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.
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
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:
Really cool things you can do with polars when you’re bored.
You can create a quick-reference VMG table (shown is Figaro Beneteau 2 – LiveSkipper):
Currently, LiveSkipper has polars for 14 boats. Their polar files can be found at this location:
where “#” is a number between 0 and 13. They are: