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  1. SabreSailor

    Offshore routing software recommendations

    Sorry for not posting sooner, I've been following via email. This is awesome, thank you all for the feedback, the tech geek in me gets very into this stuff Ultimately its not by boat or budget but the consensus here is what I've heard elsewhere, Expedition is the most powerful solution. A decision has not been made but Expedition may be more than we need so we might choose a lower end package for this race depending on the captains long term plans. Nick, thank you for the demo offer. I don't know which option we will choose but I'm hoping to take part in this race with my own boat soon so even if we go with something else this time I may take you up on your offer.
  2. SabreSailor

    Offshore routing software recommendations

    Yup, I do have limited experience with this software and Offshore racing in general. I was asked to figure this out recently and agree, there isn't much time to learn something too complex which is part of the reason I'm hesitant to recommend Expedition. Given the timeframe, we probably won't be able to take full advantage of the app we choose. As for race rules, I know PW was banned for the Marion race but have heard conflicting opinions for the Newport race (waiting to hear from the race committee). Have you seen the explicit rule somewhere? I don't know much about Adrena but will check it out. Thanks for the help.
  3. I'm planning for this year's Newport Bermuda race and could use some advice. What specific weather data would you consider essential given the limitations of file size via satellite download? Some of the data on my list: Pre Race Gulf Stream High Rez Files for data below Water Temp (how frequently does this change?) Satellite imagery Wind speeds During The Race Forecast Charts Air temp Wind & Gusts Pressure Grib 500 mb & 10 mb Current What are your thoughts on forecast models? GFS? ECM? Etc. Thanks for the help.
  4. I'll be participating in this years Newport Bermuda race and could use some recommendations on offshore weather routing software. Expedition seems to be popular choice but its expensive and our crew is fairly new to this type of software so it may be overkill. We're considering Predict Wind but the more I research the more options I've found. What applications and features do you recommend. Some of the wishlist features that I'm looking for are: Reasonably priced (does not necessarily mean cheap) Relatively easy to learn (at least the key pieces) Simple downloads of grib files, gulf stream data, wind, temp, etc Optimal course plotting based on weather (including Gulf Stream info) and polars IOS (iPad) is ideal but Mac software is a possibility Charting during the race that shows expected and actual positions Are there other features that I should include on this list??? Are there other features that I should add to my functionality wish list? What do you think of Predict Wind and what am I missing compared to Expedition? Are there other apps to consider? Thanks for your help
  5. SabreSailor

    NPT-BDA 2018 Communications and Nav

    I was in last years Marion to Bermuda race on Selkie, luckily we were in the celestial class and didn't use Predict Wind but I didn't hear anyone discussing this rule change. I'm in this years Newport to Bermuda race, does anyone have info on their rules regarding Predict Wind?