Unfortunately YIT is closing down as of the 1st December 2020 (or thereabouts ), once the Pacific cruising ( if there is one this year, or next ) is finished. YIT has been providing yacht tracking since 2013 and now the site requires major amounts of work to keep up to date with the latest technologies. I realistically do not have the time especially with with our amazing young boy (who cruised with us last year) who is growing up so fast and requiring my undivided attention ( it is very hard working from home with him in this pandemic ), also maintaining the boat and now maintaining a house, and finally, maintaining two 4wds for a hobby that has been on the back burner for the last ten years! One that I plan to enjoy with my boy now I have him addicted to trucks. Another factor is the current global pandemic and how that has effected the cruising for this year and possibly the next. While I could use the lull to rebuild the site, I actually would rather spend the time with family. I spent a good chunk of time in the early days building YIT and supporting GHR, so feel I have done my bit in somewhat supporting the cruising community.
Thank you to everyone that has supported YIT over the years through time, donations and memberships, it really has been a privilege to provide some form of yacht tracking / blogging for you, and it was absolutely wonderful to meet some of you last year. If you ever get to wellington, you'll have a place to stay (now we have a house) should you want off the boat in the wild wellington weather ( it's not that bad really ), or just passing through.
What are our plans? Our plans are to continue cruising and do a bit more around NZ and then eventually head off again, if the world ever lets us given the current pandemic.
I have shut the membership system down now. If your membership expires during the year and you still need it till December, please just flick me an email and I will activate your account. As for peoples trips and data, I plan on finishing an export function over the remainder of the year ( the only bit of YIT work I'll be doing, as well as scaling the servers right back and eventually shutdown ) so you will be able to generate a pdf of your travels that you will be able to print or turn into a book.
Stay safe and hope you all get out sailing soon.