AAC Tune Up

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Some of you may have noticed that this site has been a bit slow to respond lately, and you may even have run into a couple of occasions when we were down for a few minutes.

The problem is that we are a victim of our own success in that, as our readership grows, we experience more spikes in traffic. Last year we upgraded our server, and that has helped a bit, but the best answer is to tune up the software that runs the site and that’s what we intend to do over the next few days.

That process is way beyond my skill level as a web master so we have hired some really smart guys to do it for us.

I’m going to guess that you won’t notice anything while the tuning is going on, except faster response, but this is tricky stuff, so please bear with us if anything goes off the rails.

Also, we would be really grateful if you could either make a comment to this post or contact us if you do notice anything wrong, no matter how small. What with membership and the online books, this is now quite a complex site, and while Phyllis and I will testing everything after the guys get done, it would be easy to miss a problem.

Finally, a big thank you to our members and sponsors who have between them provided us with the funds to invest in these kinds of improvements to the site.

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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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  • James Harries Jan 29, 2014, 10:25 am

    no problem here. Except for a sudden change of form for this comment, everything seems to have been working fine at 00.25, Sydney ti

  • Rumen Jan 29, 2014, 11:45 am

    I did not notice any deterioration.

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