Weather Forecast & Tide information is really important
Whenever you plan to go out sailing, you must know what the weather forecast is and when high and low tides will occur. During the Sail4Fun Program, we will expect you to have looked up the weather forecast before you come to a sailing practice session.
Here is a chart to help you estimate Wind Speed, according to the international "Beaufort Scale". In the Sail4Fun Program we will always talk about wind speed in Knots.
The Sailing Team uses 3 websites to check on the weather and we will usually publish a very brief summary on the Welcome page, above the photo. We expect you to look up at least one of the websites below yourself to see what to expect. The important things to know are the expected temperature range, the expected wind speed range and direction - both of which may change during the time you will be out sailing - and the times of high and low tide.
Seabreeze - A really good site for sailing, because it has really clear forecasts of wind speed and direction, as well as actual (almost real time) readings of speed and direction at different locations around Sydney. Wind speed is shown in Knots. The North Head readings and Sydney Airport readings are a good indicator for us, sailing at Balmoral. IF you use this site, be aware that the default colours of green, yellow and red indicate strong, moderate and light winds respectively. You can reverse this colouring, if you want to.
Weather Zone - Another good site, with a good presentation of the 7 day forecast a little way down the page.
Sydney Harbour Webcam - This is not a weather forecast site. It provides a near-realtime view of Sydney Harbour, taken from the Kirribilli area. By looking at the sailing boats and seeing how they heel over in the wind, you will get a good idea of what the wind is like. If you then look up the current wind speed on one of the sites above, you will begin to relate wind speed to what you see and feel in a boat.