A Weather Eye: Part Two

Plain sailing or battling storms: You chose By Dick Beaumont The sailor’s ability to access weather charts during ocean passages via satellite has reduced the probability of running into heavy weather. Undoubtably it improves safety at sea immeasurably. Although it will never be an alternative to a blue water yacht’s liferaft, I believe it to […]

A Weather Eye: Part ONE

By Dick Beaumont Offshore satellite communications have improved beyond recognition over recent years. Time was when skippers had to rely on HF radio transmissions or weather fax, which were based on the same communication system, to access weather. Most radio operators, for that’s what you needed to be, would agree that the vagaries and complications […]

Satellite safety system updated

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has replaced the CG66 system of alerting search and rescue services with the RYA SafeTrx mobile phone app. This system sends the vessel’s position to the SafeTrx server every five minutes. Even if the phone signal is lost, positions are stored and transmitted as soon as the signal […]