We have found communications on Southern Star a real challenge. This is important for  entertainment, but also for safety, primarily weather forecasts.

We have used, in the Bahamas, BATELCO sim cards, and it worked but was not convenient. 

We learned about My Island Wifi, and have used it in the Bahamas last season and are using it now. We find it has good coverage, as long as you have cell towers. It is easy to set up and is unlimited data- no reduction in speed.  We use it to follow Jenny’s American Football fetish. 

My Island Wifi, has recently added unlimited service in the US. 

My Island Wifi info

Another recommendation that works well with My Island Wifi is a subscription to TagoTV, which we use to catch all of the NFL games when we have decent internet. 

TagoTV works with your tablet, phone, and we use it on our Fire Stick TV. We really enjoy it, and it is pretty reasonable at $29 per month.

We use Garmin Explorer for tracking our travels. It is also a great tool for safety as we can use it to put out and SOS . Hopefully won’t ever need it for those purposes. 
But it is fun to share our progress and locations with friends and family. 
Here is a link to Robbie and Jo’s interview by Dr James Ellingford regarding our journey aboard Southern Star
Roaming Expert is our new data provider that we wish we would have known about 3 years ago! We now have instant data service when we reach a new country we no longer have to go and find the local phone/data provider, buy the sim card, go through the hassle and stress of setting it up and get it working to hotspot to our laptops and other devices. We are so impressed with not only the product, but also the seemingly instant service we have received from the staff. We are so happy with the service we highly recommend it. It is as easy as inserting the sim card, some very simple set up steps that even we non technical oldies were able to manage! You can find more information at their website below.

RoamingExpert – Flexible mobile roaming voice and data solutions built specifically for the yachting industry. 


 James Ellingtons version of Southern Star’s and Oda’s  assistance to Stormvogel in the Coral Sea




AIS Monitoring of Boats

  • – this site monitors boats with AIS (Automatic Identification System)  all over the world (currently doesnt include Indonesia)




  • – Maritime law, also called “Admiralty law” covers the relationship between private individuals or entities involved in maritime, seagoing or ocean-based commerce.  It includes sailors, fishermen, ship workers and passengers of vessels operating on the oceans. I was requested by Mark Thompson senior awareness coordinator for Maritime help to post the link to the website here.



Other boats blogs:    Peter and Heidi from the German sailing Yacht “Stormvogel” this is an amazing website – be sure to check out the videos – the scenery is stunning and the music is composed by their youngest son, it is truly moving.