The Seabreeze Handbook: The marvel of seabreezes and how to use them to your advantage

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Seabreezes are the lifeblood of cruising and racing sailors - but they are a fickle resource and it's vital to be able to predict and read the situations when they will blow strongly, change direction (annoyingly) or vanish altogether.

This is a highly practical handbook from Alan Watts, the renowned meteorology author, on a subject only lightly touched upon in other books. Here he helps seafarers of all types (dinghy sailors, yacht racers, big boat cruisers, etc) to capitalise ...

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The Seabreeze Handbook: The Marvel of Seabreezes and How to Use Them to Your Advantage

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Overview

Seabreezes are the lifeblood of cruising and racing sailors - but they are a fickle resource and it's vital to be able to predict and read the situations when they will blow strongly, change direction (annoyingly) or vanish altogether.

This is a highly practical handbook from Alan Watts, the renowned meteorology author, on a subject only lightly touched upon in other books. Here he helps seafarers of all types (dinghy sailors, yacht racers, big boat cruisers, etc) to capitalise on when the seabreeze will occur and from what direction. He will explain the relevance of:

- Time of day

- Sea/land temperature

- Local topography (bays, cliffs, headlands, etc)

- Pressure systems and their effect on the arrival and duration of seabreezes

Illustrated with photos, wind charts, box-outs, checklists, and tips and hints, this is the book that will help sailors to use the wind efficiently, whether to cruise or race successfully.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408145562
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,265,493
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Watts, one-time professional meteorologist, has spent considerable time studying wind changes and short-term alterations in the weather. This, combined with his enthusiasm for sailing which began with the sea scouts, has enabled him to assist people to read the weather from the signs in the sky. He is also the author of the bestselling Instant Weather Forecasting, Instant Wind Forecasting, Instant Storm Forecasting, Weather Wise and The Weather Handbook, all published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

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Table of Contents

About this book 7

Part 1 9

Terms used in this book 11

Notes on the percentage frequencies 13

Thermal winds 15

The wind's day 22

The way of the breeze 27

Cause and effects of the seabreeze 33

Looking for the seabreeze inland 40

The seabreeze in the coastal inshore zone 45

Ways in which the seabreeze sets in 50

Seabreeze streamlines 54

The monsoon effect 58

Part 2 61

Southern Norway, west coast of Sweden, Denmark, Skagerrak, Kattegat, the Belts and the north-east German shores 63

The eastern side of the North Sea: Dunkirk to the Frisians 66

North-west North Sea, Shetland, Orkney and Scotland 68

Eastern England: Tynemouth to the Thames Estuary 71

FOCUS: Penetration of Seabreeze fronts 74

The English Channel and La Manche coasts 75

The west coast of England and Wales 80

Ireland 33

The French Manche coast: Dunkirk to Brittany 85

The Biscay coast of France and north coast of Spain 88

The Atlantic coasts of Iberia 91

FOCUS: The regional winds of the Mediterranean 94

Spain, south and east coasts, Gibraltar to Valencia 96

North-east coasts of Spain, Gulf of Lions to Marseille, the Balearics 98

FOCUS: The mistral 100

The Gulf of Genoa, Ligurian Sea and Corsica 102

The west coast of Italy: Genoa to Paola and Sardinia, Sicily 105

Toe and heel of Italy, Strait of Otranto and Ionian Sea 110

The Adriatic Sea 113

The southern Aegean 116

The northern Aegean 119

Southern Turkey, Cyprus, Syria and Lebanon 121

Index 125

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