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Published Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
23 December 1999
Issue # 115
With snow on the ground, back muscles twitching from shoveling and temperatures in the teens winter has come to West Michigan. Sailing is still possible, but of the ice borne variety.
Latest news on where the good ice is: Austin Lake near Kalamazoo.
Down under in the Southern Hemisphere summer is in swing. This means sailing on the water in the form of America's Cup training and testing and this
weekend the Sydney to Hobart race.
Befitting summer weather Auckland and Sydney will see temperatures in the 70's.
For the Cup sailors who venture out to train this weekend winds will be moderate. The forecast calls mostly for S winds from 10 to 15 knots. Occasional north winds may blow in the 10 knot range. When the wind swings north this kicks up a choppy sea as the northerly winds blow in opposition to the southerly flowing tide.
Should the sailors take the Holiday weekend to rest, they'll do so under cloudy to partly cloudy skies.
Last years Sydney to Hobart race faced nasty weather and resulted in several tragic deaths. Although safety precautions have been taken, the 'Hobart' race is an offshore contest and must deal with the weather present.
Current forecasts for the seas in which the nearly 100 boat fleet will sail call for
some strong sailing winds. The forecast shows west winds at 10-20 knots which will increase to 20/30 knots. Winds as high as 30 to 40 knots are mentioned. The good news is that westerly winds will fall on the fleets beam. In fact such a wind could produce a fast if trying race.
Racers will receive a detailed weather briefing before the start of the race. Sydney
Harbor is the venue and 26 December is the date.