20th of September 2005, Australia, 2005 Formula Windsurfing Championship

Wind Stats in Melbourne Bay

Last five years!
Clik the link and check the Melbourne Bay wind plots from DEC 10 thru 20 for the last 5 years.
Each chart shows windspeed and direction vs time of day for the FAWKNER BEACON location, which is some 8 kms to windward (in prevailing onshore directions) of the FW race site.

Because of the location on top of a marine tower in the middle of the Bay, the readings are somewhat higher than "on water" sailing conditions in the race area at Elwood.

Typically, we would adjust these readings in ONSHORE directions to Elwood by the following margins;

Below 10 kts ; subtract 2 knots.
Range 10 - 20 kts : subtract 3-5 Knots
Range 20 - 30 knots : subtract 5 -7 kts
Range 30 - 40+kts : subtract 7-10 but go wavesailing anyway.

Great thanks fto Andrew Watkins from Atmospheric Sciences Group, School of Earth Sciences University of Melbourne.

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Andrew Watkins | 21st September 2005 (02:07:48)

G'day Guys,

Great to see that you have a link up to my Port Phillip bay wind plots for the FW worlds. You might also be interetsed in putting up a link to the long term December average:
http://www.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/~awatkins/fbeacon.DEC.html

Also, rather than Melbourne Bay, you might like to refer to Port Phillip bay, which is the real name (I've never heard it called Melbourne Bay before!).

I hope you dont mind, but I've cobbled together some suggested changes to the text:

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Follow this link to check the Port Phillip bay (Melbourne) wind plots from DEC 10 thru 20 for the last 5 years. Each chart shows windspeed and direction vs time of day for FAWKNER BEACON, which is located some 8 kms to windward (in prevailing onshore directions) of the FW race course. The average December conditions for Fawkner Beacon are also available from the same web site.

Because the windspeed is measured on top of a marine tower in the middle of the Bay, the readings tend to be somewhat higher than "on water" sailing conditions in the race area at Elwood.

Typically, we would adjust these readings in ONSHORE directions to Elwood by the following margins;

Below 10 kts ; subtract 2 knots.
Range 10 - 20 kts : subtract 3-5 Knots
Range 20 - 30 knots : subtract 5 -7 kts
Range 30 - 40+kts : subtract 7-10 but go wavesailing anyway.

Great thanks to Andrew Watkins from the Atmospheric Sciences Group, School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

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Anyway, great stuff and thank you for the kind words.

Cheers,
Andrew.

david | 26th September 2005 (10:55:17)

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"Mammoth ozone hole

This year's seasonal hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is the size of Europe, the largest breach since 2000 and the third-largest ever recorded. The 10-million-square-kilometre hole was reported by the European Space Agency's Envisat satellite on 6 September"


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