Karel Vissel, a Dutch based at Terra Santa Kayaks, Israel, is supporting me with an almost lifesaving job: He is sending me the daily weather forecasts to my Sat-phone on all my big expeditions like Iceland, New Zealand and on my upcoming “Race around Australia“.
Karel’s messages are very precise and are coming in extremely reliable, updated twice a day at dawn and dusk. He also mostly has to deal with the time shift in the different time zones of this world.
His forecasts are an essential part of the success of my trips! My daily GPS position messge after the day’s paddle at night via Sat-phone to Karel not only gives the outer world a safety backup that I’m ok, but helps him to get an even more precise forecast of the area I’ll be heading out to next day. For example I might not dare to start a long crossing without knowing pretty precisely that the weather will be in favour for the day!
It is always excitingly easy to just switch on the Sat-phone and to simply *read* the forecast at any time rather that trying to listen to some maybe interrupted or not clear broadcasting via VHF or world reciever radio to a certain time in a foreign language…
Karel has been supporting many mayor sea kayak expeditions around the world like: