Getting started on Virtual Loup-de-Mer

Create an account
Point your browser towards virtual-loup-de-mer.org to open the Vlm home page. Click on the “…create one” link underneath the Log in section in the left-hand frame. You’ll be shown the following screen.
newaccount
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NMEA proxy on an Ubuntu distro

To be able to use brainaid’s TCP NMEA proxy on an Ubuntu-flavored Linux distribution, you’ll first need to install Oracle Java 7, as the applet won’t run on OpenJDK or IcedTea:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

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How to run brainaid’s NMEA proxy from the Sailonline client

Brainaid’s NMEA proxy java applet is a thing of beauty, it truly is. But getting it to run is a bit of a hassle. First you have go to his site, you have to enter your credentials and select a race to be able to log in before you’re finally able to get on to the navigation page where it sits waiting for you to run it. Is there no way to make this any easier?

I’m glad you asked. Sure there is. Short version: you install a browser extension that executes a script while loading the Sailonline client, adding at the page bottom a button that will get the NMEA applet for you. Easy, huh?

Well, let’s get to the nitty gritty:
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