Andrew is without doubt one of the most well-respected offshore navigators in the world.
Wouter Verbraak - Navigator
Wouter Verbraak has more than 20 years of navigation/weather routing experience from races such as Admirals Cup, Volvo Ocean and Volvo Baltic Race, Tour de France, Commodore's Cup, Fastnet and Cowes week.
"PredictWind is the weather tool any sailing team is dreaming of: reliable, easy to use, and most importantly extremely accurate!"
Will Oxley - Navigator
"Having used many of the commercial offerings from a variety of weather companies I was initially skeptical that PredictWind would prove to be worthwhile. However I am happy to say that I have been proved VERY wrong. I have now used PredictWind all over the world. I find that PredictWind's fine scale models typically do an excellent job of dealing with local topographic effects and predicting the onset of local sea and land breezes. These are the fine details that we are actually interested in as sailors and the global models are just too coarse to pick up these subtleties.
Most recently I have completed the Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks in Australia. I have been racing in the Whitsunday's for 20 years and the myriad of high islands make fine scale weather prediction quite difficult. The PWC model consistently did a great job of predicting the onset of the sea breeze and dealt very well with predicting the wind holes in the lee of islands and the wrapping of winds around islands. I was VERY impressed and PredictWind provided me with the most accurate forecasting I have had in my 20 years of racing in the Whitsundays."
In the recent Auckland to Fiji Race PredictWind was the one that got it the best, compared to the ECMWF and the GFS, and they got it the best from a long way out. I have to say I was impressed.
I have used PredictWind for many years and find it particularly useful in the Med, often relying on it when in Palma and Peurto Cervo. The Med is a hard place to forecast, it’s all just thermal influences and the 1km PredictWind forecast has proven to be a very useful tool.
Ray Davies - Tactician
We are having an exciting time sailing the new AC72, thanks to PredictWind's technology for forecasting and the real time observations you're providing, Predictwind is playing a key role in deciding which days we go sailing.
Whitbread Round The World:
"Alinghi has used the same weather modeling technology as PredictWind offers, and it played an important role in winning the 2003/2007 America's Cup in both Auckland and Valencia. We have used it in regattas all around the world and have found the technology 'second to none.' I would highly recommend the PredictWind service to anyone wanting an accurate and reliable wind forecast."
Harold 'H' Bennett
"I have been referring to PredictWind since its inception and in doing so have found the information extremely helpful in preparing daily for racing.
In whatever area I have had to prepare for racing I could confidently log into the forecasts and plan for any given day.
As an International Race Officer good sound weather forecasting is one of the most important tools in the tool box and to that end I would recommend PredictWind to any race management team anywhere in the world."
Ian ‘Fresh’ Burns
2004-Present: ORACLE RACING Design Team Coordinator
2001-03: BMW ORACLE Racing, navigator
2000: Louis Vuitton Cup, Abracadabra, navigator
1998: Maxi World Champion, Sayonara
1995: Louis Vuitton Cup, OneAustralia (navigator), runner-up
1992: Louis Vuitton Cup, Spirit of Australia
1988: 12-Meter World Champion
1987: America’s Cup, Kookaburra, runner-up
"Things happen fast when navigating on a 100’ canting keel boat. You need to continuously update the crew on position, options and changes constantly.
To do this you need good tools, good information and it needs to be the latest predictions and they need to be delivered immediately.
We use a the whole range of weather tools from classic weather predictions to super fine grid GRIB files to compare and make decisions with.
PredictWind provides the latest GRIB files at a much higher resolution than other sources. They form an important part of our analysis inputs. The GRIBs from PredictWind are high resolution and offer a range of options for source data. It’s a great service."
Peter Isler - Navigator
"With a college degree in meteorology and a long career racing sailboats, I appreciate the importance, and challenge in getting weather predictions that 'work.' Having spent the last eight years working closely in the development of Expedition software, I have become a real connoisseur of weather models and their digital output - the GRIB file - which enables the user to visualize the changing weather and perform weather routing. Although there are some great sources on the Internet for GRIB output from wide mesh global models, GRIBs from good fine scale weather models that show the kind of detail that we sailboat racers crave are few and far between. Enter PredictWind.com. With the click of a mouse you can obtain weather predictions from high resolution weather models. This summer I've been trying out PredictWind.com's models in races across Europe and the US and although initially skeptical, I have been very impressed, and now count a trip to the PredictWind.com web site as a regular part of my pre-race prep... no matter whether I'm buoy racing in San Francisco Bay or sailing in an offshore race across the Baltic Sea. The information is well presented and easily managed. Any meteorologist (or sailor for that matter) knows that weather models have their limitations and are never 100% accurate. But there is no question that they can provide valuable information that can help sailboat racers make a better decision out on the race course."
"In my current role as a professional sailing coach, I have found the PredictWind models to be very helpful in predicting local seabreezes. By using the GRIB files, you can sometimes see a twist in the wind direction from top to bottom, or pressure differences from right to left. On days when these features persist through all the relevant time steps of the GRIB, they are often realized on the race course. And if you play them correctly, it can make a big difference in your race result."
Ian Moore - Navigator
"I only started using PredictWind.com this season, but I have now used it in all the venues of the TP 52 Medcup with Quantum Racing and it has become an integral part of our daily preparation, and weekly planning. I used to trawl the internet for high resolution data as well as wider area models but PredictWind is a great one stop shop for all my weather needs. I highly recommend it."
Rod Dawson - Tactician
"This year I have been using PredictWind on a daily basis on the TP52 circuit and other racing I have done, not only in Europe but other parts of the world. On a daily basis I use PredictWind to support a meteorologist's forecast, finding it to be a great tool for preparing for the day's racing. I really like the forecast maps to help 'paint the picture' of the day. Most important of all, the outputs from PredictWind have proved incredibly accurate throughout the season. I am happy to recommend it to anyone."
Roger Nilson - Navigator
Roger Nilson, who has been announced as a navigator with the Telefonica team for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09, it will be his seventh lap of the course and eighth circumnavigation in all. The other was aboard Orange II for the Jules Verne Trophy in 2005. Roger Nilson, made his debut in the Whitbread in 1981-82 aboard Alsaka Eagle. His most recent race was the 2001-02 Volvo aboard Amer Sports One.
Telefonica Black -
"During our buildup for the Volvo Ocean race, I have been looking at a few weather models, and evaluating their accuracy. I have been working with PredictWind for the last 3 months and have found the high resolution forecasts very useful. I would highly recommend these forecasts to all sailors - racing or cruising!"
"As navigator in some of the world's great races and as a former air force meteorologist, weather forecasts have been a crucial part of my life for as long as I can remember. Weather data used to only be available to government agencies and then of dubious quality. As the years pass by however, it gets noticeably better and more easily available. I have just started using PredictWind this year and it has been the best forecast model for our races by a large margin. In fact, I liked it so much I integrated it into Expedition to make it even easier to use!"
Marc Lagasse - Navigator
"I have been using the PredictWind's 1km High Resolution Model since it's inception. I have no problem recommending it to any serious sailor as I find it extremely reliable and accurate. The fact that you get two models for comparison, allows you to make calls with confidence.
PredictWind's 1km Model seems to be unusually accurate with regards to the geographical features of any venue. An update email and the fact the PredictWind interfaces seamlessly with Expedition Tactical Software has the added benefit of always having the latest weather data right there on your display.
"I would recommend the Satellite Communicator (now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!). In the recent Melbourne to Osaka Race 2013 I used your system and found the email service very reliable, the system at no time let me down. Also the weather updates proved to be very accurate and also very reliable. The system operated perfectly in all types of weather conditions with wind speeds ranging from 01 to 55 Knots, and over a distance of 14,000 nautical miles. The data charges were reasonable and from what other competitors were saying after the race, our system seemed to be lot more economical than other options.
I would definitely recommend this product for anyone going to sea!"
Scott Walton - Tactician/Navigator
"I was really impressed with the service. It was intuitive, easy to use, accurate and the different options for sorting the data was great. In conjunction with Version 6 of Expedition it worked extremely well."
David Adams - Race Director/Coach
"I have been looking for a weather program I could trust in the various roles I have - from trans-ocean to round the buoys all over the world - and PredictWind is now filling that role. I was skeptical at the start but have grown in confidence the more I use it. The usual problems of ocean/land interface seem to be a thing of the past. I have used it in several Australian ports lately in my coaching role and it has proved a valuable tool. We are currently evaluating the program to use with the Eco 60's in the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 yacht race and will be using it while watching the Vendee Globe race as the competitors sail through the southern ocean this year."
"Before practice and race days in the Farr 40 class on Samba Pa Ti and Barking Mad, the custom weather forecasts that our tacticians and the whole team reviewed early every morning were a critical part of our success. As a sailing instructor planning a day on the water, having a detailed and reliable prediction about what the wind is likely to do allows me to execute a plan that makes the most of the day and gives our students the best possible productive learning experience.
PredictWind is like having your own private weather router for wherever on Puget Sound I’m sailing that day!"
Round North Island Race
"On behalf of everybody on the 'Open Country' team a really big thank you to everyone at PredictWind Our decision to invest in PredictWind and to put all our 'beans in one bucket' has paid off.
Open Country is a 1970's design Beale 35 - so we are no grey hound - we are quick up wind - so 'old age and rat cunning' are needed to outsmart some of the newer go fast boats!
I guess the key to our success was being able to put the boat in the best wind for our best performance - and this is where we really owe our gratitude to PredictWind. At several critical locations the PredictWind Weather Routing proved to be invaluable in our routing decision making process."
"We used the Satellite Communicator (now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!). Installation was completed a day before the race, with little testing time. Although I was initially sceptical about a new system and the late installation, the system was easy and clear to operate, well presented, and the results were excellent.
Our decision to install at the last minute was due to the fact we had just discovered this new system. We were impressed with reliable global coverage, low power usage, and low running cost compared to other satellite systems.
Particularly useful for us in this race were the weather routed tables of forecast wind, enabling efficient sail and boat management, and solid crew confidence in the forecast changes of wind strength, timing, extent of and direction of wind changes – really makes the navigator look good !
I would have no hesitation recommending the system to anyone racing (or cruising I expect), who does not wish to pay the notably higher installation and running costs of other satellite systems."
Skipper Team Vodafone Sailing
"We found PredictWind offers a great solution for delivering an accurate weather routing forecast on a limited communication budget."
"By having the routing algorithm on PredictWind´s servers, you eliminate most of the data costs of sending a full GRIB files. The weather routing updates have been very reliable, pretty easy to operate, and have quickly summarized our options. In addition the ability to send and receive emails is a great feature for racing or passages."
"I would recommend the Satellite Communicator (now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!) for any racing Campaign, and would also be suitable for the cruising boats due to its low cost and ease of use."
Francesco Mongelli - Navigator
"The best thing about PredictWind is that it is very accurate and reliable! In addition it has grib files, maps, tables and utilities that can be easy and fast to use and powerful at same time. It is just fantastic to be able to use such a great versatile tool!"
Sailing Instructor/ Meteorologist
Racing Wind Tactics Instructor
Weather Forecaster for Major Regattas
“I have been using PredictWind for all my weather briefings and wind tactics courses for the last few years, and have found that the accuracy is incredible!
Being a Meteorologist, verification of forecasts is everything so I know how good the forecasts are. In this past season and the 2010 season, PredictWind wind forecasts verified exceptionally well, with errors of only 1.22 knots for the 24 hr forecasts, and directional errors of 11-16 degrees from actual forecasts. I have tried other similar forecast services on the Web and verified their forecasts, nothing comes close to PredictWind's accuracy and reliability. The downscaling techniques that PredictWind uses to predict detailed local winds, proves itself over and over again to be far superior than any other service, bar none!”
“Our team is made from good sailors but not professional, we are a Corinthian crew. Coming from Brittany we are sailing in the UK only one week per year and we look for an affordable and easy to use solution to help us in strategy and navigation. We used for the first time your “basic” solution during the Half Ton Classic Cup in Cowes.
As tactician onboard the Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera I decided this year to subscribe to the “premium” version and I can say that this help us a lot. After a third place in the Spi Ouest France in la trinité in IRC 1 we have finished second in individual boat at the Comodorres Cup in Cowes then second at the Voiles de Saint Tropez in the South of France.
Every morning we downloaded your forecast and compare these one with the local situation, your prediction and the fact that hour after hour we can see how the wind will shift or increase/decrease help a lot to define our strategy.
Thanks for this fabulous tool!”
Dave Ullman - Founder of Ullman Sails
“PredictWind has been been fantastic. With all the various coaching roles I have been involved in around the world it has been by far the most reliable forecast system around the world!”
2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
"Every sailor deserves the tools that PredictWind offers. I use it for my racing, cruising, kiting, and even surfing. The weather forecasts are a must, the online routing software makes passage making a pleasure, and the worldwide accuracy is truly amazing. When routing, I put my cruising boats polars into the predict wind website and I can avoid storms, upwind sailing, and plan our passages with ease and comfort. This has saved us time and money allowing us to cruise year round while continuing to race sailboats professionally.
It should be no surprise that my best year racing (2011) was the first year I started using predictwind.com."
1st 2009 Etchell World Championship
"Our team used PredictWind to assist us through the tricky 2009 Etchell world championships.
The two independent PredictWind models came into their own in the light variable sea breeze days when often one model would nail the situation compared to our other data sources. The PredictWind 'maps' feature gave me a great understanding of the developing wind on each day and we were hardly taken by surprise by any situation.
PredictWind's models played a huge role in our first beat strategy and coupled with great fleet positioning saw us correctly up the first beat in every race without taking any risks. We were top 10-15 around every top mark. This set up each of our top 10 finishes in every race."
"In the lead up to 2009 Etchell Worlds we sought a more localised and concise form of weather forecast, and we decided on PredictWind after an initial test period. The 1km weather model downloads were a daily part of our race preparation, and we found the accuracy of the text files invaluable, you are not bombarded with excessive information and have clear options to help with race strategy for that day."
"PredictWind, without a word of a lie, was absolutely fantastic! It was incredibly accurate here and very instrumental in how well I went. I tuned in every morning to it and it gave me a lot of confidence in picking which side of the beats to work in every race."
"If you're the serious sailor or just racing for fun, you require a good weather forecast. I have started using PredictWind for all my racing this season and it has proven time and time again to be very accurate. I find PredictWind as good if not better than any weather service out there. Its easy to use and visually easy to understand."
Nicole and Rob Douglass
2009 Tasar World Champions
"We would like to thank PredictWind for the support of the latest Tasar Worlds in Wakayama, Japan. We know that a large portion of the fleet used the program and I imagine that you will be well rewarded for your support.
The program was instrumental in our strategy for each day and was a major component of our win."
"PredictWind is a great tool for me. It allows me to quickly and easily access forecasts just about anywhere in the world. The information is reliable and it is great to be able to get data on wind speeds, temperature, wave heights and cloud cover all from the same website and presented in a variety of different forms."
Swan 48 Trumpeter
"I just installed the Iridium GO! a few days before taking off on our 28th trip to Fiji on our 48' yacht Trumpeter. Midway between Auckland and Savu Savu, Fiji we were sailing along brilliantly at a very nice 8 knots broad reaching in 22-24 kts. It was my wife's watch and just on sunset and my time to go down for some sleep. Normally in the "old days" I would have put another reef in just as most cruisers do for the night to avoid any fire drills while I was down. It was just so nice I didn't want to change anything! The perfect tool was to get the immediate PredictWind 4 forecasts and see what was predicted for the rest of the evening. The PWG/PWC/GFS/CMC all agreed that there should be no more wind above the 23 knots so we left the rig as it was. It was one of the best sailing nights we have had in a very long time. The wind settled down and stayed in the predicted range. Without Predictwind and the GO! we never would have had the confidence to maximise that moment.
I graduated from the Satellite Communicator to the Iridium GO! and it was the best move we have ever done on our boat. We were tracked by friends, we had great email abilities and SOS features that has raised the bar again on offshore safety. With all that and the ability to get four accurate forecasts from Predictwind, I just think every cruising vessel should have Predictwind and the GO!"
Solo Sailor around the Americas
"I have used PredictWind’s weather forecast for over 18,000 miles from the Northwest Passage in the Arctic to Cape Horn, and I have found their service to be accurate even in the most remote regions of our planet.
Having safe and reliable weather forecast adds a great deal of safety to any ocean voyage. PredictWind produces a forecast that is not just accurate for 24-48 hours but can see heavy weather anomalies many days in advance. At one point I was sailing along the north coast of Alaska and PredictWind forecasted a storm 8 days before it hit. The storm was an old typhoon that had travelled across the Pacific from Japan. I was near Point Barrow and about to turn south down the west coast of Alaska. Because I knew the storm was coming I was able to slow down and let the worst of the weather pass to the south.
Sometimes weather changes quickly, low pressure systems build and decrease and are effected by other high and low pressure systems in their proximity. Since PredictWind updates there reports every 12 hours you can stay well informed and no storm will be a surprise. I receive my forecasts from my PredictWind Satellite Communicator (now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!). Since it uses Iridium technology I can receive my forecasts anywhere on earth. It also gives me the ability to set a new waypoint at any time, so if I need to change my route my weather forecast will change accordingly. There is also a tracking feature that lets friend and family see my current speed and position. You can check out my position and route at www.solotheamericas.org. The Satellite Communicator (now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!) also gives me the ability to send and receive emails which eliminates the need for expensive satellite phones (not to mention how much sat phone minutes cost). PredictWind is at the forefront of weather forecasting technology.
Why spend over $2,500 on a SSB or a sat phone when you can get everything you need for half the price? Safety is the most important part of any ocean voyage. Knowing what weather lies ahead could save your life. I highly recommend Satellite Communicator (now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!). You will not find me sailing without one."
(Written from 53 south 63 west)
“After I arrived back home a few weeks ago from sailing around the world I can look back and say to myself how pleased I was with the Satellite Communicator (now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!). I used it every day from when I set sail on September 1st 2012. Every morning at 6.00am I opened my laptop to check the weather so that I could decide on the route I could take. It offered four different routes enabling me to make a decision about the course I would choose to match the angle of the wind. It was the same every evening at 18.00hrs. Using the communicator also offered me the opportunity to keep in touch with my family via email. I am so delighted with myself with my decision to purchase the Satellite Communicator (now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!). It has become my bible and I will continue to use it for sailing at home in the West of Scotland.”
Joanne van Os and Lex Silvester
We purchased an Iridium Go!/PredictWind package in 2014, prior to leaving Darwin to sail to Hobart. Our yacht Tramontana is a 54ft Atkinson centre cockpit mono hull, built of strip-planked western red cedar, and home for the past six years.
Jon Bilger and his crew at PredictWind went above and beyond expectations in helping us install and operate the software, and to be able to use it effectively. They seemed to be at the end of an email—or even a telephone—any day of the week, and even late at night.
We found PredictWind to be fantastic for choosing a sailing route, finding the best winds and avoiding the unpleasant stuff. We had some perfect sailing experiences—and the only times we were in less pleasant conditions was when we didn't follow the suggested routes. When we sailed non-stop from Brisbane to Sydney, we followed the suggested route about 100 nm offshore, which set us up for a fast and comfortable run to Sydney, avoiding the worst of the squalls playing around at the time.
We heartily recommend PredictWind to other offshore sailors. Combined with the Iridium Go!, it keeps you updated with the best weather information as well as email and text contact with the shore.
And the customer service and support is terrific!
"My family spent vocations in Buzios, an area known for its beautiful beaches, but also for its strong winds. We used PredictWind to pick the best days for sailing and never had a surprise. It removed the element of uncertainty and provided the peace of mind I could never have in that area.
Afterwards we anticipated the departure to Rio by two days following PredictWind's five day forecast. What a great tool! We enjoyed 13 hours of pure sailing pleasure and used the engine only for the last miles. Needless to say, conditions were adverse the next days... as predicted.
The animated display, with timed maps using colors for expected wind speed range and arrows for expected wind direction, is perfect for optimal route planning and departure timing. Detailed and reliable weather information improves safety, speed, cost and FUN! One thing I can predict: sailors will become addicted to this tool."
Brown Searunner Trimaran
Sea of Cortes and Mainland Mexico
"Having cruised the Sea of Cortez and Mainland Mexico for a decade now, weather predictions were always a combination of short wave forecasts, locals VHF nets and local knowledge from fisherman, no longer. Predictwind accurately, and in a visual format, gives me the wind speed and direction in just minutes. The ultimate tool for planning crossings from Baja to the Mainland and back, I wouldn’t trust anything else. Being able to see the wind develop, hourly, and planning your route has saved me many hours on crossings.
Predictwind's weather routing feature does it for you, saving time and stress on you and your boat. Seeing the wind conditions for the next 5 day forecasts has greatly improved my sailing planning and experience.
I highly recommend PredictWind to any serious cruiser in Mexican waters."
L'ESPRIT DE LA MER
Recreational sailor of 25 years
"For us, safety at sea is an overriding precursor to having fun on the water. Access to accurate weather information is vital.
We have been impressed with the quality and accuracy of the PredictWind site. However the problem with internet based weather services, is gaining access when you are in a bay with no internet coverage. We decided the 3G communicator was the right choice for our needs, and have found it has exceeded our expectations. We have been tucked away in secluded bays with no cell phone signal - but still had a strong broadband signal. Very impressive indeed!
The boat tracking function is a fantastic feature of the communicator. The boats position is tracked on the PredictWind site and available to family or friends who can monitor the boats progress on any given passage - a great safety feature.
I would not hesitate to recommend the 3G communicator to anyone wanting to stay connected - and to take advantage of PredictWind’s superb weather information."
"I sail around the Queensland Gold Coast region (Australia) cruising and doing local offshore races. Because of the nature of sailing offshore in the Sub Tropics weather, knowing what’s coming is important. I have used most of the available weather forecasts, but have found Predictwind accurate time and time again.
This year travelling north had a PredictWind report showing a change coming through at 1am from NE 5kts to South 30 – 40kts, I managed to find shelter 50nm offshore at the Percy Islands. Right on schedule in came the change, unfortunately a charter fishing boat with 30 people on board 20nm to my east was not so lucky to have this information and went down on Swains Reef, all were rescued. Other programs had suggested the changes might come in overnight, but none had predicted the ferocity of the change or was able to give an accurate time frame.
PredictWind was right on the money. I definitely feel safe using PredictWind and find the accuracy remarkable."
"PredictWind is a fantastic product that I use all the time to anticipate conditions here on the coast of Maine - whether it is for racing, day sailing, 'performance cruising' or occasional deliveries. I am constantly telling my sailing friends and associates that it is by far the most accurate wind forecasting that I have found and, as a someone with limited free time to sail in a dynamic weather environment, I have looked hard.
Even more important than tactical and routing uses, PredictWind became my primary weather planner as hurricanes approached the Northeast US (Earl last year and Irene this year). Budget constraints keep me from hauling my boat for false alarms and the wind forecasts as both storms approached helped me to make the most prudent and informed decisions."
"In 2006, we sold the house, bought our Southerly 35RS and in 2007, we set sail for the Mediterranean. Since then, my wife and I have spent 4 wonderful years cruising the coasts of France, Italy, Turkey and particularly Greece. We don’t race, but we do travel long distances slowly and anchor frequently. We take a very keen interest in the weather to keep ourselves both safe and comfortable.
The winds in the Mediterranean are generally not driven by nice predictable and visible depressions, but by thermal factors and blow without warning from a clear blue sky. The Meltemi, which covers most of the Aegean, can easily blow at force 7-8 for days or even weeks at a time. The Mistral in France and Bora in the Adriatic are similar. The very mountainous nature of Greece (and many of the other countries bordering the Northern shore of the Med) makes the weather very local. Valleys, Islands and Peaks can and do make huge changes to the wind. Going from F3 to F6 and back within 2 miles is not unusual. While experience helps, this is where PredictWind comes into its own. Unlike all other systems I have seen, it predicts these local winds surprisingly accurately particularly where the 1km forecasts are available."
Maurice is a yachtsman, builder, husband and father. He has campaigned three keelboats in offshore races both in Tasmania and Victoria to win ocean races in all three. Some of his notable performances include winning the 2000 Melbourne to Hobart and surviving the storm ravaged 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
"For over two months I sailed Full Circle in the Southern Ocean and Tasman Seas. I found the PredictWind program to be absolutely critical in giving me the right information to ensure that I kept both myself and my boat safe at all times. I would not go to sea without it."
2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
"Every sailor deserves the tools that PredictWind offers. I use it for my racing, cruising, kiting, and even surfing. The weather forecasts are a must, the online routing software makes passage making a pleasure, and the worldwide accuracy is truly amazing. When routing, I put my cruising boats polars into the PredictWind website and I can avoid storms, upwind sailing, and plan our passages with ease and comfort. This has saved us time and money allowing us to cruise year round while continuing to race sailboats professionally.
It should be no surprise that my best year racing (2011) was the first year I started using predictwind.com."
"I have circumnavigated the world two times. In addition, as a sailing instructor of 43 years I have helped to graduate 8019 Captains. I show every student the PredictWind forecast before we sail. It makes my job enjoyable as I can see that my students understand it very quickly and without any difficulties."
50 years plus in a mix of commercial and leisure boating and includes voyages to Tonga, Fiji, the Auckland to Noumea Yacht race and rtn, many Coastal Classics and of course many trips around the New Zealand Coast.
When we were planning our circumnavigation of NZ in our yacht Indian Summer, a reliable means of communication and weather forecasting in the remote areas of Fiordland and Stewart Island and on the off shore parts of the trip where cellphone coverage is not available was a priority. We looked at several options including Satellite phone and the PredictWind communicator ((now replaced by the Iridium GO! which adds voice & Internet access and an Unlimited Data Plan!) and finally decided to go with the communicator because of its simplicity of use, twice daily weather forecasts and the added bonus of the tracker. The system has proved to be very reliable, costs are reasonable and it has lived up to our expectations with communication available 24hrs. The unexpected bonus has been the interest that has been generated by the tracker with a lot of people following our progress. The tracker has also given peace of mind to our families at home. The support we have received from the PredictWind people has been excellent and we have had very prompt replies to any queries we may have.
Owner of Horizon Navigation, a yacht and commercial vessel delivery service, Robbie Wallace has accumulated more than 370,000 miles of offshore experience. He currently holds a US 1600 ton Masters license for Motor or Sail, All Oceans, with associated endorsements and STCW95.
Also an acclaimed navigator on racing yachts Robbie has sailed 13 Transpacs from 1975 to 2007 including navigating aboard Andrews Turbo 70 Victoria, Andrews Turbo 70 Magnitude, SC 70 Mongoose, Petersen 68 Cheetah, the Transpac 52 J-Bird III, Andrews 56 Medicine Man SC70 Skylark and Kernan 70 Peligroso.
"As a former yacht racing navigator for 35 years, the process of obtaining precise wind information has always been at the core of my planning and execution, of course. Now, as a professional Captain aboard large motor yachts, I am often frustrated with the minimal wind information available in the wheelhouse. Mast Head Units are typically mounted between two communication domes or radar scanners, for example! Sure, on a motor yacht at sea we don't need to know subtle wind shifts, but it is still extremely important to me to know wind speed and direction as accurately as possible, especially on a black night. I have always planned my passages using the usual Internet sites for GRIBS and buoy data, but now with PredictWind.com, I have for the first time the ability to view High Resolution Local information accessible during the voyage. Do I continue down the Rhumb Line or should I close with the beach because a hard offshore is predicted at 0200? With PredictWind.com these decisions are now much easier! It's almost like having a new wind instrument on the bridge!"
"I have been fizz boating for forty years and have a healthy respect for the sea and variable conditions. My main concern is always the weather, not the temperature or rain just the wind. My minimum planning speed is 25 knots I don't want to be caught out in strong wind and wave conditions with 4 tons bouncing out of the water.
I am now using PredictWind as my main source of information before every trip and have been impressed with the high percentage of accuracy."
Paul Lawrence - Motor Yacht Captain
Captain of four Motor Yachts 2003-Present
"I’m the Captain of two Classic and Historic Motor Yachts of 96’ and 108’. I spend the summer months cruising the Great lakes and the winter months cruising the Caribbean with long deliveries in-between.
The Great Lakes are some of the toughest waters to navigate. They are known for their unpredictability and some of the most famous ship wrecks in the world! In one day we can have fog, thunderstorms and then a thermal build in the afternoon! The Caribbean speaks for itself with the volatile hurricane seasons especially at the end of summer/fall when we are heading south.
This is my 4th year of using PredictWind. I have used professional weather routing services in the past as well as the other online weather subscription services. When I started with PredictWind I would compare the other services I was using before going to sea. I now find I solely use PredictWind for my forecasting as I can compare the two PWG and PWC forecasts giving me two comparisons and more confidence.
On the long voyages I use PredictWind‘s weather planner and routing along with the GRIB file viewer to get an overall picture of what is going on. The options of fastest or comfort and boat polar accurately determine where I will be with the current weather conditions and an accurate ETA.
For the local weather I use the forecast graphs and forecast maps to predict safe anchorages and the best locations for our guests. I may even try and slip in a kite surf while I’m there!
PredictWind is extremely user friendly, cost effective and has great accuracy!"
World Speed Records
Macquarie Speed Sailing Team
2010 World Sailing Speed Record (C class) - 50.08 knots
"Since commencing our World Record attempt in October 2008, we have been fortunate enough to have access to the PredictWind website and the PredictWind Professional services associated with this site. For three months while on World Record standby, we have been analysing the PredictWind output and comparing it to other web based competitors producing forecasts for the Shallow Inlet region. While initially sceptical about PredictWind's capacity to deliver on its promised accuracy, the facts are indisputable and lead us to confidently state that there is no better web based weather prediction service available for our location.
The design of our craft, Macquarie Innovation (MI), is directed towards maximum efficiency and high speed. It is capable of achieving speeds over 50 knots in winds of less than 20 knots. Even in 15 knots of wind it has averaged over 45 knots along the 500m course. But in 12 -14 knot winds, MI will struggle to exceed 6 knots and calling the team in to have them watch a speed sailing craft sail at 6 knots is not conducive to good morale ! As a result, weather prediction accuracy takes on a new significance when confronted with such extreme performance outcomes. It is vital to the performance of our team and craft that we know in advance the expected wind speed to within a few knots and the wind direction to within several degrees of what is actually experienced.
Having confidence in the weather forecast enables the team to function more efficiently, reducing the number of days spent waiting on the beach with no wind as well as eliminating the most dreaded of days when the wind arrives and no-one is on site to make use of it ! In the past, these detailed accuracy demands have been challenging for other web based forecasting services to provide. With the arrival of PredictWind, this is no longer the case. PredictWind services now play a vital role within our weather forecasting armoury and we never make an assessment on the weather, without consulting the numerous PredictWind resources. In a contest like ours where accuracy and precision are often the difference between success and failure, it is comforting to know that we share with companies like PredictWind, a common vision - to be the best in the world."
"Nothing compares close to PredictWind! Usually it's perfect with even the smallest wind shifts. I found this really useful during the world championships in Weymouth, August 2009. It super important not to get stuck on the wrong side of the fleet, as it was so big! thanks so much PredictWind!"
"When searching wind forecasts, at locations for Kiting or Windsurfing, PredictWind is definitely on the money. It has been spot on at Port Waikato for the three 40 knots blasts we had over winter and was on the hour for the 50 knots blast at Mangawhai Heads we had late August. PredictWind has given us great confidence that we are at the right location, at the right time for the best winds. It has the wind direction before and after the cold fronts almost perfect. Predict Wind has definitely helped us this year obtain great boat speeds results.
Even in Sopot - Poland, this July for the World Windsurfing Techno Championships, PredictWind was incredibly accurate, which gave us a great heads up for the wind directions during the day."
"I have been using PredictWind now since early 2008 to assist me for in supporting a number of the classes I have been coaching at regattas all around the world. It has been a great tool to use and I shall be using it regularly in the future."
"As soon as PredictWind went online I have been hooked! It has been fantastic to have a website that covers all the top spots to ride and so accurately. I used to get so frustrated with wind predictions that were over forecasting and never delivering!! PredictWind has allowed us to score all the right spots at the right time in the last few months. Being able to access graphs that show all of my favourite beaches forecasts at once has made planning a great day on the water so easy, whether it be freestyle or speed kiting."
"As a business owner of a Paragliding (Hang-gliding) and Kiteboarding (Kitesurfing) school in KiteBeach, Dominican Republic, and a keen paraglider and kite surfer myself, a reliable source of wind and weather forecasting is vital for my business and for my client's safety.
Predictwind.com is the only reliable wind forecast for the Dominican Republic I came across. None of the other wind forecast services calculate the local thermal conditions, which effect the wind. Therefore, they tend to be 85% wrong, thus costing us and other Cabarete kite & windsurfing businesses a heavy loss.
Good job, Jon! Keep up the good work!"
Milan Radonich—Big Angry Fish TV Show
We pretty much run our business by it, as it's very accurate. Before we were using PredictWind, we found we were driving to a location on a good weather window and the weather would be rubbish. When you are talking 2 trucks, 2 boats, and 5 staff it starts getting expensive when you aren't even getting on the water.
We have just built a multi rotor—it's taken us a couple of years, but it's an incredible piece of machinery. We use the forecasts for this, as flying in strong winds isn't good, so we book work around the site for days we can fly. Our underwater camera man captures fish in their natural environment, so he is using it also on a daily basis, and then the filming crew, Nathan, and I, use the site to find weather windows up and down the country and it plans our fishing time table.
PredictWind would have paid for itself 10 times over for us, and it pretty much decides the days we film.
It's a fantastic tool.