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Tropical Storm Darby

by Race Committee, July 20th, 2016



Tropical Storm Darby, which was earlier forecast to dissipate south of Hawaii, has not. The National Hurricane Centre has issued a Warning that sustained winds of 50 knots can be expected to be associated with the storm and 60 miles to the northwest of the eye. The storm is approaching Hawaii from the west and is forecast to pass north of Hawaii sometime this weekend, possibly impacting the later finishing boats.

Race Committee has issued a Warning to all boats and provided an update on the forecast storm track. Race Committee has also allowed individual boats to seek advice from professional weather forecasters on storm routing.

Race Committee has also sought advice from Commander’s Weather, based in New Hampshire, a leader in specialized and detailed weather forecasting for racing and cruising sailors around the world. Updates from Commander’s Weather will be provided to fleet.

The potential for heavy weather is something that all ocean sailors face. The preparations for Vic-Maui include the training and required equipment that will allow boats to safely withstand heavy weather. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best is the motto.

For context, in 2014, the remnants of Tropical Depression Wali arrived unexpectedly on 5 boats of the fleet with winds of 50 knots. Good seamanship allowed all boats to weather this storm with damage confined to sails and non-critical rigging.

THANK YOU TO COMMANDER'S WEATHER FOR SHARING THEIR INSIGHT INTO THE PROGRESS OF TROPICAL STORM DARBY

 

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