Discovery Room, Royal Victoria Yacht Club
13 May 2018 0900h - 1300h
Members $50 / Non-Members $65
This course 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.
Participants will also be introduced 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.
Note: The seminar is not intended to teach actual forecasting of large scale weather patterns. Participants will be shown how to apply the information in weather forecasts and local weather reports to better understand actual conditions in specific locations on the water.
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 Avoidance.