SailMail Association

News Flash:

The annual SAILMAIL training seminar schedule date for the fall 2017 season is now set.
This is an intensive 7-hour seminar about using SAILMAIL including a quick review of the basics, troubleshooting connection problems, how and where to get weather information, how to connect to Sailmail via satphones and shoreside connections, how to manage email and archives while cruising, etc.

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The presenters will be JIM & SUE CORENMAN and SHEA WESTON, all experienced cruisers and circumnavigators.

The Seminar is on Oct. 23, 2017 at the Point Loma Assembly Hall – 3035 Talbot Street, San Diego – 9:00AM-4PM (check-in at 8:30AM) We’ll bring lunch, snacks and refreshments – you bring pencil/paper and you computer if you want.  We’ll also provide marginal wi-fi for a realistic marina experience.
NOTE: If you are allergic to deli sandwiches then you might want to bring your own.

Cost to cover expenses – $50/person or $75/couple, check or cash at the door.
There is plenty of room for all, but please help us with our planning by sending in your reservation.


The SailMail Association is a non-profit association of yacht owners that operates and maintains an email communications system for use by its members. SailMail supports email communications using every internet communications device in all oceans of the world.

 SailMail email can be transferred via any form of internet access e.g. Iridium, Inmarsat, VSAT, Globalstar, Thuraya, terrestrial WiFi, terrestrial cellular networks, or via SailMail’s own world-wide network of SSB-Pactor radio stations. 


Iridium Go!


SailMail is now a certified application for the Iridium GO! Mobile Hotspot.  The Iridium GO! is a portable satellite terminal that provides Iridium voice and data access via Wifi connections to smart-phones, tablets and computers at more attractive rates than charged for similar data over Iridium phones.




Iridium Extreme phone, dock, and external antenna

The SailMail system implements an efficient email transfer protocol that provides compression and message format conversion to minimize data charges, and works efficiently over communications systems that have high latency, such as satellite based communications systems.   The SailMail email system’s custom protocol implements compression, virus filtering, spam filtering, and attachment filtering.




Icom M802

The SailMail Association maintains its own world-wide network of SSB-Pactor private coast stations in the Maritime Mobile Radio Service.   The use of this network is available at no extra charge to SailMail members, but of course requires the member to have a SSB and Pactor modem.




Pactor modem

Many SailMail members use SailMail’s world-wide network of SSB-Pactor radio stations to avoid data charges, but also carry Iridium or other satellite communications in addition as a backup and for urgent communications in times of difficult HF  propagation.



sailmail stations wo Egypt

SailMail HF SSB stations worldwide. No data charges.