#weather – A deep area of low pressure off Southern Ireland with fronts pushing north threatens to disrupt a number of sailing events on the Irish Sea from this afternoon including tonight's regular Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) 200 boat plus racing and even tomorrow night's fiftieth Ailsa Craig race from Belfast Lough.
South easterly winds will be increasing and gales are expected today. Thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain through this afternoon. The rain becoming more persistent as the day progresses.
Depending on how fast the fronts move weekend sailing may also be affected, the hope being that the gale will have passed through before the Ruffian Nationals begin at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and the Laser Leinster championships start in Howth.
There will be further rain through this evening, this becoming heavy at times.
Winds will be to gale force later, and visibility will become increasingly moderate in rain, then poor later. Sea state will be rough then very rough.
Dun Laoghaire marina has issued a forecast that warns of SE 25-28kt - SE 30-38kt from 6pm this evening.