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VI Victoria 2018 - Weather Strategies for the Inside Passage

This seminar focuses on the unique weather patterns of the west coast, and how to make decisions based on weather forecasts. Once you understand the dynamics of the most common weather patterns that occur in the region, you can develop strategies that take advantage of the weather patterns for a more comfortable and more enjoyable cruise.

2018-05-13
When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
0900-1300h
Where: Discovery Room, Royal Victoria Yacht Club
3475 Ripon Rd
Victoria, British Columbia  V8R 6H1
Canada
Contact: Lionel Dobson


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Purpose & Benefits:
This seminar focuses on the unique weather patterns of the west coast, and how to make decisions based on weather forecasts. BC coastal weather patterns are confusing if you don't understand the basic forces that shape the local weather in the Georgia Strait, Johnstone Strait and the North Coast.  Once you understand the dynamics of the most common weather patterns that occur in the region, you can develop strategies that take advantage of the weather patterns for a more comfortable and more enjoyable cruise.

The topography of the west coast influences the weather in unique ways, and large-scale weather patterns end up causing very localized effects, by focusing waves and swells on certain areas and not on others, and by accentuating the wind in certain locations. This results in an extraordinarily complex regime of local effects which must be taken into consideration when planning a cruise or when making daily decisions about when to travel and when to stay at anchor.

The seminar will also introduce participants to key concepts of mid-latitude depressions, offshore highs, and inflow and outflow winds, and their interactions with the geography of the Inside Passage. Certain locations must be avoided in certain winds, and other places offer safe passage even during high winds. The seminar also examines the sequence and timing of weather events in specific locations.

The seminar is not intended to teach actual forecasting of large scale weather patterns. Instead it will show skippers how to apply the information in weather forecasts and local weather reports, to better understand actual conditions in specific locations on the water.

Instructor:
Kevin Monahan is an experienced captain, retired Canadian Coast Guard officer, and author of: Local Knowledge: A Skipper's Reference (Tacoma to Ketchikan) and The
Radar Book: Effective Navigation and Collision AvoidanceKevin will have copies of his books for sale.

Format:
Classroom style with extensive slides.

Cost:
BCA Members - $50
Non-members - $65

Maximum Class Size:
18 participants

Cancellation:
There will be a processing fee of $15 in the event of participant cancellation.

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