Preliminary Forecast of the Pittwater to Paradise race

THU 28


This spring and summer have been far from ‘average’ - whatever average really means!

Very dry spring and now a weak La Nina with extremely warm air over inland Australia. We had very few S wind changes move up the NSW coast during November – this morning has seen a few S changes - but true frontal related S changes remain below average and the S wind changes have been associated more with the movement of the heat trough – inland and then coming to the coast.

A southerly wind change is expected up along the NSW coast on New Years Day. S-SE winds are expected on TUE 2nd with high pressure back over the Bight and a heat trough over northern NSW and SE QLD. The high pressure is expected to shift east and develop a centre off E coast of TAS during WED 3rd while the trough remains over NE NSW and SE QLD. The situation is slow to change over the following 2 days; the high tracking east over the southern Tasman Sea and the trough system slowly pulling back to inland QLD. Onshore SE-E wind expected to persist along the north coast of NSW and SE coast of QLD across the race period.

Forecast models are in quite good agreement, but vary in some of the detail – expected when this far out from the race.


TUE 02

WIND  S-SSE/16-22 settling SE/15-20 during the day easing to SE/10-15 at night.


WEATHER  fairly cloudy with a morning shower or 2.

WED 03

WIND  SE-E/12-16


WEATHER  mostly cloudy with a few showers at the coast – more showers/T’storms inland over NE NSW.


THU 04

WIND  S-SE/14-18


WEATHER  mostly cloudy with more frequent showers at the coast – showers/T’storms inland.


FRI 05

WIND  S-SE/15-20


WEATHER  fairly cloudy – a few showers



DR Roger Badham



Pittwater to Southport


The Pittwater to Paradise Regatta will be starting on Sydney's Pittwater,  1 hour drive north from Sydney's CBD on January 2, 2019 and run through to 9 January, 2019.

The ocean race offers competitors a strategic challenge as they race between the surfline and the current, past unsurpassed scenic coastlines, prior to arriving in one of Queensland's most popular coastal cities. Once on the Gold Coast boats will enjoy a four day series regatta hosted by the Southport Yacht Club.

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