Weather Forecast 15/04/2015
Renault Captur continues to battle strong upwind conditions. The winds are expected to start abating somewhat today, though angles do not improve significantly.
Spirit of Hungary continues to have reasonably good reaching breeze. Winds will back around to following angles as they sail further northeast toward Gibraltar.
*** SYNOPSIS ***
00Z WEDNESDAY (15-APR-2015)
1) Low pressure (1013mb) moves to 38N/12W or southwest of Lisbon. A broad
NW flow around the western periphery of the low, backing W to the
Moroccan coast and then southwest into the Gulf of Cadiz. The low will
be slowly weakening, and so will the flow around it.
2) A complex pattern will be developing into the southwestern Med, with a
low pressure (1015mb) east of Gibraltar. Stronger E/NE winds over the
southwestern Med and Alboran Sea will be slowly weakening and tending
N’ly with time.
3) Light conditions over the Gulf of Valencia north to Barcelona will be
slowly increasing from the NE, with seas building as well.
00Z THURSDAY (16-APR-2015)
1) Low pressure over the Bay of Biscay will support a cold front across
western Iberia to the Gulf of Cadiz and then into northwestern Morocco.
2) A weak high pressure (1024mb) near 30N/32W with a ridge northeast to
near Lisbon. A N/NW flow south of the ridge axis to 30N.
3) Light and variable winds developing in the Alboran Sea. W’ly flow
arriving in Gibraltar Strait during the day and then spreading into
Alboran Sea later.
4) A trough or weak low pressure will be south to north off the east
coast of Spain. Unsettled weather with winds mainly light except for
light coast sea breezes.
00Z FRIDAY (17-APR-2015)
1) High pressure (1026mb) near 39N/35W. Low pressure (1012mb) near
44N/13W. A N tending NW flow of moderate wind across the Gulf of Cadiz.
2) A broad flow of light SW winds across the Alboran Sea and into the
southwestern Med. Sea breezes will be prevalent across the southern
coast of Spain.
3) Lighter winds with overnight land breezes and daytime sea breezes from
the Gulf of Valencia to Barcelona.
General Forecast along race route
*** WEDNESDAY (15-APR-2015) ***
* 30N to 35N and 20W to Moroccan Coast *
WIND: NW/W 13-18
WEATHER: Variable clouds with a chance of showers.
* Gulf of Cadiz *
WIND: W/SW 10-15.
WEATHER: Variable clouds with a slight chance of showers.
* SW Med *
WIND: NE 10-20 becoming light and variable except for sea breezes on the
SEAS: 1-2m subsiding 1m or less with time.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers, mainly near the
* Gulf of Valencia and Balearic Sea *
WIND: Generally NE/E 10-15.
SEAS: Around 1m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers.