King Island Race weather Update

Looking at the overall picture the weather is pretty unusual for this time of the year with warm moist air over Victoria and a large blocking low pressure close to New Zealand. There is a low pressure developing over Adelaide which will wet the sailors late on Saturday.

This is going to mean tricky sailing conditions for the fleet, the four models have the wind from South to East and with lots of wind holes in between. So the fleet will have pleasant condition down the bay this evening and a challenging race. The first boats are expected in King Island by 10oclock on Saturday night

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The Approaching Rain

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It's getting wet now

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PredictWind Map with no certainty which way you should go

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The Summary for a Beneteau First 40 (Bandit)

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The Wind Speed

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The Wind Direction

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