Yamaha and C-Tech - two of the seven strong NZ team competing at the JJ Giltinan Trophy in Sydney
Moderate winds from a southerly direction are forecast for the first race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour
PredictWind is showing a a breeze expected to average 10-13kts around race start time of 4.00pm, slowly easing to 8-10kts a couple of hours later. Gusts will be above this average strength.
There is no certainty as to the direction of the breeze, which is expected to be just south of east around noon, however the two feeds on direction developed by PredictWind as the basis of its forecasts sow the breeze moving in opposite directions after that time. At this stage one feed shows the stronger breeze clocking around to the SE as it eases during the day. The other feed shows a lighter breeze shifting north as it also eases later in the day.
Bottom line for crews is that there is some certainty for rig selection (big rigs a certainty) and the options for direction will have to be made on the water once the direction becomes evident and the expected trend can then be determined.
This prognosis has been based on a reference point in the centre of Sydney Harbour, and will obviously vary on the edges of the course
Wind Strength for Sydney Harbour from two PredictWind feeds - February 16, 2013
Wind Direction for Sydney Harbour from two PredictWind feeds - February 16, 2013
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Viewing the JJ Giltinan 18 Ft Skiffs:
Spectator ferries will follow each of the seven races in the championship, leaving Double Bay Wharf 30 minutes before the start of each race. Races 1 and 6 (Saturdays 16 and 23 February) start at 4pm while all other races start at 3pm.
Races 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will be sailed on 17, 19, 20, 21 and 24 February.
For those who can’t make it onto the spectator ferry, there are many ways to follow the championship:
Live Tracking: http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=274!click_here
Video Coverage and ‘Pick-the-Podium’: www.jj18footerstv.com!click_here
For all official race results, race reports and photographs: www.18footers.com.au!click_here