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Volvo Ocean Racers straighten up and head for Rio By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 8:29 AM Wed 25 Mar 2009
Latest position reports and weather data would seem to have put an end to the suspense for leading crews in the Volvo Ocean Race. Although winds remain light in the race area as of 0700hrs (NZT) this morning, the breeze is expected to fill in to around 10-15kts, and Ericsson 3 should carry this breeze through to the finish, with a spinnaker run all the way to Rio. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Go left! Go Right! By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 7:08 PM Tue 24 Mar 2009
Most of the optimizations are predicting quite a close finish, however the optimized tracks swing between favoring an inshore course and hanging a sharp right and going offshore. Complicating the situation is the fact that race leader Ericsson 3 has sailed at right angles to the direct course to Rio de Janeiro and has made a move inshore. It is not clear why she has done this... ...[more]

Models predict close finish to Volvo Ocean Race By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 5:31 AM Tue 24 Mar 2009
The course optimisation and projected position applications used by Sail-World, the same as the navigators use aboard the actual Volvo Ocean Race yachts, is predicting a close finish to Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Today the output from the models is very similar. Both show the last stages of Leg 5 developing into a very close run affair - with one having all three leaders in a near match race a ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race finish time stretches, food supplies short on Leg 5 By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 7:55 AM Mon 23 Mar 2009
Predictions made four days ago that the Volvo Ocean race would finish on 24 March UTC, now appear to be rather optimistic as the leaders are beset by light winds which will last all the way to the finish off Rio de Janeiro. The race is now expected to finish at least a day later. ...[more]

Volvo fleet leaders turn right and head east. By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 7:21 PM Thu 19 Mar 2009
As predicted earlier the race leaders in the Volvo Ocean Race will have to sail well east of the great circle route (the shortest sailing distance) en route to Rio de Janeiro and the finish of Leg 5. At the latest sked, the first three boats have made their move east. Here we plot out the final stages of the leg. ...[more]

Interesting options ahead for Volvo Ocean Race naviguessers By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 7:22 AM Wed 18 Mar 2009
here are some interesting options facing the Volvo Ocean Race navigators, tacticians skippers and fans as the race leaders head up the South American coast. A patch of strong wind off Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands backed by an area of light winds has the routing and optimisation software urging the third and fourth placed yachts to take an offshore course to stay with the strong tailwi ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Around the Horn at Lunchtime By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 4:38 PM Tue 17 Mar 2009
According to the latest projections and wind data, we are expecting to see the first of the Volvo Ocean Race yachts round Cape Horn at 1200hrs GMT/UTC 17 March or 0100hrs NZT. The two leading yachts Ericsson 3 and 4 are expected to round in lighter winds of 15 - 20kts, while the two yachts astern Puma Racing and Green Dragon are experiencing very strong winds. ...[more]

Ericsson arrival at Cape Horn delayed by six hours - latest projection By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 5:33 AM Tue 17 Mar 2009
The leaders in the Volvo Ocean Race are not now expected to round Cape Horn until 1000hrs on 17 March (GMT or 2300hrs NZT tonight 17 March The time is about six hours slower than projected yesterday and and is caused by the race leaders Ericsson 3 and 4 sailing in a lighter patch of air around 250nm from the Cape at 0700NZT on 17 March or 1800hrs on 16 March GMT. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - big winds expected before fleet reaches Cape Horn By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 7:15 AM Sun 15 Mar 2009
The leaders in the Volvo Ocean race are around 48 hours from rounding Cape Horn. There is plenty of action yet to come as winds of 35- 40kts are expected to hit the race fleet for a period before easing as they reach the Horn. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 expected to hold lead to Cape Horn By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 10:26 AM Fri 13 Mar 2009
Ericsson 3, the current race leader is expected to hold her lead approaching Cape Horn. Latest reports show that Ericsson 3 is losing some of her lead, and it is easy to see why with these latest images, developed by Sail-World from two weather and routing applications PredictWind and Expedition The Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties have given way to the Timid Tens as the race leaders are ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ice gate comes into play By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 11:49 AM Tue 10 Mar 2009
The Ice Gate comes into play in the Volvo Ocean Race in the coming days /b> The gate is set between two points and the competitors have to pass north of it at some point in the leg. The purpose of the gate is to hold the competitors north, avoiding extreme and potentially very hazardous sailing as yachts try and dive south reducing distance and picking up stronger winds. We will post some ...[more]

PredictWind: Major wind change expected to hit Port Phillip, Melbourne By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Melbourne, Australia , 11:35 PM Tue 13 Jan 2009
The wind prognosis from PredictWind.com?nid=102097 is for a significant shift in wind direction today, Wednesday, accompanied by a major increase in strength for several hours before returning to a standard Port Philip seabreeze on Thursday. ...[more]

PredictWind: Strong winds ahead for Rolex Sydney Hobart tail By Richard Gladwell, 6:16 AM Mon 29 Dec 2008
PredictWind's analysis of the wind feeds in the Tasman Island area shows that the tail end of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race will be hammered by strong westerly winds. The whole of Tasmania is surrounded by strong westerly winds, with some shelter from the lee of the Tasmanian coast. However as the competitors near Tasman Island the last turning point before heading for Hobart, the competitors w ...[more]

PredictWind: Light winds likely to stall Sydney Hobart record By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 5:56 AM Sat 27 Dec 2008
Light winds in the Bass Strait area seem likely to preclude any chance of the race record being broken in the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart race. ...[more]

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race record looking more likely By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 7:09 AM Fri 26 Dec 2008
Using course optimisation and weather software supplied by PredictWind.com?nid=102097 and Expedition?nid=102097 Sail-World has run a Volvo 70 down the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race track, and a race record would seem to be looking more likely. ...[more]

PredictWind: Rolex Sydney to Hobart complete weather information By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 6:38 AM Fri 26 Dec 2008
Using the PredictWind?nid=102097 wind forecasting package Sail-World.com has been able to produce a complete set of wind strength and direction charts for the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. ...[more]

Rolex Sydney to Hobart: PredictWind prognosis shows record unlikely By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 10:55 PM Wed 24 Dec 2008
Latest weather and course projections show that despite strong running conditions for the race start and first 12 hours, light winds later in the race show that a new race record is unlikely. ...[more]

PredictWind: 50% off Christmas Gift Subscriptions By , 12:31 PM Fri 19 Dec 2008
Six months after its launch, the weather forecast system PredictWind has been widely accepted and used by the international sailing community. The world-leading product is being offered at a Christmas discount, before going on sale at full price in January 2009. ...[more]

PredictWind prognosis - Sir Peter Blake Regatta By PredictWind.com, 5:33 PM Sat 6 Dec 2008
PredictWind.com is forecasting light seabreezes for the second day of the Sir Peter Blake Regatta at Torbay. ...[more]

PredictWind - high resolution weather modelling By MaxComm Communication, Auckland , 8:54 PM Thu 30 Oct 2008
Four months after its launch, the weather forecast system PredictWind has been widely accepted and used by the international sailing community. PredictWind is now widely used by amateur and professional sailors all over the world. ...[more]

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