Weather Forecast 28/03/2015

Second place Neutrogena has entered the Mediterranean and transitions to dealing with lighter, more changeable winds and considering the land and seas breezes along the coast of Spain. Fortunately, for the next 24 hours, light to moderate following SW/W winds are expected to carry them toward the finish. Third place GAES Centros Auditivos is still making relatively slow progress north/northeast as they fight moderate N/NE winds off the African coast and into the Gulf of Cadiz. One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton and We Are Water continue to experience veering trade winds as they sail north. This is allowing both of them, but especially We Are Water to hedge back east from their far westerly position. Renault Captur got trapped in the doldrums yesterday, but made enough progress north so that they should break free into the NNE/NE trade winds at the Equator today. Spirit of Hungary has reached the transition to the SE trades. There is a wide area of light wind for them to negotiate before reaching more consistent breezes north of 15S.

Meteo MAR 28, 2015 07:08

*** SYNOPSIS ***

00Z SATURDAY (28-MAR-2015)
1) Ridge of high pressure with light winds extends southeast of Cabo Frio.
2) Weak front off Brazil coast from 16S/38W to 18S/30W to 30S/11W. W/NW
wind north of front and light E/SE wind south of the front to the
ridge noted above.
3) Another ridge just north of the front along 16S with light and
variable wind extending to 15S. E trade winds north of the ridge axis
and north of 15S.
4) Doldrums 05S to 02S. Light NE winds from 02S to Equator.
5) North of the Equator, NNE/NE light-moderate winds to 10N. Becoming
moderate NE at 10N to 18N, veering ENE/E north of 18N. However,
holding NE off African coast from the Canary Islands to the Cape Verde
Islands.
6) High pressure (1032mb) 39N/17W with moderate to fresh N/NE winds from
Portugal to the Canary Islands. Níly winds across the Gulf of Cadiz,
but light and variable tending Wíly into Gibraltar Strait.
7) Becoming moderate Wíly into the Alboran Sea. A transition zone over
the Balearic Islands before NW mistral flow off the Spanish coast.
Strong winds confined to valley exit regions, with light and variable
conditions in between.

00Z SUNDAY (29-MAR-2015)
1) Ridge of High pressure with light winds off Brazilian coast along 17S.
2) SE trade winds light-moderate 17S to 07S. The doldrums suppressed well
south to near 06S. Light winds within the doldrums with a northern
boundary near 02S.
3) North of the doldrums, NNE/NE wind 02S increasing with distance north.
Winds stronger and more right-shifted west of 30W.
4) ENE trades north of 17N, tending stronger east of 30W.
5) High pressure (1038mb) 39N/22W. Fresh N/NNE winds from Portuguese
coast to Canary Islands, veering NE to ENE from Canary Islands to Cape
Verde Islands. Stronger along the African Coast.
6) High pressure ridge building across northern Spain through southern
France. Moderate Wíly winds through Gibraltar Strait and into Alboran
Sea.
7) Mistral out of Gulf of Lyon, but SW to variable winds across the
Balearic Islands and into the Gulf of Valencia.

00Z MONDAY (30-MAR-2015)
1) A cold front pushes north to 22S at 30W. There will be a weak ridge of
high pressure lying at 16S, with E/SE trades north of this ridge.
2) Doldrums at 05S, but a NE break of north Atlantic trade winds will
extending all the way to the Brazil coast west of 32W. A very broad
patch of light winds west of 30W from 05S to 01N.
3) NNE/NE trades north of Equator. Generally lighter and more left north
west of 30W, and stronger, more right west of 30W. NE component
dominates to west of the Cape Verde Islands.
4) North of the Cape Verde Islands, winds veer more Eíly and increase,
especially west of 20W. East of 20W, winds off the African coast hold
NE and stronger.
5) High pressure (1037mb) will support stronger Eílies north of 30N and
west of Madeira/Canary Islands. East of Madeira, the winds fresh N/NE.
6) Generally light Wílies south of Spain, backing to SW east of the
country. Very light winds in the Gulf of Valencia, but stronger SW
across the Balearic Islands.

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General Forecast along race route

*** SATURDAY (28-MAR-2015) ***
* 20S to 15S and 35W to 25W *
WIND: Variable south of 17S. Becoming N/NE 5-15 north of 17S
SEAS: 1m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy, showers likely with a few squalls possible
* 15S to 10S and 35W to 25W *
WIND: E/ESE 10-15. Stronger east of 30W.
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy, scattered showers
>>>>>
* 00N to 05N and 37W to 27W *
WIND: NE 12-17 west of 30W, easing 8-13 east of 30W. Also tending NNE east
of 30W
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy. A few showers possible near the Equator.
* 05N to 10N and 37W to 27W *
WIND: NE 12-17 west of 30W, easing 8-13 NNE east of 30W.
SEAS: 1-2m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy
>>>
* 15N to 20N and 35W to 25W
WIND: NE/ENE 15-20. Stronger east of 30W.
SEAS: 2-3m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.
* 20N to 25N and 35W to 25W
WIND: ENE/E 15-20. Stronger east of 30W.
SEAS: 2-3m
WEATHER: Partly cloudy.
>>>>>
* Gulf of Cadiz *
WIND: NNE/N 10-15, easing close to Gibraltar. Diurnal land/sea breezes
along the Moroccan coast
SEAS: 2-3,
WEATHER: Partly cloudy
>>>>>
* Alboran Sea *
WIND: W 5-15. Tending SW along the Spanish coast, especially after noon
SEAS: 1m or less
WEATHER: Partly cloudy
* Southwestern Mediterranean Sea *
WIND: Light and variable becoming S/SE 5-15.
SEAS: 1m or less
WEATHER: Partly cloudy