Strategic Weather Analysis—Hardware and Software

In the last chapter I introduced the concept of strategic weather analysis as an addition to the tactical version that most cruisers do, so if you missed that, please read it now.

In this chapter, and the next three, I'm going to get down into the actual details of how I receive and analyze weather on a day-to-day basis to plan our cruises as much as two weeks out. A system I have developed over 25 years of voyaging that I have recently updated, using the latest tools, over this summer's cruise to remote places.

First off, let's look at the gear and software I use.

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 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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