Mike Dvorak has taken his PhD in wind energy and turned it into some very effective weather analysis. He discusses the tools available to you and the likely conditions he will encounter.
See the powerpoint! We have added Stan's 2016 slides as well. Updated, but without narration.
Don’t screw up at the start
Get to the Synoptic Wind before the glass-off the first night.
Pick and race to your Ridge Waypoint.
Carefully deal with Cutoff Lows
Slot-cars to the shift, ideally on “Ocean DW” angles
Squalls and Cloud Streets in the trades
Pick the correct corner on the Run
Approaching the Finish
Jim Antrim discusses coastal safety. Waves, created and driven by wind, heap up and break near land. Staying in water at least 2.5 times wave+swell height represents a start for prudent sailing as you come near open shores.Listen to the audio:
Stan discusses the very critical role of navigation.