Thursday, July 21, 2011

Course Map

I'm trying out something new. Most of the shorter distance races don't use boat trackers because of the expense but Google maps has a pretty cool free API for generating static maps that works well for low bandwidth connections such as satellite phones. All that is required is to attach a very small html file to my usual in-race updates and a map will display with Jeroboam's position, track line (to a rough degree), and markers for the start and finish lines. This is the course using that API and I'll try to post maps with Jeroboam's position and track during the race. It should be interesting as the wind looks like it will force the fleet to move pretty far NW of the rhumb line initially to properly play the long slow clock over the course Saturday night.

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