PredictWind- Big winds for HSBC Coastal Classic
by Richard Gladwell on 22 Oct 2008
Strong winds from the north are predicted to hit the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic fleet on Friday evening.
Spinnkers will stay packed in the bag for the 2008 HSBC Coastal Classic © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
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.
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