The first named tropical storm of the 2013 hurricane season, aptly named ‘Andrea ‘
is currently drenching the Florida and the Carolinas as it moves rapidly North along the Eastern seaboard of the USA.
Andrea Mura leading the Ostar fleet in his fifty foot monohull Vento Di Sardegna will encounter the downgraded ex-tropical depression on Sunday as he crosses the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, the winds are forecast to be in excess of 30 knots from the west and south west, and gusts will be much higher.
He may try to pass to the north of its centre along the coast of Newfoundland but there is the danger of being too close to the coast on a lee shore if the south westerly dominates.
The famous Newport Bermuda 1-2 starts on 8th June with 23 boats entered for the solo leg and they will be anxiously eyeing the weather for 19th edition of this biennial classic short handed race as southerly gales are possible with heavy rain.
RWYC race director David Southwood has set up base at Newport YC , with the assistance of Norm Bailey, Jill Southwood and Alex Burgis and the race office will formally open on Monday 10th June. The first boats are expected to arrive in the middle of the week. The Yellowbrick system is showing the boat’s ETA between late on the 11th through to the early hours of the 12th June.