Plume Baja adventure

Tracks on Google Maps
San Francisco to San Diego (Mid and South California)
Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas (Baja California)
Cabo San Lucas to El Gato (lower Sea of Cortez)
El Gato to San Carlos (middle Sea of Cortez)
Mainland (San Carlos to La Cruz and back)
Google Earth Tracks
Explore our complete annotated tracks with Google Earth.
We have uploaded a good number of pictures on our gallery page.
Read our blog. Well OK, we do not update it as we wish...
Position Reports
We sent "Position Reports" with our HF radio and Pactor modem. You can see our progress on this map. To avoid revisiting the page to check our status, you can subscribe the corresponding feed. However, be aware, the map displays only the last 3 months of our position reports.

Unable to see our tracks in Google Earth (GE)?

The tracks may not immediately be visible because they stretch on a very long period of time. You need to enable the Time Slider (if not already visible) and slide the “end” cursor all the way to the right (as you slide the cursor, the tracks should start to appear).
Below is an example with GE v4.0 on Mac OS-X (on Windows it is the same menu: View --> Show Time --> Always).
More information about the GE’s timelines usage is available in the User Manual: Viewing Timelines

You still do not see the tracks?
Sometimes GE runs with a lower resolution for altitudes, putting our tracks “underwater” (and thus not visible) from a high altitude. Zoom closer and you should start to see something. If not, then contact us...

Notes on the Google Earth’s Plume Tracks

  1. Each leg has one unique information “Placemark”: info-icon
    This information ballon contains the start and end time of the leg, plus its length according to the GPS.
  2. The day and night time of the legs are coded using colors: yellow means part of the leg sailed during daytime, purple is nighttime on the water. The day and night times are computed using the civil twilight. Using twilight rather than sunrise and sunset allow for a more accurate representation of what is experienced. During the civil twilight, the sun is below the horizon but there is still enough light to identify landmarks.
  3. As you zoom closer to a particular track, other Placemarks appear. They provide information about a particular point during our journey. Two types of icons are used:
    sailing-iconis like an entry from our logbook
    marina-iconrepresents a place where we stop, anchorage or marina.
    Often balloons attached to these Placemarks contain a picture taken at this location. So do not hesitate to open them.
  4. The time / location of the Placemark has been reconstructed from the logbook and the GPS tracks. Sometimes the Placemark is not exactly positioned at the location of the event because of the rounded times entered in the logbook, but from the track shape one can recognize where the corresponding maneuver happened.