Spinnkers will stay packed in the bag for the 2008 HSBC Coastal Classic
Strong winds from the north are predicted to hit the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic fleet on Friday evening.
Due to predicted headwinds it would seem that the race record will not be threatened
The classic race should get underway in good sailing conditions of around 15knots, however these will increase to about 24 knots around mid-day, before fading away to less than 10kts in the afternoon.
The northerly will build again in the evening and peaking at about 30 knots before midnight.
For the rest of the weekend the breezes will moderate and swing to the southwest at speeds of 15-25kts.
Five day forecast for Bean Rock area, showing the changes in windstrength for the HSBC Coastal race
Five day forecast for Bean Rock area, showing the changes in direction for the HSBC Coastal race. the wind will be a northerly for the race start.
Five day forecast for Cape Brett, at the entrance to the Bay of Islands, showing the changes in windstrength for the HSBC Coastal race. Note these are earlier than for Bean Rock.
Five day forecast for Cape Brett and Bean Rock showing the time difference between the changes in windstrength for the HSBC Coastal race.
Five day forecast for Cape Brett and Bean Rock showing the time difference between the changes in direction for the HSBC Coastal race.
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