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How to Use a X-Box Controller with OpenCPN

20th Jun, 2022

We use OpenCPN  as our primary navigation tool, running it on a Raspberry Pi 3B using OpenPlotter as the basic platform. Although OpenPlotter has a lot of additional features, we don’t actually use them, just OpenCPN as our chartpolotter. We have an Eyoyo LCD screen at our helm station.

It all works well, except that operating OpenCPN with a large wireless keyboard or even a mini keyboard really does not work great. The large one is too cumbersome, the small one too fiddly.

So we have now switched to using a wired x-box 360 controller. Well, actually, we are using a Logitech F310 which we bought from the Source in Canada for C$25. It plugs into the Raspberry Pi with an ordinary USB cable. We have an extension USB cable that goes to a panel-mounted USB 3.0 socket next to the Eyoyo screen. 

Logitech F310 controller button mapping

That works great. But it does require some configuration to get it working. Since I just spent an entire week getting it all working correctly, I thought I would save you some time by outlining all the steps. To do this you are going to have to use some command line Linux commands by means of the Terminal, which you can open by going on the desktop to Main Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal. Don’t forget to put sudo at the beginning of each command so as to grant the comman admin privileges.

You will also need to be connected to the internet.

This assumes that you are using Raspbian 10 (Buster). It will probably work on later versions, but this is what we have, and what works for us. Will this work on Windows? Yes, but you will have to figure out how to install xboxdrv and get it running on initial boot. Also, note that I am no expert on Linux. This is what I managed to put together after a whole week of working on it. I hope it works for you too, but if it doesn’t you are on your own in figuring it out. Google is your friend. When you do look stuff up, always make sure that what you read applies to your current operating system – eg Buster, not Stretch etc.

NOTE: when you create these files, and especially the shell scripts (that end with .sh) you need to do this either within the raspberry pi, or on another linux system or, if you do it in windows, make sure your text editor (eg. notepad++ ) uses Linux line endings (LF) and not windows (CR LF) or Mac (CR) line endings, otherwise these will likely not work. There is a setting for this in the Edit tab on Notepad++.

Before you start this, make sure you backup your current working SD card so that you can recover to it if you screw something up.  (google “how to backup raspberry pi sd card”)

So, start by exiting OpenCPN and returning to the Desktop environment.

1. Install xboxdrv

This is the utility that will convert your controller to a keyboard and mouse so that you can manipulate OpenCPN. You can read about it here. To do that type into the Terminal the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xboxdrv

sudo rmmod xpad

sudo  modprobe uinput

sudo modprobe joydev

2. Write the Configuration Files

These tell xboxpro how to map the keys on your controller to keyboard and mouse events so that it will do what you want it to do. 

Navigate to the location for the files:

cd /usr/share/doc/xboxpro

ls

This will give you a list of files including a directory called examples which contains some example configuration files that you can play with. But you don’t need them.

Create a new configuration file by typing in:

sudo nano logitech.xboxdrv

This will bring up the ‘nano’ text editor.

Into this type (or copy and paste) the following (lines that begin with # are comments that don’t have any programming action. If a line has text but does not start with # Linux will try to execute the line as code, so make sure any line with comments in it begins with the hash #.):

# Mouse Emulation
# ===============
#
# This configuration file emulates a mouse. Both sticks control the mouse.
# The left one allows for slow fine controll, the right for more rapid
# movements.
# The controller buttons are configured as follows:
# LB does page up (i.e zooms into the chqrt) and LT does #page down (zoom out).
# A (Green) = Navigate to here
# B (Red) = Start Measure tool ( = M key). If you want to drop a MOB marker instead, edit the appropriate line below, but you may keep dropping it by accident.
# X (Blue) = Auto follow boat (= F2) toggle on/off
# Y (Yellow) = Escape

# Left Stick press down = Enter
# Right Stick press down = Ctrl-SPACE = Drop MOB Mark at cursor (to
#enable this you will need to manually edit the OpenCPN config file, the location of
#which can be found by clicking the Help menu tab, and then the About item.
#NOTE: you must edit this whle OpenCPN is CLOSED otherwise your changes
#will be overwritten. Change the setting for SpaceDropMark to -1 (0 will
#deactivate it)

# RB = Left mouse click
# RT = right mouse click (usually brings up a menu)

# Dpad = left, right, up and down keys (use these to
# pan the display or move up and down in menus

# BACK = open settings/options dialogue
# START = F11 toggle full screen

# Mode = this will light up the LED and swtich the
# functions of the Dpad and the left stick

[xboxdrv]
#ui-clear=true
silent = true
detach-kernel-driver = true
mouse = true
trigger-as-button = true

[axismap]

Y2=Y1
X2=X1
X1=X2
Y1=Y2

[ui-axismap]
X2^dead:1000 = REL_X:750:-1
Y2^dead:1000 = REL_Y:750:-1

[ui-buttonmap]
x = KEY_F2
#b = KEY_LEFTCTRL+KEY_SPACE
#The line above will drop a MOB marker at the current GPS position

b = KEY_M
#The line above will turn on the Measure Tool. Use the Y button to ESC from that.

a = macro:navhere.macro
y = KEY_ESC

rb = BTN_LEFT
rt = BTN_RIGHT

lt = KEY_PAGEDOWN
lb = KEY_PAGEUP

tl = KEY_ENTER
tr = KEY_LEFTCTRL+KEY_SPACE
#This will drop a MOB mark when you press down on the right joystick

[ui-buttonmap]
dl = KEY_LEFT
dr = KEY_RIGHT
du = KEY_UP
dd = KEY_DOWN

start = KEY_F11
back = KEY_LEFTCTRL+KEY_COMMA
guide = macro:shutdown.macro

[ui-axismap]

X1^resp:-30768:-15284:-8899:-5469:-872:-300:-200:-100:-50:0:50:100:200:300:872:5469:8898:15283:30767
Y1^resp:-30768:-15284:-8899:-5469:-872:-300:-200:-100:-50:0:50:100:200:300:872:5469:8898:15283:30767
# This defines the speed of the right joystick

X2^resp:-3768:-200:-100:0:100:200:3767
Y2^resp:-3768:-200:-100:0:100:200:3767
# This defines the speed of the left joystick (much slower)

# EOF #

Now we need some macro files:

The first is to shutdown the whole system when you press the Guide Button

sudo nano shutdown.macro

and then insert this text (the ‘0’s are zeros):

send KEY_LEFTCTRL 1
send KEY_Q 1
wait 1000
send KEY_LEFTCTRL 0
send KEY_Q 0
wait 50
send KEY_LEFTMETA 1
wait 50
send KEY_LEFTMETA 0
send KEY_UP 1
wait 50
send KEY_UP 0
send KEY_ENTER 1
wait 50
send KEY_ENTER 0
send KEY_ENTER 1

Save and exit using ctrl-X

With this we also need a shell script to run it:

sudo nano shutdown.sh

and the contents:

sudo shutdown now

Save and exit using ctrl-X and then make executable with

sudo chmod +x shutdown.sh

Next is the  macro to set up the temporary ‘Navigate Here’ route:

sudo nano navhere.macro

and the contents:

send BTN_RIGHT 1
wait 50
send BTN_RIGHT 0
wait 50
send KEY_DOWN 1
send KEY_DOWN 0
send KEY_DOWN 1
send KEY_DOWN 0
send KEY_DOWN 1
send KEY_DOWN 0
send KEY_DOWN 1
send KEY_DOWN 0
send KEY_DOWN 1
send KEY_DOWN 0
send KEY_DOWN 1
send KEY_DOWN 0
send KEY_DOWN 1
send KEY_DOWN 0
wait 50
send KEY_ENTER 1
wait 50
send KEY_ENTER 0

Save and exit using ctrl-X

Now create a new startup file by typing in:

sudo nano logitech.sh

Into this you can insert the following text (only two lines):

#!/bin/bash
sudo xboxdrv -D -c /usr/share/doc/xboxdrv/logitech.xboxdrv –silent & sleep 1

When you have done that, save it by typing Ctrl-X and then following the prompts. This should bring you back to your command line prompt.

Now you need to make this file executable by typing:

sudo chmod +x

Test all this as follows:

plug in your controller and make sure the switch on the bottom is set to ‘X’ for x-input.

type in:

sudo logitech.sh

This will run the script that will start up xboxdrv that will (hopefully) recognise your controller and then use the configuration file to map the keys.

Now we need to set it up so it will run at boot. Assuming you are using a LXDE desktop (eg OpenPlotter) first we edit the autostart file:

sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart

Type in the startup command at the end of the file before the exit 0 line (if there is one):

@bash /usr/share/doc/xboxdrv/logitech.sh &

Save it with ctrl-x.

Now reboot the system

sudo reboot now

and the game controller should now be recognised at boot up, even if you plug it in later. 

You should now be able to use the joysticks as a mouse. Using your mouse you can now launch OpenCPN and play around with it, using your controller. Once OpenCPN is launched you will probably have to left-click (RB button) so the controller knows to work inside OpenCPN.

When you have done that, here is a tweak for OpenCPN that will make it easier to use:

Go to the OpenCPN Settings dialogue (press the ‘start’ button – just to the right of the dpad – on the controller). Then go to User Interface and about halfway down you will find an option to Enable Touchscreen interface. Turn this ON as it will make it easier for you to hit a target (eg a waypoint) with your cursor. Then when you are near a target you can left-click it to select it. It will then stay selected (highlighted in yellow) until you deselect it. In the meantime you can drag it somewhere by clicking on it again and holding in the RB (left click) button and dragging the item with either of the joysticks.

If you need to actually type in something (eg to name a waypoint) you can, obviously, plug in a real keyboard, or you can use a virtual one. To do that press the ‘start’ button on the controller which will take it out of fullscreen mode (assuming you were in that). Then you can find the keyboard either on the top toolbar, or else go to the Raspberry start icon -> Accessories -> Keyboard.

Now go and make another (dated) backup of your SD card. If you keep a series of dated backups you can always revert back to the last one that worked properly.

That’s it, hope it works for you: 🙂 

Mid-Ocean Live Update

1st May, 2022

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 35 40.88 N 075 15.79 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 161 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereArrive tomorrow . Sunny today . Still no fish (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

30th Apr, 2022

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 33 15.59 N 076 40.92 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 159 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAll is well on board Life Part 2. No fish yet. A bit cloudy today. Doing 11+ kts in the gulf stream (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

29th Apr, 2022

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 30 42.24 N 077 29.81 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 148 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereStomping along. Blue skies, fast sailing, and the crew even get along! Trying to catch some fish… (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

28th Apr, 2022

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 28 17.2 N 076 56.77 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 293 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereBeen a lot windier with some big waves. Not as comfortable as its has been, but all is well and we are sailing fast. dont reply to these mesgs (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Arriving in the Bahamas

16th Apr, 2022

Current Location: Stocking Island, Exumas, BahamasCurrent Position: 23 31.52 N 075 46.08 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 346 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here We arrived in Inagua, the most Southern island of the Bahamas, and a Port of Entry, from Luperon. It was a good (more...)

Stranded: No Gas, No Phone, No Money, and No Language

4th Feb, 2022

Current Location: Luperon, Dominican RepublicCurrent Position: 19 53.94 N 070 57.16 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 101 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here On Tuesday we rented a car to drive to Puerto Plata to buy groceries for our trip to the Bahamas. It turned out (more...)

Notorious thorny path, Mona passage

30th Jan, 2022

Current Location: Samana, Dominican ReplublicCurrent Position: 19 11.8 N 069 19.72 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 141 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here Puerto Rico to Dominican Republic Thursday Jan 20, 2022. Time to head to the DR. But first we need to (more...)

Sail To Puerto Rico Chistmas and New Year 2022

21st Jan, 2022

Current Location: Boqueron, Puerto RicoCurrent Position: 18 1.26 N 067 10.68 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 233 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here Puerto Rico here we come! Sail from St Maarten (more...)

Bringing the blog up to date Nov 2020 – Dec 2021

23rd Dec, 2021

Current Location: Marigot Bay, St MartinCurrent Position: 18 3.88 N 063 5.7 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 349 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here On our last post Nov 2020 we were looking forward to moving on to Puerto Rico or just straight to the Bahamas. (more...)

Getting Ready to go to Bahamas

25th Nov, 2020

Current Location: CarriacouCurrent Position: 12 27.35 N 061 29.54 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 415 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereThis COVID thing makes planning very difficult. And since we need a new PCR test each time we move, we are thinking the best strategy for the coming winter is to do one long sail to the Bahamas, and then just stay there. No fixed plans yet, but we are thinking along those lines and may well depart on the 900 n. mile voyage in the near future.   When we do, this blog will be updated by satellite, complete with our current position. But first we will have to sail back south to Grenada to get our tests done, then we apply for the health visa to enter Bahamas, and THEN we depart. So it won’t happen tomorrow. Will keep you informed.

Return to Grenada Oct 2020

12th Oct, 2020

After being in Canada since March, we were anxious to come and check out Life Part.  Air Canada cancelled all of their few flights they had available to Grenada during September, and no other airlines were coming in either. Mid-September we booked for Oct 4th / 2020. Many visits to the Grenada Government site online (more...)

Back in Canada and quarantine. March 2020

12th Oct, 2020

We left the boat in good hands in St Maarten, on a mooring ball in Simpsons Lagoon, French side. The trip to Canada Through Miami was fine. We arrived at empty airports with employees cleaning everything and every chair. The TV’ was all about the Coronavirus. The world had come to STOP. Everything shut down (more...)

Sailing 2020 to Covid19

12th Apr, 2020

Current Location: 18.306854461218883, -65.29860730419921Current Position: 18 18.41 N 065 17.92 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 126 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereFlying into St. Maarten early Feb 2020 The first thing to do was clean the bottom of the boat. We motored (more...)

Christmas 2019 Jan 2020 in Canada

12th Feb, 2020

We arrived in Canada in early December 2019, after leaving the boat in St Maarteen. The ski hills were already open and we got an early start. We celebrated December Birthdays. Noel’s and our grandson Tiago’s.   1   It was the night before Christmas… I think my (more...)

Adventures continued from November and December 2019

12th Jan, 2020

Current Location: 18.057599168193846, -63.11244216464844Current Position: 18 3.46 N 063 6.75 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 129 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereWow…time to catch up where we left off last November 2019. In October we joined Life Part 2 in Trinidad where we had left it (more...)

Hiking adventures

10th Nov, 2019

Boiling Lake, Dominica       One of the toughest and most famous hikes in Dominica is to the Boiling Lake. We had done this hike ten years ago, but we knew we had to include it again on our pass through the island. We love (more...)

Tying the Knot in BVI after 9 Years

11th Jun, 2019

Current Location: Deshaies, GuadeloupeCurrent Position: 16 18.65 N 061 47.38 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 206 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereJune 1st. It was nine years ago, today, that Ceu and I flew out from Vancouver to here, British Virgin Islands (BVI) to pick up (more...)

Sailing 2019 – Snorkeling and Deserted Beaches

11th Jun, 2019

This year we did a mad dash all the way up from Trinidad to BVI, and now we are heading back down to Trinidad.  That’s about 450 nautical miles each way. We covered a lot of islands, a lot of beaches, and saw a lot of fish. We even caught a few! And we have (more...)

Dyneema Rigging – Would I Do It Again?

24th May, 2019

Current Location: Guana Island, British Virgin IslandsCurrent Position: 18 28.41 N 064 34.61 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 421 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIt is time for s/y Ventus to have new rigging. So our friend Nick asked me if, starting from stainless rigging, I (more...)

What do we do in Canada, home away from home

8th Apr, 2019

Snow, hey??? We Ski ( we do have a Summer as well) Deep snow,ungroomed slopes   Snow shoeing and dog sleding Family time… Birthdays parties, and beach time in our local Lakes Lots of special moments like the first day of school. Little one wants to go too! (more...)

Update Spring 2018- Guadaloupe to Barbuda

21st Mar, 2019

Current Location: English Harbour, AntiguaCurrent Position: 17 0.54 N 061 45.8 W Click to view map.Continued from spring 2018 Guadaloupe to Trinidad Wow…I can’t believe it has been a year since my last post. As promised here is Guadaloupe Part2, showing you more of our beloved French island. Not only we enjoyed the wine the (more...)

Arrived in Grenada

14th Mar, 2019

Current Location: Prickly Bay, GrenadaCurrent Position: 11 59.91 N 061 45.79 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 79 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIt was good to get out of Chaguaramas. It is a great place for getting work done, but not for chillaxing, being very industrial.  (more...)

Back on the Water – Finally!

13th Mar, 2019

Current Location: Chaguaramas, TrinidadCurrent Position: 10 40.95 N 061 38.04 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 0 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIt has been a long time. We arrived in Trinidad at the end of June 2018 to leave the boat on the hard for the (more...)

I have waited 41 years to get one of these…

22nd Oct, 2018

Current Location: Vernon, BC, CanadaCurrent Position: 50 15.36 N 119 17.39 W Click to view map.So now with the big 60 approaching,  it is with great excitement that I can reveal that it has finally arrived… She has been christened Sally, after the red MG Midget that I owned when I had just graduated (more...)

Martinique and the rest of Season, May-June 2018

23rd Jun, 2018

Current Location: Chaguaramas, TrinidadCurrent Position: 10 40.74 N 061 38.34 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 332 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAs I prepare some new photos from our travels 2019, I get reminded that I must finish catching up with last year.  We said goodbye (more...)

Off to Guadaloupe

19th Mar, 2018

Current Location: Islet du Gosier, GuadeloupeCurrent Position: 16 12.1 N 061 29.6 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 130 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereA bit of an update. . It was fun to visit once again some of our favourite spots in St Lucia and (more...)

Now THAT is Why We Go Sailing

2nd Mar, 2018

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 5.4 N 060 57.74 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 23 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereOn Wednesday we finally had our new forestay and furler fitted, and we managed to escape. Enough of boat maintenance for a while. (more...)

Mais Oui, Toute Marche!

10th Feb, 2018

Current Location: Le Marin, MartiniqueCurrent Position: 14 28.08 N 060 52.51 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 23 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereYep, (almost) all is working now. We needed some different scenery, and we desperately needed to stock up on cheese, salami, and wine, so (more...)

Fixing Boats in Exotic Locations

7th Feb, 2018

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 5.42 N 060 57.67 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 1 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track herePeople say that cruising is actually better described as ‘fixing boats in exotic locations’. We can attest to that. Since we got back (more...)

Back On Board in St. Lucia

27th Jan, 2018

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 4.34 N 060 57.48 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 3717 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereYes, we are back. After a very pleasant 6 months in Canada, including canoeing, hiking, an Alaska cruise with my Mum, and skiing, (more...)

Dodging Irma

15th Sep, 2017

For the past week we have been canoeing in the Bowron Lakes in mid BC. What an awesome week, even though we had all sorts of weather, including rain – but thankfully no mosquitos! Meanwhile Life Part 2 was sitting safe and sound in St. Lucia. When we left for Bowron we knew that Irma (more...)

BOAT = Bring Out Another $Thousand

29th May, 2017

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 4.32 N 060 57.52 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 214 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIn Barbuda our windlass gave up on us. Well, actually, it was a combination of two things: our anchor chain was rusty and (more...)

Racy Photos from Martinique

15th May, 2017

Current Location: Cocoa Point, BarbudaCurrent Position: 17 32.95 N 061 46.18 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 32 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAlthough we spent quite a bit of time in Martinique we didn’t write much about it, only a few photos of the Carnival and (more...)

Sailing the Most Beautiful Yachts in the World

25th Apr, 2017

Current Location: Falmouth Harbour, AntiguaCurrent Position: 17 1.14 N 061 46.36 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 183 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereShe is 78 years old but, as befits her name, still as hot and sexy as a prom queen. Helped, no doubt, by the (more...)

Beautiful Saint Lucia

11th Apr, 2017

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 4.34 N 060 57.53 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 36 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereEnjoying Saint Lucia We are delighted with beautiful sunsets every evening from our anchorage in Rodney Bay. Noel enjoying a nice swim (more...)

Still in Martinique

6th Mar, 2017

Current Location: Case Pilote, MartiniqueCurrent Position: 14 38.48 N 061 8.41 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 114 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereWell, here we are still sitting in Martinique! Ceu has been to Canada and back to see the grandchildren. Now my sister, Mitzi, and (more...)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

31st Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 20.24 N 059 42.9 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 6 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereJust left Barbados for a quick over night reach to Martinique. Will do full update when we get decent internet (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

28th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 15.93 N 059 38.81 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 19 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereArrived in Barbados . Drinking wine. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

27th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 23.09 N 059 20.34 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 292 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereLand ahoy…I see land !!! Arrival is near! Caught 2 more fish and had our first squall all at the same time. Lots of excitement. Looking forward to rum punch! (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

25th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 44.87 N 054 20.76 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 82 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereNot much wind, have slowed down. New ETA Sat. Maybe. Who knows? Nice weather though . (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

25th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 50.09 N 052 56.16 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 211 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIt is late at night, and the stars are shining brightly. So beautiful! Wind finally picked up, so doing 7 Kts again. 400 miles to go. ETA Fri eve, we hope. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

23rd Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 6.18 N 049 19.12 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 137 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereyummy…some nice hot chocolate. Burgers on BBQ. Bouillabaise, fresh bread. Gourmet dining at Heavenly Delights. One yacht in sight. Wish you were here. 🙂 (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

22nd Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 17.51 N 046 58.75 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 150 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereNot much wind, have slowed down. Now playing a domino game, mexican train. Ceu knitting scarves and dreaming of visiting grandkids in Canada soon. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

21st Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 28.25 N 044 24.46 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 133 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAuto pilo failed. Didn’t want to hand steer for 900 miles, so we heaved to for two hours while we installed the spare. Weather still good but winds lighter. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

20th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 34.78 N 042 7.42 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 131 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereHalf way to destination..yey! All is going well. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

19th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 40.61 N 039 52.08 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 176 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereCaught 4 fish today, all at the same time but 2 got away. Good size mahi mahi. Total chaos. Blood eveywhere. Ceu serving up sashimi now. Taking orders now. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

18th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 45.97 N 036 50.39 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 141 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereBigger waves today, up to 2 m, good surfing. Winds the same force 4 to 5 ENE. Spinnaker up again. Speed 8 Kts. Fresh bread. Caught barracuda. Too small. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

17th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 49.45 N 034 24.72 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 144 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereSpinnaker up. Blue sky. Caught tasty mahi mahi yesterday. Smooth sea. Not another boat or ship in sight. Saw dolphins. All is good. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

16th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 50.85 N 031 55.51 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 159 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereSlower today, big discussion about sail plan. Cloudy. Four fish got away with the lures, grrrr. Everyone is just chilling. Playing games. SEND MORE WIND 🙂 (Sent by InReach satellite connection)