Join Date: Dec 2004
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Let’s see, real world experiences – you don’t want to hear about any virtual or imaginary experiences? Oh well. Being from California I can only speak for the Pacific and your trip to Bermuda probably has a whole different set of weather patterns. I am most familiar with conditions after fronts have passed through. Obviously, right after a front has passed, the ocean can still be a bit boisterous. As the high fills in, the winds pretty much shut down to light breezes. The wind wave settles down within a few hours and the wave periods lengthen and the crests aren’t as peaked but they still can be pretty high. We call this a leftover sea out here and usually the discussion centers around, “this sucks, we should have been racing yesterday”. If a crewmate has any propensity towards seasickness, this is the time you will find out. It takes about four days for a front to cycle before the pattern repeats itself. If the high fills in and parks over you, you’re screwed. The ocean goes to millpond smooth and you start to recalculate your fuel reserves. In the trades, squalls will have the same effect. Winder than heck during the storm and if you exit directly behind it, you will have hours of no breeze at all until the next one hits or until mid morning, which ever comes first.