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Weather and Sailing 2016

Weather and Sailing 2016, Royal Institute of Navigation’s and the Royal Meteorological Society’s Joint Seminar, grows from strength to strength.

Weather and Sailing 2016, the Joint Seminar, which is run periodically by the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) and Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), was chaired by the RIN Director, Capt. Peter Chapman - Andrews.

Andrew Eccleston, one of the organisers, put together an excellent programme for the Seminar. The breadth of topics, all covered by experts in their fields, was the key element in the success of the day. Everything from how to store your boat safely ashore through to the ultra-elite racing sailors - and a whole lot more in between.

The stand out presentations of the day were made by Jessica Sweeney and Simon Rowell. Jessica gave the audience an amazing insight into the extremely challenging meteorological forecasting issues involved in the ultra-competitive America’s Cup, whilst Simon’s talk focused on the unique set of challenges faced by the UK Olympic Sailing Team in Rio this summer.

The highlight of the Seminar, for those delegates who were fortunate enough to get hold of one of the highly sort after tickets, was the tour of the Met Office Ops Room and the opportunity to talk to the Met Office staff involved in processing and analysing the incoming data to prepare the weather forecasts for both the short and longer term.

One of the main topics that emerged from the Royal Institute of Navigation’s and the Royal Meteorological Society’s Joint Seminar held at the Met Office on Saturday 12th November revolved around uncertainty.

After the event, Andrew Eccleston commented that a number of the delegates in the audience were hearing about the use of more than one model and ensembles for the first time. This issue is becoming more mainstream now – and should eventually lead to a better use of weather information by the non-specialist, and maybe even reduce the often misguided media criticism of the profession of meteorology.

Watch out for an announcement on the RIN website for the date and venue of the next Weather and Sailing Seminar.

  • 21 November 2016
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