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Using BWR to Route the Shetland – Lerwick to Bergen Race

While testing the course file before making it available here on the 2012 Races page, I ran into a curious situation with the routing parameters. Basically, if you try to route the whole race as one route, you need to set grid size at about 2nm (and a corresponding max dist.). But because the first leg is […]

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SOL GE Feeds now available to view in browser

You can now view the Sailonline Google Earth feed for each race (starting with Gasparilla Raid) right in your Web Browser. Under the Category ‘Race GPX’ to the right is a new page titled ‘Google Earth Feeds‘, which will contain a link for each race you can view. By default the map opens in the […]

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Different links layout for the 2012 Races page

As you probably already know, I try to put race files for the 2 most common routers used on SOL, as well as ‘raw’ GPX for importing into other programs like Google Earth or other Nav software, on the Races page (except for the very short ‘non-routable’ races). A recent update of Expedition allows it […]

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… with any results/experience using the TCL script for the Iceland timed race. Thanks

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Minor Course Change to SWR Leg4

The Sailonline World Race (VOR) Led 4 Course has been changed recently, adding a mark at the Northern tip of the Philippines. Although this shouldn’t really effect the fastest route, as it would likely have gone North of the Philippines anyway. All race and gpx files on the 2012 Races page now include this new waypoint. Tip for BWR […]

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Routing the SWR Leg 4 with Bluewater Racing

To use BWR for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sailonline.org, you will need to dig a little into the application’s Grib Manager. It seems there are actually 2 ‘sources’ of wind in the grib file as downloaded from Brainaid’s website, with some data for East of the dateline. This needs to be […]

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New Dropbox share folder for 2012 Races

Could all those who opted-in to share the dropbox folder instead of manually downloading the race files please ping me an email, as there is now a new folder for 2012 races. Use the Contact page if you need. The Iceland Volcanoes race is included in the 2011 race folder, so you will still get […]

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Change of course in SWR Leg2

There has been a change of course in the Sailonline World Race (SWR) Leg2, largely to do with the exclusion zones set in the real VOR race to protect the yachts from Pirates! All files published on this blog for the race have been updated to reflect the new course. Download links remain the same.

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How accurate is the Sailonline simulator?

Just how accurate is the ocean racing simulator run by Sailonline.org? And just how well sailed are the courses? Recently SOL finished a facsimile of Leg 1 in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race . A few minor differences in the polar were noted, by the time SOL reached the Noronha mark – namely, sailonline were little […]

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Problem with BWR file for Scandinavian Tour 3

Apologies to thise who downloaded the Bluewater zip archive for the Scandinavian Tour 3 – you are likely getting ‘Endpoint unreachable’ errors when you try to route the course (thanks ShamrockPirate for bringing this to my attention). This is because 3 of the course waypoints actually lie on Islands – normally I check each and […]

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