Weather Forecast 06/04/2015

After crossing through the Gibraltar Strait, One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton and We Are Water are transitioning to upwind sailing as a building Eíly is developing across the Strait and Alboran Sea. Fresh E/SE winds are forecast by late today, expect lighter along the immediate Spanish coast in the afternoon when sea breezes are active. Renault Captur had a short period of easting yesterday when the wind shifted N, but the breeze veered NE again and they had to once again tack north. There is another dying cold front moving south which will back the wind left again and should allow for another tack to the east at some point today. Spirit of Hungary is solidly in the trade winds and will be for the next few days as they sail north. 

Meteo APR 6, 2015 06:01

*** SYNOPSIS ***

00Z MONDAY (06-APR-2015)
1) NE trade winds from Equator to 30N. These are driven by high pressure
(1031mb) centered near 35N/39W. Strongest trades will be found from
about 15N to 23N.
2) A dying cold front embedded within the trade wind flow will have some
shower/squalls associated with it, along will a brief wind increase
and left shift. The front lies roughly west to east along 26N.
3) Low pressure (1007mb) off Vigo will extend with a trough west to the
Cape Verde Islands.
4) North of 30N and east of 30W, mainly NW/N winds, backing NW/W into the
Gulf of Cadiz. Generally stronger west of 12W and lighter to the east.
5) High pressure (1031mb) moving across UK will support a NE/E flow into
the western Med, possibly moderate for fresh. Strongest winds will be
south of Spain out of the Southwestern Med and into the Alboran Sea.
Winds may veer to a SE sea breeze along the Spanish coast during
afternoon sea breezes.

00Z TUESDAY (07-APR-2015)
1) South of 20N, moderate NE/ENE trade winds extend south nearly to the
Equator. While on the moderate to light side of the typical trade wind
range, the breeze is consistent.
2) North of 20N, trade winds generally back to N through to 30N.
3) A ridge of high pressure light across the north Atlantic from 34MN/47W
to 43N/31W to high pressure (1038mb) over Ireland.
4) Low pressure (1008mb) locate just north of Madeira near 34N/17W. A
strong Níly flow around the western periphery of the low pressure will
extend south to 30N west of 17W. East of the low, winds will be very
light and variable from the Canary Islands and northeast off the
Moroccan coast.
5) Fresh to strong Eíly winds will be blowing through the Gibraltar
Strait and west across the western Approaches and the northern Gulf of
6) Strong Levante Eíly winds are forecast to be blowing across the
Alboran Sea and southwestern Med. Winds will be fresh NE from Almeria
to Denia, although easing in the afternoon hours near the coast with
thermal effects.
7) Winds lighter NE across the Gulf of Valencia, easing in the afternoon.
Light and variable close to Barcelona, but with afternoon sea breezes.

00Z WEDNESDAY (08-APR-2015)
1) High pressure (1034mb) near 44N/35W with a ridge extending southwest
to 37N/52W.
2) Low pressure (1012mb) near 34N/14W. A fresh N/NNE flow between the
high and low pressures south to 30N. NE trade winds south of 30N and
west of 30W. Lighter Nílies east of 30W down to 20N, veering NE south
of 20N.
3) The low northeast of Madeira results in NW winds across Madeira and
north of the Canary Islands. Circulation around the low will SW/S
winds off the Moroccan coast.
4) Strong Eílies through Gibraltar Strait and along the south coast of
5) High pressure building across northwest Europe and into the central
Med supports a strong E/NE flow across the southwest Med and Alboran
6) Lighter Eílies from Palma across to the Gulf of Valencia. Very light
winds near Barcelona with a light afternoon SE sea breeze.

General Forecast along race route

*** MONDAY (06-APR-2015) ***
* 05N to 10N and 35W to 25W *
WIND: NE 12-17.
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.
* 10N to 15N and 35W to 25W *
WIND: NE 12-17
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.
* 28N to 34N and 35W to 25W *
WIND: NE 15, tending N 15-25.
SEAS: 1-3m
WEATHER: Variable clouds with a chance of showers. Becoming partly cloudy.
* Gulf of Cadiz to Gibraltar Strait *
WIND: W/SW 5-15 except easing Síly near 35N. E 15-30 35N. Within Gibraltar
Strait, E 15-25 gusting 35.
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.
* Alboran Sea *
WIND: Building E 10-20 and possibly 15-25 over open water. Along the
Spanish coast, winds easing and tending SE in the afternoon.
SEAS: Building 1 to 2m.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.