Saturday, April 08, 2006

Trendspotting

I mentioned in an earlier post that I should see if I can find any long range climate forecasts that may have an impact on the weather this year (for example el ninio).




I did some digging and came up with the Environment Canada climate and weather office for Canada. Although this data will not guarantee results it may help spot general trends in the nearby water systems. I can pick 3 nearby stations and analyze the data from them on a day to day or month to month comparison.

Poking around I found the US navy NexSat site which provides some great data on daily weather. The wind indication has upper lower and mid level displays as well as microwave. The data also allows for quick drill down to region for whatever data you are on.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Crisp, and Clean

Received the new Spinnaker today. I bought it online from North Sails and have to say that it is in immaculate condition. It was a grade 10 of 10 sail and is in perfect condition. From the looks of the sail it has not been even flaked to fly yet!

Can't wait to get fly it! I will be going down to the boat this weekend to open it up and do an inspection. The winter was not that hard so I don't expect any surprises.

I was at the club last night to attend the Basin Race Committee meeting (along with the Club Race Committee that I joined as well). Overall joining the committee has given me a few insights into the regatta and overall planning of the season. It has also given me a inside look into some of the problems that they encounter when timing. Should have a post or two in the near future.

I need to create a checklist and prep list for the season. Hopefully I can get that done tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Another Year of Racing Begins

Just want to say sorry to all those readers who visit the Skips blog and have found no new posts for quite some time. While sailing is always on my mind I guess the cold weather got to me and I did what most Canadians do in cold weather...hibernate.

The new (sort of) spinnaker will arrive tomorrow. Looking forward to that. I went with North Sails certified used sails for this year. The main is in great shape other than a tiny rip in the window which I will have fixed shortly.

Just itching to get down to the boat and start the prep work for the year. Have a lot to do. Posts will be slow to start as I slowly gear up for the season. Snow today...so that sort puts a damper on things. Hopefully the weekend will be good. Only a few weeks to launch. Again thanks to those who have been reading. Look for quite a few posts during the racing season.

To all those who are racing as well. Good luck this year and lets hope it is a windy one. I should make a note to check out if there are any long range forecasts for the summer temperatures, winds, weather trends that may have surfaced over the winter months.