Last locations of the registered yachts
Sailors are dreamers - and it is not without reason that most long-distance blogs reach their highest number of clicks when it is lunch break at home in Germany. Those who are firmly rooted on land want to experience their journeys with other sailors, follow ships and crews online on their worldwide voyages. So far, this has mainly been done by regularly following the online logbooks and websites - and of course the ship positions at Marinetraffic, if the yacht has an AIS transponder on board.
But now, after the relaunch of its website, the deep sea sailing club Trans-Ocean has created a new, innovative way of tracking its fleet: From now on, every club member can register on the website www.trans-ocean.org and his ship positions, website addresses and travel details regularly report to the new ship directory and display it on a Google Maps map. The new tool, which only became possible a few months ago as part of the website relaunch, has the potential to become a great blue water sailing community.
Ship information page
The location reports of the TO ships used to take up several pages in each TO booklet when traveling, because it is always exciting for the members to follow old friends and companions on their landfalls around the globe. With the new, virtual ship directory, the Trans-Ocean has now made the leap into the modern age and offers members and dreamers the opportunity to follow the ships registered in the association. The site is also accessible to non-members without registration.
In order to enter their journey into the site, the club member must first register on the website with their membership number. He then has the opportunity to create ships and trips, name previous waypoints and even link fellow sailors to the trip. The system also makes it possible to network with friends in a Facebook-like manner and to exchange messages. And even if there is currently no friendly yacht in the vicinity - by looking at the map you can quickly find the positions of other TO yachts and make contacts.
Information on the current trip of the selected yacht
Shortly after the start of the new list of ships, 34 yachts have already registered within three days, and it remains to be seen how the club members will accept the new, modern service. After years of idle developments caused by the crisis in the association, the members now finally have a well-programmed platform.
Link to the map with the ship positions: www.trans-ocean.org/positionen