it is! The course you’ve been waiting for.
Marine Weather (ASA 119)
teaches boaters how to take
weather into account in the planning and navigation
of voyages, both local and global.
Captain Tony Green does seminars on the subject at the
Minneapolis Boat Show. Tony received rave reviews
for the Marine Weather course. “This was the most
thorough, complete and valuable course on marine
weather I’ve ever seen or taken,” Captain Sue E.
Anyone who ventures onto the water should do it
with weather confidence and weather strategies. This
weather course is highly beneficial.
Weather is a vast subject with many facets, but
when it comes to marine weather it really boils down
to wind prediction. Wind drives a sailboat and
creates the waves. Severe weather and associated
strategies are a concern, but sailors spend far more
time dealing with too little wind than too much
wind. In addition to avoiding too much wind, this
course teaches you how to find more wind when there
is little to none to be had.
Students will learn to
integrate marine weather into their overall
navigation using the latest technological tools as
well as traditional maritime skills such as the
barometer, wind, clouds, and sea state observations.
Also included are the theory, properties and
behavior of squalls, fronts, storms, hurricanes, fog
and global wind patterns and the study of weather
weather being the most pressing factor in a journey
by sail, this course is a must-do.
Shorewood Yacht Club
600 West Lake St.
Shorewood, MN 55331.
Directions: From I-494 and Hwy 7
• Go west on Hwy 7 to County Road 19.
• Turn Right on County Road 19 (Oak Street).
• Pass through one stoplight.
• Keep going on Route 19, as it curves to the left, SYC is on
the right (the sign is a small blue sailboat).
• Turn right and drive over the pedestrian trail, following the
drive left. The Yacht Club (gray building) is directly ahead.
• Park on the far (west) side of the clubhouse.
NEW in 2013:
16065 32nd Street South
Afton, MN 55001
From I-94 and County
Road 18 / Hwy 95
• Take County Road 18 South (Saint Croix Trail N)
from Hwy I94 for 4.4 miles (south)
• Turn left at 32nd Street South (just in the town
• Go through Marina entrance (approximately 1 block from Saint Croix
Trail N) to parking lot A (on left) and then to
building in middle of parking lot. Park in front of
Course Fee: $249,
including materials and ASA certification upon successful
2013 (Dates are subject to change)
3-hour evening sessions 6-9 PM (or as close as possible)
OR Saturdays 9am - 4pm
Saturdays 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26 (exam)
(Note: Marine Weather is Not offered in Afton location in Fall
Independent Study Class
/ Correspondence. This
course can be completed by those unable to attend our regular
like to interview
prospective students in
this category. Please Call. Cost $169.
Throughout the course we emphasize how you combine your own
observations of wind, sea, clouds, and barometer to better
interpret the official forecasts obtained from radio or
facsimile as well as make your own forecast if you lose the
official sources. We also help you develop practical rules of
thumb that will contribute to sound, efficient decision making
- Radio sources of weather and how to
- Basic principles of Highs and Lows —
ridges and troughs
- Weather maps: what kinds, how to get
them, how to read them.
- All about barometers
- Fronts, squalls, storms, and hurricanes
- Tropical versus extratropical cyclones
- Sides of a storm and storm avoidance
- Cloud ID and interpretation
- Fog — sea fog and radiation fog
- Global winds — prevailing westerlies,
doldrums, monsoons, roaring forties, screaming fifties,
- Pacific High, Aleutian Lows, and counterparts around
- Local winds and weather, including Lake
- How to use a barometer, wind shifts, and clouds for
- Waves and swells, significant wave height, sea state
- Beaufort scale
- Winds and terrain — land and sea breezes, shoreline
wind shifts, drainage winds, channeled winds, convergence
- How to predict wind shifts inland and at sea
- Use of the internet for weather study and planning
Outline for Evening Class
Introduction. Pressure and Wind.
Global Wind and Currents. Strong Wind Systems.
Clouds, Fog, and Sea State. Wind and Terrain.
Maps Review. Sources of Weather Data.
On-board Forecasting and Tactics. Special Topics.
Outline for Saturday Class
Introduction. Pressure and Wind. Global Wind and Currents. Strong Wind Systems.
Day 2: Clouds, Fog, and Sea State. Wind and Terrain. Weather Maps Review. Sources of Weather Data.
On-board Forecasting and Tactics. Special Topics. Review and Examination.
Northern Breezes Sailing School at 763-542-9707 to register or
Winnetka Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55427
Call For Free Brochure (763) 542-9707