Sailing is highly dependent on weather conditions, in particular wind, but these same weather conditions can be hazardous for crew and supporters, if unstable. This means they need to be considered for everything from route planning to event health and safety management.
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Weather challenges for Sailing:
- Wind and gusts of wind can be extremely dangerous if unanticipated as they have the ability to capsize a boat and put all crew members in danger.
- Wave height is highly correlated with wind speed. Higher waves put sail boats in risk of capsizing which puts crews in high levels of danger.
- Lack of wind can cause postponement of sailing races if they fall below the minimum knot limit.
- Lightning can become dangerous out at sea as sailing masts are often the tallest metal structure in the area, putting the sail boat in danger of being struck.
- Fog causes visibility problems for crew members which can become dangerous, especially in races when sea traffic is busy.
The Met Office offers a range of services for sailing events that mitigate the above weather risks to keep costs down, ensure the safety of all parties and improve the likelihood that sailing races actually go ahead:
VisualEyes for Sport Event Management
VisualEyes™ is our easy to use weather alert system for operations managers, grounds managers, and health and safety teams.
Location-specific Threshold Forecasts
Threshold forecasts highlight when you should pay most attention to the weather using bespoke parameters and the thresholds that affect you. These forecasts can go out many days ahead and guidance can also give you recommendations to what to do when the significant weather hits your location.
Examples of the variables available include: wind Speed, visibility and the probability of lightning (amongst others).
For very weather sensitive events that require constant on site monitoring and support, the Met Office can supply world leading forecasters for your event to provide the advice and guidance for crucial health, safety and operational decisions.
Nested modelling allows you to understand more localised weather conditions at high resolution. The nested model can generate resolutions to as detailed as one-hundred meters. The nested model is beneficial in situations of complexity, such as those of high winds and wave height, as it allows you to identify hidden crosswinds and weather changes that might not have been visible in a ‘standard’ model, aiding race and sail strategy.
Benefits of the Nested Model:
- Better understanding and accuracy of weather challenges you might face
- Turn model locations on and off when required
- The model can be set up for a complete journey with our nesting suite
- Multiple points can be created for linear stages