The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

Weather Analysis—Part 1, Tactical

In the first chapters I introduced the concept of strategic weather analysis and the skipper’s responsibility to understand the weather and make good decisions based on that, and then I analyzed hardware and software options.

In this and the next two chapters, this one tactical and the next strategic, I’m going to detail what information I download and, most importantly, how I analyze it.

So imagine we are in a remote anchorage or several hundred miles at sea on an ocean passage (the steps are the same although the goals of the analysis is a little different), and it’s time for our daily look at the weather.

I usually do mine first thing but any time will do, although I do suggest getting into a routine of doing this at the same time each day.

Let’s do it: