I have been working on a new blog to eventually replace sailblogs. Christa's New Website
can be found by clicking on the hyperlink. Also Christa's New Website
can be found by looking under my sidelinks. I am a fan of Google and use many Google products. iGoogle, Gmail, Google's electronic health record, Google reader, Google maps, Google earth and Google photo album called Picasso. So Blogger is also a google product and simply superior. I can do much more with Blogger than sailblogs and Blogger is free and is intergrated to maximize all of Google other products. This is the same reason I am a MAC user. Apple also arranges things, such as iTunes and other Apple products to work together. I like that. The thing that really has compelled me to change is Sailblogs chokes all the time. As a cruiser wifi is an unknown in each port. Many times you have to pay for a signal or deal with weak signals. Sometimes I'll sit and watch a sailblogs trying load a picture only to have it time out. It happens over and over again. Doesn't seem to happen with Blogger. But expense aside, the ability to click on pictures within the Blogger site and have it expand is wonderful. I would enjoy some feedback from you all regarding Christa's New Website
. So I intend to maintain both sites simultaneously and then at some point leave the forwarding link within the last sailblogs post. I will be working on moving all the archived blog entries to the new site. A big undertaking, but a great way to retrace my recent history.
I have been surprised at how important the blog has become. Chock it up to one of those unforseeables prior to leaving on a cruise. I really enjoy maintaining the blog and passing along my adventures. I think their is some kind of deep phycological need or desire to document one's life. So having more tools to document my life and sailing trip is great. Speaking of things of a phycological nature.
I have been thrilled since arriving in Antigua to know that basically all of my easting is now done. I need to do only a slight amount of easting from here. Nothing hard on the wind, maybe close reaching. The difference between the two is night and day. Thus far, since I left in September of 2007 I have traveled about 3500 nautical miles. Just about all of it to windward. Clearly the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. Making progress to windward has been a mental anvil weighing on me for 16 months and now I can relax about it a bit.
For example, I plan on leaving for Dominica tomorrow. Of course I check the weather but I don't need to study the details and calculate departure and arrival times on a micro scale. In fact, I very well may be broad reaching for the foreseeable future and enjoying the classic trading wind sailing in deep blue water.
So with that I'll check out. Please check out Christa's New Website
and leave comments on the new blog. It is a work in progress and some things may still be a little Jimmied up. I'll correct mistakes as I go along.