Predictwind is forecasting a change of wind direction for the final two days of the 2012 Olympic Regatta.
Since the inception of the the regatta on July 29, 2012, the wind has been constant in direction from the west.
Strength has varied from around 8-20kts, but has generally been moderate.
Today was the first day that has been lost for racing, due to a lack of wind. In fact it has been very rare for racing not to start on time, and the only time a postponement flag has been sighted has been when winds have shifted between starts and course realignment is necessary.
Tomorrow, Friday, the breeze is predicted to switch to the east, and be moderate in strength, for the Womens and Mens Two Handed (470) Medal Races which are scheduled to get underway at 1200hrs and 1300hrs local time.
On Saturday, the final day of competition for the Womens Match Racing, winds are expected to be still in the east and increasing in strength.
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.
by Richard Gladwell
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