetup 
New Reporting page
Alternative ways to report your position
Off the beaten track
Support Skipr.net
For those of you on the East Coast of Australia, I hope you and your boat survived some terrible weather over the past few weeks – it’s a good time to head South, speaking of which…

Skipr Breakfast in Hobart 10th February [Changed Venue!]

admin | February 2nd, 2013 - 19:42

T42 Cafe on Elizabeth Street PierWith so many cruising boats  in Hobart for the Festival and the Circumnavigation, there is a unique opportunity to catch up with other “Skiprs”. Catch up with boats you follow on Skipr.net or have a chat with Marius about what you’d like see next on Skipr.net.

We’re having a casual breakfast get together – nothing formal, just an opportunity to catch up with people you might have only read about on Skipr.net. Join us for Sunday breakfast on 10th February at Cafe  T42 on Elizabeth Street Pier from 0830hrs to around 1030 (this is a change in venue due to the confirmed numbers sofar !). If you’re planning to be there, drop us an email (skipper@skipr.net), so we can give the Cafe some idea about numbers – it is bound to be a busy day around the Dock that day!

Joy and Marius

Making Track To Hobart

admin | January 14th, 2013 - 14:52

It’s that time of the year – the best time to cruise to Tasmania! It is promising to be a super year to be in Hobart in early February.

We will be there and look forward to meeting up with many of the “Skiprs”.

CYCA Hobart 2013 Cruise

admin | November 9th, 2012 - 07:44

On tuesday this week, I participated in the meeting at the CYCA about their Tasmania cruise early next year. We’ve set up a cruise page on Skipr for them and look forward to ‘following along’. My presentation (on using Skipr and Internet at sea) is below.

There was a lot of interest in the inReach Satellite Communicator, check out this page on my other site TracknSend.com. And of course for any other questions, drop me an email – skipper@skipr.net

In Frank’s weather talk, he mentioned Frank’s Weather site (no, it’s another Frank). A very useful site indeed.

The slides of my presentation are below. [...]

Meeting the Island Cruisers

admin | October 13th, 2012 - 12:27

I enjoyed catching up with the Cruising Crowd at the Island Cruising Association (ICA) in Auckland for their meeting on Friday night.

To get more information on the inReach Satellite Communicator, check out this page my other site TracknSend.com. And of course for any other questions, drop me an email – skipper@skipr.net

The slides of my presentation (Part 1 – Skipr Overview and Pt 2 – Internet at Sea) are below. [...]

Boat of the Month – September

admin | September 11th, 2012 - 11:24

This month’s “showcase” boat is Nellie Dick, a replica Dutch barge, cruising the inland waters of the Netherlands. The photo was taking a few years ago when she was “iced in”.

I’ll admit  to a bit of nostalgia around boats in Holland (yes, the skipper was born there).  Holland offers a rich variety of inland cruising and Nellie Dick looks to be eminently suitable!

The cruisers wiki has some rudimentary information on cruising in the Netherlands. The Barge Association website has good  information about barges.