Our Top Picks for Staying Connected on an Atlantic Crossing
Crossing 2,700 NM of Atlantic Ocean presents a multitude of challenges, and it goes without saying that preparation and the need to be fully equipped is paramount.
The 2021 edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) event takes to the waters on the 21st November and takes even the most experienced sailors weeks to complete. It is therefore critical that, on a journey like this, there are means of reliable data transmission onboard every vessel in order to stay connected with fellow cruisers, friends, and family.
Below are the satellite communications devices we recommend for an ocean-crossing adventure like the ARC 2021.
Rapid Data Send and Retrieval
The VesseLink 200 from Thales harnesses the power and reliability of Iridium Certus broadband to deliver upload/download speeds of up to 176 kbps. Make calls, send and receive emails, and download essential weather information. For those taking part in the ARC, it’s ideal for improving crew welfare and allowing you peace of mind that you can make touch with other rally cruisers, as well as friends and loved ones back on shore.
Voice Communication Wherever, Whenever
The unpredictability of the open water means you never know when you will need to make an important voice call or send an SMS to an emergency contact. Jet water resistant and designed to handle harsh environments, the Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phone offers voice calls and SMS abilities from anywhere in the world thanks to its global Iridium coverage. The device is also available to rent, ideal for shorter-term voyages.
Being out at sea for weeks on end takes its toll on the emotions of the people you leave behind as well as your own, so even the shortest and simplest communication can bring you closer to friends and family. With something like a location tracker that comes with automated tracking and custom SMS messaging, you can stay in touch with friends and family back home, and they can keep an eye on your journey’s progress.
With no subscription costs and for when there is no other option, a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or EPIRB could be your lifeline in an emergency at sea. Our PLBs come with full global coverage and can pinpoint your exact location for Search and Rescue teams to reach you. Unlike satellite trackers where SOS is included but not their sole function, these devices are for life-or-death situations so should only be used as a last resort.
Accelerate Online Load Times
Loading important data files like emails or web pages can be dramatically sped up by using compression software. Our RemoteMail compression software – especially when used in conjunction with the RedPort Wi-Fi Optimizer – supercharges your browsing speeds and allows you to send up to 50 emails in three minutes, as well as letting you update your social media profiles so that friends and family back on land know that you’re safe.