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Beginning tonite a fleet of 200+ boats will sail the Queens Cup race. This year the race starts on Lake Michigan's west shore off Milwaukee's South Shore Yacht Club. The finish is on Lake Michigan's east shore in Muskegon Michigan home waters of Torresen Marine.
The weather outlook for the fleet is not a windy one. The biggest wind speed number forecast is 15. The wind forecast goes from light and variable today to a chance of South Easterly winds tonight. As the fleet nears Muskegon we see a forecast of S/SE winds at 5-15 knots.
Current wind observation show very light conditions. The Coast Guard Station in Milwaukee near the starting area shows 2 knots of wind from the east north east. The east north east direction is a switch from North North West indicating frontal passage in Milwaukee. This may mean the ENE winds will pick up. Barometric pressure in Milwaukee is 29.95 inches and has been rising.
The Southern Lake Michigan Buoy which is 43 miles east south east of Milwaukee shows 3.9 knots of wind from the South East. Pressure at this location is 29.95 inches and steady.
In Muskegon there is 5 knots of wind from the west. Pressure is 29.31 inches. The pressure has been rising throughout the day.
More than likely the Queens Cup start will be a slow one. Winds may pick up as the fleet nears the east shore. The wind should fill from the south according to most forecast sources.
If these factors hold the fleet will have a lot of light air work with the winds forward of the beam, but not far enough for a beat.
The last Queens Cup to finish in Muskegon saw some of the Santa Cruz 70 fleet finish at 0140 eastern. An early finish such as this does not seem likely given the present weather factors.