Why use a marine navigation software to prepare a route, a journey, or a marine expedition?

Marine navigation software has become an indispensable tool in the world of offshore racing. It is critical for race directors to ensure the most accurate preparation and conduct of a competitive race.

Route in the Baltic Sea MOD70 European Tour 2012 by Gilles Chiorri
Above screen shot shows a route section of the Baltic Sea MOD70 Step # 1 MOD70 European Tour 2012.

The question of whether to install electronic chart software can arise for coastal navigation (cruises or racing) and for offshore trips, so it is very important to identify the merits of using this type of tool….

If a reminder was necessary, the sea is of course, a formidable environment. It requires accurate planning, both on land and at sea. This anticipation is needed in order to fully understand, prepare and carry out navigation with good seamanship.

The following factors affect each and every route navigated: the distance and time needed to cover it depending on the boat specs, the type of coastline and its dangers, weather and sea conditions, tidal currents, the ports or shelters along the route etc.

Nowadays, a navigation software installed on a laptop such as TimeZero developed by MaxSea, allows integration with, and quick and easy access to all of the above elements in just a few clicks of the mouse.

Whether you are at home in the preparation phase, or in live navigation mode, course preparation is made extremely comprehensive, and also allows a high level of interface customization.

The TimeZero software features a wide zoom level on charts, (which is identical to SHOM charts, and should therefore remain “familiar-looking”) which is the equivalent of having a wide portfolio of paper charts immediately accessible. Thus the tools zoom-in and zoom-out then allow you to have a good visual picture of the desired navigation area.

TimeZero allows you to overlay satellite photos on your chart, so that you can visualize specific places in advance, and plan a correct approach to the area!

Route in Denmark by Gilles ChiorriIn addition, the “divider” tool (bearing/distance) can be used to quickly segment the route, or measure distances and position themselves in relation to geographic points of interest. It is possible to simultaneously create a course outline using the “route” tool and to start live navigation. With just a few clicks along the way, you have your route, distance and direction (true or magnetic option) between each waypoint, as well as the cumulative distance. You can name each waypoint, and insert or move a waypoint at any time during navigation of the route.

Preparing a route becomes fun and you can always refer back to your navigation logbook. By making all the possible adjustments, a basic route gradually transforms into a detailed course, corresponding with your expectations such as your safety criteria in relation to distance from shore or a shoal, a place that you want to see up close etc.

All data created in the software can then be saved with the route name, and even assigned to a specific layer, which as its name suggests can be displayed or hidden according to your wishes. Once activated, this route can be exported to your GPS for rapid access to route information.

Once the software is integrated with onboard navigation hardware (GPS and other suitable instruments) TimeZero is transformed into an even more powerful navigation aid. Your boat is symbolized by an icon to scale that moves in real time on your screen, as simple as a video game.

Route in Marseille MOD70 European Tour 2012 by Gilles Chiorri
Above screen shot: Marseille and landing zone changes MOD70 in Marseille (source MOD70 European Tour 2012).

After importing the marine weather forecast file (commonly known as a “GRIB” file), you can launch the routing function to optimize your route by integrating the effects of weather conditions on your route. You can also calculate the ETA on the next waypoint or decide the fastest route to reach your end point. The routing function and comprehensive weather of TimeZero opens the door to anticipation, and accurate planning.

In conclusion, after many years at the chart table equipped with a Cras Ruler, a handheld compass and dividers, with an eye on the GPS, it now seems essential to have TimeZero onboard, whatever the intended sailing, inshore or offshore, whether racing or cruising!

Happy navigating to all of you this summer.

Gilles Chiorri

Race Director – Navigator

Gilles Chiorri - french sailorGilles Chiorri is a French sailor and Merchant Navy officer with an impressive background as a skipper.

He is the new race director and race manager of the MOD70 European Tour and other major ocean races.  He works also as OC Events Director and Yachts Consulting Executive Director.

Chiorri won the Mini Transat in 1987, the Jules Verne Trophy in 2002 (with Bruno Peyron) and finished second in La Solitaire du Figaro in 2002.

Gilles Chiorri is currently using MaxSea TimeZero marine software, nautical charts and modules as a sailor and race director.

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Isabelle Joschke tackles the 2012 Solitaire du Figaro with MaxSea

Isabelle Joschke sponsored by MaxSea -2Isabelle Joschke, skipper in the Ocean racing team Absolute Dreamer, will participate at the 43rd La Solitaire du Figaro race aboard Galettes Saint-Michel Figaro boat.

MaxSea International is glad to be the official technical supplier of this great yachtswoman, philologist, benevolent at the Glénans sailing school and sports coach.

The French-German boat racer will face as of June 24th her 5th Solitaire du Figaro along with another 36 skippers in a 3-leg race totaling 1432 nautical miles:

La Solitaire du Figaro race - 3 legs

We wish Isabelle the best of lucks!

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MaxSea, official technical supplier of filmmaker Frédéric Jouve

Starting in June 2012, MaxSea International has become the official technical supplier of Frédéric Jouve, a French-Brazilian adventurous skipper and talented filmmaker.

Frederic Jouve's Documentary L'Allee des Glaces

In their agreement, MaxSea International will provide Frédéric Jouve with all material required to accomplish his sailing expeditions in exchange of what the filmmaker will be producing exclusive content to our users (texts, pictures and videos).

Frederic Jouve in the Arctic OceanFrédéric, who recently dropped his job in a very well-known French radio station as program director (RTL), has since founded his own production company KisstheSea and filmed his first documentary: “L’Allée des glaces / The Alley of the Ice” (click to watch the teaser), to be released in July 2012 in DVD.

In fact, Frédéric decided to change his life by fulfilling his deepest dream: sailing the planet! To accomplish this, he engaged himself in following sailors and shooting their adventures along different destinations as a crewmember.

Cold Weather Sailing Guide

The first of the series, “L’Allée des glaces / The Alley of the Ice”, took him across the Arctic Ocean on a 24 meters sailing boat to penetrate the largest national park of the world in the Northeast of Greenland.

Frederic Jouve shooting "L'Allée des Glaces" documentaryThe idea of this series was born during Frédéric’s navigations, through the encounters, moments and profound relationships that he came to build with these outstanding navigators and explorers. All of these documentaries are based on mutual friendship and trust, and also tell the story of a man wishing to live to his fullest.

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MaxSea et Furuno partenaires de la navigatrice britannique Sam Davies

MaxSea International et FURUNO FRANCE SAS sont heureux de renouveler leur partenariat avec la navigatrice, ingénieur, maman et fan des réseaux sociaux britannique, Samantha Davies.

Sam Davies - Savéol - MaxSea et Furuno partenaires 2

Pour la saison 2012-2013, Sam Davies bénéficie du résultat d’une alliance technologique, le nouveau PC radar, et devient ainsi une des premières sportives à l’utiliser à bord de son nouveau bateau Savéol, récemment mis à l’eau.

PC Radar MaxSea - Furuno

Cette solution révolutionnaire permet aux coureurs de bénéficier d’un équipement très performant tout en préservant les contraintes de poids et d’espace à bord (connexion directe du PC à l’antenne radar).

Sam Davies - Savéol - MaxSea et Furuno partenaires

La skipper, qui se prépare d’ores et déjà à la prochaine édition du Vendée Globe, a mis son nouveau bateau à l’eau la semaine dernière et a commencé à naviguer à Port-la-Forêt afin de tester Savéol dans des conditions réelles.

Sam Davies - Savéol - MaxSea et Furuno partenaires

Suivez le blog de Sam Davies sur http://www.samdavies.com/, sa page Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Davies/112138698811863, Twitter https://twitter.com/samanthadavies and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/saveol60

MaxSea and Furuno sponsor British sailor Sam Davies

MaxSea International and FURUNO ELECTRIC CO. are glad to renew their sponsorship deal with British yachtswoman, mechanical engineer, mum and Social Media heavy user, Samantha Davies.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno 4

This 2012-2013 season, Sam Davies will benefit from a unique joint venture technology, the new PC radar, and be one of the first racers to sail with on her recently launched Savéol boat.

PC Radar MaxSea - Furuno EN

This revolutionary and lightweight solution allows racers to have highly-performing equipment without sacrificing speed and space by connecting her PC directly to the radar antenna.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno

The female skipper, who started training for the upcoming Vendée Globe, officially launched her new boat last week and started her sailing sessions off Port-la-Forêt in order to test Savéol in real conditions.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno 2

Follow Sam’s blog at http://www.samdavies.com/, her Facebook page, Twitter account and her YouTube channel.