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Weather and Sailing 2014

Details of the Joint RIN/RMetS Weather and Sailing 2015 Seminar, which was held at the Hornet Services Sailing Club on 29 November, together with info

Speaker's Bios

Richard Falk: Meteorology in Passage Planning – Inshore, Offshore and Ocean

Richard is the RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner.
He has 20 years experience of offshore and ocean racing, both fully-crewed and single-handed.
Richard has sailed over 300,000 miles, which includes Skippering a Clipper Round the World yacht.

Pip Hare: Lessons learned about the weather from sailing small boats across wide oceans

Pip is an RNLI Coastal Safety Manager and professional ocean racer.
She has competed in many high-profile races, including the OSTAR, mini Transat and Round Britain and Ireland.
Last year Pip won the Three Peaks Race and the UK mini Fastnet.

Mike Brettle: Sailing Weather Lore – Science and Folklore

Mike is a specialist in meteorological instrumentation and has worked for both the Met Office and manufacturers of weather observing systems.
He has particular expertise in locating wind sensors to provide strong wind warnings.
As a keen yachtsman and Chartered Meteorologist, Mike is also a published author .

Simon Rowell: How to use modern weather forecasting techniques in week-to-week sailing

Simon is a professional yachtsman, qualified as an RYA Ocean Examiner and also completed an MSc in Meteorology.
He worked on the Clipper Round the World Race, both as a skipper and assistant race director.
Simon is currently conducting research for a PhD at the University of Reading.


Josh Taylor and Alan Morgan: Weather, navigation and other challenges in endurance rowing

Josh and Alan were members of the crew of the winning boat in the 2013 Round Great Britain Rowing Race – said to be the toughest rowing race in the world.
The 2,000 mile race is non-stop and completely self sufficient.
Josh and his crew broke the previous record for the event and now hold the Guinness World Record for rowing around Great Britain.

Penny Tranter: Forecasting at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in Weymouth

Penny is the Met Office Advisor on Civil Contingencies for South West UK.
She has worked in many different roles in the Met Office, including being a BBC national television weather presenter and Training Manager at the Met Office College.
Penny was a member of the official Met Office weather forecasting team for the sailing events in Weymouth during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Chris Tibbs: Weather and routeing for both cruising and racing yachts

Chris is a professional meteorologist, weather router
He has sailed over 250,000 miles and set multiple world speed records working with Volvo, Olympic, and Vendee teams.
Chris is also the author of the RYA Weather Handbook.

PDF copies of most of the presentations are available to download below.

A detailed report on the event can be found in Fairway Autumn 2014.

  • 06 December 2014
  • SCG

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