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Weekend Sailing Weather
For those of you sailing on Lake Michigan this weekend look for moderate sailing conditions. Forecasts begin with variable winds of variable speeds. Beginning Friday nite winds will start coming up out of the Southerly quadrant. Friday nite will see a 5-10 knot southwesterly. Saturday will see the breeze back to the south at a 5-15 knot level.
The light to moderate conditions are being produced by a high pressure system of 1024 millibars that is centered over southern lake michigan. Current pressure at Muskegon is 1006 mbs. Pressure has risen 11 consecutive hours. This high pressure area goes as far north as Lake Superior, south to Tennessee, west to Kansas and as far east as Pennsylvania. By Saturday this high will be centered over Pennsylvania. This will allow the moderate Southerlies into the picture.
From the Lake Michigan Sailing Calendar
A glance at the calendar show a bit of a break in the racing action. However, for singlehanded sailors there are two signifigant annual events. Tomorrow will see the start of both the Chicago to Mackinac and Port Huron to Mackinac singlehanded challenges.
Per the above weather outlook the first day of racing maybe quite slow. This makes any new records unlikely. However, for the record the Chicago to Mac singlehanded record was set in 1997 by Dave Rearick sailing Geronimo a 33 footer. Dave's time was 1 day 17 hours 53 minutes and 50 seconds for an average speed of 7.92 knots.
Singlehanders starting from Port Huron have the following record to shoot for: 1 day 2 hours 9 minutes set in 1984 by Jan Gougeon in a 35 foot trimaran. Gougeon's average speed was 9.96 knots. The monohull singlehanded record for the Port Huron course is: 2 days 11 minutes at an average of 5.39 knots by Cheryl Cameron in 1983. Cheryl has a new Open 40. It is not known whether she will race the Port Huron course, but if she does even light air could produce a new record.