PredictWind at Gibraltar - Volvo Ocean Race
by Richard Gladwell on 13 Oct 2008
PredictWind.com is showing light to moderate winds for the next 24 hours or so around the Gibraltar and NW African coast. Winds are also expected to progressively back making for some interesting tactical decisions as competitors trade off speed againts the rhumbline route for Cape Town.
West of Gibraltar at 1700hrs on 12 October, and the boats turn south. PredictWind.com www.predictwind.com
Predictwind.com is the brainchild of Jon Bilger, a top NZ youth and Olympic sailor who turned his hand to wind and weather prediction, and helped Alinghi to their outstanding victories in the last two America's Cups.
Now that same technology is available to the weekend sailing and club racers, the cruising fraternity or professional sailors around the world. Select any region in the world of interest to you and PredictWind will monitor the area for you and provide updated predictions on demand.
This graph shows the predictions from two different sources. Where the lines are apart there is a a significant variance between the two feeds, where they are close the prognosis is more certain.
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