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All eyes on the skies

6th July 2009

ImageAs everything falls into place for the 2009 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, the last element will be put in place by the weather gods. Will Neptune smile on the 450 boats that are on their way to Dun Laoghaire for the premier event of the season, or will the organisers be left looking for a windy spot on the calendar for 2011? Afloat.ie gets out its crystal ball to ask: 'Weather or not?'

At first peer, predictably, anything could happen.

Checking out windguru for a read on what's likely to happen, the Dublin forecast shows decent breeze on Thursday and Saturday,in excess of 10 knots at least. However, there are gaping holes in the wind on Friday and Sunday, with a maximum of nine knots forecast. However, that forecast and its light patches have wobbled around considerably in the last twelve hours, so it's unsure as yet how things will pan out.

A glance at the UK Met Office's surface pressure chart (below) gives a glimpse of the high that will be sauntering north-east towards the weekend, sandwiched  between a strong-looking low over the North Sea and a more indefinite-looking one out in the Atlantic. through the

Until the weather systems decide what they're doing, it'll be hard to predict what will happen.

Meanwhile, spare a thought for the delivery crew of the Green Dragon, currently making their way through the Kiel Canal across the Jutland peninsula. The crew are expecting a beat down the English Channel, followed by a reach up the Irish Sea in order to make it to Dun Laoghaire by Sunday.

The message from on board was that the conditions for the trip have been extremely changeable:

'We've had everything from masthead [code] zeros to reefs so far. We're expecting a lot of aggressive sailing on our exit from here'.

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