JasonSeibert

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  1. JasonSeibert

    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    I've sailed from Port Huron to Chicago three years ago. There is a reason they call the lakes "inland oceans." We were off Green Bay and identified two emergency flares approximately 5 miles in front of us - called it in to the coast guard and began a search pattern for hours upon hours. Only when weather that put my family's life at risk approached did we call off our search. The water is deep. The water is cold. The water will find your weakness, in you or in your boat. It never fails. God speed.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    I did the entire Bermuda 1-2 on the weather briefing provided. No gribs under way. Seemed to do okay...
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Here's the thing: Race committee's state they are the arbitrators of what equipment SHALL be on a boat for required safety standards. I get it. I'm a lawyer. Risk is a bitch. But, BUT, that requirement should be based on the INTENT of the risk to mitigate. You want emergency medical services, guaranteed, carry an ER Doctor on your boat (I do - she's a lovely person). You want to talk? Get a SSB. You want to send email? - get satellite internet. You want to chat? - get a text. But don't tell me that those things are REQUIRED to be safe at sea. Safety at sea is based on preparation, knowledge, experience, and situational awareness. For a 1000 years, men went to sea without grib files for weather. For a 1000 years, men went to sea without gps. All of these requirements in the safety checklist are designed to compensate for some dickhead that left the dock that shouldn't have... So - if there is going to be a minimum requirement that EVERYONE can have - does it HAVE to be a device that allows for two-way voice communication? As the minimum standard??? What express risk is solved by that requirement, such that IF YOU DON'T have that capability, disqualifies you from racing? Just saying that it's better doesn't mean that it mitigates the risk. What fuckstick that left the dock has to have it that won't be safe on the ocean without being able to make a phone call? Newport-Bermuda MANDATES that to enter the race you MUST have a satellite phone. There is no requirement to receive weather data, or to have a land based medical team... All of these things folks are arguing is based on speculative reasons - they are not express, and as such, seems to be an arbitrary requirement as a barrier to entry of the race... Now - it's their race, their rules. But WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO SOLVE??? My statement that a satellite phone is antiquated is simple - a legacy Sat Phone doesn't provide the weather gribs, or the quick burst messages, or the emails... So, WHY IS A SIMPLE Sat Phone the requirement if all of those things are safety features? If this requirement is to protect the idiots who leave the dock, then make it a full requirement to have a phone, internet, weather gribs, weather routing software, full navigation equipment, solar panels capable of charging a communication system in the event of battery or power generation loss, a spare mast to be carried on deck, 4 complete sets of every sail, a dinghy to be towed behind the boat, a personal chase boat, a helicopter, and your own personal ball washer to ensure that jock itch doesn't occur because you forgot to bring your butt paste with you....
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Perhaps, or, the other alternative is that the technology saved two asses in a race a year ago, mine and someone else's, when the required safety device in today's races failed... so there's that.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Again, I'm not on the sales team, make no money off of it, period. Yes, it should be in a grab bag - required minimum.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    You can't get internet with the In Reach; however, there is weather provided in the InReach system.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    The ability to have internet is not a safety issue, that's a strategic issue.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    I'm not sure I understand from your post what causes the disqualification?
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Here's the Iridium Extreme - Has tracking, has an sos button, has sms services, and supports two-way calling: https://www.amazon.com/Iridium-Extreme-9575-Satellite-Phone/dp/B00DPK206E Here's the InReach - Does everything except two way calling. https://www.amazon.com/DeLorme-inReach-SE-Satellite-Tracker/dp/B00BX7TJ2O/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1528384510&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=inreach&psc=1
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Ha! no. I'm not a dealer, have no stock, don't have a stake. This is on my mind as the Bermuda 1-2 was a year ago. There were two moments where the InReach was needed and it worked perfectly. Once for Spadefoot, and once for my own issue when my mast split 100 miles off Newport on the return race. Complying with the SI's don't guarantee rescue, but I understand your point. Now, I may be an idiot - I'm open for that to be possible.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    The utility of the InReach is robust: Live active tracking - turn it on, and it provides constant position reports. Hit the SOS button and the emergency response team deploys rescue operations to your exact location. Water proof. 48 hour constant battery life. Burst communication - either through cell phone integration or through the device directly. Monthly subscription can be suspended at any point with no extra fee. Monthly subscription is $30 per month for unlimited use. Add $20 per year for $100,000 of rescue insurance. ... Is there a sat phone that does all of that for $250? IF there is, I'd love to know about it and I'll put it on my boat. If not - this is my required piece of equipment.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Well, I suppose I should have been more plain in my intent. This post is about safety checklists and required minimum equipment for ocean racing. As stated above by US7070 - there should be a minimum accepted standard for communicating with shore-based operations for notifications and/or safety reasons. My suggestion is that the required minimum, a full duplex satellite phone, does not actually meet that minimum requirement as it is not fully reliable. Instead, I argue, that a phone should be a choice/feature, and the InReach system should be the required minimum. For the price of ONE phone system, you could have an InReach in your ditch bag, life raft, and NAV station - however, just having one is enough (because it just works). Again, humbly, these are my thoughts based on research, and direct experience in emergency situations at sea.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Hmmm... You may be correct on the user experience from the land-based side; however, the system at sea is seamless to the user at sea, and I think that is the important thing. You are correct, it should be the user choice, and yes, you are correct, installation is the key. Scenario - satellite phone hooked up to external antennae. Boat is struck by lightening. All systems are fried. Sat phone no longer has the external antennae and comunications are down because the external antennae fried the phone through the cable. InReach? Nope - works perfectly fine. There are always extreme scenarios. As prior service military, reliability, simplicity, ease of use, and durability are key - I take the same approach to my single-handed racing. Yes - I'm going to get an Iridium Go (legal this year for the Newport Bermuda if you have a cell phone for two-way voice coms) for added features and routing, but you can bet I won't go ANYWHERE without the InReach.
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    However, would you want a reliable, works all the time way to say you need medical help? Or do you want a phone that doesn't work all the time? My point is - this device should be required. If you WANT a satellite phone, you should be free to do that. As a required piece of equipment, to say that a device that doesn't always work is the "minimum" versus one that always works, is a failure to understand intent of safety.