Saturday, September 15, 2012

WOKC Weather

General Synopsis
High pressure dominates the area maintaining a light WNW backing W airflow. Overnight clear skies have seen temperatures drop and an initially chilly, 10-12 Celsius, will quickly warm up.
The increasing temperatures will provide some thermally influenced conditions

Air temperature: 18-19 Celsius
Sea temperature: 17 Celsius
Weather: Clear skies with small amounts of cumulus developing from 1030-1100 indicating larger left shifts

Wind direction
Wind speed
Light offshore conditions patchy slow moving pressure
Small cumulus developing
280-310 becoming 260-290
04-08 building 06-11
Thermal influence dragging wind left – but split breeze
260-290 becoming 250-270
06-11 becoming 10-12
Clouds clearing to the west and wind building
Little change

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ainslie GOLD, Perce and Bart SILVER but there is still plenty of racing going on

Situation normal.

Despite the historic victory of Ben Ainslie gaining, his 4th Gold medal and for me becoming my greatest Olympic hero. The incredibly close finish for Iain and Bart who perhaps a little disappointed, came home with silver to an incredibly proud team. We all have the utmost respect for 3 of our inspirational British and it is incredible to think I may have helped them along the way - if to make sure they took their coats with them!

So, were we celebrating, it is situation normal here.
While we have the first of our team medallists we still have several more to decide and we continue to keep the routine the same...up bright and breezy at 0530 to classic Weymouth conditions

Princess Royal however, did visit us yesterday so not entirely no celebrating and business as usual. We toasted a drink to her and the medallists and some of our support staff were fortunate enough to go to the Trinity House boat Patricia to have dinner with her

Today we are again visited by further royalty with Princess Catherine out watching the racing and expected to pop in and say hi- which has got most of the boys a very very excited. Keep an eye on twitter later no doubt there will be a few comments

Weather conditions were unbelievably tricky yesterday making life very hard for the best sailors in the world to have a fair race on the Nothe course. No doubt there will be some questions asked of that course but no one can deny that the crowd on the Nothe headland has been phenomenal and the support has lifted some of our sailors through what so far has been a nail biting regatta.

Lets hear a cheer Nothe!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Images of the morning and evening entertainment

Here are a selection of  photos from behind the scenes of what my mornings and evenings typically look like.
Including a video of some superb bowling skills by one of our team
Evening stretch after sailing
Watching the opening ceremony

Get the Union Flag war paint on

Cheering the swimmer on


My busy desk and wall

Chesney Hawkes concert at the Bayside Festival

French boule on our lawn

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Games begins

Wow- what an opening ceremony- that is what everyone is talking about and rightly so. My highlights
Queen and Bond
Mr Bean
Amazing torch lighting
Well done Mr Boyle a great story told and in a truly British fashion

All a bit different down here in Weymouth. A few of our team members made the trip to London while the rest are remaining focused for their racing starts today.
Instead we had the alternative opening ceremony fully clad in our kit.

For me yesterday was a fairly busy day - up forecasting as usual and then sorting out radios followed by heading off to pre-record something for Meridian and then do a live interview. Sadly the link broke and the rest off the team were unable to work out how to change the channel to itv so missed my ridiculously small claim to fame!!!

Anyway we had an amazing turn out on Weymouth beach to greet the sailors - must have been 3000+ people - just another example of this country really getting behind the team.

Mood in our camp is high with winds looking moderate to fresh tomorrow for the start of racing. Finn, Stars and Match Racers will be up tomorrow. Fingers, toes and everything else is crossed - but the skill, the hard wok and the knowledge will get this team the results they deserve.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

1 and a bit days to go....!!!

Summer is here and the wind has we bask in 22-26 Celsius along the south coast, sorry Scotland and North Wales I appreciate it maybe a little foggy and drizzly there, we are also some what floating around today in very light winds. Should probably spare a thought for those that did the offshore race in the Commodores Cup - floating around to the east of the Isle of Wight.

Opening Ceremony 

As I am powered by the sun (much like Superman!) I am obviously adoring this weather - however it makes for some tricky forecasting conditions and therefore a tricky days work! Some people are never pleased.....'Where is the sun?' followed by 'Where is the wind?'

So what do we have in store for the start of the Games? Will the 'real rain' at the Opening ceremony actually be lost in real rain?  Will it be wet windy or hot hot hot?
SUNDAY First day of racing

Well the temperatures are cooling and change is afoot on Friday with a cold front heading south. It look like cooler conditions and the odd shower will affect the most places. We will then see a moderate to fresh WSW airflow will cover the area for Sunday - day one of racing

Air temperatures are expected to be cooler than the 26-28 Celsius we have had lately only reaching 18-19 Celsius but still plenty of sunshine for the weekend.

Now to bed for me which, way should I have my bed spread- logos or writing?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

R and R'd and team built up

6 days until the opening ceremony, 6 days until Games begins. But this Team bus is all ready fully in motion.
For the Team GB sailing team , as for all the others, this event has started a while ago and we are now into the final stages of the build up to what many have waited all their lives to partake in and some 4 years to right some wrongs or just to make a little bit of Olympic history

We just had 3 days of R&R -  rest and relaxation and a little bit of final team building up in Reading. with a spot of Archery, Falconry (probably need to google that) and duck herding.....not just ducks but geese, white ducks, magpie ducks (might have made that up) and those tall standing really quick ducks.
Joe and Steve step up first
Much flailing of our herding sticks, failing to be able to blow the whistles at all for some and the rest not particularly well, we were back to the basic calls- think sheepdog trials that was on TV a few years ago that was us, or maybe just some well trained dogs and ducks!
Falconry resulted in us discovering there were a few bird phobics amongst us especially if the bird was to give you the evil eye or heaven forbid flap its wings - but Owl was gorgeous and falcon incredible at flying around u- even attracted a red kite to the area!
Here are a couple of other sneaky peaks behind are holding camp fun the team building and the evening entertainment....Pen Hadow was inspiring us on Thursday evening but great applause must go to the Murder Mystery characters

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Olympic fun and Games begin....

So I have been down in Weymouth supporting the Team GB sailing team now for three days and hopefully over the next 2 and half weeks I will be able to give you a sneaky peek into the things going on behind our lovely doors

The weather is on everyone's mind at the moment, with it being so relentlessly wet and I am sure the competition have been wondering how or why you would live, let alone go sailing here. You could argue that being use to the weather here in the UK should play to our advantage, but we shall see.

But the Games is upon us and more importantly the weather is changing, with the now infamous jet stream making the news again and more importantly making a move to the north. Dare I say the British summer is on it way but how long for......

While we have a little bit of quiet time Emilie and I thought we would sneak in and check out the food hall. Sadly there is not the world's largest McDonalds here (probably a good thing) but more disappointing was the lack of muffins
We had hastely got on our bikes to go to the village after rumours of amazing muffins- however we must have been the last to hear the rumour as there were non insight. Though non of our friends believe us and think we just ate them all on the way back - I stand by my first story!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Final Spring Series Racing - post Ark-like weather

The UK has been affected by some fairly stormy conditions this week and this morning starts off as no exception
A low pressure sits n the English channel and unusually so will track WNW maintaining severe gale force NE that will back and moderate by 1100 to near gale force airflow.
The airmass is currently extremely stable and there form despite the strong airflow the surface wind conditions are lower than you might expect- but the maximum gust is still high

Air temperature 13-15 Celsius

Weather: Overcast with moderate rain and drizzle until 1300-1400 then scattered cloud

Portsmouth:   HW 0450    LW 1029

- big mean to gust ratio- so will be squally-
- rain and drizzle easing  0900-0930- cloud lifting but not breaking indicating veer to east
- cloud breaking and clearing 1330-1400 further veer to the SE
-Gusty to begin with- with long period shifts
- shift period decreasing with clearing skies and further increasing wind

Wind direction
Wind speed (KT)
030-060 veering 070-090
25-30 decreasing 16-21
Warm front clears through 0930-1000 wind veers and decreases
16-21, occasionally 12
Still overcast with isolated rain and drizzle
070-090 becoming 130-150
16-21 increasing 20-25
Cloud clearing increasing instability- wind building
Little change

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spring Championships part 2: no chance to dodge the rain

 Low pressure sits to the SSW of the UK and through the course of the day is expected to deepen and track NE.
The associated occluded front will remain slow moving over the southern half of the UK providing wet conditions
The result is a strong NE airflow will dominate the Solent building mid afternoon.

Air temperature: 12-13 Celsius

Weather: Overcast cloud with outbreaks of slight to moderate rain and drizzle through out

LW 0928      HW 1642

- A small directional trend LEFT in the surface wind conditions with the increasing breeze
- Offshore with cold sea and land- relatively stable
- Shift range increasing towards the shore 10 deg increasing to 20 deg
- marked increase in surface wind from 1400

Wind direction
Wind Speed (KNOTS)
12-14 building 14-18
Increasing in surface as temperature increase and mixing establishes
Little change
040-060 backing 020-050
14-18 building 20-24
Gradient increasing and potentially slight backing – could see gusts to 28 KT
20-24 building 30-35
Max speed 40 KT

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Day two of the Spring Championships and another blustery day!

Yesterday saw some fairly heavy showers and hail for some and with that some large changes in wind speed and direction- words such as squally, blustery often spring to mind.
Clouds are always a very interesting feature and often a race winning one.

Low pressure dominates the area with a strong WNW airflow throughout the day
Initially showers are at the periphery of the country but the airmass is deeply unstable and again expect large clouds and showers to readily develop

Air temperature: 09-11 Celsius

Portsmouth LW 0606   HW 1255

- Clouds will become the key feature from 1100 as clouds build over land
- While the wind will initially track left expect these large clouds/showers to provide up to 30 deg wind shifts and increase the wind markedly up to 25-30 KT with a small probability of 35-40 KT where there is hail associated

Wind direction
Wind Speed (KNOTS)
10-14 occasional 17
Building breeze with increasing temperatures and cumulus developing overland
260-290 backing 230-260
10-14 building 16-20 occasional 22
Cumulus clouds readily turning to showers and providing squally conditions- wind speeds up to 25-30 KT and directions 300-310
16-20 occasional 22
230-260 becoming 250-270
16-20 decreasing 12-16
Gradient easing but still risk of squally showers

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Its a double whammy weekend- 21st-22nd April- Warsash Spring Championships

The first of the Warsash Spring Championships this weekend with things kicking off tomorrow in a gentle to moderate WNW airflow. Last week proved to be stronger winds than forecast in association with some fairly large cumulus clouds and this week we could see the same.

The heavy showers and rumbles of thunder experienced overnight and early this morning are slowly disappearing as a moderate WNW builds, but as temperature scrabble towards double figures again expect further showers and possible rumbles of thunder.
A gentle to moderate WNW backing WSW airflow is expect to cover the area

Air temperature: 09-11 Celsius

Weather: partly cloudy with showers clearing SE. Large cumulus developing turning to moderate showers late afternoon

- gradient driven with cloud features being key
- could see wind up to 28-30 KT after 1400-1500
- max right likely 300-310 with showers in the afternoon

Portsmouth: LW 0536 HW 1223

Wind direction
Wind speed
08-12 becoming 06-08 at times
Initial showers/clouds clearing to leave sunny spells but clouds beginning to build
270-300 backing 250-290
08-12 building 15-19
Wind speed quick to build and wind range increasing as clouds develop
17-19 occasional 22
Large cloud dominated features

17-19 building 22-25
 Building gradient could touch 28 at times