Jim and Sue Corenman have sailed for many decades on a multitude of boats all around the world. From their west coast base, they began racing in San Francisco Bay, then up and down the West Coast and on to multiple Hawaii races. In 1991, the couple completed their first circumnavigation aboard Heart of Gold, their custom Carl Schumacher designed composite 50-ft sloop. During that trip, they realized the need for improved communications on board and Jim designed the Airmail software, which allows a yacht almost anywhere on the planet to communicate by e-mail using an onboard computer, a suitable high-frequency radio and a radio modem. In partnership with Stan Honey they organized the nonprofit association, SailMail, in 1998 and it continues to be a main source of on-board communications.
The Corenmans are some of the most savvy sailors around and graciously share their technical and practical knowledge through yacht clubs, seminars, and their classic publication, The Pacific Cup Handbook. They have allowed us to expert some of the sections of that book that are particularly relevant to our current seminars for which we are extremely grateful.