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A Tool for Long-Distance Yacht Racing and Cruising PDF Print E-mail

Bluewater Racing is a free program that provides strategic tools to help you win long-distance sailboat races.

  • Plan your route on a graphical chart-based interface.
  • View boat performance data (polar charts).
  • View weather forecasts (GriBs).
  • Use performance and wind data to compute how long it will take to sail your route.
  • Ask the program to plan the fastest route for you.
  • Track competitors.
  • Interface to your GPS.
  • View NOAA charts in BSB format
  • Make your own charts from any digital image.
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 January 2014 21:54
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Take a Tour with the Online Tutorial PDF Print E-mail
Take a tour of Bluewater Racing with our quick online tutorial, featuring lots of screen shots of the program in action.
Newest Version 1.80 PDF Print E-mail

Version 1.80: NMEA interface has been revised to be more robust.

Version 1.76 fixes a bug in the polar manager.

Version 1.75 fixes a bug in multi-leg optimization.

Version 1.74 adds code to handle Gribs with inconsistent header information, in particular, gribs downloaded from Sailflow.

Version 1.73 restores some functionality lost in 1.72 and adds some new functionality.  A "GPS Position" mark will be created automatically when a GPS is connected, assuming this has been selected in the preferences.  Any mark named "GPS Position" will be constantly moved to the current reported GPS position.  A route point can be moved to the current GPS position, using the point edit menu in edit mode.  Users can select whether or not the GPS track is created automatically.

Version 1.72 corrects several bugs.  Fixed bug that would on rare occasions cause the program to route over land.  Fixed bugs that occurred when multiple marks have the same name.  This is permitted, but when a race is saved to a GPX, if two marks with the same name are used as references in route points, then the names will be made unique by appending integers.  The GPS position will no longer be saved in race files as a mark. It disappears when the GPS connection is severed.

Version 1.71 corrects a bug that would cause a "expected floating point but got """ error when opening the route manager with a new route.

Version 1.70 has a rewritten optimizer that runs substantially faster but still computes the same winning routes.  Some additional flexibility in displaying times has also been added.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 23:37
Peregrine Wins Transpac 2011 Division VI Using Bluewater Racing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:41

Peregrine crosses line at Diamond Head

The Hobie 33, skippered by Simon Garland with navigator Jeff Westbrook, corrected out six hours ahead of its nearest competitor  to take the Division VI trophy.  Peregrine also corrected first out of all boats starting on Monday July 4, but could not beat the big boats starting on July 8, who benefited from stronger and steadier breeze leaving the California coastal waters.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2012 23:18
User forums enabled PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 00:15
User forums have been enabled for Bluewater Racing.  Post questions, make comments, file bug reports.  You must be a register user to post to the forums.
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