sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon in commanding lead

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon in commanding lead

'Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 1, 21 October 2008 @ 1600hrs - Actual Positions. The area of the ligher winds in the Doldrums can be clearly seen to the east of the fleet.'    Predictwind.com/iexpedition.org    Click Here to view large photo

Ian Walker and the crew of Green Dragon will move into a commanding lead in the Volvo Ocean race in the next 24 hours, as the race leaders emerge from the Doldrums

By holding the most westerly course of the eight competitors, Walker and navigator Ian Moore have been able to hold onto slightly stronger breezes.

Now they are dropping across the front of the fleet to get onto the more direct course for the first rounding mark on leg 1 off the coast of Brazil.

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 1, 21 October 2008 @ 1600hrs - Actual Positions Zoom view. Almost 256nm separate Green Dragon on the left (West) and Delta Lloyd on the right (East). TELA (Telefonica Blue and Ericsson 3 (ERT3) are closest to the rhumb line. Winds are stronger to the west. -  Predictwind.com-iexpedition.org?nid=50000   Click Here to view large photo


Currently Green Dragon is sailing in winds of almost 7 kts from 133 or ESE, while here second placed rival Telefonica Black is in just 4.5kts of air from 150 degrees.

However it is likely to be PUMA racing (Ken Read), who ultimately takes second place behind Green Dragon, due to the fact that PUMA Racing is in the same segment of the course as Green Dragon and therefore in a stronger breeze.

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 1, 21 October 2008 @ 1600hrs - Projected view by 24 hours. The westerly boats will have to turn towards the rhumb line, but will do so in stronger breezes. -  Predictwind.com-iexpedition.org?nid=50000   Click Here to view large photo


The competitors are actually sailing through a narrow pass in the wind. East of Green Dragon, the winds lighten, but further of the eastern most yacht, Delta Lloyd, the winds lighten still further before strengthening.

Green Dragon is sailing in 7kt breezes however these are forecast to increase to 12 kts and then 15kts as the yachts near the rounding mark.

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 1, 23 October 2008 @ 0100hrs - Projected view by 24 hours, the zoom in view shows that Green Dragon has got across closer to the Rhumb line and has a good lead of about 28 nm over the second placed PUMA racing which has also taken advantage of the stronger breezes. -  Predictwind.com-iexpedition.org?nid=50000   Click Here to view large photo





__________________________________________________________________________________________________


How to read these images

The boats have four digit codes as follows: DLYD - Delta Lloyd; ERT3 - Ericsson 3; ERT4 - Ericsson 4; GDRA - Green Dragon; ILMO - PUMA Racing; TELA - Telefonica Blue; TELN - Telefonica Black; KOSA - Team Russia

The wind is shown in barbed arrow format. The longer line is the wind direction, if it has one longer barb at right angles to the tail, then the wind strength is 10 kts, if there is a half size barb, further up the shaft then the strength is 15kts, two full size barbs indicate 20kts and so on.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________


The images used in this story have been generated by Expedition?nid=50000 which is a tactical and navigation software application which has been developed by veteran Volvo Ocean Race navigator and Whitbread winner, physicist Nick White, initially for his use in the 2001-2 Volvo Ocean Race with Team News Corp and the Stars & Stripes Americas Cup team.

Since then, Expedition?nid=50000 has been continually refined by a core group of world-renowned navigators and two-time America’s Cup winning navigator Peter Isler has consulted closely in the development of the system. Expedition supports more instrument systems, is easier to use and has the most powerful and useful functions for the racing navigator.

To read an occasional analysis of the Volvo_navigation_options by Nick White click here?nid=50000

Expedition is now has PredictWind integrated into the application as an option for PredictWind subscribers.

The wind data and prognosis used to produce these images also uses software developed by PredictWind?nid=50000, an application developed by 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?nid=50000 will monitor the area for you and provide updated predictions on demand.

PredictWind 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.

You have until January 2009 to get your free subscription, and see for yourself.




by Richard Gladwell

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=50000

1:01 PM Tue 21 Oct 2008 GMT






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

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

13 Aug 2014  SSANZ Safety at Sea Series NZ Spars & Rigging 60 - Y88 Race Report
11 Aug 2014  SSANZ Safety at Sea NZ Spars and Rigging 60 is big boat benefit
25 Jul 2014  Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart
17 Jul 2014  PredictWind's Weather Routing opens your navigation options - try it!
24 Jun 2014  Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts
07 Jun 2014  ANZ Fiji Race: Course record looks safe
16 Mar 2014  Predictwind: Tracking Cyclone Lusi Update 4: Storm swings south
15 Mar 2014  Predictwind: Tracking Cyclone Lusi Update 3: 60kts in Hauraki Gulf
14 Mar 2014  Predictwind: Tracking Cyclone Lusi Update 2: Storm due late Friday
14 Mar 2014  Predictwind: Tracking Cyclone Lusi as she hits New Zealand
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World















Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind gears up in Alicante by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


























Soling North American Championship concludes on Lake Erie by Canadian International Soling Association,


























ISAF Sailing Worlds - Four champions crowned as racing wraps up
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - USA finishes Top-10 in 4 classes
Outteridge and Jensen – What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott wins Gold
Santander Worlds - 49ers Burling and Tuke clear ahead
ISAF Sailing Worlds – Live broadcast - Medal races
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5
WMRT Chicago Match Cup 2014 – GAC Pindar through to the semi-finals
Bart’s Bash 2014 at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Victoria Harbour
Bart's Bash: First event in at Wakatere in New Zealand
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander 2014 - AUS Laser and 470 Medals + video
2014 Patriot Regatta - U.S. Coast Guard team wins
2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 9 highlights
2014 Etchells North American Championship – Day 2
Chicago Match Cup - Top four tour teams tackle tomorrow in semi-finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 49er and Nacra 17 world titles claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Caleb Paine through to Finn medal race + video
ISAF Worlds - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 Rio 2016 spots taken
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Women's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Scott all set to lift Finn world title   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Men's medal race images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Aussies and Austrians claim 470 gold   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo   
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day   
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights   
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off   
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1   
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight   
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight   
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length   


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.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT