I extended my stay a couple days and drove down to my brothers place in Cape Coral on the gulf coast of Florida. I have talked about my dear brother(pictured right) many times. He is in the midst of a massive overhaul of a Pan Oceanic 46 Pilothouse. I kid him that I want to sail on it before I die! This boat is one of the prettiest on the water and was designed by renowned naval architect Ted Brewer. Check out the WildThing blog detailing the restoration.
It is a real treat each time I visit Florida. I am constantly scheming to devise a plan to retire to this tropical paradise. The Florida weather is beautiful and the heat and humidity can be tolerated during the summer if you hang near the beach. Sounds good to me!
Onto the latest app. WCC - World Cruising Calendar
If you are a world cruiser you should be familiar with Pilot Charts. These are produced by the National Geo-spatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the hydro-graphic offices from several other countries. Many books have been written about these charts giving cruisers the optimum times to be sailing in the different oceans of the world. If you are a "would be" world cruiser you will want to become familiar with these charts. The charts are a necessity to develop a strategy and time frame for an ocean voyage or crossing. The pilot charts provide a wealth of climate information in a graphical format displayed on a map of the worlds oceans.
The NGA Pilot Charts come is a set of five (North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific and Indian Oceans). The charts sets include a chart for each month of the year. You can download the PDF files here. NGA has alot of other cool, nerdy and geeky information so check them out if you want to wade endlessly through a boring government site.
We are here today to talk about the World Cruising Calendar. The author appears to be French and has attempted to simplify the Pilot Charts down to a set of nice colorful map that are easy to view and decipher.
I tried to find out more about WCC from the support web site listed on iTunes but just got an obscure web page with a contact form. If the author is listening out there it would be great if you could provide me a complimentary copy to review. With few details, here is what I know about WCC.
- Charts of navigation zones
- Sailboat positions of main routes
- Cyclonic Zone and frequent cyclone tracks
- Isolines for wind force and their direction
- Iceberg areas
- Monthly Maps
- Skip to Touch social networking with fellow cruisers
- WCC or Satellite maps for offline viewing
- Share you boats position