No aspect of weather is more important to sailors than the wind. It dictates when it is safe to leave port and whether your journey will be fast or comfortable. On the race course, properly predicting the wind separates the winners from the losers.

This two-part webinar series is designed for sailors of all experience levels and interests. Accurately forecasting the wind promotes safer, more enjoyable outings and improves performance on the race course. Whether you are a day sailor, cruiser, beer-can racer, or serious long-distance competitor, the skills learned during this series will enhance your understanding of the wind and improve your sailing experience.

Topics Include

  • Why the wind behaves the way it does.
  • The impact of high, low pressure, and frontal boundaries on the wind.
  • How to translate the confusing symbols and meteorological shorthand on weather forecast graphics.
  • The basics of lake breezes, land breezes, thunderstorms, clouds and other dynamics that produce localized and short-term changes in the wind.
  • Basics of weather forecasting models.
  • An introduction to a wide variety of wind forecasting resources.

Click here for the webinar flyer.

Don't worry if you can't attend one of the live sessions. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registered attendees until July 15, 2022.



Live Webinar Series

March 24 & 31, 2022
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Eastern

Price for the series -- $50

Please send questions regarding the seminar to Mark Thornton at Mark@LakeErieWX.com. Please click here to view the speaker's biography.

About The Presenter

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 LLC, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters (www.lakeeriewx.com). Mark publishes a marine weather blog and teaches basic 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.