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equipment manufacturers may be found on the 'Specifications' and
personal selection of some of the more interesting sailing-related
sites that we've come across. Note that we are not attempting to
produce an exhaustive list, but we do try to explain why each site is
[ If you're looking for a simple, more
exhaustive listing, try the UK Sailing
UK Met Office - the obvious one! OK for getting forecats,
the Shipping & Inshore forecasts for the next 24 hours. If
looking for anything more than 24 hours hence then you will need to pay!
NOAA Synoptic Charts
- The U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency publishes lots
data, including a whole range of forecast charts that are faxed to them
Forecast synoptic charts from the UK Met Office for up to 5 days hence
be found on this page (scroll down to the MSLP entries).
(UK) - an interesting site which shows the latest
from automatic weather stations around the UK coast.
Satellite Images - there
are several sites presenting current and archive satellite imagery,
from the infra-red and visible spectra. I've chosen those
from Nottingham University since both Annie and I are alumni of said
NMEA Home Page - for full details of the NMEA0183 data interface i.e.
to interpret NMEA sentences. Useful if you are wondering why two
of electronics aren't talking to each other, or are just interested in
the technical background.
GPS Status Pages- all the latest
'the horse's mouth': the U.S. Coastguard Navigation Centre, including
service interruptions, latest Government policy on S.A., and a tool to
satellite visibilty from any location at any time (check it against
Connector - want to link your PC or palmtop to a Garmin GPS to
data / upload waypoints and routes? Then you'll need one of these.
GMDSS- the Maritime
Agencies' guidelines on GMDSS for small boat users in European waters.
UK Hydrographic Office - the source of
marine cartographic data for the UK, and I still think their charts are
Times - for the next 14 days for a range of UK and Irish
ports. courtesy of IPC magazines. Very useful if you want to do a
of planning from your home/office. [NB I am not suggesting that
mind might wander towards planning your next cruise sail whilst you're
come and explore the delights of Chichester; miles of coastline
within a well protected harbour whose entrance is just 6 miles east of
The only significant harbour on the south coast of England without any
International Maritime Organisation - check
out the SOLAS convention for yourself, or just become more familiar
what this body actually does.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency -
current incarnation of H.M. Coastguard and the Marine Safety Agency.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
- to quote: "If you sail, you should join Offshore." How
can you disagree?
Royal Yachting Association
Trinity House - check
how you can visit a lighthouse, or just enjoy the pictures.
Sailing / Cornish Cruising
- we've taken several courses with John Goode's Southern
all excellent and most enjoyable. More recently we learned a
more about sailing gaffers with their sister company, Cornish Cruising.
Tenrag Charters - we were
impressed with their service some years ago. These days they
most imaginable destinations.
Jubilee Sailing Trust - have
personal experience of their voyages, but surely a most worthwhile
Old Gaffers Association
- their mission is to further the cause of gaff rig,
on a hundred year old classic or a plastic gaffer like Chione. (Their Web site is a useful
- providing you can stand the page background!)
National Maritime Museum - including
the Royal Greenwich Observatory. As well as giving the obvious
about the place, there is intercative access to details of many of
- struggling to remember the lyrics of that old sea
Well take the finger out of your ear, and check this site.
songs from the US, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Canada and France, as
as the UK.)
Patrick O'Brian -
the late author's page on his publisher's Web site. Contains a
comprehensive set of links to other Jack Aubrey / Stephen Maturin