vaavud sleipnir

[no, I haven’t forgotten how to write in English.] 

this is a post about a neat gizmo for measuring wind speed using a smart phone.  there are often times when I’m standing on the beach, thinking about – or getting ready to go out sailing my Sunfish, and I’ve wondered what the wind speed currently is. I’m not well versed enough in the Beaufort wind scale to estimate wind speeds accurately myself, so gadgets that do it for me are always appealing.

I currently have an app on my iPhone called Wind Meter – which is pretty neat, but I’m always skeptical that my case might interfere with the results, or just that the speaker/microphone on the iPhone is partially blocked by dust, etc.

windmeter_2

and there are certainly dedicated wind meters, often used by sailing race committees – but that’s another piece of equipment to deal with.

I posted about the Vaavud previously, but here is another promotional video for the latest Vaavud model, the Sleipnir, that now measures both wind speed and direction.  the red model (with 2 cups) is the older model, the Sleipnir is the grey/black model, updated to measure wind direction as well as wind speed.

galaxyiphonedevices

 

 

I’m not getting anything for posting this, nothing free, no extra discount – just thought I’d share a neat product with other sailors.  but as an extra bonus this week, both of the Vaavud wind meters are on sale for 35% off… so maybe it’s a perfect time to get a Christmas gift for that sailor in your life!

duck, duck, laser

but can an RS Aero do this?


ht: @straorza 

laser shredding

oof! Laser sailing looks too risky.

laser-shred

save a Laser sail, go sail a Sunfish instead!

Ford Lake sunfish sailing

laser pic is via @secretsailing

Sunfish pic is me!

photo challenge: local

here is my contribution for (last week’s) photo challenge “local“.

this week, share what “local” means to you, and show us where your heart is.

this view greets you at the start of our driveway to our new home. beautiful fall colors.  a warm welcome embrace.

fall-colors

the photo was from a couple years ago, but right about this time of year it is starting to look just like that again.

welcome home.

ghost ship on Lake Superior

this video has been going viral online over the last couple days, so you may have already seen it, but a videographer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was shooting video of a rainbow out on Lake Superior when he caught what appears to be a ghost ship out on the horizon.

not exactly the Edmund Fitzgerald, maybe it could be the Flying Dutchman?  most likely a perfectly simple phenomenon of weather, with patterns of light, moisture in the air and curvature of the earth coming in to play… but it sure looks like a ship if you ask me?!

lack of sails

this basically describes my recent summers: lacking in sails.

lack-of-sails

h/t: @sailingheals


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