Sunday, June 13, 2010

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8:20 AM SUN 6.13.2010
From June 11-18, our Sailcast Team has been recruited to forecast for the 17th Biennial Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) sponsored by The Annapolis, MD based Eastport Yacht Club and the St. George's Dinghy & Sports Club in Bermuda. Below is the graphical "Rhumb Line" forecast issued to all race participants and you can follow progress of the flotilla en route to Bermuda on an interactive boat mapper from Our latest synopsis and forecast discussion is posted in the section below for all race participants to access via their satellite phone.

The current NWS Marine Forecast for the Mid-Atlantic waters. A low pressure system which produced showers and storms overnight has moved northeast of the flotilla. Southwest flow will increase to 10-15 kts today into Monday. Tonight and Monday, showers and storms will redevelop between the Baltimore and Hatteras Canyons ahead of a cold front departing the east coast. By late Monday this front stalls between 75W and 70W as a high builds in S and E of the waters off New England. The front will push southeast and will set off squalls and storms along  the Rhumb Line Tuesday night into Wednesday. By Wednesday a northeast to easterly fetch sets up between 70W and 60W, with the risk of squalls and storms continuing as the flotilla approaches the island by Friday. Fair winds to all competitors! 

SUN-MON Winds increase from the SW.
Rain threats are primarily brief showers.
MON-TUE Winds back from SW to SE
as a front stalls near the east coast.
WED-FRI The front pushes south, E to NE
fetch develops as seas build to 4-7 feet
while squalls move along the frontal boundary.

The Surf & Sail Zone is a specialty forecast product focusing on wind, waves and weather along the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic coast. We will be developing specialized wind forecasting products for fellow sailing enthusiasts. What experience do we have on the water? Mr. Foot and his family, owning waterfront property along the Chesapeake Bay's Elk River, have been recreational boaters and sailors all their lives. Among our accomplishments includes a week-long independent sail in the British Virgin Islands one week aboard a 42-foot pontoon hobie. Stay on our crew this summer and we can help your surf & sail plans from getting "in irons!" This zone will be a companion to the Bayshore Region, covering land-based forecasting for eastern Maryland and Delaware. If you'd like to see your coastal-oriented event featured, please contact us at

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