Preparing for Arthur's Summer Coastal Cruise 2014...
What a perfect week for coastal cruising! We had planned to commence our trip on Monday 23rd June. Sadly we ended up missing most of the glorious weather due to circumstances beyond our control which necessitated us delaying our departure by a week... :-(
By way of introduction...the above image is a screen-dump from my favourite weather forecasting site: Windguru. Row headers denote the data presented in column form for each day. Note that some 'units' are user selectable, e.g. Wind (both speed and gusts) can be set to Beaufort, knots, km/h, m/h. Wave height can be defined as metric or imperial. And temperature can be set as Centigrade or Fahrenheit.
My modus operandi re weather: I screen dump the weather forecasts from the relevant sources (Windguru, Windfinder and others) as they become available. Windguru and Windfinder issue updates every six hours starting at midnight. You will note that the first screen-dump relates to Brandon Bay which I use as a reference when cruising from Kilrush to Dingle or Cahersiveen. Other locations are used as references for other passages. And on some passages I check several locations.
And of course one always has to remember that a forecast is simply that...a forecast! It comes with no guarantee that the actual weather will turn out to be as originally forecast!