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  • BladeRunn commented on jbike's instructable Real Time Wind Direction and Speed2 months ago
    Real Time Wind Direction and Speed

    Hi jbike. Nice tutorial! I could definitely use this for sailboat racing with some small changes that I would like to know if you could program into the unit. Shifts in the wind direction are the single most important aspect of sailing tactics. A sailor needs to detect but better yet be able to predict winds shifts during the upwind legs of a regatta. The best sailors will train in several days in the sailing area to get a feel for the average periodicity and regularity of the wind shifts in order know at any given time during the race if they are sailing on the average, lifted, or headed direction. There is usually a pattern or frequency to the shifts(for established wind co diction’s) and being able to identify it enables the prediction of the next shifts. So real Tim e information i...

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    Hi jbike. Nice tutorial! I could definitely use this for sailboat racing with some small changes that I would like to know if you could program into the unit. Shifts in the wind direction are the single most important aspect of sailing tactics. A sailor needs to detect but better yet be able to predict winds shifts during the upwind legs of a regatta. The best sailors will train in several days in the sailing area to get a feel for the average periodicity and regularity of the wind shifts in order know at any given time during the race if they are sailing on the average, lifted, or headed direction. There is usually a pattern or frequency to the shifts(for established wind co diction’s) and being able to identify it enables the prediction of the next shifts. So real Tim e information is fantastic, but f you could modify this and be able to log and graph the shifts, it would become a real powerful tool for racing sailors.What needs to be known is, 1st, the average or mean wind direction; 2nd, frecuency with which wind shifts occur, and duration (average, both cases) of the wind shifts; 3rd, the angles in which the wind shifts in relation to the mean or average wind direction. This instrument would be used to have a statistical analysis of the wind’s behavior prior to the regatta itself, such that I could get the information before hitting the water. Knowing the later would enable once in the race to know if I’m sailing headed, lifted or average wind direction at any given time, how much time is left statistically for a shift to occur and how it will affect my position I certainly hope you are Interested in the challenge

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