Moderate winds from a southerly direction are again forecast for the second race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour
PredictWind is showing winds lighter than yesterdays's first race, when breezes kicked in at 17-19 kts against a forecast of an average 10-13kts around race start time of 4.00pm.
Today, according to data available at 7.30am local time in Sydney) the breezes are expected to peak at an 11kts average (more in gusts) around noon before easing very slightly later in the day. Both feeds used by PredictWind are very close, meaning that the prognosis has a high degree of accuracy.
Gusts will be above this average strength. The forecast may change closer to race time as more up to date data comes available
Both feeds are very similar in the wind direction today. Initially expected to be from an easterly direction (090) the wind will swing slightly south during the afternoon, easing slightly and settling in a direction of SE (about 120 degrees).
As with yesterday, the bottom line for crews is that there is some certainty for rig selection (big rigs a certainty).
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 17, 2013 - PredictWind.com
Wind Direction for Sydney Harbour from two PredictWind feeds - February 17, 2013 - PredictWind.com
Developed by former Olympian, Jon Bilger (470, 1992), PredictWind application was used by the Swiss team Alinghi to win the 2003 and 2007 America's Cups, and has become the leading wind system used by racing and recreational sailors around the world. It is available on a subscription basis and also with a free forecast option.
A mobile app for Andriod and iPhone is available and PredictWind is probably the most used app on the Sail-World iPhone.
Real time local wind observations have been added as further functionality.
You can check the weather anywhere in the world, and get a five day forecast, plus a variety of other features and functions of PredictWind. The app is synchronised with your PC, so that your latest set of locations are always available without resetting each time you change a device.
Viewing the JJ Giltinan 18 Ft Skiffs:
More spinnaker action with Mojo Wine and Appliancesonline - Race 1 JJ Giltinan Trophy Frank Quealey
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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: click here
Video Coverage and ‘Pick-the-Podium’: click here
For all official race results, race reports and photographs: click here
by Richard Gladwell
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