Weather Forecast 19/03/2015

After sailing north toward high pressure near the Azores, Cheminees Poujoulat has tacked east to sail into building N'ly winds between the high and low pressure developing toward western Portugal and the Gulf of Cadiz. They will be sailing east through the waters between Madiera and the Canary Islands looking for a shift that will carry them northeast toward Gibraltar. Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos continue to sail north in moderate and occasionally fresh trade winds. They have several more days of this to get leverage before tacking toward the East. We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton continue north on the trade winds of the South Atlantic. They are passing through the zone of peak winds, and winds will begin to ease and veer as they approach the southern doldrums in the next day or two. Southeast of Brazil, Renault Captur continues to make gradual progress northeast in a lighter wind pattern and some flatter seas. The winds will continue to be light in a somewhat unsettled weather pattern. Spirit of Hungary continues northeast, sailing in fresh N'ly winds behind high pressure now to their east.

Meteo MAR 19, 2015 07:01

*** SYNOPSIS ***

00Z THURSDAY (19-MAR-2015)
1) Low pressure (971mb) near 63S/63W south and southeast of Cape Horn.
Front extends across Cape Horn to west of Falkland Islands. Fresh NW
flow from BA to South Georgia Island. Wind shifting fresh/strong Wíly
behind front.
2) High (1022mb) near 39S/47W. E winds north of the high to 30S. East of
the high, Síly winds to 35W.
3) Low pressure (105mb) near 41S/30W.
4) Area of light and variable winds southeast of Rio to 30S/30W.
5) Southern Hemisphere trade winds north of 22S. Trade winds E/ENE at 25S
veering to E/SE north of 10S. Wind speeds generally increase with
distance north of 10S.
6) Doldrums 03S to 01N with light winds, but no significant calms are
forecast. Some scattered showers and a few thunderstorms within the
trades, but no widespread activity.
7) NE trade winds firming north of 03N, and moderate NNE/NE veering
NE/ENE with distance north.
8) High (1030mb) centered near the Azores. Fresh NE trades from the
Canary Islands to Cape Verde Islands.
9) Low pressure (1010mb) over the Gulf of Cadiz. Fresh H winds between
the Azores high and Gulf low. Mostly light and variable winds in the
Gulf of Cadiz.

00Z FRIDAY (20-MAR-2016)
1) Weak high (1009mb) near 45S?62W. A trough of low pressure north of the
high extending southeast of Punta Alta, Argentina to 45S/55W.
2) High (1021mb) near 46S/25W w/ ridge extending west-northwest to
38S/47W. Moderate NW winds between ridge and trough to the south.
3) Low (1014mb) near 32S/34W, with a broad area of low pressure
associated with the low southeast of Cabo Frio.
4) ESE/E trades north of 22S, building with distance north, becoming
moderate E trade winds between 16S and 08S.
5) Winds ease quickly north of 08S and into the doldrums
6) The doldrums will be growing in width and trending southward as the NE
trades of the Northern Hemisphere strengthen and the SE trades of the
southern Hemisphere weaken. The northern Doldrums boundary will be
north of the Equator near 01N to 02N. The southern Doldrums boundary
relocates to near 04S. There will be a high chance of significant
calms developing in the doldrums.
7) NE trade winds fill around 02N. NNE/NE moderate at 02N veering with
distance north, to fresh NE winds from abeam of the Cape Verdes to 24N.
8) High (1030mb) 38N/29W just west of the Azores.
9) Low (1006mb) in the Gulf of Cadiz near 34N/09W. Strong N winds between
the high to the west and this low. These winds extend south to the
Canary Islands.

00Z SATURDAY (21-MAR-2015)
1) Low pressure (993mb) located near 44S/49W. Strong Síly push west of
the low up the Argentinian coast to Rio de la Plata.
2) Weak low pressure (1011mb) further offshore to the east-northeast near
38N/32W. This low will be weakening with time.
3) Weak high pressure (1014mb) south-southeast of Cabo Frio. There will
be weak winds around this low and well to the east of Cabo Frio, north
to 21S and east to 30W.
4) South Atlantic trade winds 21S to 09S. Trades moderate, but unsteady
throughout. Trades will be quickly easing north of 09S to the southern
Doldrums boundary which shifts south to near 05S.
5) Doldrums generally between 05S and the Equator. Light and variable
winds within the doldrums, with scattered showers and a few
6) North of the Equator, NNE/NE trade winds hold moderate to near 30N.
Winds do veer NE with distance north.
7) High (1035mb) southwest of Ireland with a ridge southwest to just west
of the Azores to 28N/42W.
8) Low (1007mb) at 37N/07W or over southern Portugal. Strong N/NNE winds
between the low and high pressure ridge to the west. These winds
extend south to 30N.
9) Light and variable winds south of the low across the Gulf of Cadiz to
near Madeira.

General Forecast along race route

*** THURSDAY (19-MAR-2015) ***
* 45S to 50S and 60W to 50W *
WIND: N/NW 15-25
SEAS: 2-4m
WEATHER: Cloudy with a few showers possible.
* 45S to 40S and 55W to 45W *
WIND: NW/N 15-25 west of 50W, easing N/NE 10-15 west of 50W. Becoming light
and variable near 45W
SEAS: 2-3m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.
* 30S to 25S and 45W to 35W *
WIND: S/SE 5-15
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with showers.
* 25S to 30S and 40W to 30W *
WIND: Light and variable west of 38W. Generally NE 5-15 east of 38W.
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with frequent showers and a few squalls west of 37W.
Scattered showers east of 37W.
* 10S to 15S and 35W to 25W
WIND: E/SE 12-17
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with scattered showers.
* 05S to 10S and 35W to 25W
WIND: SE 10-15
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with scattered showers.
* 10N to 15N and 35W to 25W *
WIND: NE 15-20
SEAS: 2-3m.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.
* 15N to 20N and 35W to 25W *
WIND: NE 15-25
SEAS: 2-4m.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.
* 28N to 33N and 25W to 15W *
WIND: N/NNE increasing 20-25 gusting 30.
SEAS: 2-4m.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with scattered showers west of 20W.