Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Weather forecast for the TP52 practice day in Barcelona

[Source: AUDI Medcup] A gentle sea breeze introduction to the Barcelona Race course is on the menu for today's practice race.

As expected Practice Race day for the TP52's looks set to have just gentle sea breeze conditions with no more than 10-11 knots expected through the afternoon.

The programme runs to the normal format with two practice starts for the 11 TP52's followed by the race start. Around the scheduled start time the forecasts suggests there will be around 4-8knots from the SE to S veering progreesively through the day. By 1500hrs it could be up to 11kts before it starts to drop and back as the afternoon goes on.

11:00 03-07kts 220-240 Sea breeze starting to fill in, more pressure offshore
12:00 04-08kts 170-200 Right bend along the coast, sea breeze developing but more press offshore
13:00 04-08kts 150-180 Same pressure, starting to shift right and bending right
14:00 05-09kts 160-190 Same trend, lighter at the shore but right bend
15:00 07-11kts 170-190 Wind shifting further right, more even, still strong right bend
16:00 06-10kts 170-190 Pressure dropping a bit, still bending right
17:00 04-07kts 140-180 Pressure dropping and backing
18:00 04-07kts 130-150 Pressure dropping and backing

The world's best sailing team devising their attack plan for the practice day. Barcelona, 20 July 2010. Photo copyright Ainhoa Sanchez / AUDI Medcup

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