Technical

PredictWind windmap
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PredictWind has made significant improvements to their weather models. 10 years of development has culminated in the release of the most accurate iteration of the PWG & PWE  forecast models to date. This means that the PredictWind models now give you more forecast confidence than ever before, making your time on the water safer and more enjoyable.

Cable-free sails
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Cable-free sails are evolving ! The next generation of a cable-free code zero is now available at Elvstrøm Sails. A Code Zero in a trioptimal design, produced from a laminate with a high density fiber luff.

Lucia 40 catamaran
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With the intention of creating greater onboard convenience and a more natural sailing environment, Fountaine-Pajot will assist in the installation, trials and demonstration of Volvo Penta’s pioneering electromobility technology.

AC75 foil arm test
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The second round of structural testing of the one design AC75 foil arms has successfully been conducted at Persico Marine in Italy this week.

Inflatable emergency VHF antenna
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World leader in marine antenna design, Shakespeare® Marine, has been announced as winner of Product of the Year at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2019 for its GALAXY-INFL8, the world’s first inflatable emergency VHF antenna.

2019 ORC Rules and VPP
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The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce the 2019 versions of its Rules and regulations, Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) and Worldwide Calendar of events are now published and are available on the ORC website. These are available both for the ORC and ORC Superyacht rating systems.

ORC Multihull Rule
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The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and the Offshore Multihull Association (OMA) are pleased to announce their partnership to develop a new handicap rule system called ORCmultihull, or ORCmh. This new system is intended to provide measurement, VPP rating and scoring tools for large performance multihulls, a new and exciting sector in offshore racing.

IRC Congress
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Representatives of the International Rating Certificate (IRC) met in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, for two days of debate and discussion at the beginning of October. The IRC Technical Committee agreed on a number of developments for 2019 as a result of research throughout the year, while the IRC Policy Steering Group reinforced the good relations between the owners of the Rule, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and l’Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL).

ORC Measurement Video Series
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As part of its ongoing commitment to support offshore sailing around the world, members of the technical team of the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have been working with T2P Productions to produce a series of instructional videos on measurement of boats, sails and spars.

Zhik sailing suits
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While the Volvo Ocean Race is heading for one of the most exciting finishes in Gothenburg, the teams are trying to arrive in Sweden as dry as possible. At Team AkzoNobel, this is done by exchanging the sailing suits of their Zikh sponsor clothing for the Musto HPX suits.