Course Reports

Prevailing Winds?

The prevailing winds in the UK are said to come from the SW and over a year this is correct but in May the NE can prevail. Understanding the bigger picture is important when planning the sailing season and one of the reasons why the May trip is called Scottish Explorer rather than having a target destination.

Unlike the RYA and Mile Builder Sailing trips we will see what the weather does and bear in mind that there is some superb cruising in the Firth of Clyde as well as some useful RYA Mile Building. The other thing to remember is when the NE changes in May it is often very quickly to a SW and then back again.

Picture of Helsal 3 with paul on during 2010 Sydney to Hobart when the prevailing NE wind off Australia suddenlt turned to a ‘Southerly Buster’

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