See also: Navas' Tips blog
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This information was compiled by the author and is provided as a public service. The author is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for any consequential problems that might result. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Ballena Bay Yacht Club
Bay View Boat Club
Benicia Yacht Club
Berkeley Yacht Club
Corinthian Yacht Club (recommended)
Coyote Point Yacht Club
Elkhorn Yacht Club
Encinal Yacht Club (recommended)
Golden Gate Yacht Club
Half Moon Bay Yacht Club
Island Yacht Club
Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club
Oakland Yacht Club
Presidio Tacht Club
San Francisco Yacht Club
San Leandro Yacht Club
Santa Cruz Yacht Club
Sausalito Yacht Club
Sequoia Yacht Club
Sierra Point Yacht Club
Single Sailors Association
South Beach Yacht Club
St. Francis Yacht Club (not recommended)
Stockton Sailing Club
Tiburon Yacht Club
Treasure Island Yacht Club
Vallejo Yacht Club
Certain cellular phones (and other wireless devices) are capable of accessing certain information on the World Wide Web by means of a built-in WAP browser. Unfortunately, most of the information on the Web is not accessible by WAP because most Web sites lack the specific support for WAP and small screens that is normally required. That pretty much limits WAP devices to a relatively small number of WAP-enabled Web sites, a selection of which is commonly listed for convenience by wireless carriers.
Although weather is one of the information sources commonly provided through WAP, it generally doesn't include things that are of importance to mariners like tides. Such information is available on the non-WAP Web (see "Tides & Wind" and "Weather" above); the challenge is to get at it by WAP.
Fortunately, it is possible to access non-WAP Web pages by means of WAP if the page is in standard HTML, and is small and clean enough for the limited capacity and screen size of WAP devices. The challenge is to find such pages--the great majority of pages don't meet these requirements. Here are two useful pages for the San Francisco Bay Area that do meet these requirements:
Cingular subscribers can save links to these resources for fast access on their personal MEdia Net Home page (accessed with the Cingular logo button on many Cingular-branded phones) in My Links. Cingular provides good marine coverage along the coast, with service in most areas near San Francisco, from Drakes Bay down to Monterey, up to about 20 miles offshore.
A good way to access Web resources over WAP is to use Google Mobile, which converts search results into a form that works on most WAP-enabled cell phones. For example, search for "NDBC 46026" to find the Web page for the San Francisco data buoy (18NM West of San Francisco), then click on the result link to have Google display the result in WAP format on your cell phone, showing winds, waves, temperature, etc.
Yet another option if your cell phone is Java-capable, is the free Opera Mini for Mobile Web browser, which does a remarkable job of browsing full Web pages on a small screen.
DISCLAIMERS: Provided for information purposes only--should not be used for navigation. Positions of some marks have only been estimated, and may differ significantly from actual positions (particularly the temporary marks). USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Suggestions and corrections may be sent to John Navas
These GPS waypoint (and route) files are in GPX (GPS Exchange format), an open, flexible and well-documented format supported by many GPS programs, including EasyGPS (see note) and GPSBabel (both free), which can be used to upload/download to/from many popular GPS units, and view and/or edit GPS waypoints and routes. (You may need to right-click on links to download the GPS Exchange format files.)
John Navas is experienced in racing all types of sailboats from dinghies to large offshore racers. Most recent experience includes: Santa Cruz 52, 50; Farr 52, 40; Beneteau First 47.7, 42s7, 40.7, 36.7; Holland 47; Express 37, 27; J/120, J/35, J/105, J/24; 1D35; Santana 35; T-10; Olson 30; Newport 30; Knarr, Moore 24. Four times Banshee National Champion, raced in O'Day (U.S. Singlehanded) Championship, NEISA Champion, plus a number of regional and fleet championships. West Coast offshore racing includes Coastal Cup, Transpac, and Ensenada. Also match and team racing experience.
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