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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs- Moderate breeze for Day 4 - PredictWind

by Richard Gladwell on 20 Feb 2013
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A moderate breeze is predicted for the fourth race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour

PredictWind is showing a breeze peaking at a 15kt average about the same as yesterday but with it coming from an ESE direction similar to the first two race of the regatta.

Winds are shown as being a 13-15kts average meaning that the puffs will be a little higher, but as we have seen in previous there can big holes in the wind and significant changes in direction, caused by local issues.

Using another feature of PredictWind, the realtime Observations, we can see that the breeze at Sydney Airport was 10kts average at 09.30am, and that the current direction is close to what is predicted by PredictWind.

For the rest of the week, winds are expected to increase to 19kts by the week end when the final two races will be sailed.

This prognosis has been based on a reference point in the centre of Sydney Harbour, and will obviously vary on the edges of the course

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.

Viewing the JJ Giltinan 18 Ft Skiffs:

Spectator ferries will follow each of the seven races in the championship, leaving Double Bay Wharf 30 minutes before the start of each race. Races 1 and 6 (Saturdays 16 and 23 February) start at 4pm while all other races start at 3pm.

Races 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will be sailed on 17, 19, 20, 21 and 24 February.

For those who can’t make it onto the spectator ferry, there are many ways to follow the championship:

Live Tracking:!click_here

Video Coverage and ‘Pick-the-Podium’:!click_here

For the official leaderboard:!click_here

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