Weather Analysis And Routing Is The Skipper’s Responsibility


Many times over the years people have said things to me like:

He lost his boat because the weather router screwed up.

We got a real dusting and did a lot of damage because the weather forecast was wrong.

This might sound perfectly logical, but it's not.

Let's look at a recent incident in which a weather router sent a boat into a piece of ocean with a substantial current in an attempt to avoid bad weather. As I understand it, the weather deteriorated more than expected and the resulting wind-against-current generated breaking waves that rolled the boat and eventually led to her abandonment. Many people blamed the router. That's simply wrong. The skipper was at fault.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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