Practical weather forecasting

This course is designed to build on the theory imparted in RYA shore-based courses and show how the amateur sailor can marshal a range of resources to produce a bespoke weather forecast. Synoptic, meso-scale and convective-scale data are brought together to take advantage of both traditional and modern electronic sources. Emphasis is laid on the integration of weather forecasting and passage planning to enable the yachtsman, in some cases, to forecast marine weather to a better standard than the professionals and to achieve some independence when professional resources are not available. Special coverage is given to British home and adjacent continental waters, together with the Baltic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas.

The course runs for four hours, spread over two weekday evenings with an opportunity for practice weather chart construction between sessions. Included in the price is a very comprehensive handbook which collates data and techniques from a wide range of sources, and a unique “Met. Officer’s Kit” of weather charts for use at sea.

We assume that students will have a knowledge of meteorology to Dayskipper level; for the benefit of students who may be “rusty”, a short Revision Guide is distributed before the course starts. The course is presently delivered by an experienced racing sailor and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.