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ECMWF – Now on PredictWind

November 10, 2016 comment-icon 0 Comments

  PredictWind continues to consolidate their position as the world leader in forecast data by adding in the ECMWF forecast model to their ensemble of top weather models. The ECMWF model (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) is very highly regarded by Meteorologists and top Navigators around the world. This is the highest rated global […]

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One Stop Forecasting Shop

August 25, 2016 comment-icon 0 Comments

One Stop Forecasting Shop.   Now you can get more forecast information in one place than ever before, we have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to our award winning forecasting software.   PredictWind has always offered our proprietary PWG and PWC world leading forecasts on our site for comparison. When the forecasts are […]

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Stunning New Forecast Maps

June 24, 2016 comment-icon 0 Comments

All New Forecast Maps When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. We rebuilt the mapping technology from the ground up to be faster, have smaller downloads and be able to smoothly animate PredictWind’s advanced forecasts. Following the success of the Offshore App, we’re releasing this unique display  technology across […]

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PredictWind Wins Awards

December 24, 2015 comment-icon 0 Comments

At PredictWind we work hard to deliver the very best weather product and are known for high quality forecasts/innovative tools to deliver the data. We are constantly improving the product with input from our customers and experts in the field. The feedback from our customers on the product innovation has been encouraging. The recent release […]

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Offshore App – Now with a GRIB Viewer

November 20, 2015 comment-icon 2 Comments

The Offshore App from PredictWind now includes a fully featured Grib Viewer. This free App from PredictWind now has a built in GRIB viewer with smooth animations that put it at the forefront of GRIB viewing technology. Now GRIB forecasts can be downloaded and viewed effortlessly all in one place.     Easily switch between your […]

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Iridium GO! Voice Calling Unleashed

August 6, 2015 comment-icon 23 Comments

Iridium GO! Plans Now with up to 250 FREE Voice Minutes With the exciting new plans for the Iridium GO!, voice calling is now a reality to keep in touch with friends and family. Now with up to 250 voice calling minutes included for free in the new plans. All of the plans available exclusively […]

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100x Faster Weather Routing Downloads

June 22, 2015 comment-icon 14 Comments

PredictWind’s Weather Routing files are 1% of the file size, and more informative! Check out the video to see how it’s done Run a Weather Route now to experience the most intuitive and accurate routing available online, offshore and on your smartphone.   What makes PredictWind Weather Routing the best routing available? 100x Faster Downloads Total […]

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Get Ahead Of The Weather With Forecast Alerts

May 11, 2015 comment-icon 0 Comments

Be notified when the weather is looking just right with forecast alerts. Whether you want warning of a rough patch heading your way or a heads up on ideal conditions to head out on the water, PredictWind forecast alerts will keep you updated. Using the highest resolution forecast models on the web you can be […]

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Major Updates to the Offshore App

April 22, 2015 comment-icon 8 Comments

We have been busy adding new features to the Offshore App necessary for your next passage or race. The new features enhance the current features and make the App even more user friendly. In the latest version the following updates have been made. Departure Planning is now available in the Offshore App. It the same as the online version and […]

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Forecast Updates – Why getting the latest forecast is such a big deal

February 4, 2015 comment-icon 0 Comments

Real time weather patterns change rapidly, so getting the latest forecast is a must. We know this and have added a new feature so that you can see when your forecasts were generated and when they will next be updated.   Now on our forecast website the time until the next update is displayed in the toolbar […]

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VOR UPDATE: HEADING INTO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION

November 28, 2014 comment-icon 0 Comments

  As the teams head up towards Abu Dhabi they are encountering storms and all sorts of extreme weather. See the weather route and an insightful writeup below.     At present, all teams are relatively close together and are heading north, with the weather routing showing the fastest course to the east coast of Mauritius. There […]

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Simpler, Faster and More Reliable – PredictWind Offshore App

November 25, 2014 comment-icon 4 Comments

The PredictWind Offshore App is simply the best way to get GRIB files, Weather Routing, GMDSS text forecasts and Satellite Imagery while offshore. The app simplifies the process of downloading the data in a highly compressed format ideal for Satellite and SSB connections. All forecast data is automatically selected by setting your route. Simply set […]

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Not just for sailors! ‘Big Angry Fish’ also rely on PredictWind

November 20, 2014 comment-icon 0 Comments

It always amazes us the reports we get back from all corners of the globe about how PredictWind is helping people do what they do! This time it’s our mates over at Big Angry Fish, a TV show chasing the next big catch on whatever part of the ocean takes their fancy. We’ve been following the […]

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Kiteboarding the 220Km Coastal Classic Race

November 3, 2014 comment-icon 2 Comments

One of our PredictWind sponsored riders recently became the first person to kitesurf the Coastal Classic race up the East coast of New Zealand.  David Robertson, who has been competing in windsurfing and kiteboarding for years, had a dream to enter the long distance Coastal Classic, but not in a yacht, on his kiteboard! This […]

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Red Dot on the Ocean – Matt Rutherford

October 25, 2014 comment-icon 0 Comments

In 2011 Matt Rutherford, once labeled an ‘at risk youth,’ threw caution to the wind and embarked on the most daring adventure of his life. He would eventually become the first person to navigate a passage around the Americas single handed, non-stop, in a 27ft yacht! Matt had bought a Professional account from PredictWind to […]

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Improved Swell Modelling and New Locations

October 20, 2014 comment-icon 18 Comments

PredictWind now provides the most advanced Swell Modelling available on the web. Our new swell model uses the latest technology and now includes forecasts for the Med, Black Sea and Persian Gulf. Take a quick look at our video about the new features below.   By combining our new worldwide 50km forecast with ocean current data […]

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“Game Changer” – Iridium GO!

August 26, 2014 comment-icon 10 Comments

The future of Satellite Communications has just arrived!  The all new Iridium GO!, with an unlimited data plan for US$125 a month, will change the way you communicate offshore. Wirelessly connect up to 5 smartphones, tablets or computers to the satellite unit to make calls, get forecast updates, email, and even use social media. Iridium’s […]

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Quickly calculate the best day to depart on your next passage.

July 21, 2014 comment-icon 6 Comments

With PredictWind’s Departure Planning tool, working out the best day to leave for your next voyage has never been easier! In seconds, the site will generate what could take you hours to work out manually. By simply placing your start and finish points on the map, this tool will calculate the best day for you to […]

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Bad Weather Hits the Coast of Mexico Again!

July 2, 2014 comment-icon 0 Comments

Check out this cool shot of Tropical Storm Douglas near the coast of Baja California, Mexico! Winds are reaching speeds of 30-35 knots per hour so be sure to steer clear of this area! Following closely behind, and slightly to the east, is Tropical Storm Elida which was upgraded on Monday morning. This storm also brings […]

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Introducing Weather Routing

June 24, 2014 comment-icon 20 Comments

With PredictWind’s weather routing tool, working out the fastest or most comfortable passage has never been easier. Once you have experienced the power and simplicity of the PredictWind Weather Routing, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! Boat Polars You can select from preset boat polars or create your own, and the algorithm will […]

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Free Accounts Upgraded!

June 3, 2014 comment-icon 4 Comments

As part of the PredictWind forecast site and app redesign we have increased the features that the free accounts have access to. We have upgraded our free accounts to be able to access 7 day forecasts and save up to 3 locations, and its still free!   Extended 7 Day Forecasts All forecasts including maps, […]

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How to save your ship from sinking!

April 9, 2014 comment-icon 4 Comments

A Holey Hull! Any ocean lovers nightmare. But what can you do to save your pride and joy if you’re unfortunate enough to experience this dilemma? In the following videos the helpful lads from “Yachting Monthly” deliberately put a hole in their test yacht and try different methods of plugging the leak. Everything from putting […]

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High Resolution Wind Forecasting [video]

February 5, 2014 comment-icon 15 Comments

PredictWind provides the highest resolution wind forecasts available on the web, but what does this actually mean? As the world leader in weather forecasting, PredictWind’s weather models have been generating high resolution forecasts for the last 5 years. However, understanding the benefits of high resolution forecasting can be confusing. Check out the video below to learn more: […]

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PredictWind forecasts for Jeb Corliss whilst jumping over Arajilla Retreat Lord Howe Island

January 13, 2014 comment-icon 1 Comment

Jeb Corliss, a professional skydive and base jumper, has had a busy year completing death defying jumps that would have scared the pants off even the hardiest of us. In 2011 he completed a jump and glide with a wing-suit titled, “Grinding the crack”. In which he flies close enough to the “crack” or his […]

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Website Full Redesign

December 12, 2013 comment-icon 4 Comments

Website Redesigned We’ve taken the PredictWind forecast site and given it a completely new look. The whole site is more intuitive and easier to use. Not only that, but we have improved many of the features and added more functionality. There has been some great interface improvements which make the website easier to use getting […]

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PredictWind Tracker and the Coastal Classic

October 24, 2013 comment-icon 2 Comments

PredictWind is pleased to announce real time coverage of the 2013 Coastal Classic. For the first time, tracking via the PredictWind Tracker is required on all yachts competing in the race, meaning viewers can follow the action in real time from their computer or mobile phone. Follow the race in real time here: forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/race/nzmyc or download the PredictWind […]

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Gerry Hughes: First deaf yachtsman to sail around the world solo

May 27, 2013 comment-icon 0 Comments

Huge congratulations from PredictWind to Gerry on becoming the first deaf yachtsman to sail around the world solo! We are proud to have been involved in this inspiring achievement. Hundreds of supporters turned out to welcome the 55 year-old school teacher home from his journey of more than eight months. Gerry joins the ranks of 201 members of […]

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Fishing Wind Forecast Success

January 29, 2013 comment-icon 0 Comments

How PredictWind helped Antony catch a bin full of fish: Hey, Just wanted to let you know that I used PredictWind over the weekend to pinpoint a short window of opportunity to go fishing out of Tauranga (New Zealand), when the website predicted the 30 knot winds (that had been blowing for more than a […]

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Win a 12 Month Professional Subscription to PredictWind

November 28, 2012 comment-icon 0 Comments

This competition is only open to PredictWind users who aren’t using the pro account. We can upgrade your account from Free, Basic or Standard to Professional. We cannot refund your existing account.

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Vestas Sailrocket Smashes World Speed Sailing Record… Again! [video]

November 27, 2012 comment-icon 0 Comments

We thought their previous records where impressive, well Vestas SailRocket team have really blown the lid off it with their record this time. Last week we posted a story on Vestas SailRocket breaking the World Speed Sailing record at 59.38knot average over 500m. Well, they have smashed their own record again, blitzing the 500m with a whopping 65.45 […]

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Vestas Sailrocket Smashes Outright World Speed Sailing Record [video]

November 21, 2012 comment-icon 7 Comments

A few days ago we posted a story on the Vestas Sailrocket breaking the peak speed sailing record, with a note to keep an eye on them to break the official 500m average speed record, and they’ve done it! The official speed sailing record is based on your average time over 500m, and finally the […]

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Kitesurfers Take Advantage of the Storm [video]

November 19, 2012 comment-icon 5 Comments

While Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc across many parts of North America with speeds of over 80knots (92mph) in places. Some kitesurfers in Florida took their chances and ventured out during the storm and were lucky to score a good session on the water with some giant waves. Check the video below:   Kitesurf Forecast Alerts For wave […]

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Sailrocket Breaks Wind Powered Speed Sailing World Record [Video]

November 15, 2012 comment-icon 8 Comments

UPDATE Just days after setting the peak speed record, the Sailrocket Team have taken the coveted outright speed sailing record measured over 500m. Watch the video of their outright speed sailing record run. 10 years in the making, the Vestas Sailrocket 2 has cracked the 60 knot barrier. Launched in 2002 the team had a […]

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PredictWind Supports One Girl’s Ocean Challenge in the Mini Transat 2013

November 13, 2012 comment-icon 3 Comments

PredictWind is proud to announce our support of Diane Reid in her Single Handed Mini Transat campaign. The challenging race kicks off September 2013 and it will take Diane about 30 days to cross the Atlantic from the Bay of Biscay to Guadeloupe with a brief stopover in The Canary Islands. You can find out more about the race at http://www.classemini.com/ Diane […]

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What are PWG and PWC forecasts?

October 24, 2012 comment-icon 1 Comment

All weather forecasts start with the Earths’ current conditions and then a forecast model will estimate how the current weather will develop. Two of the popular low resolution models are the GFS and the CMC models, and PredictWind runs the leading high resolution model. The PWG model uses the GFS observations (American Global Forecast System), and the PWC uses the CMC […]

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PredictWind Switches to Amazon Web Services For Online Wind Forecasts

August 14, 2012 comment-icon 2 Comments

We are pleased to announce that the PredictWind site has switched to Amazon Web Services (AWS) meaning our forecasts are served up fresher than ever before. This has been a huge undertaking, but the result is a faster site providing a much better service to our customers. Next time you log into the site you’ll notice […]

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PredictWind estimates the VOR Miami to Lisbon leg will finish in about 36 hours

May 31, 2012 comment-icon 1 Comment

PredictWind’s online weather routing estimates the finish of this tight leg will be in about 36 hours. It’s going to be intense, and that prediction could put the closing stages of the race at about 2-5am NZ time! Might need to go to bed early if you want to catch it! To check the routing […]

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Thrillingly Close for Volvo Ocean Race Finish!

It’s looking like a great showdown for the finish of the Miami to Lisbon leg of the Volvo ocean race with lest than 30miles between first and last and under 10miles between the podium positions! This is anyone’s race, and with points being so essential at this stage in the race everyone is pushing their […]

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Marine Forecast Sharkometer Called For After Kitesurfer Evades Shark

April 2, 2012 comment-icon 0 Comments

So I was browsing Facebook and stumbled upon this scary scene, you might have seen this one going around, but is it too crazy to be true? Still after seeing this there have been a few requests to extend our wind forecast tools in South Africa to include a sharkometer.. Hermanus South Africa has some of the […]

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Peter Montgomery Interviews Jon Bilger for the VOR Wind Forecast

March 29, 2012 comment-icon 1 Comment

Peter Montgomery caught up with Jon Bilger to talk about the wind forecast for the start of the Auckland to Itajai leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, and to talk about PredictWind.com [audio:http://news.predictwind.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/120318-Sportsworld.mp3|titles=Peter Montgomery PredictWind]   Audio: Peter Montgomery: Well PredictWind.com is a world leader in wind forecasting and a wonderful New Zealand success story. […]

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Waterlust – Video From GoPro

March 4, 2012 comment-icon 0 Comments

Check out this inspirational video, all filmed on GoPros, definitely makes you want to get out on the water!  

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Weather Bomb Drops in New Zealand

March 3, 2012 comment-icon 0 Comments

Check out the screenshot from the forecasts maps of the “Weather Bomb” dropping accross New Zealand today. More on why they call it a weather bomb here: Weather Watch NZ Herald – Weather Bomb

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Volvo Ocean Race Update – Taking Control

March 2, 2012 comment-icon 0 Comments

Catch up with the fleet as they power their way down through the Pacific towards the equator.

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