Let’s face it: Scotland is known for its unpredictable weather, and even something as simple as getting dressed in the morning can be the subject of so many variables including wellies, waterproof layers and whether to bring an umbrella or not – and that’s on a good day. The thing is, when it comes to boating, a quick turn in weather can mean much more than reaching for your wellies. Weather affects most forms of transport, but none more so than boating,so here are a few things to consider….
Wind direction is probably the weather element you would most associate with sailing – due to the positioning of the sails. Read up on it first for easy sailing.
If the wind is below three or four knots then the boats may not go fast enough to overcome tide, but if it’s too high, there is a danger of broken equipment on board, capsizing and accidents.
Thunder & Lightning
Most masts are made of metal – a known conductor of electricity. Be careful when sailing around lightning, especially fork lightning. A strike could be fatal.
This is a no-brainer, but just as a reminder, if you’re ever sailing somewhere exotic, do you research on hurricane seasons and possible tsunami target areas. Better safe than sorry.
Your best bet is to check the official Met Office Marine Weather Page [http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/marine/] or simply your local weather information. It can be frustrating when the weather holds you back, but safety is the most important thing and not worth the risk.