Testimonials
I appreciate the excellent forecasting you did during our delivery of the Lagoon 38 catamaran from Puerto Rico to Ft. Lauderdale this past winter. We had an excellent passage thanks to your work.
Charles Coleman, delivery skipper for Global Delivery Service

Local Canadian marine forecast just started to mention [Hurricane] Arthur this morning [Thursday July 3]. Because of your info [a week ago] we chose to stay in protected Twillingate Harbour, Newfoundland, rather than beginning a passage. Thanks!
Steve Swanson and Sandra Eberle, s/y Yonder

We cannot thank you enough for your outstanding weather routing and advice service and we cannot begin to tell folks back here [in the UK] the difference it makes when on passage to have such superb and expert advice daily.

We also were part of the SDR from Hampton last November [2013] and your daily broadcasts were a real life saver.
Rob & Sarah Bell, s/y Serafina of Maldon

We arrived safely in Horta, Azores (from Bermuda) yesterday. Your forecasts were very accurate, very impressive.
Reg Wilson, s/y Three Sheets

Thank you for your routing advise and weather forecasts (from Tortola BVIs to Horta Azores).They were a big help for us and we experienced them as very accurate, solid and well explained.

Jan en Annelies van Ruitenbeek, s/y Anna Sophia

Your forecasts continue to be a comfort. You patiently got me to and from Bermuda two years ago. Now, I am sailing solo through the Exumas [then] western Caribbean on down to Panama.
Thanks for choosing a career in which you are well suited.
Marlene Sassman, s/y Spray, Marples 35

I participated in the Salty Dawg rally and have continued with your service while i am [in the Caribbean]. I wanted to express my gratitude to you for your timely and consistently fine weather reports on the journey south, as well as your continued excellence with the weather down here in the Eastern Caribbean.
You have become my favorite email received (of any, including family).
The weather seems to be mostly the same around here, but you still catch the wind shifts, lulls, and increases, as well as squalls and enhanced wind speed. so, thanks.
I also wanted to tell you that i finished your book about a weak ago, enjoying it fully (much better than many many books i have read on weather), and have enjoyed trying to put things learned into use.
It is a bit strange though, as the weather seems so decidedly moderate here --a lot of cumulus, one or two cumulonimbus, altostratus, cirrus, etc., but i still did learn a lot.
John Laccheo, s/y Adgio

Thank you for your fantastic dedication and service to all of us out here cruising. Your work is amazing and much appreciated. Everyone listens to you.
Hayden Cochran, s/y Island Spirit

We had a wonderful trip from Tobago to Carriacou on Monday night. Thanks, as always, for your amazing weather forecasts and advice. We think [subscribing to your service] is the best money we’ve ever spent. Once crazy passage can break multiples of expensive items on the boat. Your subscription services are a fraction of that!
Doug and Meyka Paddock s/v Banjo

Thanks for being such a terrific resource. We like the fact that you
give us the reasonable "worst to expect" so that we don't get caught
with our pants down. I'll take that any day over sunshine and roses,
and then getting nailed by bad weather.
Ken Laak, s/y Silverheels III

Just arrived in Virgin Gorda and cannot thank you enough for your outstanding service and advice. It was by any standards a difficult passage with some very unpleasant weather conditions and having you there to advise and inform every step of the way made all the difference between what might well have been a complete disaster and a successful and safe trip south.
Rob & Sarah Bell, s/y Serafina of Maldon

My wife, Molly, and I were part of the Salty Dawg Rally this fall [2013] sailing our Valiant 47, Terrapin. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the great work you did for the rally. You were also kind enough to talk to Molly via sat phone when we were in the gulf stream and your advice was very helpful in setting our course. I know you must have gotten more than a few calls in addition to your regular forecasting work and we appreciate the time you took with us. I also appreciate the “latitude by latitude” forecasting during the passage. We were constantly chasing latitudes south to stay out of stronger weather and it was great to know what to expect.
Baxter, Molly & Kala Gillespie, s/y Terrapin

thank you for your support during the Fall 2013 Salty Dawg Rally. As always your briefings and suggestions were a big help. Our passage was very comfortable. I look forward to using your services again in the Spring.
Mike Dow, s/y Charmed Life

Your input was invaluable in helping us make a comfortable voyage [Brunswick to BVI], 10 1/2 days and 1,416 nm. Sailed quickly in reasonable comfort for the first 7 days, and had to motor in calm conditions for 3. Your original forecast and routing instructions were as accurate as anyone could reasonably expect.
Randall Wallace, s/y Lipari

This is the first fall in which I have been a sponsor and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your constant attention to and communication about the tropical developments. I feel VERY well and thoroughly informed and therefore feel MUCH more secure than I have in previous years traveling South from Maine to the Bahamas. You provide a wonderful service which I appreciate enormously.
Jay Peters, s/y Kenlanu

Thanks for another great year Chris! We think we had one of the
easiest passages from the Bahamas to Trinidad ever and we could not have
done it without your spot-on forecasts and advice.
Mike & Roberta Hilbruner, s/y Celilo

Just want to let you know we have arrived after 6 days at sea and we had a GREAT passage. As usual, your weather predictions were spot-on. We can not say enough about how much having your expertise has made our cruising that much safer - and therefore more fun! Thank you!
Laurie & Damon Jones, s/y Mother Jones, Gemini34' cat, traveled throughout Caribbean to Texas

[In 9 days of single-handed sailing from StJohnUSVI to NewYorkCity] wind and waves were behind me the whole way thanks to Chris Parker my weather prediction guru who I listened to every morning on a SSB radio. Great call on the Gulf Stream entrance location!
Richard Lanka, s/y Miss Laila

My wife and I just started a two year Cruise. Sailed from Cape May to Montauk Tuesday. You couldn't have put out a better forecast if you wrote it the next day!!
This was my wife's first time off shore and first night trip. A bad experience could have done significant damage to her confidence and jeopardized future passages.
Frank Quigley,s/y Elanor Q

Your help has been and will be critical to the comfortable success of our trip - hands down the best, most important investment we have made save the boat herself. Your information, format, and the language you use are EXACTLY what and how I want it.
Logan & Gillian Renz, s/y Stella Blue

Made it safe and sound to the RioDulce. Got to tell you that your forecast are so accurate it is scary. Every thing you forecast came to pass. From the increased wind at night to the northeast wind on the RioDulce on Sat.
Don't know how you do it, but you are very good at it.
Tim Veillon, s/y FriendShip, IP-35

Hi Chris, we arrived Deltaville VA on Thursday, just ahead of the cold front. Thank you for all your advice, support and expertise. Our trip from St. Thomas was fast, and safe from any bad weather and we really appreciate your routing suggestions.
Jim & Sheeran Gallagher, s/y SheeranAnn

We are delighted to have made it safe into harbor before the dreaded Norther, and have been extremely impressed with the additional information provided by Chris. We have never used an en-route weather router before, but have already decided that for longer passages in the future we will.
Fiona & Iain Lewis, s/y Ruffian

Nancy and I typically cruise for a couple of months each spring in the Caribbean. We really appreciate your knowledge and guidance and wouldn’t leave home without you. Each year you’ve provided a key piece of advice that made your annual fee a great value.
Steve & Nancy Johnson, s/y Chat-eau

Thanks for all your great advise these last few months. You have been right-on every time you have recommended to us. Plus [your forecasts] are a great bonus to help educate us on weather. With your help Crusing is awesome!
Gary & Joanne Wollenberg, s/y Bozo Cinq, Amel 54 ketch

You made me a hero! Following your weather reports very closely we (Captain and myself only) were able to safely and comfortably travel (motor) from Santa Marta Colombia on May 3rd 4 am arriving into Aruba 5 pm May 4th saturday night (nice current - 8 knot average). After a good nights sleep we departed Aruba 4:30 am Sunday for a first ever and most non eventful (my favorite kind) Caribbean Sea crossing on to Palmas Del Mar Yacht Club in Puerto Rico arriving May 7th tuesday around 1 pm. Averaged 7.4 Knots - 418 miles in just over 56 1/2 hours!! Yes, we did raise the sails on this cat the last morning and was very enjoyable.
Our cruiser friends in Aruba said the wind picked up the day after our departure. Whew! We found the waves and wind to be as predicted - only one squall with no more than 20 knots briefly.
Soon we will depart, wx permitting of course, to play for 3-4 weeks in Culebra/USVI/BVI before returning to PR where we will tuck the boat in for hurricane season and head home to Alaska for a few months.
Thanks again for the help!
Jamie Bagley, s/y Moon Shadow

Thank you for your excellent weather and ocean current forecasting for our recent trip from Panama to Florida. Thanks to you, we made great time and had good winds with relatively calm seas. Knowing you were there for us helped reduce the anxiety of our 1200 mile, one stop passage.
Rob & Sue Linehan, s/y Catalyst, Manta 40 Catamaran

Thanks for all of your weather forecasts. I hope you realize what a huge roll you play in people's lives. We appreciate it.
Bill, Lara and Isobel Calfee, s/y Sunrise, HallbergRassy 38

This was the first time open ocean in our boat. Going from Tampa to the BVI, Chris' services made us very comfortable. In addition to the weather forecasts, his routing suggestions helped get us where we wanted to be in a shorter amount of time. This is one of the best investments I made for this trip!
John Robbins, s/y Want To, Manta 40

During our trip from HamptonVA to the BVIs, I found Chris' knowledge and briefings to be dead on. Once I got confidence in his predictions, we carried more sail at night than I normally would have. That meant a faster passage.
David J. Fong, SV Magic III

Meyka and I are so grateful for the part you have played in our early days of cruising. We never imagined that we would find ourselves in the eastern Caribbean our first year. We could not have done it without you. Everywhere we go we share with other cruisers the benefits we have found in subscribing to your services.
Doug & Meyka Paddock, s/y Banjo

Your advice and forecast for Sunday, Monday was spot on. We left Trinidad about 2am Monday morning and reached Grenada 12 hours later after a lovely, fast, comfortable sail. So, thanks again.
Steve & Ann Vanderhoof, s/y Receta

Were fortunate to have used your routing service last year when heading from Freeport to Beaufort/Morehead City in late Spring. You warned us about uncertain weather forecasts, so we monitored conditions carefully. Because of that warning, we were able to bail out to Charleston and avoid 15-20' seas further north. We had a nice time in Charleston (our favorite stop along the coast), and a comfortable passage 3 days later.
Doug & Linda, m/y Aries Too

We have appreciated and benefited from your high level of service and your obvious concern for your clients. Be certain that we will recommend your services to fellow cruisers.
Richard VanAppelen and Karen Ormon, s/y Snowaway

We continue to be amazed at not only how well you predict the weather but how great you are on radio, especially with people like us who tend to need more information that is probably necessary... and how hard you work to keep us all going - not sure what we would do without you!

Mark, Katya, Cedar and Lamar Gordon S/V Amicus II

Fabulous service. I recommend every chance I get. We had
eight wonderful years cruising from Southern California through the
canal up the East Coast to Bermuda and Nova Scotia then through the
Caribbean and back home. Chris made the trip safe and enjoyable.
Chip & Kay, m/y Beso, Nordhavn 40

[Florida to StThomas in 8 days!] Thanks for the sound and wise routing advise. Wind and seas, never forward of the beam which is pretty amazing. I've made this trip on cats about 7 times, first time using a weather router and first time never bashing the doo-doo out of the boat.

Clyde Murphree, s/y Gypsy, Manta 42

We live in Maryland, near Chesapeake Bay; Chris's forecast for
Hurricane Sandy was the best we received for this region as well as
the Bahamas (have boats in both locations)

Marcia & John Talley, s/y Troubadour

Your pre-departure weather was a big help and confirmed our early decision to delay departure until after the norther. Nice job...and in a season where the normal "pilot chart" winds just didn't seem to happen.
With your new [SSB] antenna, you are reaching the caribbean much better than over the past couple years. Great signal.
Steve, Lynn, Gary, s/v Celebration

Hi Chris,
My name is Hank Pomeranz. I am a sailor, retired Navy meteorologist and ship router. One of my duties was as Commanding officer of the Weather office in Bermuda. Not exactly the toughest duty I experienced in the Navy. :) At the time, the Navy was responsible as the island's Weather Service and so I had plenty of experience dealing with vessels transiting to and from Bermuda. For example I briefed the returning vessels from the Newport to Bermuda and Marion to Bermuda races. I also worked closely with Herb Hilgenberg of Southbound II fame, who operated from Bermuda at the time.

We just completed our trip south to Southport, NC aboard Haanli (our Tatoosh 42 sloop). All along the way, fellow sailors sang your laurels. Even as of this morning we are tied up in Southport with S/V Althea (waiting for winds to abate) and they also mentioned your services.

As a meteorologist who understands the challenges, and as a sailor who relies on multiple sources and products for guidance, I applaud you for providing excellent services to your clients. You have quite the following out here.
Hank Pomeranz, S/V Haanli

We have in the past used a group of weather routers out of NY but they were not sailors and could not relate the weather forecast to the sailing situation. We found that because you were able to, the weather forecasting became much more relevant. We will definitely use you again.
Beth & Paul Winchell, s/y Black Swan

Thank you very much for your forecast for us going from Curacao to Cartagena. It was spot on and we had a wonderful sail!
Maureen Kinsey, s/y MEMORY

Thanks so much for the WONDERFUL support you have given us throughout our 20,000 nautical miles in the Caribbean over the past 7 years. You even helped us navigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill a couple of years ago. We recommend your services to anyone we meet. Best of luck to you.
Ann & John Taylor, s/y Livin the Dream

Chris was an important part of our cruising experience
for many years. Dee would never leave port until we had "talked to
Chris". We sold the boat and have retired from cruising. I still
recommend Chris to all who head to sea.
Dave & Dee Angell, s/y Wings of Angells

It was a good and fast passage (HamptonVA to BVI in 7 1/2 days) because of your skill,good judgement,passion,communication skills,and relentless work ethic.I can only guess at how many hours you put into your work.On behalf of myself and crew,I can only offer a humble THANK YOU.You are at the top of the game in my opinion.
Craig White, s/y IL SOGNO

Thank you for the weather routing you provided on our recent trip to the Bahamas. I really appreciate your patience and the fact that you were always available to answer our questions.
Richard Graver, s/y Susie Q

We are now in Panama after completing our 3 year Caribbean circumnavigation. We have certainly enjoyed, relied on and looked forward to receiving your forecasts everyday. We think you have one of the best weather forecasting services available and have tried to encourage other cruisers to subscribe.
John & Kathy, s/y Mystic Moon, ShelterBay Panama

A BIG THANK YOU. Having spoken to you by Iridium on Friday morning and received very accurate wx info we headed east and managed to motor within 20 miles of the south coast of St.Lucia before the wind backed us and increased. We then turned NE for the top of St.Lucia and had fairly smooth seas to make Rodney Bay by 0700.
Had we not spoken with you we would have been about 50 miles SW of Rodney Bay when the wind backed and increased and life onboard would have been very different. SO THANKS SO MUCH
Elaine & Richard, s/y Nemo

We arrived Tuesday July 10 safely in IJmuiden (Holland) after a great sailing trip in 24 days (from New York City).
Thanks for your great support.
best regards.
Gerard Sterk skipper/owner Bluefin

Your Gulf Stream info was invaluable, as was everything else. We learned a lot on this trip [from Bermuda to NewportRI] in terms of ocean strategy, largely thanks to your knowledge. You pass it on in ways you probably don't even know.
Wendy & Johnny, s/y Osprey

We are happy to be on land again thanks to your weather routing in Feb and now this past month.
I am a walking advertisement for your services among all those we meet and tell our story.
Much appreciation!
Pam n Ben s/y Cricket

Over the years, we have heard you advising against anchoring on the bank many times and we will never do that again. It was rough and noisy. Pulled anchor and sailed beautifully across the Gulfstream to Fort Pierce. Always listen to Chris Parker!!
Renate & Jim Mendria, s/y Emerald Seas

Thank-you for your recommendation [for us to seek better protection than we had at Alan/Pensacola]. We moved 6 miles over to Crab Cay. Last night at Alan/Pensacola Cay, another boat dragged ashore around about midnight.

Renate & Jim, s/y Emerald Seas

We arrived in Isla Mujeres. Thanks for your support information on finding the Cuba coast counter current. It worked out great.
Gordon & Gillian, s/y N-aimless

Thanks for the help [on our trip from Moorehead to New Bedford]. Being able to talk with you by SSB and Webcast worked well. I tried to do web cast while in port. Again Mark and I were glad for your weather wise support.
Roger, m/y Provincetown III

While cruising in the Florida Keys and Bahamas, we relied daily on reports from weather router genius Chris Parker. If you’re planning a trip, don’t leave home without him, whether on SSB, email or telephone
Michael Samaway, m/y Muddy Waters

We always read or listen to the latest Chris Parker weather report - the undisputed, #1, don’t leave home without it, cruiser weather forecasting guru in this part of the world.
Michael Samaway, m/y Muddy Waters

The information and forecast that you gave us for our passage from the DR to Bonaire in mid May was right on. Wind and seas were as you predicted and we had a great passage. We appreciated your comments and assistance to plan and make the passage.

Don Mockford, s/y Asseance

Not only are you a fine weather router....but a fantastic guide. Thanks for the Clarence Town recommendation. What a beautiful spot. We had a great day swimming, eating and enjoying the place.
David & Kim Pytel, s/y Slow Dancin, Hylas 49

We have arrived back in Annapolis after getting as far as Martinique. Thanks for your help in avoiding ALL bad weather and a very satisfying voyage.
Larry & Bev Westerlund, s/y Chadelle, Swan 44

Our tactic of sticking close to the Rhumb line to Horta, Azores worked as a Swan 46 (faster boat) took the other approach and set out for the SE winds early on which (as you predicted) did not really materialize. We just met them again tonight after more than a week since we met on different tacks. Great trip and thank you for your valuable input.
Kevin Clifford, s/y Parati

The way you directed us S and E of the low pressure systems and along Lat 30N (from the Caribbean to Azores) was a very elegant maneuver. Without your forecast and routing advice we would have interpreted the grib files in a way that would have tempted us to jog N far too early.
Chris & Nirit Slaney, s/y Passepartout

Thank you for a very efficient, accurate and professional service (from the Caribbean arriving Horta at 1901 UTC Sunday May 13th, 2012).

The way you directed us south and east of the low pressure systems and along Lat 30N was a very elegant maneuver. Without your forecast and routing advice we would have interpreted the grib files in a way that would, I believe, have tempted us to jog northwards far to early.

A few highlights from the passage were having a moon to light our nights all the way, several absolutely sparkling days of sailing on a broad reach, a couple of Mahi-mahi and staying dry most of the time.
The Slaneys (Chris, Nirit, Shmuel, Yael), s/y Passepartout

You did a fantastic job advising us last November from Hampton to the BVI's. We were one of the 4 boats (in the Salty Dog Rally) that left early, on Sunday, and skirted TS Sean all the way down. We're looking forward to your advice on this trip as we make our way back to the Chesapeake.
Jim & Adean Bridges, s/y Jedimean

We initially subscribed in the summer of 2008 and would like to thank you for all the information.
We particularly appreciated your pushing our pace when necessary, in
particular pushing us on when we were about to go into Jacksonville.
Liz & Red Donnelly, s/y Shiver

Your weather forecasts added greatly to our safety and comfort this season.
Richard & Karen, s/y Snowaway, lying SanBlas, Panama

After two years in the Caribbean its time to head back to Ireland. We have really enjoyed listening in to your forecasts on the web, ssb and email. Its a fantastic service.
We would really appreciate your view on the weather from the BVI's to
Bermuda and Bermuda to the Azores.
Brian & Loretto, s/y Asteroid

We had a great trip to Santa Marta! We even got to have cocktails on the bow both nights!! Thanks for the Great trip.
Chip & Kay, m/y Beso, Santa Marta, Colombia

Firstly, thank you for your continued excellent and accurate forecasting for the E Caribbean. Your information has been invaluable over past 12 months or more.
Capt Pete Mitchell, 101' m/y Leclerc, StThomas

We had a great trip from St Martin to Antigua. Left at the 11AM bridge, motored to St Barts and had a great sail the rest of the way arriving Falmouth Harbor just after dawn. Your forecast was right on.
Eric & Jackie, s/y Compass Rose

Thank you for your help on our recent trip from Miami to Antigua.
What a great trip it was! Your idea of heading North of the Abacos really worked out. The stronger SW winds allowed us to head due East for 3 days and when we hit the cold front, we were able to sail a rhumb to Antigua on a course of 168 with winds in the 60 degree apparent wind angle range.
As usual you were a big help and we loved having you on board.
Jake & Marnie, s/y Avalanche

We've crossed 3 Oceans and think you do the best weather we've heard anywhere.
s/y Wings, Debora Gillespie & Terry Browne

I took your advice and crossed from West End to Lake Worth on Tuesday Jan
10. Your advice was spot on...Easterlies less than 12k.

We finished 2nd place in the Carib1500/Bahamas. Your advice was very
helpful.

Dick Dowall, s/y Endeavor

We very much enjoy your service and find it invaluable when we are on the move.
Mark Cole, s/y Reach, lying SanBlas Panama

You are providing a tremendously valuable service and your patience on the SSB is beyond compare. We hope others appreciate you as much as we have.

Doug Brown & Lisa Zandt, s/y Highland Light (formerly)

Our BoqueronPR to Florida passage was one of our more pleasant trips - not much motoring or motor sailing, relatively calm seas and very little rain. Your forecasts were accurate, and your routing advice excellent
John & Patti, s/y Anhinga

Our passage from Boqueron to Florida was one of our more pleasant trips - not much motoring or motor sailing, relatively calm seas and very little rain. Your forecasts were accurate, and your routing advice excellent.
John & Patti, s/y Anhinga

Tranquillite had a beautiful run around Tropical Storm Sean and we are safe and happy in Marigot St Lucia.
We found your recommendation of 74W Longitude to be an adequate cushion, and turned east about 25N.
Looking at all the possibilities and results, you worked out the best plan for us. We did have gale and sub gale conditions but it was on a broad reach and mostly dry. " the prettiest gale I have ever seen" was heard more than once.
Tim Pleune, s/y Tranquilite, Hylas 46

As you suggested, on our trip from the Chesapeake to the Virgin Islands, we went west and south of Tropical Storm Sean as he made his turn north. Although we had some 15 ft seas, the winds were generally between 20 and 30 kts on a broad reach. As a result, we made the trip not only safely but set a personal record of 7 days, 3hrs.
Jim Bridges, s/y Jadimean

Our SSB was the only electronics we did not lose when Hurricane Irene passed over us in the Bight of Acklins. Hearing your voice helped us feel like we could at least reach out and touch a person in that terrible experience. Thank you again for your service.
Connie & Mike, s/y Lady Bella

We got back to our slip at Miami Beach Marina November 17 (after our nearly-non-stop trip from New England). The trip went well thanks in no small part to your sound routing and weather advice.
Again thanks and we will be using you again in the future.
Bryan Logan, s/y Rhula Bula, Island Packet 485

I use Chris Parker of Marine Weather and communications for weather support
personally and for my delivery work. I highly recommend his services.
John DeWitt, Global Delivery Service

Thanks for all your help over the years. You were of tremendous help to us, and we wouldn't have thought of making a passage without you.
Gail & Mike Cannady, s/y Wild Rover

Your forecast for our trip from Charleston to Grand Turk is probably the only time that the weather followed the predictions to a tee in my life... even the confused sea around 76w was on the money.
Great forecast and good working with you.
John King, s/y Linda O, light F-28cc trimaran

Chris--our 3rd crew member--we have arrived in St Thomas!
We could not let the big arrival day pass without a hearty thank you for all of the weather insight you gave us on our voyage from Jacksonville to St Thomas. Some days we thought you were a spooky psychic, other days we thought you were playing with a Ouji board. But always we knew you had our best interests at heart. You are a gifted forecaster and we are grateful for your gifts!
Thanks also for your conversation with my mother. She was concerned for our welfare and your words of assurance put her mind to ease. So, not only are you gifted but you are kind. What a lovely mix in a human being!
Heather and Dave Mann, s/v WILD HAIR

Eric and I wanted to thank you for your advice in getting married on Saturday 29 January in Treasure Cay. The weather was just perfect and we had the most beautiful day and evening we could have dreamed of.
Eric & Nathalie, s/v Dream Ketcher

I just retired from being a professor in Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and have taught entry level grad dynamics, so I can appreciate how well you presented the material...I learned a lot too, especially because I have never taken a forecasting course...I've been theoretical. I just want to give you some positive feedback and to let you know that you have a very good reputation within the cruising community, something you already know...you are the go-to-guy for the Caribbean in part because people know that you genuinely care and because you are a cruiser and understand...
Ron Welch, s/y Ananda

Heard you speak with WildHorse this am while I was watching the webcam......a huge comfort knowing he connected with you. Haven't heard from him but I took copious notes and am prepared to deliver your more in-depth info.
Carolyn, s/y WildHorse

Thank you for another season of wonderful cruising, largely due to your finely honed forcasting skills. Having departed Marsh Harbor, Wednesday morning, we arrived in Beaufort, NC, on Saturday morning at 11:30 AM, and other than two mornings of very mixed seas (which you HAD warned us about) , we had "the perfect" passage. It was my first time doing this, and I can't tell you how comforting it is to have your help.
Sarah Southworth, s/y Moonlight Serenade

We arrived in the Chesapeake safely, had a good sail for a few hours up the bay and stopped in Fishing Creek for a few days. Thanks for all the great weather advice over the past year, especially the Gulf Stream routing for this trip back from Bermuda. Having crossed the GS several times, this is the first time that we had little adverse current on the approach, and much of the time had 1+/- knot favorable current.
Ken & Janet Slagle, s/y Aquila

Based on your forecast (for Hurricane Paloma) I warned the manager of our complex and the Little Cayman Beach Resort about Paloma early (before she was Paloma). He was the only one on the 2 islands to completely evacuate the guests and workers. The other large resort actually took its guests out diving the day Paloma hit -- in spite of his warnings. Air flights are the only way off the island for those guests so they were unable to evacuate.
Lowell

The S/Y Scooter is back after completing a three year circumnavigation on March 25. No where in my travels have I had such great weather coverage as what you provide. As the New Zealanders would say, "Good on you mate" and cheers.
Captain Bob, S/Y Scooter

I wanted to convey my thanks for your excellent weather advice during our recent passage from St. Thomas to Bradenton. Your forecasts were exceptionally accurate and helpful from departure to arrival (10 days).

Based on your advice, we knew what to expect from the tropical wave and the first cold front on Sunday, Nov 15th, were happy to get comfortably across the Gulf Stream in the narrow weather window that you predicted for us the next day, and were reefed down and ready for the second dry front that passed over us while we were heading south to the Keys from Miami overnight on Tuesday, Nov 17th.

It's nice to have weather advice you can count on when making a passage like that. Thanks for everything!
Hudson Hoen, Nevis, West Indies

I noticed over the 20 years I am here in St.Lucia now that you are one of the few if not the only ones who do not just repeat the NOAA predictions but adapt using your local knowledge. And that's very much appreciated.
Ulrich

You may recall I spent an Easter Sunday with you three years (I think) ago to learn the ins and outs of GRIB forecasts before heading across the pond. Four crossings later and Med / Caribbean sailing, it was one of the most valuable days I spent preparing. Helped hugely! Many thanks
John, s/y Ramble

Some years ago I tore a weather article out of Ocean Navigator, Dec. 2004 and got around to reading it again this weekend. One of the best weather articles I've read, good understandable explanations, etc. "Big Winds with Little Warning," Author: Chris Parker.
Jim Bloom, Valiant Lady

Just wanted to thank you for all your assists getting SV Tranquility to and from Haiti... safely. I can not say enough about the quality of your services to the cruising community.
Joan Conover, SV Growltiger
Seven Seas Cruising Assocation CS Coordinator


Chris,
We've made it back to our home base near Annapolis safely and very satisfied with our two-year cruise. Had it not been for your accurate forecasts and wise advice we would surely have ventured into some nasty, uncomfortable, even dangerous situations. The fact that we never encountered dangerous weather, except for some thunderstorms off of Florida, which we evaded, helped make our voyage a success and (almost) worry-free.

We'll be in the Chesapeake for the time being, but we'll be in touch when we set out cruising again. Thanks so much!
Kim Cunningham, s/v Kikuyu

I've been meaning to send along a "thank you" for all your good guidance during our recent passage from Marsh Harbour to Block Island. I know the later stages of our voyage were a bit north of your usual grounds, but you hung in there with us and it turned out to be important. I also know at that time you were struggling to get back to normal after your lightning strike.

I was in contact with Herb in the afternoons, but he was having huge propagation problems, rendering him unintelligible. I do BuoyWeather aboard on SSB, but it was sure nice to have your expert interpretation of what was really happening and why.

We elected to stay in the Stream during that front that came through (at 0200, of course). I had 2 seasoned crew and WildHorse is a Valiant 42, so we chose our sail plan, battened down and were quite prepared. That said, you correctly predicted the big weather was coming from the SW to WSW, which is what occured. I would not have wanted to be there if the WX had gone north.

I just finished an article focusing on the Gulf Stream strategy of this passage and it has been accepted at Ocean Navigator. I mention you a couple of times in some paras on WX preparation.
Rick Meisner, Valiant 42 WildHorse

Susan and I wish to thank you for your very fine weather information and your understanding. We traveled about 1600 miles this season from Trinidad to Guatemala via St. Thomas using your guidance and your casts were A-1 over 90% of the time, a great track record.Best wishes, you will be hearing from Rejoice! in the fall mid Nov. or so.
Forest and Susan, s/y Rejoyce

Eddie and I want to thank you once again for providing us excellent weather forecasting service. Your forecast for the San Blas to Colon was right on the money. Without doubt, you are among the best of the best in this business, and are very well respected throughout the entire cruising community.
Thanks again Chris. As always, we will continue to highly recommend your services to all cruisers we meet in this part of the Caribbean.
Glenn & Eddie, M/V Tothill, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

Today's specific reference to Cat Island ("Cat & C Exumas midnight: W@10 ahead / 340@25 behind FRONT, only slight chance for a squalls with FRONT") reminded me of an overdue New Year resolution to thank you for your outstanding work year-round and not just during hurricane season when we tend to memorize your forecasts! I advertise your services wherever I can, most recently and repeatedly last September to the Bahamas Emergency Management team who visited with us here on Cat and who are charged with hurricane preparedness throughout The Bahamas.
Ralph Ingersoll

Thank you for signing us up, it always feels good to support quality businesses. When I was a teenager my dad taught me something by which I have conducted my life by ever since and that was "that a job worth doing is a job worth doing well". Keep up the quality weather service.
Patrick Maslen, s/v Intrepid

Just a Merry Christmas & New Years note and a chance to tell you how much we appreciate your work. Once again a stellar year with a very low incidence of "off the mark" forecasts. Keep up the good work, it's unsurpassed.
Jan & Judie, s/y Meridian Chaser

[Your weather forecasts were great] there were no weather surprises... You called it right at every stage. You were the most valuable member of our crew and you will be again when we head back South in the Fall. I had some "spare" time on this trip and spent some of it reading your "Coastal and Offshore Weather" book. I have to tell you... great job at simplifying a complex subject.
James and Chantal, s/y Q

Chris, I just wanted to thank you for all the work you do for cruisers like us out here. Thanks to your "Right On Forecast" today we've had a fantastic sailing day from Middle Bight on Andros over to Sampson's Cay. We're not quite there yet, just 3 miles to go, but just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated Chris. We've had overcast sky and 10-15 knots of wind from the N.W.throughout the day. The sun is out now, and it's just an unbeatable broad reaching sailing day!
Connie and Steve Ribakoff, s/v Better Days

After about nine (9) years of cruising from Calif to Columbia to Maine to the Bahamas, T&C I, and the Virgins, etc, we're done. Thanks for all your help along the way. Many many times your info was the most important item on our agenda and you never failed us.
Joe & Tracie, S/V Sea Loco, Punta Gorda, FL

Just wanted to say thank you for your help routing us from Norfolk to the Virgins. We anchored Culebra this morning, very sucessful, low stress, low damage trip. Your help was invaluable and very accurate. Best wishes
Guy Moppel & the rest of the crew, s/y Pickles

I wanted to thank you for your awesome work. We are new to the Caribbean, coming from Seattle, and are finding the weather here to be very unique and confusing. We just completed a passage from Providencia to Guanaja and your reporting was incredibly valuable.
Carl y Mei King, S/V Monju

Thank you for your assistance throughout the 2008 cruising season as MILANO MYST reached out and explored this year. While by ourselves a good portion of the 6 months we knew that we were never alone as long as we could hook up to 4045 in the morning. The peace of mind that you gave to our entire crew made for a great season.
Rob, Carole, Dayla and Daniel, sv MILANO MYST

We have talked to several boats which were both north and south of us [on our voyage to the Azores]. All experienced much worst weather than we did. They had winds ranging from 40 to 60 kts. The boat that followed Herb's advice to head south had the worst of it. It appears that my following the track recommended by Chris Parker we were right in the center of the low. Our barometer went from 1024mb to 999mb over several days.
Joe Barnette, s/y Hope and Glory Sunday, Horta Azores

Thanks for your storm forecast. I have a copy of the national newspaper with the date of Sunday June 1 stating: "The storm will not impact Belize". Everyone here said that the had notice the day the storm hit. Their main weather guy said that it was a fluke and nobody could have predicted it. Obviously a load of crapola. I think your service should be offered to the government here. They obviously need it. They lost 5 lives and had millions of dollars in damages which might have been mitigated with better notice.
Marc Blumenthal, S/V Alpha Wave

Thanks for the good forecasting leading into the unstable weather of the last week plus. we took shelter on your advice, but were delayed in getting tucked in due to needing to extend our visas with Belizean officialdom near Placencia. that afternoon, thirty minutes after anchoring in a protected bay a few miles north of Monkey River Town, Belize we experienced the first of many 40 knot squalls, and huge rains per your call! stayed there for seven days - and the weather is still unstable along the coast. big squall with lots of lightning last night to keep us on our toes.
Bob Auwood, SV Spray, Placencia, Belize

Thanks also for your superb weather skills....We had planned to leave Highborne Cay in the Exumas on Wednesday morning for Beaufort. Because of your warning about Sunday's front off the Carolina coast we decided to head to Charleston instead and arrived here Saturday around noon. THANK GOODNESS. We have been seeing 40+ knots of wind all Sunday morning safely at the dock in Charleston. Thank goodness we altered our plans. No one is ever always right but you come pretty close!
Roger and Amy, Shango

We left Great Sale Cay Friday morning April 25 and crossed over the banks at Middle Shoal @ 14:15 and headed for the Gulf Stream. Once we were in the Stream we raced north and your way-points proved to be invaluable to us. It seems you got them all right as we were able to round Cape Hatteras by 07:30 on Monday. We were able to get in the lea of the Cape and dodged the prefrontal storms on the way into Norfolk (though we did observe a very large water spout well offshore). We arrived in Norfolk at 02:00 Tues still with South winds. Again thanks for the Gulf Stream way-points, they enabled us to maintain an average of 8.1 knots, not bad for a Whitby 42.
Larry Donaldson and Janet Keachie, SV Star Shadow

Just wanted to let you know we are in Ponce, Puerto Rico. We arrived on friday around 0800. It took us 48 hours to get from Brunswick to Miami and then about 51/2 days from Miami to Ponce. We had great weather, made great time and missed most all of the squalls thanks to you.
Liz, s/v Salida

Your predictions were spot on and we had a great trip. 420 miles in 66 hours which, for Ariel, is quite an achievement. We are going back through the Turks and Caicos and I will be looking for similar advice in a week or so.
Charles Springett, S/V Ariel, Village Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI

I want to thank you for the service you provide. Not just in the ability to get weather but just in being there. Spending a long time out by myself it was nice to know that I could count on hearing familiar voices and catching up on where my friends are and were going. My mom appreciated the fact that if need be she could get in contact with me or you could at least let her know you had heard me. So I just wanted to say thanks and if you are ever in Kansas drop me a line and I will buy you a beer!
Dan

Talked to you Wed. AM and you recommended a Th.\ Fri. window for a trip from Nassau to Lake Worth. It turned out to be a record passage for us as we made the trip in exactly 27 hours with east winds at 20 to 25 dropping to 15 in the Gulf Stream. For our 35 foot Nicholson, this was a great time,particularly since we beat most of the larger vessels. The subscription to your service has been one of the best boating investments I have made in owning Random Run for over 32 years, and I am a frugal guy at that. Your book is great too. Welcome aboard.
Frank & Sherri Voorheis

We made it to Isla Mujeres with great wind. It was a perfect sail. The wind was strong, 15 to 25 kts mostly east all the way. When we got to the Yucatan Channel the winds turned ESE and we had a great sail all the way to the anchorage, 494 nm in 72 hours. Thanks for your help.I love what you wrote: THIS IS SOME OF THE MILDEST & MOST-SETTLED WEATHER THE NW CARIBBEAN HAS SEEN ALL WINTER Did we time this perfect or what? :)
Trisha Hayes, Aventura 440-04

I appreciate the honesty and accuracy of your forecasts and I have enjoyed listening to you each morning.
Maury and Bonnie, s/v Smidge

Thank you for your excellent services to us for the last few months. We really have appreciated having such accurate and timely information to assist our passage making decisions. You may recall our bit of excitement in December on our way to Antigua with the developing named storm Olga. It was truly amazing that as a direct result of your information we were about 100 nm north of our planned track which put us 10nm away from the vessel in distress. He was a very lucky man and whether one believes in providence or something more formal one can't help thinking we were meant to be there that day. Once again thank you for your assistance on the day with communications to USCG. We will be sure to sign up with you again in time for next season.
Adrian and Clare Richards, Flyin Low

Your service is wonderful....
Whenever we meet other cruisers, we let them know what a great service this is...they are amazed that you provide this most excellent service for a tremendous value...
Not only do you begin your day before, most any cruiser in the right mind..you do it pleasantly and patiently...and that is rare in these times...so THANK YOU...
Mike and Linda Araneda, s/v Yemonja

Your weather reports are just exactly what a cruiser needs to be safe and comfortable.
Bill and Sue Shafer, s/y Unchained

[During] our two year cruise to the eastern Caribbean (Chesapeake to Trinidad for hurricane season and back again)we've found your service invaluable. You do a great job, and your forecasts for us have always been very accurate. We like being in "paradise", but we also like the softest offshore passages we can find to get there. We wouldn't do it without you.You do the cruising community a great service.
Tom and Linda O'Connell, S/V Surprise, Island Packet 40

Thanks for the past services it really helped making our trip North a short and safe 18 days from the Bahama's to Halifax NS.
Pat n Ted, s/y Xcelsior

Many thanks to you and your insight and knowledge, it is very much appreciated. You provide a wonderful service, have a world class reputation and deserve a big thank you. So, thank you.
Jenny and Otis, S/V Independence

We were all amazed when the front arrived at 3:20PM Sunday, just 20 minutes after your predicted time! We saw an instantaneous windshift, from 5k out of the SW to 15k out of the NE
Cindy & Rick, s/v Dragonfly

It has been a pleasure - and a great relief - to have your forecasts available. As I'm sure you know, you have taken a major source of anxiety out of our cruising for the last 4 years, and made it a lot more relaxing and enjoyable. Thank you for your efforts and for the patient way you share your knowledge when you answer our questions. The education alone has been worth the cost of admission!
Frank, S/V Draco

Thank you for all the weather input for our trip [from the US]. You have been right on the money every time. We are making our turn south in the morning into St. Thomas.
Tom Rose, S/V Seraphim

Listening and speaking with you on daily basis over the last 10 months on our two trips to the Bahamas has been the number one comfort factor for our confidence in our cruising safety and enjoyment. We are big fans of yours and have recommended your net to others who also are now sponsoring vessels.
Jim Keegan, Magnificat

Thanks for your e-mails supplementing your forecasts. Devi and I departed Tobago early on Tuesday morning and made a fast passage to Prickly Bay Grenada. Your forecast was right on the money. Thank you for your prompt replies and the excellent quality of your forecasts.
Hunter Sharp, S/V Arctic Tern

First of all a big "thank you" for your great job. We are more than happy with your advises and only regret, not having signed in already two years ago...
Rudy & Lilian, s/y Shiva

Your forecasts are the most reliable that we have EVER seen. Keep up the good work, and thanks.
Kenny & Kathy, Mer Soleil

Your email forecasts are a pleasure. Tell you what you need to know, give you the background if you want it, all in layman's terms (pretty much like your book). The format is just great.
John Reid, s/y Ramble

I have 30 years as a pilot with briefings from Flight Service, never any as good as yours. I have depended upon your reports last year in the Bahamas and was always amazed at their validity.
Cal & Linda, s/y Grande Pirogue

Both of us thank you very, very much for the services you have provided for the past several years. Receiving the daily Caribbean and/or Bahamas reports via e-mail (on our satellite phone) was well worth the modest fee that you charge. It was particularly important to us since on our most recent boat we did not have SSB. We found your weather reports to be on the money almost without fail--no other service that we know of gives so much, so accurate information! We were also able to contact you via e-mail and satellite phone several times when on passage. This is another one of your services that was invaluable to us. We quickly learned to "Go" when you predicted a good weather window and sit in safe harbor when you said "No go". We have already recommended your services to our cruising friends and will continue to pass the word when we are in contact with the cruising community.
Clark and Ann Swayze, m/y Trust

Thanks for the great service. I am convinced you provide the best interpretation available. For whatever little bit you have to guess, you're generally the best guess around.
Fred R. Thomas

We arrived in Cayman Tuesday evening safe and sound. Thanks very much for all your help over the last two years its been a lot of fun and your contribution was invaluable. We couldn't have stayed moving through two hurricane seasons safely without your info and advice.
Peter and Mary Anne Kosa, s/y Lughnasa

We always appreciate your on target advice as do all the rest of the sailing community.
Bill and Sandy Donaldson, S/V Lucille- Saga 43

Lucky Star has arrived in Guadeloupe and will remain here for the hurricane season. Thank you very much for your excellent weather analysis and predictions allowing us to make the difficult easterly journey to the Caribbean in the safest manner possible. Having experienced your services, I will never again sail without them and I highly recommend you to cruisers we meet along the way.
Chris & Margit Mills, s/v Lucky Star

Your weather forecasting and delivery via SSB and e-mail are excellent. Tailored for the sailor and with more detail and insight than you can get from any other source. At first I was put off by you always giving caveats... well, it might do this or it might do that... But I came to appreciate your discussion of probability and alternates. When you listen to other marine forecasts you can only get a sense of that by looking for changing forecasts.

I would strongly recommend your service to anyone heading for the Bahamas. Your service is great and a bargain. The few minutes of advice you gave was worth every penny.
Guy Collins, s/y Shay La Mer

You were spot on as usual including the 30 and 40 knot squalls we had north of Bahamas and off Carolinas.
Tom, s/v Syrinx

I always pay particular attention to your advice which for years I always find more accurate and illuminating than anything else.
Captain Gary Corbin, m/y Cest La Vie