Late last week, we met up with the very nice crewing couple of s/v Moira. Richard and Frederique Chesher have sailed these waters for over 25 years. They did marine research in the area, contributed to environmental research and advocacy, and produced an amazing collection of interactive cruising guides for New Caledonia and Vanuatu called the Rocket Guides. Richard is a professional photographer who I first heard about through his amazing 360 panoramas (see his 360Cities profile). He has even done underwater 360s! And, he has done kite aerial photography as well. We have a lot in common, and look forward to getting to know them better. They developed their interactive cruising guides with charts, aerial photos, GPS tracks, underwater photos, 360 panoramas, and all kinds of travel info starting in 2000. Their interfaces are amazingly Google Earth-like, despite being built 5 years before it came out. Amazing! A screenshot of their interface is in the photo album as well.
Check out the album here:
Over the weekend, Karen and I celebrated a wedding anniversary by going to a rotating restaurant on the 19th story of the Ramada Plaza called Le 360. We also enjoyed taking a walk with the crews of Callisto and Kilkea II to the aquarium, followed by an excellent lunch at a french restaurant along the way. We are really getting in to the French-style of living here.