Regatta Weather Briefings

Regatta Weather Briefings

LakeErieWX Marine Weather offers in-person and remote weather briefings for your regatta. Remote briefings are posted on an event website in either written or video format.

Briefings include the current weather conditions, a detailed wind and wave forecast, and a discussion of the potential for severe weather. For local regattas, an accurate and detailed forecast will help the race committee set an appropriate course and manage the event in a safe manner.


  • Local Multi-Day Regatta Daily Briefing (click here).
  • Recorded Weather Briefing for the 2020 Bayview Mackinac Race (click here).
  • Recorded Race Day Quick Update for the 2020 Bayview Mackinac Race (click here)

Please contact me at regarding your event.

Mark Thornton

Mark Thornton has been sailing for more than 30 years and currently owns Osprey, a C&C 35. His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the Great Lakes. Mark is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State University Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, a two-year program that develops skills in general, tropical, and severe weather forecasting.

He is the president of LakeErieWX Marine Weather, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters ( Mark publishes a marine weather blog and teaches marine forecasting seminars to recreational boaters during the off-season. He has served as the Race Meteorologist for the Bayview Mackinac Race since 2014. Mark is also employed as a Teaching Assistant in the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting Program at Penn State University.

Click here to read about my marine weather forecasting seminars, webinars and presentations. Click here for the current schedule of educational programs. My complete resume can be viewed here.

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Phone: 440.250.9179

Marine Weather Forecasting
Cruisers University - Annapolis Boat Shows
October 12 & 13, 2022
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