Shore-based volunteer needed

Raising the courtesy flag

The Southbound Evening Net is looking for a volunteer to assemble a nightly weather briefing for the Pacific Coast of Mexico and south.

All it requires is an interest in marine weather…we’ll help you get set up, what you need to do, and connect you with cruisers thru the Southbound Evening Net via email.

Please fill out the contact below for more information!


Fill in the following form to contact the Southbound Evening Net and we will reply to you once we are back in Internet range.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


What’s up for 2016?

NOAA's new westcoast WX zones

NOAA’s new westcoast WX zones

Southbound Evening Net is undergoing a make-over and we’d like to hear from you.

With news from the National Hurricane Center at NOAA that the East Pacific Offshore Forecast (EPOFF) is getting more development effort, it now becomes more a focus for the evening transmission. We’re reading the forecast nightly on 8122 kHz at 0200 UTC and asking cruisers to compare what kind of weather they are experiencing against what the EPOFF forecast predicted.


Introducing Super GRIB !


Viewfax4This is a Super GRIB hot off the Saildocs press.  And it’s courtesy of  both the Tropical Analysis & Forecast Branch of NOAA, and Jim Corenman of SailMail Association, who forged the process in order for you to get it through your AirMail program.

It’s a new approach to looking at raw meteorological data, in that the data in the Super GRIB is cooked a bit.   It’s still a bit on the rare side, because at this stage it’s quite experimental!

Go ahead – click on the image for its full effect!


Southbound Evening Net 2015-2016




Due to popular demand (Robert on SV Harmony and Jaime of SV Tardis) we are going to explore getting SB Net going again.

First, we’ll look for a new time and frequency. Starting on Dec 14, 2015, we’ll be haunting some old nostalgic frequencies to find a nice, new home for the net, starting at 8.122 mHz at OOOO Z (UTC). Depending  where you are in Mexico, this could be either 5pm or 6pm local times.

Try and listen up!

Summer Sessions on the SBNet

At the nav station

At the nav station

After an exhaustive consultation process, we’ve finally come to a collaborative decision. SBNet will be going to Summer Hours starting sometime between June 1 and July 15, exact date tba.

The frequency will change to 4149 kHz and the time will be directly after Jake on SV Jake will finish his evening Chubasco report.

When Jake is finished with the WX briefing, he will ask if anyone would like to take check-ins for the Southbound Evening Net. If you are aboard when he makes the call, please consider helping out!

First Aid for your First Aid Kit

Roy and Marlene Verdery in Cartagena

Puerto Escondido May 2, 2014
– It was one of the most interesting seminars at this year’s Loreto Fest, and a large crowd of cruisers strained to hear Dr. Roy Verdery’s talk.

Dr. Verdery, an internist and  hospitalist, is the author or co-author of dozens of  scientific articles as well as being an avid sailor.

His Loreto Fest talk was entitled  Medicine for Cruisers but what he actually delivered might have been more accurately entitled:  First Aid for Your First Aid Kit.

For just one example of his extraordinary suggestions:  do you have your home physician’s email address? did you get her permission to be able to email her when you have a serious problem?

Or this:  do you have four very specific antibiotics and know precisely which one is to be used for which infections?  Should you urinate on a sting ray wound or use hot water?

In fact, every onboard first aid kit should include a copy of  the notes Dr. Verdery used for his Loreto Fest talk.  But how to get a copy – that’s the question!


YOTREPS 2.0 ? Love at second sight…

The YOTREPS module

The YOTREPS module

Have you ever fooled around the AirMail program and found this “module” under, surprise surprise, the MODULES tab? I have been getting a lot of inspiration from it, which in turn has got me thinking about ways to change around the Southbound Evening Net.

Or maybe it was the other way around: I was looking for inspiration on how to change how we do things and then found, or rather, rediscovered  the YOTREPS thingy.

It is love at second sight.


NOAA changes US coastal forecast zones

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Click to enlarge

NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center has just announced changes to the forecast zones that stretch along the US Pacific coastline from British Columbia – Washington border south to part of the outside of Baja California. Essentially the forecasters have split up zones into smaller, presumably more accurate areas. Prior to the changes, there were five zones along the “lower 48” west coast; now there are 19 zones.




In a series of conversations with NOAA forecasters, we’ve received incredibly detailed answers to our questions about their new project, the East Pacific Offshore Forecast (EPAC).

We’ve organized the conversations in a kind of Q & A format, which you can find here. It’ll help you understand the “architecture” of the project –  and your place as a participant in it.