Where are we now?

22 September.  We had a great sail today and BV was making such good progress that we continued on a bit further than expected to anchor in Coleman Cove off Chebeague Island (great name!) which is very close to Portland.  We’ll move the 6 miles or so to Portland tomorrow morning and stay there a couple of nights.  Our main reason for visiting is that we have a hire car booked to take our EPIRB emergency beacon to be tested and have a new battery fitted (at great expense but not quite as much as buying a new one!!!).  It’s routine business that has to be done every few years but there aren’t many locations in the USA where we can get our beacon’s batter replaced so we thought we’d take advantage of being close to one given that the battery needs changing within 6 months time.
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This map is only updated when we get internet access and so it can be several days old. When we are sailing on a long offshore passage our primary communications will be by HF radio. Using that we are able to let you know the odd position report or two when we feed back meteorological conditions. Under this arrangement, as payback for reporting the actual weather conditions, our position will be displayed at this website. We will try to report reasonably frequently when we are sailing longer distances but it's not a perfect system and so if we don't get reports in then it is definitely not a sign that we are in trouble. You might also see the locations plotted as being on dry land. That's because the latitude and longitude we can submit on this system are only in degrees and minutes - we should be within a mile of the flag on googlemaps at the time of the report. [28 Jan 18 update: link updated to show our track using oceantracking.com]

Another website which may be of interest can be found here. On the 'Live Map', it shows the position of most of the world's shipping which is a little disconcerting when you see how busy some of the shipping lanes are that we are going to be sailing through. When our AIS is on it transmits our position and that too will be shown on the website's map; all very Orwellian! If we're sailing you can find our location on the map using the 'Ships Map', 'Go to Vessel' search box on the top left hand side of the page. If we are in port or out of range you can find a list of the ports Blue Velvet has recently visited (with arrival and departure times) using the search box in the top right hand corner.