Conditions seem to be improving
25 June 2008 | 20 days left to get ready!
This weather forecast shows promise that our race will take place with almost normal wind and pressure conditions. It is still forming, but the Pacific High Pressure Ridge is taking shape (roughly under the long yellow oval). The magic routing software would have us sail a southerly route. The red star show us theoretically crossing the 130 degrees West longitude at 29 degrees North latitude. Typically, 130 x 30 is considered a good rule of thumb. 130 x 29 would take Sweet Okole over 220 miles of additional sailing compared to rumbline. Another standard rule of thumb is never to get closer to the Pacific High than the 1020 millibar line. As the yellow labels show, the optimal route (red line) clearly would put us above the 1020 line. I'll be watching how this develops very closely.