Code Amber from Thursday
Kingfisher2's German weather router, Dr Meeno Schrader, is studying the weather situation daily in consultation with MacArthur. Schrader has sailed all his life and spent 10 years studying to gain his PhD in Meteorology. He has worked with Team Kingfisher in the EDS Atlantic Challenge (2001), Transat Jacques Vabre (2001) and MacArthur's recent victory in the 2002 Route du Rhum solo trans-Atlantic race. Weather expert Jean-Yves Bernot will act as consultant to help make critical decisions as necessary.
Various weather models are used ranging from a 16-day forecast to a 10-day forecast which provides more reliability, but in reality a call to go would only be made looking at a 3-day weather forecast. At this time of year there is extensive low pressure activity in the North Atlantic that produces strong south-westerlies (completely the wrong direction for the start), as forecast for the end of this week, with only temporary short swings to the SE or more into W-NW.
The ideal weather for the start is for good pressure from a northerly direction, preferably NE, with little swell coming into the Bay of Biscay and then a stable windfield further south along the Portugese coast that can propel Kingfisher2 quickly from the start line down to the Canaries and on to the Equator.