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Author: Marineforecaster

SPC Oct 8, 2017 0600 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

SPC 1200Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1246 AM CDT Sun Oct 08 2017 Valid 081200Z – 091200Z …THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FOR SOUTHEASTERN AND EAST-CENTRAL AL… …THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE WESTERN FL PANHANDLE INTO NORTHERN GA…
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Why cruising sailors should consider using a professional weather router

If you’re making an ocean crossing this year, employing a weather routeing service could make for a safer, smoother, and faster sail Should you consider support from a professional weather router on your next ocean crossing? With costs lower than you might realise, maybe it’s time you should. Employing the services of an expert meteorologist…
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Design in detail – exactly what made Emirates Team New Zealand so fast in the America’s Cup?

Highly evolved design details made all the difference in the America’s Cup final in Bermuda, we take a look at the winning ETNZ AC50 When Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) launched their AC50 in Bermuda in mid-April, just six weeks before the America’s Cup Round Robin, they were the last to arrive and no one…
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What are the most common repairs at sea for yachts sailing across the Atlantic? ARC survey results tell all

We surveyed nearly all 290 yachts in the 2016 ARC transatlantic to find out what broke and how it was fixed; what worked and what didn’t. You cannot presume to be able to sail across an ocean without experiencing some problems or breakages with your equipment. We issued the 290 yachts sailing in the 2016…
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October 7, 2017 0

How to cope with stormy weather by top French sailor Loick Peyron

We showed this image to ocean racing legend Loick Peyron to find out how he would deal with or avoid the situation. Maxi Yacht Brindabella in the very strong conditions during 2013 Sydney-Hobart Race. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi Weather like this during the Sydney-Hobart is not a surprise for the guys who start the race. They…
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Surviving the OSTAR’s perfect storm – the full story of the racers rescued in Force 11 summer gale

Just seven of 21 starters finished this year’s OSTAR/TWOSTAR shorthanded transatlantic race after a violent storm in June left four skippers in need of rescue and forcing others to retire. Thor Magni rescue of Furia. Credit Atlantic Joint Task Force Solo sailor Mervyn Wheatley set out from Plymouth for Newport, Rhode Island on 29 May…
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Can you repair a liferaft at sea?

All liferafts are sold with liferaft repair kits, but are they any use at sea, when it’s a matter of life or death? Ben Meakins finds out Seasick, dehydrated, tired and scared, this would be a far greater challenge Can you repair a liferaft at sea? ‘A horrendous sound like the ripping open of a…
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Do you have the right communication equipment on board?

The UK Coastguard is advising sailors to have at least two independent means of contacting them following a lengthy operation involving a French boat which sent out multiple VHF DSC Distress alerts Innovation The UK Coastguard is reminding sailors to ensure they have at least two independent means of alerting them should they get into…
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British sailor Jeanne Socrates abandons new record attempt

Jeanne Socrates has undergone surgery after a fall from a ladder. She has now abandoned her attempt to become the oldest person to sail around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted Jeanne Socrates. Credit: Graham Snook/YM 02 October 2017 A fall from a ladder has put paid to Jeanne Socrates’ attempt to become the oldest…
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MOB myths busted – Part 2

MOB is such a big concern that many of us ignore it. In this series Noel Dilly shares some thought-provoking and controversial ideas about MOB recovery If you are MOB, how practical is received wisdom on retrieval and recovery? We find out MOB myths busted – Part 2 Retired anatomy professor Noel Dilly has been…
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