sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Coastal Classic: Your pre-race checklist and Predictwind prognosis
Coastal Classic: Your pre-race checklist and Predictwind prognosis

'Wired on the charge - Start of the 2011 Coastal Classic'    Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Competing in the Coastal Classic for the first time as a skipper, or crew? Here's a few tips:

Make sure your boat is 100% ready to go by the night before racing. Easier said than done, right? Here are a few extra ideas to add to the mix

If you are leaving from Westhaven, try to cast off by 9am at the latest, to give you time to get to the start line, and do a reconnaissance, checking out conditions and confirming your starting strategy. With this start line being extra long, starting at one end of the line or the other, really helps you to know where you are at.

TeamVodafoneSailing hits warp speed - Coastal Classic 2011, she is expected to do a very fast trip in 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo
Use a website like PredictWind.com to know what the wind forecast is, and what the tide is going to be doing. Avoid adverse currents and make the most of helpful ones.

Really think hard about where to put your boat on the start line. Small boats, you really don't want to get stuck to leeward of a large boat - they'll roll over the top of you and the downtime will cost you in the first miles of the race.

The wind direction and proximity to North Head will affect your starting position. In a Westerly or North Westerly, North Head will always have a windless zone behind it.

Also think about the tides and currents as you get into the Bay of Islands, and close to the finish.

In the week leading up to the race start, or preferably before it's obvious that you should check your sails, clean your hull, and remove extra, unnecessary gear before the race north.

The match race starts - Coastal Classic - 2011 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo
But here are a few other ideas that will get you to Russell that bit quicker:

1. Sail settings can be very precise and so mark up your sheets and controls, including halyards, vang, genoa cars and backstays, so that you can easily tell in the dark where they should be set. If in doubt, mark up a mid range setting.

2. Ever thought about glow in the dark trim strips for your sails?

3. Bring your boat maintenance up to date including the rig and all rigging

4. Wool your kites - if you are going to be hoisting in windy or tight conditions, you'll do so without a hitch (fingers crossed)

5. Ask your crew to pack a bag for the race, and a bag for after you finish that can go up in a car, and arrange for a friend or supporter to drive these bags, and any other stuff you don't need, like delivery sails, up in the car. It's a really easy to save one or two hundred kilograms of unnecessary weight. If you do have to take spare gear, then make sure it's stowed down low in a central location in the boat.

Karma Police - 2011 Coastal Classic - 2011 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Wind and route forecast

The latest forecast from Predictwind.com shows a SW breeze at the start average of 17kts, which indicates 17-20kts. The breeze should stay in for the duration of the race with the lead monohull expected to take 8.5 to 9 hours with the wind easing as the boat move north.

The ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing should have a much quicker trip with her finish time predicted to be 4hrs 15m and 4 hours 45min. She is expected to hit average speeds of well over 30kts for much of the trip.

The routing function of Predictwind shows that at this juncture the direct course north is the best one - making life simple for the tacticians and navigators.

We'll have further updates later in the week, but in the meantime stay in touch with Predictwind


by Coastal Classic and Sail-World

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=102881

9:10 AM Mon 15 Oct 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

15 Oct 2012  Coastal Classic: Class 40 Team Buckley Systems to race in the Classic
17 Sep 2012  Major technology upgrade gives PredictWind faster forecast updates
10 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Change in the wind for last two days
29 Jul 2012  Excellent breeze forecast for Day 1 of the 2012 Sailing Olympics
28 Jul 2012  Predictwind forecasts good sailing conditions for start of Olympics
21 May 2012  PredictWind and MetService partner for live wind data
21 Mar 2012  PredictWind launch new wind forecast App for iPhone and Android
07 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Light winds or not for race finish?
06 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Saturday party, Sunday finish predicted for Leg 4
27 Feb 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper slips down the fleet
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ


















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,














Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   
Rolex China Sea Race on the horizon   
What can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm?   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 10 rumbles on   
SAP 5O5 World Championship - Kiel action starts August 13th   
Volvo Ocean Race - It's a family Affair   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XL NEW US