The wind powers everything a sailor does and this book will help you to understand it. As a result you will be more prepared for your race, able to anticipate changes in the wind better and know what to do when they come. The first edition of this book was published in 1986, and it has been the go-to wind book for dinghy champions ever since. This new-look fourth edition is fully updated for modern forecasting and analyses a revised set of popular racing venues around the world: unveiling what to expect from the weather at 30 regatta locations, it will get you ahead of the competition and powering up the leaderboard.
David Houghton was a passionate meteorologist, spending over 30 years at the UK Met Office, and was responsible for introducing the marketing of weather services commercially. He was a member of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1949. In 2000 he was awarded the Society's Michael Hunt Award for "excellence in increasing the understanding of meteorology or its applied disciplines among members of the general public, including particular groups (e.g. sailors)". David worked as an advisor to Olympic, Admiral's Cup, America's Cup and Round the World sailing teams for over 30 years. He also wrote Weather at Sea for cruising sailors. Fiona Campbell is a successful meteorologist with a passion for the environment and a love of sailing. Fiona took over from David Houghton the responsibility for advising the UK's top sailing teams at Olympic, European and World regattas, as well as GBR and other America's Cup challenges. She has also worked to help boat designers, competitors and race organisers, such as Cowes Week, to optimise their performance. Fiona worked alongside weather legend David Houghton for many years.
About the Authors; Foreword; Chapter 1: The Wind-Wise Sailor; Chapter 2: The Sailor's Wind; Chapter 3: Wind Facts: Coasts, Lakes & Islands; Chapter 4: Wind Facts: Wind Bands, Water Temperature & The Tide; Chapter 5: Wind Facts: Gusts & Lulls; Chapter 6: Wind Facts: Southern Hemisphere; Chapter 7: The Sea Breeze; Chapter 8: Sea Breeze with Gradient Wind; Chapter 9: Afternoon Winds: Gradient Wind Onshore; Chapter 10: Lakes, Mountains, Valleys & Peninsulas; Chapter 11: As the Sun Goes Down; Chapter 12: Afternoon & Evening Winds: Southern Hemisphere; Chapter 13: Gravity Waves, Billows & Surges; Chapter 14: The Message of The Clouds; Chapter 15: Light Airs; Chapter 16: Obstacles in The Wind; Chapter 17: Water Currents; Chapter 18: Waves; Chapter 19: Dangerous Waves; Chapter 20: At the Regatta; Chapter 21: Which Sails?; Chapter 22: Popular Racing Venues; Summary Sheets.