Weather analysis

The Azores high pressure system

Weather Analysis North Atlantic February 3rd 2017
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© Great CircleThe Azores high pressure system (marked with an H on the chart) is back to its normal place, south or south-west of the Azores. The wind rotates clockwise around this big blue area with no wind in its center. The skippers have to round it via the West. They will then try to stay in the zone with winds between 20 and 30 knots to its north. They will have to choose the right moment to sail north towards the finishing line, between two depressions. For most of the skippers, the goal is now to finish the race and to avoid extreme conditions, like those forecast tomorrow in the Bay of Biscay with winds blowing at 60 knots.

After Louis Burton, it is Nandor Fa who has just passed to the north of the high. He will be followed by Eric Bellion and Conrad Colman for whom the weather patterns look identical.

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