What’s New Here at AAC

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Phyllis and I have been hard at work on the site. Here’s what we have been up to in the last couple of months, in addition to our normal program of publishing new content. (Members who read our member’s newsletters may wish to read no further since you already know about all this stuff.)

New Bookclub Page Design

We have added a new special area for the AAC Bookclub with its own page design that presents you with just the information you need to easily read our Online Books and manage your account and, we hope, join us. As always, please let us know if you see something that’s confusing or that could be improved.

While we were at it, we also made our library of online eBooks:

  • easier to find by placing all of the titles on the sidebar with a light blue background;
  • and easier to use by including a Table of Contents that automatically appears in the sidebar, with a red background, for the book you are reading.

Weather Reception and Forecasting, Second Edition

Inspired by the retirement of Herb (Southbound II), and our resulting concern about what voyagers will do in a post-Herb world, we have completely rewritten and added to our Weather Reception and Analysis Online Book.

Non-members can read a free introductory chapter.

Please Tell Us What To Write

It is our goal that the Online Books that we have rewritten to our “second edition standard” should be a complete treatment of that particular subject. But only you, the reader, are qualified to decide what “complete” really is. So if you finish a book, particularly if it is marked “second edition”, and would like to see one or more additional chapters to cover something else you need to know, just drop us a note.

Chapters that we add to “second edition” Online Books will only be available to members, even when first published.

New First Edition Online Books

We have pulled together two new first edition online books: Sail Handling Made Easy and How to Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat. Both books are well on their way to second edition standard and have free introductory chapters.

Book Download Instructions

We have added a set of detailed instructions for downloading our Online Books to a laptop using either Chrome or Firefox to those already available for mobile devices.

Contacting Us

Due to the huge amount of spam we were getting, we had to remove our email address from the site and go over to one of those pain-in-the-neck contact forms. Sorry, but we simply had no choice.

However, this does not apply to members. As long as they are logged in, our email address will still be displayed on the Members Priority Contact page, since we don’t think the average spammer is going to become a member simply so they can send us junk mail!

The Future

The success of the AAC Bookclub, albeit modest, has reenergized us and we have plans for a bunch of great content and ongoing improvements to the site in the coming months.

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Meet the Author

John

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Heather Holm Sep 23, 2013, 10:25 am

    For encoding emails on a site, I’ve been using the Hivelogic Enkoder for many years and I think it works well; I’ve been happy with it for at least 13 years, during which time it has been developed further, although the old links continue to work. It generates a large chunk of code which from what I can see is a randomly generated JS decoding function (different every time) plus the encoded address. http://hivelogic.com/enkoder/
    There is a WordPress plugin that does the same thing; it’s called PHPEnkoder. It allows you to simply type your email address and without even a mailto: link it generates an encoded email. It doesn’t however work in widgets (last time I tried), so there I paste the code generated at the URL above, which does work.

    • John Sep 23, 2013, 3:04 pm

      Hi Heather,

      What a great tip, thank you. I will have a look. You might have solved a huge problem for us: Occasionally a member get’s incorrectly blacklisted by our security software when they try and login, but when they try and tell us via the contact form they get stopped again—catch 22, and they are justifiably angry and frustrated.

      Thanks again.

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