As a newcomer to RIBnet I've already gotta lotta help, both directly and indirectly from users of this forum and would like to offer some in return to others.
There's not yet a great deal I can say on ribs and ribbing itself but with a few ocean sailing miles in my wake perhaps I can on other aspects of seamanship. Weather is one.
There's not a great deal that the Met Office gives away free on-line but the Inshore Forecast is a good first port of call for local tactical planning. On-line has the advantage that you don't need the spit second timing of listening on the radio. I ALWAYS doze off again just at the sritical moment! Go to...
To plan ahead up to 7 days there is an excellent site that is currently being redesigned. It's run by the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts. The bit I use is the 3 to 6 day forecasts for the Atlantic and Europe which feature the UK in the centre of the chart. Go to ...
...and click on the icon (a string of mini maps) below the heading Deterministic Medium Range Forecast Charts. This will bring up the chart for 3 days ahead and by scrolling through the list on the left of the map, you can get detail for days 4,5, and 6 to come.
Each chart shows the sea level pressure and and wind speed. You need to understand how wind direction is determined by highs and lows in the northern hemisphere. None of it's rocket science but if anyone out there is not sure how to interpret the info I will be happy to help.
There's a whole bunch more stuff out there from web sites all over the world but this will do to start with. For UK ribsters, at least. If you are interested I'll pass on some more, including a magic one which a select few of the ocean racers have discovered and which is making the job of weather routers pretty much obsolete!
In the meantime, if any of you have got favourite free weather sites, perhaps you might like to share them?