Understanding maritime meteorology
History. The four weather factors. The atmosphere and the mechanics of global weather.
How prediction models are generated. Reliability and accuracy. Predictability. Forecasting structures. Basic prediction modelling at sea. The GRIB format.
The sailor as meteorologist
A general approach to meteorological routing. A navigator's tools. The VPP and polar curves. Route calculation. Short, medium and long term strategy and tactics. Daily routines on board. Routing in practice. Personal experience.
Ocean regattas and meteorology
Climatology and the design of ocean racing yachts. The IMOCA 60. Climatology and the planning of a round the world regatta. The Race Directors and meteorological updates.
Barcelona World Race analysis: from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean
An analysis of the legs of the regatta based on meteorological situations from the BWR 2010/11. The Gibraltar Strait passage, from east to west. Strategy for the trade winds. Passing the Canary Islands. The doldrums. The St Helena High and the approach to the Cape of Good Hope.
Barcelona World Race analysis: from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea
The Southern Ocean. The danger of ice. Tropical cyclones in the Pacific Ocean. Rounding Cape Horn. The Atlantic from south to north. The Levant storms in the Gibraltar Strait.