Trough of low pressure off the coast at the start generating rather soft S-SE winds along the coast.
Wind will shift thermally left during the day to SE-E then NE-N and remain rather soft.
Some afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms – mostly inland from the coast.
A S change will move up the NSW coast during Wednesday and at the same time, low pressure may develop off the SE QLD coast – between these systems, S-SSE winds of 20-25 kts will fill in along the entire race course during the day.
Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a few showers.
On Thursday, the low off the coast will move quickly away towards NZ and high pressure will develop close to the NSW S coast.
Wind south of Smoky Cape will ease and shift SE-E but north of there, the wind will remain S-SSE/15-25.
On Friday, high pressure will shift east to be further off the NSW coast with a ridge back to the north coast.
Wind will slowly ease over the north coast; remaining generally SE at 15-20 then 10-15 kts.
FORECAST (stepping north with the fleet)
TUE 02 Start to lower mid north coast
WIND SE/5-10 easing and shifting left to E-NE/5-10 during the afternoon; shift back to S-SW/10-15 and increasing 20-25 from the south overnight
WAVES less than 1m wind waves on less than 1m SE swell
WEATHER partly cloudy; a few showers developing along the coast overnight
WED 03 Hunter to far north coast
WIND SW-SE/10-15 increasing to S/15-20 then 20-25
WAVES less then 1m increasing 1.5m waves on a 1m SE swell
WEATHER mostly cloudy with a few showers
THU 04 Coffs to SE QLD
WIND SW-S/15-25 easing in the south SE/12-16 at night but persisting SE/16-22 in the north
WAVES 1.5m waves and 1m SE swell
WEATHER fairly cloudy with a few showers; clearing from the south.
FRI 05 Far north coast NSW and SE QLD
WIND SW-SE/15-20 easing from the south
WAVES 1.2m waves and 1m SE swell
WEATHER partly cloudy – mostly dry