sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Chicago Mackinac - Latest Weather update

Chicago Mackinac - Latest Weather update

'Equation STP65 racing in the 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot'    Event Media    Click Here to view large photo

Race Weather update from the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot. Weather expect Chris Bedford has provided this commentary.

'Things are playing out about as predicted on the lake so far. The lake breeze shut down last evening at the shores but was not replaced by any land breeze. The cooler lake and extreme heat wave building in the mid-west this year is significantly limiting land breezes. However the middle of the lake managed to get some S'ly gradient overnight and that has kept racing fleet moving north.

Out prediction of a 'rich getting richer' scenario seems to be playing out...for now. The Turbo boats were advantaged by a later start in a stronger lake breeze which allowed them to catch and pass the slower boats which started earlier in a very light and patchy lake breeze. Now that they are gaining northerly latitude, they are moving into more pressure and have seen the S'ly gradient increase and taken that to a growing advantage.


Some Recent wind reports from around the lake confirm more breeze in the center of the lake and on the MI shore:

North Lake Michigan Buoy - SSW at 10 gust 12 kts Big Sable Point, MI - SSE 8 gust 11 kts Kewaunee, WI - S at 2 kts Port Washington, WI - SW at 4 gust 6 kts

Forecasts are getting more and more bullish for a building running breeze to develop on the lake today. The build may happen even quicker than previously thought. There is a reasonable chance of winds solid

15-20 over much of the lake north of Big Sable any time after noon today. We could even here of that much breeze from some of the mid-lake leaders this morning.

For tonight, things are likely to get more 'interesting'. All eyes are on a cold front lying across the northern Plains and into southwestern Ontario. That front is expected to start drifting south and may become the focal point of some strong thunderstorms developing over northern MN / southwest Ontario later today and tonight.

These storms would track southeast, moving across northern WI and the Michigan U.P. into the northern lake as early as mid-night, but probably a few hours later. If the cells develop, the wind in the northern lake will become quite variable with some strong gusts of outflow breeze possible. In addition, wind direction will shift around to flow directly out of any approaching thunderstorm cells. As the cell pass, wind direction could shift almost anywhere on the compass.

There is a chance that some of these storms could be severe with wind gusts over 40 knots, frequent lightning, heavy rain and possibly hail.

Competitors should monitor NOAA broadcasts on their VHF for the latest official advisories and warnings.

The front drops south of the straits and across northern Lake Michigan during the day tomorrow. That will shift winds to N/NE from Mackinac to the Manitou Islands. These N/NE winds are expected to be relatively light, and will slow the finishing process Monday into Tuesday.




by Race to Mackinac - event media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=86048

7:30 AM Sun 17 Jul 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac


Related News Stories:

11 Nov 2011  Trophies and honors bestowed at CYC Race to Mackinac Awards Dinner
11 Nov 2011  Mackinac boat Sociable honored with Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal
30 Oct 2011  US Sailing releases independent study concerning CYC Race to Mackinac
11 Oct 2011  Chicago Mackinac Race – The first report
02 Sep 2011  Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac scoring - Final results posted
30 Jul 2011  Chicago Yacht Club asks US SAILING to review Mackinac 2011
29 Jul 2011  Chicago Mackinac 20111 - Jugband - the race of a lifetime
27 Jul 2011  First Goat wins 2011 Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division
20 Jul 2011  Chicago-Mackinac Race—100 Knots and Off the Clock
20 Jul 2011  Press Conference with Chicago Yacht Club's Greg Freeman
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA
























Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT