Record-setting powerboaters credit DeLorme satellite help

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The DeLorme inReach SE played a pivotal role as an essential satellite communications solution when Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin achieved their record-breaking run of the Bermuda Challenge last month.

InReach SE enabled Fertig and Garvin to communicate their location, speed and heading, along with other pertinent information, to multiple recipients via text messages and web sharing.

Fertig and Garvin made the 780-mile run from New York Harbor to Bermuda’s Town Cut Channel Aug. 21 in 15 hours and 48 minutes, breaking the previous record of 17 hours and 6 minutes, despite two stops to replace broken propellers. They are now two-time holders of the Bermuda Challenge Record, the only team to garner that honor.

“InReach enabled us to send and receive text messages during the race in the open ocean, where there is no cellphone coverage,” Fertig said in a statement. “This allowed us to get up-to-the-minute weather forecasts during the trip through communications with our weather routing service personnel.”

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