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Old 07 December 2012, 03:02   #11
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My advice is to always check the forecast and know your tides, depending on where you are wind meeting tide can be interesting. If you making a passage it's important as weather can change on route.
We check daily XC, Inshore Forecast and Magic Seaweed to build up a picture of whats happening. You also need to use you head and look at the sea conditions as could have been strong offshore winds the day before and left a huge swell in the sea.

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Old 07 December 2012, 07:21   #12
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Surprised no one has mentioned in this thread very good for inshore, pay minimal amount and you can set your watch by it!

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Old 07 December 2012, 07:22   #13
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I'm using WindGURU: Weather forecasts for windsurfing, kitesurfing and other wind related sports
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Old 07 December 2012, 11:46   #14
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We use windguru for pretty much all our diving trips, great for local stuff, further offshore it seems to always under estimate. Some locations have swell forecasts which is useful if you look at two or three and then use your head to average it out.
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Old 07 December 2012, 13:46   #15
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sailing great britain wind (gfs) + 0 utc

Lots of information and usually seems more accurate than the Met Office forecast.
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Old 08 December 2012, 06:07   #16
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I use the met office I'll sometimes use XC and I quite like Magic seeweed. But I cant get away from the feeling that if it all went tits up and I'm being cross examined and some smart arsed barrister asks me where I get my weather info from and I sau "magic" could be a short trip from the yard arm.

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