Friday, June 24, 2016

Ways to Communicate

This might be the last “Navigation Note”. A review.

1.     Sailmail

want to remind you that the primary means of communication with Shadowside during the race is via “Sailmail” over the SSB radio. The most important factor to keep in mind is to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER just hit “reply” when responding to an email from us. That will clog up the system and make a big mess.

To write to us, or to respond to something we have written to you, simply use the email address

It is a good idea to start each email to us with routing info like:

From: Sally
To: Joe
Subject: Family Emergency

2.     Satellite Phone

Just send mail to:

3.      DeLorme “inReach”

Use the "message" popup at
Located a little below the top of the page on the left side.

4.     Finally, the Blog

Just “Comment” on any blog post, and it will come to us.

Navigation #6 About the inReach

Among the tons of electronic gimmicks that we seem to be accumulating for this trip there will be a DeLorme "inReach explorer". This is a little GPS, satellite email connection, way point and chart plotter, and emergency SOS rescue beacon. It is about the size of a deck of cards and has its own solar cell so it is independent of the boat batteries. LINK 
You (And anyone that you tell about it.) can go to the “Share” page . That will show where we are at the moment (Out in the ocean.), our track, our plans, etc.
Go there. Check it out. Use the Track Filter to get rid of the mess of track points. If you want to get fancy, set the filter to:

Then the Chart should look like this:

Pretty cool? A little sail on “Yellow Bird”.

There are lots of different ways to use the inReach to (crudely) communicate with your fans.

For example, if I choose the "Location" display, it will ask me if I want to share the information. If I say yes and pick names from a contact list, it will send everyone an email with my location, course and speed, etc. There will be a link to web site where there is a chart showing my position and a pop up window where you can send me a short reply. This will be a similar webpage to the one above, but not identical. The web site is:
It only works when you click on it in a message from me, so don’t plan on going there directly.
The unit is so small that it is kind of a pain to type on. Consequently, most of our outgoing mail from this device will consist of pre-planned notes that we just pick from a menu.

Any questions? This is just one of many ways we will be using to stay in touch.