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N2B was my 1st SOL. What GRIB file will be used in Mackinac? Do seasoned SYC use routing software? Is there a 101 on using DC's accurately and effectively?

--- Last Edited by Satori at 2020-07-01 19:22:08 ---
Hi Satori.

For Chicago Mackinac race Sailonline expects to use NOAA's nam_awip wx, tailored to fit the racing area.

Long standing racers on Sailonline race with and without routing software. There are several very successful racers who race SOTP (Seat Of The Pants) and either use personal skill and the on-screen functionality, or dip into the WX Inspector tool (see the LINKS tab for useful info).

Others use routers, either the one they are familiar with from their own sailing, such as Expedition or, frequently, the free QtVLM router. There are several threads in this forum on this.

QtVLM can take the NMEA feed from a Sailonline race, thus helping you plot your course, and SOLers well versed in this will always be happy to help.

To upload DCs from a router, you can use the AGL tool or the brainaid toolbox option - more info on both of these is available via the LINKS tab.

As a quick response, I hope this is helpful - once you've had a look (in this Forum too) just ask here or in race chat if you have other questions.

I am not expert in using a router (but know the basics) but there are many who are!

:-)

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