For those who harbor plans of a cruise
, you might want to read up a bit on ZipGet. This is a tool developed by a British cruising sailor that provides ‘one stop shopping’ for obtaining weather forecast
products in any area of the Med or Northern Europe
. It is inexpensive (£20/year subscription fee) and can be used by both lightly equipped boats – provided they have a cell phone
and a way to send/receive email
with it – as well as those boats using HF email
who can receive attachments with their email (e.g. Winlink works well with ZipGet).
In Europe, it is very common for boats to have cell phone
coverage when making departure decisions or even while underway. ZipGet’s author, Chris Hart, sailing the Beneteau
36 ZOSTERA, carries no SSB radio
but wanted multi-day forecasts with isobar charts
projections, wave projections, and at least one multi-day text forecast
for their Atlantic and Med cruising…and so that’s what anyone using ZipGet can now receive as well. One sends in an email with Lat and Long coordinates in the Subject line, waits a moment, and then pulls down those 4- and 5-day forecast products. Also appealing is that one can use a ‘get’ command in the body of the email to request any text URL info available on the internet
, which will be compressed and included in the one group file that is sent.
For more information on ZipGet, visit www.zipget.com.
I’ve written up a longer discussion on ZipGet at www.svsarah.com/Whoosh/Comm%20Tools.htm,
John Stevenson’s helpful website, which includes download time estimates, file sizes and sample f’cast product collections for different regions of Europe. Chris provides the opportunity to sample the service
for free for those interested in doing so.