This year’s Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race will feature a daily weather report three days prior to the start provided by world renowned meteorologist, Dr Roger Badham or “Clouds” as he is known in sailing circles.
Complementary to the Bureau of Meteorology’s overall weather forecast, competitors will have access to these tailored reports from Roger’s 40 years of expertise in studying weather patterns of the east coast of Australia.
“I’ve worked with the RPAYC and the Coffs Race for around 40 years, racing to Southport will present added challenges so it will be well worth doing some extra homework for the race.” said Roger.
Trying to juggle wind forecasts, weather patterns, warm water currents and potentially dodging summer storms can cause headaches for the competitors. Having a plethora of weather information readily available can make it tough filtering through all the content to make the right decisions.
Roger’s reports aim to take this guesswork out the equation and simplifies the information with a directional approach providing competitors with topics to focus on paying particular attention to the course of the race.
“The NSW coast can be a very difficult place to navigate with a constant trade-off between wind speed and ocean current. It’s a bit of a mind game questioning whether to stay close or going out further to find the best sailing conditions.” Said Roger
“To assist with these issues my reports differ from the BOM reports and others by providing a much more direct report explaining what to worry about and what not to worry about. With all the information you have on the internet it can be a bit of an overload. “Said Roger.
Behind Roger’s success is almost half a century of weather routing working with the America’s Cup, Sydney to Hobart, Olympics and plenty of around the world races along with 10 plus years of study in meteorological sciences.
Roger’s reports will be added to the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport website starting from 30 December and they will also be emailed to competitors. A representative from the Bureau of Meteorology will be at the Skippers’ Briefing from 9am at The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Monday 2 January.