Weather Forecast 29/03/2015

Second place Neutrogena is sailing along the southeastern Spanish coast, but will slow as it enters a transition zone around Denia and Ibiza this morning. Further north, there is NW Mistral flow off the coast just south of Barcelona. GAES Centros Auditivos has had moderate N'lies crossing the Gulf of Cadiz. These winds back W'ly through Gibraltar Strait, and they should experience a moderate W'ly in the exit region downwind of Gibraltar Strait as they sail into the Alboran Sea. One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton and We Are Water are reaching north in E'ly trade winds. These winds are forecast to build today as they sail further north. They may be able to head up a bit to start cutting the distance to Gibraltar very soon. Renault Captur is through the Doldrums and in moderate NNE/NE trades, although these may ease somewhat later today/tonight as they sail further north. Spirit of Hungary is in very light airs before they transition to the E'ly trade winds at about 16S.

Meteo MAR 29, 2015 08:26

*** SYNOPSIS ***

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.

00Z TUESDAY (31-MAR-2015)
1) Modeate E/SE trade winds from 16S to 04S, where the southern doldrums
boundary will be present.
2) The doldrums will be wide ñ especially east of 30W. There, extremely
light and variable winds from 04S to about 01N. West of 30W, some E
winds will persist within the doldrums.
3) The North Atlantic trade winds will be backed NNE west of 30W and
mainly moderate in strength from 03N to 18N. East of 30W, N/NNE winds
much lighter south of 08N. Then NE moderate trades north of 08N to 22N.
4) High pressure (1035mb) near 40N/18W. Stronger N winds along the
Portuguese coast veering NE from Madeira to the Canary Islands.
5) In the med, a strong NW mistral out of the Gulf of Lyon, but winds
well west of the sailing area. Closer to spain, mainly easing W winds
through the Gibraltar Strait, extending to Ibiza. A transition zone
across the Gulf of Valencia to Palma, then developing NW winds along
the Spanish coast south of Barcelona.

**************************************
General Forecast along race route

*** SUNDAY (29-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