Bermuda Challenge duo credit DeLorme satellite help

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The DeLorme inReach SE played a pivotal role as an essential satellite communications solution when Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin achieved their record-breaking run of the Bermuda Challenge last month.

InReach SE enabled Fertig and Garvin to communicate their location, speed and heading, along with other pertinent information, to multiple recipients via text messages and web sharing.

Fertig and Garvin made the 780-mile run from New York Harbor to Bermuda’s Town Cut Channel Aug. 21 in 15 hours and 48 minutes, breaking the previous record of 17 hours and 6 minutes, despite two stops to replace broken propellers. They are now two-time holders of the Bermuda Challenge Record, the only team to garner that honor.

InReach SE connected wirelessly to the boaters’ mobile phones via DeLorme’s free Earthmate app, allowing them to communicate with people at their weather-routing service and shoreside support teams via text message. In addition, the handheld inReach SE has a remote GPS tracking feature that transmitted the boat’s position coordinates at programmable intervals. It enabled anyone interested to view and follow the vessel’s breadcrumb trail on a web map display via the Boating magazine website.

“InReach enabled us to send and receive text messages during the race in the open ocean, where there is no cellphone coverage,” Fertig said in a statement. “This allowed us to get up-to-the-minute weather forecasts during the trip through communications with our weather routing service personnel. This information was critical, as it allowed us to know the conditions that lay ahead and helped us determine the best speed to travel. Being able to stay in touch with our shoreside support team via inReach was invaluable.”

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