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Ericsson 4 now expected to be winner of Leg 7 in Volvo Ocean Race By Richard Gladwell, 11:46 PM Fri 22 May 2009
Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) is now expected to be a comfortable winner of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race /b> Previously the Leg was expected to be very close run between all the yachts. However a split in the fleet has paid a dividend for the Race leader. By taking a more westely course Grael seems to have opened up a significant advantage ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race fleet splits in two racing in very strong winds By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 9:17 AM Fri 22 May 2009
Over the past nine hours, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet have split into two groups, and are now separated laterally by 75 nm. The westernmost group comprises the former leg and current race leader, Ericsson 4, followed the the two yachts trailing the fleet - Ericsson 3 and Green Dragon. ...[more]

Very close finish expected in the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday morning. By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 9:46 PM Thu 21 May 2009
According to current projections the Volvo Ocean Race fleet should have a very fast trip across the Atlantic and are expected to finish around 0900hrs on Sunday, local time. Already in the grips of one 30kt front, the system looks like it will extend for most of the trip across the to Galway, Ireland. After moderating for a time, a second system will move in for the final push to coast of the E ...[more]

Predictwind forecasts strong winds for Volvo sleigh ride to Ireland By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 12:05 PM Wed 20 May 2009
As the Volvo Ocean Race works its way around the Ice Exclusion Zone, a strong wind system is about to launch off the Newfoundland coast. The system which, according to PredictWind has winds over 25 kts (gusting 20% more) and will stay with the fleet for at least the next three days giving a fast ride across the Atlantic Ocean to Galway in Ireland. ...[more]

PredictWind: Stronger winds expected for rest of MedCup By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Melbourne, Australia , 8:47 PM Thu 14 May 2009
The wind prognosis from PredictWind.com?nid=102097 is for stronger winds for the rest of the week at the Audi MedCup in Alicante. Winds are expected to build to around 15-20 kts each day, peaking in the early afternoon - with almost no wind at all in the morning. ...[more]

Latest updates for Boston finish in Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 10:04 PM Sun 26 Apr 2009
Sail-World in conjunction with PredictWind will post regular updates in this story as the fleet sail the last 100 nm or so as the Volvo Ocean race fleet head for the finish of Leg 6 at Boston. b>Latest: /b> Leaders are on last leg, sailing in 8kts breeze, and are now 4nm from finish mid afternoon local time in Boston. ...[more]

Ericsson 4 set for mid-Sunday morning finish in Leg 6 of the Volvo OR By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 10:03 AM Sun 26 Apr 2009
Ericsson 4 is predicted to win Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race when it finishes in Boston on Sunday morning, local time. The final stretch is expected to be in 20kt plus tailwinds ahead of an expected front - a fast point of sailing for the Volvo 70's. At the final turning point, Ericsson 4 is predicted to have a lead of just 2nm, from Ericsson 3 ...[more]

Ericsson 4 set for a Sunday afternoon finish in Leg 6 of the Volvo OR By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 11:15 PM Fri 24 Apr 2009
Ericsson 4 is predicted to win Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race when it finishes in Boston on Sunday afternoon, local time. The final stretch will be in 20kt plus headwinds - not a strong point of sailing for the Volvo 70's. At the final turning point, Ericsson 4 is predicted to have a lead of about 55nm, from Ericsson 3 ...[more]

Who do you believe on Leg 6 to Boston in Volvo Ocean Race? By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 10:50 PM Thu 23 Apr 2009
Most of the attention will be on the Volvo racers as they tangle with the fresh tailwinds over the morning of the 23rd April (EST), what happens next is going to be the most intriguing part of Leg 6. For the first time on this leg, we are seeing substantial variation between the two weather feeds used by PredictWind. ...[more]

Stronger winds in next 24 hours on Leg 6 to Boston in Volvo Ocean Race By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 10:58 PM Wed 22 Apr 2009
Although leg leader Telefonica Blue is being caught by the other three front runners, she is expected to extend on the final period of the race as she gets into a stronger wind pattern enabling her to stretch away. /b> The PredictWind?nid=102097 model show the fleet on a beam reach in 16kt winds from a NE direction. With Telefonica Blue leading. ...[more]

Competitors set for slingshot to Boston in Volvo Ocean Race By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 10:16 PM Tue 21 Apr 2009
Competitors on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Boston are expected to face some rough weather before the finish on Saturday. Currently (20 April at 1500hrs, local time) the PredictWind?nid=102097 model show the fleet on a beam reach in 14-16kt winds from a NE direction. With Telefonica Blue 30-40nm ahead of a bunch comprising Ericssons 3 & 4 and Puma Racing. ...[more]

PredictWind sponsor Brisbane to Gladstone Race with High Res wind info By Nathan May, 5:39 PM Thu 9 Apr 2009
This Easter, as part of the 61st Brisbane to Gladstone thanks to TracerTrack and ESRI Australia, race spectators will be able to monitor the race in real time using the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Tracker. PredictWind’s high resolution Wind Forecasts have been integrated with Yacht Tracker to show the expected wind over the course of the race. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 5 finish status and updates as they happen By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 7:52 PM Sat 28 Mar 2009
The latest update from the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race is that Telefónica Blue has eased across the finish line off the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro to take fifth place in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race. The elapsed time for leg five for Telefónica Blue was a daunting 42 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes. ...[more]

The Ericssons - where are they going in the Volvo Stealth Play? By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 11:36 AM Thu 26 Mar 2009
Yesterday at 1000GMT, Ericsson 3 and 4 went into a Stealth Play, meaning their positions were not revealed to the rest of the fleet or media. Sail-World has kept updating Expedition and PredictWind to see the wind and track the advance of Puma Racing, which has stayed visible. Before calling the Stealth Play Ericsson 3 had altered course to starboard. She emerged with 50nm to the finish. ...[more]

Ericsson 3 expected to finish almost 90nm ahead in Volvo Ocean Race By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, 10:36 PM Wed 25 Mar 2009
Ericsson 3 is expected to win Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race by almost 90nm. She is expected to finish about 1430hrs (NZT) on 26 March or 0130hrs (UTC) on the same day. Second home will be Ericsson 4 with third placed Puma Racing almost 160nm behind the winner. Ericsson 4 should finish at 0700hrs (NZT) on the 27 March or 1800hrs (UTC) on 26 March. Puma Racing will cross around three hours la ...[more]

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]

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