And they are mostly right.
However, they beat the hell out of not
having a clue. As to the spirit argument, Kevlar and carbon fiber
are more so. There is no reason not to investigate this
potentially invaluable tool. If you clean your bottom before a race,
you should also GRIB. It's a lot less messy.
|A tipping point has been reached in sailing. Everybody, even the middle-packers now GRIB.|
Technically, a GRIB
is a computer file composed of GRIdded Binary information. In the
sailing world, it refers to various digital weather, sea and
temperature forcasts. These files, when viewed with an appropriate tool
(such as Expedition), provide a forcast of future wind. Who wouldn't want that.
The nay-sayers complain that these forcasts are
- Always wrong.
- Don't take into account local effects like sea breeze.
- Don't have enough detail.
- Are against the spirit of corinthian yachting.
Weather GRIBs are free and simple to look at. Go to http://www.grib.us/,
register and download the viewer. Drag an area of interest, and you
have it. There are buttons to advance the time of the prediction, so
you can get an idea of what the big picture weather is going to be
Getting further in
thing about GRIBs is that they let your computer know about the weather
too. This leads to the world of optimal routing, which is where the
offshore world is already. If you do use a real sailing tool that
includes GRIB viewing, you also get a lot of other tools to improve
your performance, even around the buoys. Expedition even takes care of the downloading.