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4 July 2000 Issue # 228
Today's Sailing News
Weather: Muskegon's June Climate
The June climate in Muskegon was a 2000 1st. For the first time temperatures were below normal. For the month temperatures were 1.1° below normal. This after being + 2.08° in May and + .08° in April.
For the month the average temperature was 64.5. High for the month was 85 on Saturday the 10th. Low was 42 on Tuesday the 6th.
Precipitation measures in at 3.07 inches, above the 2.35 inch norm.
Average wind speed was 9.8, up .2 from May. Max peak wind speed was 17.1 on Saturday the 10th. Minimum peak wind speed was Wednesday the 28th.
Below find a bit out of the ordinary correlation between wind direction and temperature. Days of west wind brought no above norm Temps, which is rare. South winds were the months only warm wind.
Combining temperature, precipitation and wind June in Muskegon was a bit off center climatologically.
Tour de Voile: First Offshore Shortened
Race 1 of the Tour De Voile from Dieppe in France to Portsmouth England was shortened due to lack of wind. Positions at a turning mark 42 miles into the race were used to score the fleet of Mumm 30's. The race began with the boats sailing upwind at speeds of 6 to 7 knots. However the wind died making completion of the race uncertain.
Adrian Stead of Barlo Plastics states "I'm pretty confident. I'm not sailing tomorrow. Ian Walker Olympic sailing medallist is taking my place. We're changing two or three crew just to rotate and bring some inshore specialists on the boat."
Laurent Bregeon tactician aboard winning boat Cotes d'Armor says "But the English aboard Barlo Plastics are really good and if the race hadn't been shortened we might not have won it "
Today heavy rain and light wind in Portsmouth have the 2 scheduled inshore races under postponement. With variable winds and more heavy rain forecast the sailing of these races is no sure thing.
1.Côtes d'Armor - Vincent BIARNES -
9. Barlo Plastics Adrian Stead 55
pts. Most of top scoring Admiral's Cup team sailing.
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