Latitude 2018 Weather Update
A review of the weather for the Latitude Ocean is showing quite manageable conditions with a southwesterly between 15 to 20 knots, possibly turning more southerly at a similar strength later. No warnings are currently issued but we will be checking again tomorrow for those.
Sunday is more of the same but slightly lighter at 10 to 15 knots, a good wind for a fast return to your home clubs, well for some of you anyway.
Many of you will be going down to the race area on Friday, either early or late and conditions will be more challenging. The Bureau has a Gale Warning current for the day with southwesterly winds forecast, possibly reaching up to 35 knots early in the day.
The morning is looking the more adventurous time to be heading down so it may be better in the afternoon and evening. Probably should save your energies for the race so it is suggested you motor sail with a fully reefed main and just a watch crew on deck. For those new to ocean racing, this would be an excellent time to set up and use your safety harness. Head for the west shore as much as you can to wave fetch.
Currently, we plan to start the race on time. Turning latitudes will be set to hopefully enable you traverse the Heads slightly earlier that the slack and avoid bleeding over in to the subsequent ebb flow.
The best of luck to all competitors. It looks to be an interesting weekend of sailing!