Interesting to note that RPAYC are allowing Sat Phones as an alternative to HF Radio for the Cat 2 Coffs race:
When asked whether ORCV is considering this same alternative, the response was:
"...The ORCV is always looking at new cost beneficial technology to improve safety. For example position scheds in the Melbourne to Osaka race were conducted by HF and Email or SMS. There are some aspects of YA Special Regulations that Organising Authorities do not have discretion to change. One very different consideration in the Cat 2 Pittwater to Coffs race is VHF coverage for the entire race course. "
Based on a couple of prompts to some regular ocean racers, suggest that participants generally support using sat phones... perhaps (initially) as an additional option to HF for sched ??