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VOR 2014-15

“Have you seen the wind? I’ve never seen Table Bay so white…”

“Have you seen the wind? I’ve never seen Table Bay so white…”
Well, that sounds promising. Leg 2 starts today, and the seven teams will leave Cape Town for Abu Dhabi at 1800 local time (1600 UTC).
Team SCA during the Practice Race in Cape Town,
Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA

They will have a bit of everything… Southeasterly winds will reach 20 to 30 knots over the Bay in the afternoon, pushing boats and sailors hard on the short inshore track they must cover before heading offshore.
Then a cold front will reach the fleet after midnight, with stronger south winds.
Plus the tropical storm Adjali is developing and moving southwest. It could leave the racecourse vulnerable to cold fronts for the first few days, and the Indian Ocean needs to be monitored closely for Tropical Cyclone formation.

…or nothing
But there is a zone of wind holes in the lee of Table Mountain. The infamous wind shadows of Cape Town.
The wind could also drop shortly after sunset, one and a half hour after the start. The area within four to six miles of the coastline will be particularly tricky.

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