00:15 Sunday 6/24 – So it looks like the southerly surge that weather gurus were worried about has hit the fleet, with tracking report speeds dropping to 1kt and less. In the weather briefing provided by Skip Allan, at the skippers meeting, our fearless 19 were warned of this impending doom. Go west, he said. Here’s a quick why. So there is a Pacific high way offshore. There is a lower pressure system sitting over the central valley of California. Beyond the low pressure system are the Sierra Mountains. In the upper atmosphere, air can get pushed towards these mountains and some can’t get over them, it cools off, then wants to sink. As a result of this sinking air, a north/south troph associated with the low pressure system (actually, sitting between the low pressure system and the Pacific High) is pushed back westward off the coast. Exactly when this would happen, and exactly how far west was unclear. Light southerly wind lies to the east of the troph, light northerly winds occur to the west, and no winds in the middle. Guess where our buglighters are. 🙁 The no winds in the middle could last for a couple of days, so we’ll see. Stay tuned.
At this time Libra is still in port, and Mouton Noir is returning to shore, reportedly possibly due to some equipment issues. There may be additional news from check ins, we’ll post any updates. Have a good night, and know the racers will likely at least have a peaceful night too, if they relax and enjoy the calm. It is lovely out there when it is calm.