Ourselves and ‘Roam II’ were due to leave Turkey today with the aim of hitting Rhodes to fuel and provision, meet up with ‘Storm Dodger’ and ‘Rhumb Do’ and then head off SE on Friday to meet the Vasco Da Gama rally in Port Said, Egypt. Hmmmm. Have you seen the weather lately? I’ve animated a grib file for your perusal, below.
In an unexpected turnaround of weather for this time of year the south of the Aegean is being hit with an unpleasant combination of northerlies and precipitation. Normally these die out by the time they hit the same latitude as Cyprus but these winds are whipping right across the eastern Med and across Port Said. I wonder how many leaving drinks we can get away with…
By Tuesday next week the area just north of Egypt sees winds of 30-odd knots and a lot of precipitation. We’re all agreed that whilst this kind of weather may be manageable for a quick 10 mile trip it’s less than preferable for a 400nm four day jaunt. The sea state alone will be rather messy after all this crap.
Just received this from Ian on Rhumb Do in Rhodes, Greece:
Don’t talk to me about weather! Just spent the night pitching up and down at anchor in an easterly six – going seven. We were on the concrete wall at the far end (right hand side) of the cruise port….electric and water….no charge for berthing, but it became untenable in the strong wind and after breaking lines, both Roger and I pulled off into two metre seas and anchored outside Mandraki. Going to try and get in there in a minute, I have only about 15 litres of fuel left!
Below I have animated a grib file that was taken from 0000 today. The last frame ends for next Tuesday 3rd November. Although not clearly visible in this reduced image you can just make out the ‘arrows’ showing the strong winds coming down the Greek islands, with the last frame freezing on the strong westerlies across the top of Egypt.