Great Lakes Wind Forecasting: A Workshop For Sailors
No aspect of weather is more important to sailors than the wind. It dictates when it is safe to leave port and whether your journey will be fast or comfortable. On the race course, properly predicting the wind separates the winners from the losers.
The Great Lakes Wind Forecasting workshop is designed for Great Lakes sailors of all experience levels and interest. Accurately forecasting the wind promotes safer, more enjoyable outings and improves performance on the race course. Whether you are a Mac racer, day sailor, beer-can racer, long distance cruiser, or serious competitor, the skills learned during this workshop will enhance your understanding of the wind and improve your sailing experience.
What you can expect to learn at the workshop:
• why the wind behaves the way it does
• how to translate the confusing symbols and meteorological shorthand on forecast graphics
• the basics of lake breezes, land breezes, thunderstorms, clouds and other dynamics that produce localized and short-term changes in the wind
• ways to judge the likelihood, strength and duration of headers/lifts
• a methodology for observing the wind and using on-line resources to develop your own forecast
• strategies for using your wind-forecasting knowledge to your advantage, whether you are a day sailor, cruiser or serious racer
The workshop combines traditional classroom instruction, Great Lakes case studies, and hands-on exercises to create an engaging learning experience.