A global (free of charge) safety service for recreational vessels conducting ocean passages.
Passage Guardian has your back from the moment you leave the dock. Any ocean, any passage, any time!
I use data from your vessel AIS transponder (aquired by satellite receivers) to monitor your progress.
If your vessel AIS signal is lost, your vessel stops, or is sailing in high wind, I am notified and will check to ensure all is ok.
I can also monitor progress using your vessel satellite tracker.
To complement your onboard weather downloads, I send you a daily forecast for your area prepared by the government forecaster.
It includes warnings, situation analysis, and a forecast that you can compare with the weather model you are using.
Having multiple sources of weather forecasts enables you to make better passage management decisions.
Approaching the coast can be challenging, even if you know the area well.
So I make sure you are aware of the weather and sea state near the end of your journey before you get there.
Coastal forecasts contain the information you need to prepare the boat, and choose the best time to approach.
I can take care of communications with customs, weather routers, rally organisers, and anybody else ashore you need me to keep in the loop.
I am an experienced, calm and friendly voice on the end of the radio or satellite phone to help you through challenging situations.
I notify the rescue coordination centre when there is clear evidence you are in trouble or are likely to be in trouble soon.
"The Down Under Rally is proud to be associated with and to support Passage Guardian. It is one thing to sign up for your FREE service and not need your assistance, which is the vast majority of people's experience. It is, however, not until things don`t go to plan and you find yourself & your crew in a potentially life-threatening situation that the unique service you provide comes into its own. Hopefully, most people will never know what it means to have someone with your experience and knowledge in their corner throughout an ocean ordeal..."
John Hembrow - DOWN UNDER RALLY