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11/06 - 11h31

Weather for Thursday

Thursday sees an unsettled SWly flow between Portugal and the Atlantic west of Ireland generated by an active low pressure and its associated cold front orientated at 12 UTC at  TU 42 ° N20 ° W / 52 ° N12 ° W.


This low is slowly shifting to the E in the afternoon then accelerating this evening and tonight. At 0UTC it will cross the Bay of Biscay, the coasts of Portugal and Madeira. South of this is a high pressure ridge 1022hPa to the latitude of Madeira  moves towards the Canary Islands.
To the west of the Azores high pressure 1028 hPa centred 37N 47W builds towards the northeastFriday, as the depression moves over France the situation remains active .
The NE'lies remain moderate between Portugal and the Azores thereafter on the edge of the high which is positioned in the west of the islands group.

Between the Canaries and the West Indies the trade winds remain very unstable.

Thursday.

Ultimes are in moderate but unstable trade winds. Conditions very different for Class 40 and Rhum which see this very active low pressure.
The leader has these unstable trade winds, moderate in strength and he will lead into the more favourable conditions. The chasing pack have more irregular breezes and so the delta will continue to grow.

Back at the Azores it will be a day of strategic choices with the front passing over the islands after which the wind moves NW and N. So the optimum time to head SW will be key at the head of the IMOCA Open 60 class – Gabart and Beyou in particular- but also for the Multi50s where the duel between Roucayrol in the west and Le Roux in the south will be interesting. Ahead of them the Azores high extends west of the Azores and as the low comes through to the NW and N so then the trade winds will become more established again.

For the rest of the fleet, positioned between Portugal and the entrance to the Bay of Biscay, the winds are SW and building. Off Cape Finisterre there will be 25-30kts with 50-55kts tonight in the gusts.

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