“ The current forecast for the 1430 Plymouth start is dictated by the movements of an area of low pressure over the south west of England”
Since The Transat bakerly fleet arrived in Plymouth, the skippers and shore crew busily preparing their boats for the race have been faced with ever changing weather - spring, summer, autumn and winter - all in one day!
With three days to go until the start of The Transat bakerly on Monday 2nd May, our meteorology forecast provider, Météo Consult, are more accurately able to pin point the forecast.
The current forecast for the 1430 Plymouth start is dictated by the movements of an area of low pressure over the UK - a front causing stormy weather and seas.
The cold front will bring with it rain and high winds, resulting in low visibility, big swell, cold air and an agitated sea state - difficult conditions for a 25 boat start line.
Race Direction are faced with two outcomes for the start:
1. The front passing over Plymouth before the race starts, resulting in more moderate and manageable winds. In this case, The Transat bakerly 2016 will start from inside Plymouth breakwater.
2. The front passing over or nearing Plymouth during the start. In this case the sailors can expect stormy conditions and gusts of up to 30 knots for their departure. In this case, the race will have to start outside of Plymouth breakwater.
A more accurate forecast will be read tomorrow, with organisers taking a final decision on the start.