Armed with an iPad, Iridium phone, and an Iridium AxcessPoint
hotspot, Francis Fustier and his compatriots had all of the weather and navigation data they needed for a successful Atlantic crossing during the ARC Rally 2011.
"With Weather4D PRO and Iridium AxcessPoint, associated with an Iridium satellite phone, we now have a complete solution, reliable and low cost, to receive, display and manage GRIB files in open seas with iPad. iNavX Navionics cartography and we also provide a complete navigation solution, supporting the exchange of files with Weather4D PRO: GRIB, routes, tracks, that allows simultaneous display in both applications.
These solutions, fully complementary and mutually consistent, were tested on more 2800 NM in the autumn during a crossing from Canaria to the Caribbean, on board a Catana 47 Rafale , enrolled in the ARC rally 2011. More, Olivier Bouyssou has improved over water his app Weather4D Pro, correcting, adding and optimizing daily development onboard."
For more of the story, including the impressive throughput numbers they were receiving over Iridium, visit their blog post: http://blog.francis-fustier.fr/en/navigation-sur-ipad-la-solution-integrale/