PredictWind.com is showing a fast start to the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race off Alicante (ESP) at 1400hrs local time.
The eight strong fleet will experience winds of 24-26kts around the start time, and staying at this strength for the first couple of hours before easing back to 18kts in the early evening.
The winds are expected to be from the ENE making for a fast reach out of the Mediterranean
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. PredictWind.com?nid=49668
is a subscription system, with a number of options. While some may feel the wind is free, the ability to get a five day detailed wind forecast for an area of interest creates great peace of mind, allowing forward planning and decision making to be made with some certainty. The time and money saved through being able to work with a high degree of confidence, is more than offset by the relatively small cost of the subscription.
But have a free trial through to January 2009, and see for yourself at PredictWind.com?nid=49668