Newsletter #295

Newsletter #295 - December 2, 2015


>>> Windyty >>>

We love technology that provides something new and unique. Occasionally, someone develops something that uses the latest capabilities to change the way you live (or cruise). A great new website you probably haven't heard of does just that:

Windyty provides a new way of looking at weather. It uses the very latest web technologies - we could spit out a list of jargon terms it incorporates to create the display. But you know what? None of that matters. What matters is the animation, dynamics, and integration of what we all want out of weather predictions.

Windyty was written by Cameron Beccario who is a kiter and loves the weather. A brief, 1 minute video introduction to it can be found here:

There are too many great capabilities within this completely free resource to list them all. Click on a point and move it around for dynamic data values; adjust the time at the bottom, select wind, waves, or other features. Once you have a single data point, click the "Detailed forecast for this location" and then click the "Wind and Waves new" button to display a BuoyWeather-like table of forecast predictions for the selected spot. It goes on and on.

Windyty uses the GFS weather model predictions. This model is not perfect and the results you see do not replace the need to obtain multiple sources of weather analysis. But Windyty will grow on you. We've been using it for 6 months and have found it to be exceptional. It is the first tool we reach for when looking at weather now because it provides such a comprehensive view into the patterns of the upcoming predictions.

Windyty works on iOS and Android browsers including most phones. The user-interface changes on small screens but it all works.

Warning: using Windyty will hook you. Enjoy!

>>> Women of Adventure >>>

We love DeLorme. First, they're a Maine company so we have a natural connection with them. We've been to their headquarters and have met with the inReach management and engineers. Their inReach product is exceptional and we use it ourselves every time our boat moves (soon, every time we're at anchor too).

They just created a new campaign about women who are outside, doing adventurous things. They created a 2016 calendar highlighting one woman each month. They even selected one month to highlight a woman who cruises - our own Karen - Ms August.

For more info about the campaign to highlight women, see:

We will be getting a bunch of the calendars and are thinking of fun ways to distribute them. That is, if Jeff will let any of them go.

>>> Defender 1st >>>

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Dylan and Dee Dee had a great Thanksgiving week visiting with family. They even got to participate in a Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot. But they are happy to be back onboard where all is familiar and the "Dee Dee No" places are known. The crew has begun moving south again. You can always check out what Dylan and Dee Dee are up to on their blog:

Karen and Jeffrey Siegel
Castine, Maine
sharing the experience
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