How to submit a GPS track:
- Do your sailing log first. That way the sailing log info will be loaded into the track summary.
- You need a GPX or KML format file. You can convert formats using GPS Babel. There is a how to upload guide here.
- Log in to the website, go to Logs > Submit a GPS Track. Choose a unique track title, choose a category, select I have a GPX/KML file, and choose the file.
- It may take 30sec or so to generate the stats depending on the track length. If you get an empty page, or if it sends you back to the page showing all tracks, then go to Logs > Latest Tracks, select your track then choose Edit and Save to redo the stats. Sometimes generating the stats will time-out.
- For multiple tracks and sailing logs in a day: there is a way to make it work but it's not automatic since there are no times in a Sailing Log (only dates). When you upload a track, there is now a "SailingLog ID" tab at the top right. If you have multiple tracks and logs, enter the sailing log ID (a 5 digit number at the end of the URL shown when you view/edit your Sailing Log, 35735 for the example below). You have to enter this number for each of the tracks on the same day. You need to enter this number, then the other track info then Save&Close. Then go back to the track, Edit then Save to get it to update to the new sailing log.
- The GPS track info is automatically inserted into your Sailing Log entry, for example: /forums/sailinglog/rec/view/35735
Understanding the Sailing Log stats:
- In case anyone is wondering about the sailing log stats on the homepage and why the numbers are different compared to the sailing logs: it also counts #Days sailed and not #Sessions.
- I think #days sailed is a more representative number since #sessions can be easily inflated by posted multiple logs/day from the same site. It can be changed if enough people object. It is also more in line with the Group Stats since it has always counted Sailing Days and not sessions: Group Stats
Website tips and tricks
- Latest reports table: click on each row to see site details.
- Forecast table model 1: click on the time to show a popup of the model plot.
- The wind prediction tables show the wind speed in knots.
- Right hand sidebar modules: on a desktop and if you are logged in, you can move the modules around and the positions are saved.
- Right hand sidebar modules: hover over each line to show details.
- City forecasts: Click the site (eg. Victoria) to popup the detailed EC forecast. Click on the day (eg. Friday or Tonight) to show hourly details.
- Marine forecasts: Click the EnvCanada text link to popup the EC marine forecast for all Pacific regions.
How to Publish an Article:
- Have something to write about? Maybe a blog, weather info, travel summary, how to/safety? Log in to the website. Then go to User > Publish an Article. Choose a title, then add your content and hit Save. It will automatically show a link on the homepage under the photos.
How to show your YouTube channel and videos:
- Log in to the website. Then go to User > Publish an Article. Choose a title, then add the embed code for the video or channel in the Article section.
- You can find the format to embed individual videos or a channel in the Shortcodes section here or on the demo site here.
- When you have an updated video in your channel, to get it to show on the website homepage, go User > My Profile. Then select Articles on the About line. Then click on the youtube article. Use the Edit button on the top right. Then scroll down and hit Save. That is all that's needed to show an update on the homepage.
Why are there two different wind models?
- Model-1 (UW) = University of Washington WRF-GFS 4km model updated 2x/day at ~1010am/1010pm. https://a.atmos.washington.edu/mm5rt/rt/gfsinit.4km.html
- Model-2 (EC) = 2.5km HRDPS Continental Model from Environment Canada updated 4x/day ~5am/11am/5pm/11pm. https://weather.gc.ca/grib/grib2_HRDPS_HR_e.html
Why are my PM's stuck in my outbox?
- This is by design. The private messages are put in your outbox until the recipient reads the message. This is done so you can edit/delete the message after it has been sent and is still unread. It will move from Outbox to Sent once the recipient reads the message.
Private Message Info:
- There are now two types of PMs: forum and website. They are independent and not linked to each other (messages in one don't show in the other). The forum PMs are the same as before and can be found here. There is also website PMs that can be used as "quick PMs" here. These will show a hard-to-miss banner indicator on every page for the recipient, as long as they are logged in.
Login problems on the new site?
- Try going to the forum and logging in: https://windisgood.com/forums.html
- Then visit a few pages on the site, then go to the homepage. You should be logged in now, hopefully, and you should be able to login normally on the next visit.
Nitinat Safety Guide:Kite sailing / windsurfing site user guide
Written April 14 2001 - To interested parties.
It has become apparent to me that we are going to see an increase in the number of kite surfers on the Lake this year. Many of our members (including myself) have taken up kite surfing. Some of us will use it as a low wind alternative and some will take up kite surfing exclusively. The sport will also attract new individuals to that don’t have a windsurfing or sailing background. We should take the time to learn how both groups of sailors operate so as to limit or negate any negative interaction.
Here is the outline of a "Kite Surfing/Windsurfer User Guide" that we are developing for Nitinat. Hopefully it will evolve as required to meet the needs of both user groups. The suggestions are a result of talking to kite surfers, my own personal experiences and the experiences of other local windsurfers that have taken up kite surfing. Ross Harrington and I have worked together to developed the "User Guide" Ross represented the kite surfers’ interests in the development process and I represented the windsurfers’ interests. If these guidelines are followed, both groups should easily be able to co-exist on Nitinat Lake. Both Ross and I would like to strongly urge both windsurfers and kite surfers to adopt these guidelines.
ON THE BEACH
|Don’t launch or land your kite in front of the main campsite or the campsites downwind (toward village) of the point/day park area. These areas are typically frequented by windsurfers, families, children and swimmers.||Maintain using the traditional launch/landing area in front of the camp.|
Launch or land above the campsite (to be marked by a flag on a pole) or below the campsite (to be marked by a flag on a pole).
When launching up wind of the site leave lots of room for safety.
|Be aware that kites will be launching up wind of the campsite and or landing down wind of the site. Provide kite surfers plenty of room to do so.|
|Take time to show anyone who is interested, how to safely launch and land your kite. Getting knowledgeable help from others will greatly reduce the chance of accidents and make life easier for you.||Don’t become involved in launching or landing a kite unless you have been shown what to do. Launching and landing a kite is the most dangerous part of kite surfing. Never stand downwind of a kite that is in the process of launching or landing.|
|Don’t practice fly your kite or trainer in the area in front of the campsite. Respect the fact that windsurfers’ need to have a safe area to launch and land without having to watch for kites.|
|Pay special attention to kids when launching or landing your kite. Kids love kites but don’t understand the dangers. If in doubt delay launching your kite.|
ON THE WATER
|Don’t try to "pinch" out windsurfers on the same or opposite tack. If you see a windsurfer trying to pass above, let them, and make it obvious to them that you see them.||Try to pass up wind of a kite that is on the same or opposite tack. If you can’t pass up wind make a definite turn to pass the kite surfer down wind and give them more space than a windsurfer.|
|If you are in the water with the kite down do you best to make it obvious to other sailors where you are, where your kite is, and where your lines are.||If you see a kite down in the water in front of you, immediately locate the kite surfer in the water and pass above the sailor and the kite or below the sailor and the kite. NEVER pass between a kite in the water and the kite surfer. If in doubt as to the location of the kite and or sailor, gybe or tack away.|
|If you are learning to kite surf start your body drags at the river mouth and end them before the campsite. If you miss coming in above the campsite, drag all the way past before coming in.||Pay special attention to learners who are body dragging. They do not have the ability to sail up wind or even broad reach. Often they do not have great kite control. Give them some extra space.|
|If you are a proficient kite surfer don’t spend all your time sailing right in front of the site. Sail in some of the lesser-used areas of the lake.||Don’t be afraid to sail with an experienced Kite Sailor. In some respects they have greater control over direction than you do. Depending on style they do not have to gybe.|
FOR KITE BOARDERS IN GENERAL
|Use common sense. If the area is full of people (pay special attention to kids), don’t launch you kite.|
|Talk to local kite boarders, first hand experience goes a long way. Respect your ability.|
|Make sure your kite is secure on the beach. Don’t leave your lines strung out unless you are going to launch. Kite lines unattended create a hazard for other kite boarders and the public.|
|Always launch or land down wind of kites in the air. When on the beach the upwind kite must watch out for (give way to) the downwind kite.|
|When in doubt or out of control, crash the kite in the water. It’s safer for the kite and safer for bystanders.|
|Practice the buddy system when learning. It makes kite boarding easier.|
Paul Betts/Ross Harrington April 2001.
Windsurfing Safety Tips:General Safety notes for Windsurfing
Learnings from a debrief with Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria regarding a Nanaimo windsurfing incident where a windsurfer was left to drift from Pipers to Gabriola.
It was useful to go through the incident and see it from the eyes of JRCC. What it came down to was that, besides the windsurfer on the beach who called it in, there had been another person who reported a windsurfer in distress who later reported that the person was under way again and doing fine. In addition, they received confirmations from two other sources, a dive boat and the light keeper that they could not see anyone in distress and that the windsurfers they could see were all doing fine.
My own learnings:
- Make the call to JRCC regardless of how many other people might have called. In fact, if another guy calls, make a point of calling yourself. The more calls they get the more likely they are to conclude that there is someone in distress.
- Do not rely on relaying information through anyone. There is no better way to convey information than talking directly as possible with JRCC and give them as exact information as possible, as shown below.
Information to include:
- your name and phone number
- as precise a location as possible of the person in distress and what direction they are heading
- what the person is doing, wearing, describe their gear. Remind them that in distress a person might leave the sail behind and may not be able to stand on the board.
- how long they have been struggling
- the location for other sailors who are out there so they are not confused with the one in distress. This is important! Don't let them mistake those who are doing fine with those who are not!
- make sure you convey your experience level and if you had been out sailing yourself so that they can appropriately gauge the veracity of your information. Remember, they get all kinds of folks calling for non-events.
- the conditions including wind, current and sea state
- anything about the sailor: name, vehicle, phone, from where, skill level,
- if anyone else had tried to reach or rescue the sailor
Many sails have similar colours so be as specific on this point as possible. If there are other similar coloured sails on the water, let them know that. The other concerned citizen thought they saw the person in trouble get up again however I believe that it was one of us with a "blue and red" sail who tried to go out to find the sailor in distress. If there seems to be any confusion about the situation you will need to take some action. Get others to corroborate your information, be as precise as possible in your details. Call again. Be willing to be stubborn. If they get details from someone they trust more that you (lighthouse keeper) saying the guy is okay, you are going to need to convince them otherwise. The only proof that the person is rescued is someone talking to them. If your spidey senses are going off, insist on some proof that the person is fine.
We talked about precautionary measures including cellphones, VHFs, PLBs and flares. I will leave you to discuss and decide on these yourselves.
My hope is that next time JRCC might now have some background/knowledge/sensitivity to better judge information being provided from a fellow windsurfer who is in a position to provide very dependable information.
- Take heed of Kus' suggestions for playing safe. If this guy had needed serious help it would have arrived too late.
- phone numbers for JRCC in Victoria: #727 (cell), 250-413-8933, 800-567-5111
- A forceful intervention on the beach is better than a drift to Gabe any day.