After the last 24 hours of shifty breezes and drifting boats, it is encouraging to see the more familiar NW winds of summer pattern moving in. It is also a good time to remind members that most of our fleets have a hard wind limit of 20 knots - beyond that, vessels become very difficult to control and damage becomes more frequent. Above 20 knots, only the windsurfing and the barbecue fleets are operational.
Before you launch, we recommend that you:
Please be realistic about your skills and capabilities, and err on the side of caution. Much can be learned from the mistakes of others, as you watch from the upper deck.
- Verify the wind history as well as the current strength - if it has been climbing recently, it may not be done climbing yet
- Check the conditions offshore as well as those at the JSCA - they can be quite different, especially when blowing from the south.
- Talk to Jericho Rescue to get their view on current conditions, and accept their advice on whether to launch