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DON'T MISS Lee Chesneau's Offshore Marine Weather Course at Strictly Sail Pacific

Sunday, April 13 • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waterfront Hotel, Oakland • Q&A time after class Course Fee: Special $125 (Normally $195) Note-taking guide will be offered separately at $20 2014 is the year for the Pacific Cup! “Marine Weather for the Offshore Cruiser” is designed not only for the offshore pleasure cruiser but to prepare entrants in the prestigious Pacific Cup race to take advantage of the readily available public weather information to formulate their own race strategies from San Francisco to Hawaii! The course reviews some important meteorological principles that govern what one will experience daily such as pressure and wind. The review also extends to the structure of surface middle latitude weather systems and their features, along with the specific symbols commonly found on surface pressure weather charts. The course will focus on typical marine-oriented weather charts, especially the geographic region that dominates the middle and subtropical latitudes from the U.S. West Coast to Hawaii. Newer topics for some of the offshore cruisers in attendance will focus on upper air 500 Mb charts. It is also important to understand what goes into a human intelligence originated forecast versus the unfettered GRIB files. Finally, the course will demonstrate how to document and verify all weather forecasts for confidence building and becoming self-reliant in offshore marine weather forecasting.

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• March, 2014



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Latitude 38 March 2014  

The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 March 2014  

The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.