Round the Island forecast

Light south westerlies/westerlies forecast, says Mike Broughton

Wednesday June 13th 2001, Author: Mike Broughton, Location: United Kingdom
The forecast for the Hoya Round the Island race suggests that there aren't going many records tumbling this time around!
Even though the large boats start at an advantageous time, in terms of tidal stream, for a quick rounding, I don't think that the wind will oblige. It looks like a small, weak area of low pressure will invade from the west and track up the Bristol Channel, leaving the Isle of Wight in a pretty weak pressure gradient through most of Saturday.

The winds look pretty light and south westerly/westerly in direction. Should the system run through quicker than the computer models expect, then the winds would be northwesterly and quite fresh (18-22 knots). My view is that these winds will come through on Sunday.

I might be eating my words come Saturday, though my advice for an owner would be to think about setting up the boat for lightish conditions.

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