Sunday, February 07, 2010

Latest wind forecast - Sunday 8:38am UTC

Here's the latest wind forecast for Monday 10am, scheduled start of the 1st race of the 33rd America's Cup, courtesy of MeteoSim. There is a clear pattern around Valencia, with the south-southeast winds ranging from 8 to 14 knots.

Even though Alinghi 5 and USA sail at closer angles to wind than initially believed, the size of the race diamond makes it necessary for the race committee to set up a race course with the starting line situtated approximately 20-25 miles from the coast. Given also the geography of the coast it might even be further away. Not only that, the top mark will also have to be located at least a dozen miles south of the port. So, it could be a difficult day for spectators.

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At 5:35 PM, Blogger chocoa said...

when is the measurement?

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another forecast:

At 10:32 PM, Blogger sailboatracer said...

Is port side entry to start area more beneficial? BOR won the toss and elected stbd side entry. Assuming the wind direction is 90 degrees then I would prefer to enter the bottom left end of the start area on port tack and then sail just inside the temporary 'entry line' and time my tack onto stbd so as to have max speed at the start line when the start signal sounds.


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