Ocean-Pro offers personalized global weather forecasting, ocean current analysis, passage timing and routing assistance. Ocean-Pro is operated by Bob Cook, an experienced offshore sailor, (150,000 nm), and an experienced weather forecaster & routing consultant since 2003. Bob provides detailed and accurate long range weather forecasting and routing advice to the owners and skippers of private yachts, power and sail, 30-150 ft, in all oceans. Comprehensive information and guidance typically includes: pre-departure passage discussion, timing and route planning. Underway communications typically includes daily vessel position & status reports, long & short range weather forecasts, storm warnings and optimal routing advice given the vessel’s parameters. Ocean current info if applicable can include current and eddy descriptions with optimal routing & waypoints. Major global ocean currents include the Gulf Stream, Caribbean, Equatorial currents, Central American, Japanese, Agulhas, etc. We can provide communications assistance with port authorities, marinas, USCG, SAR organizations, etc. Communications can be by telephone, email, sat phone, SSB or text message. Ocean-Pro operates an FCC licensed, Private Marine Coast Station, call-sign, WQCN860, “Ocean-Pro Weather”. Bob is also a licensed ham, (since 1958), call-sign K9KKY, and can operates on most HF ham bands & frequencies. For more information or to talk with Bob about your vessel and passage plans contact us by phone, skype or e-mail.
Ocean currents are a significant factor when planning an Ocean passage, and if researched properly can be used to your benefit. In this report by circumnavigators SY Totem, they outline the considerations for a passage from Madagascar to South Africa and the resources they used.
Library of tracks by cruising sailors for well-known routes but also San Blas; Galapagos; Tuamotus; French Polynesia; Suwarrow; Philippines; Maldives; Chagos; Seychelles and Red Sea. Started November 2011.
The ARC is a ‘must do’ for many sailors, and attracts over 200 boats and 1200 people every year to sail 2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.
The ARC is for everyone; families with children, tough racers, cruising couples, big boats and modest boats. Crossing the Atlantic together, but having their own adventures. More than just a boat race, the ARC is about friendships made ashore in the two weeks of pre-departure activities continued over the radio net at sea. It’s about arriving in Saint Lucia to be met on the dock with a rum punch and a chilled beer, knowing you have achieved something fantastic - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat.